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Venue: The Avenue, Dorchester Town FC
Sat 20th September 2002, 3pm kick-off.
Conditions: Overcast but bright.
Ground: Lush, but bare in goalmouths.
Nationwide Conference :
Yeovil Town 3 - 0 Halifax Town
Referee: Mr M Russell
Yeovil: Pluck, (33, unsporting behaviour). Red Card: Demba (70, violent conduct), Skiverton (71, violent conduct)
Halifax: Parke (34, dissent), Garnett (40, unsporting behaviour), Kerrigan (71, dissent), Elliott (74, unsporting behaviour). Red card: Butler (68, professional foul)
Line up : (3-4-1-2)
13. Jon Sheffield
2. Adam Lockwood
4. Terry Skiverton
5. Colin Pluck
10. Nick Crittenden
6. Darren Way
8. Lee Johnson
11. Michael McIndoe
20. Gavin Williams
23. Howard Forinton
19. Abdoulai Demba
Substitutes: Luke Buckingham, 9. Carl Alford, 14. Roy O'Brien (79, for Forinton), 15. Steve Reed, 16. Andy Lindegaard
Halifax: (3-4-1-2) Butler, Asher, Grayston, Stoneman, Garnett, Elliott, Clarkson, Mallon, Quailey, Quinn, Parke.
Subs : Morgan, Midgley (62, for Clarkson), Kerrigan (46, for Quinn), Fitzpatrick (46, for Parke), Haigh
Scorers: Nick CRITTENDEN (41, pen, 1-0), Gavin WILLIAMS (42, 2-0), Nick CRITTENDEN (73, pen, 3-0)
This report courtesy of Noddy Elms:
Yeovil will celebrate taking full points from Halifax today, but celebrations
will be muted pending Mr Russell's video review of the disgraceful events
that erupted on 65 minutes. Yeovil entered the game suffering a keeper
crisis: Weale and Collis both serving suspensions. The Yeovil bench looking
decidedly underage: Youth players Buckingham and Reed filling two spots.
However, Yeovil opened the second half with a 2-0 lead when Yeovil won the
game's second penalty. Halifax keeper Butler was the culprit and duly given
his marching orders, a carbon copy of Chris Weale's dismissal two weeks
earlier. However, whereas Weale's exit was dignified Butler incited what can
only be described as a free for all.
In a shameful performance Butler arrogantly confronted Mr Russell, petulantly
throwing his gloves to the ground, then his shirt in Demba's face. Half the
players on the pitch became embroiled in the fracas as either antagonist or
mediator. In the melee it appeared as if the Yeovil captain threw a punch,
but there was so much going on it was difficult to focus on one individual.
As it was, Mr Russell singled out Demba and Skiverton: the former must be the
subject of Mr Russell's video review and a reversal of his decision.
Skiverton may not be so lucky. If Butler's intention was to incite trouble
for fellow professionals he succeeded, but must be subject to extreme
Five minutes after the incident began Nick Crittenden strolled up to the penalty
spot and fired his second goal past Halifax's makeshift keeper to put Yeovil
in an unassailable 3-0 lead.
In contrast to previous matches at The Avenue, and the imminent second half,
today's first half was unusually subdued. Both teams spent the first few
minutes playing cat and mouse, probing to discover any weaknesses in their
opponents armour. The first penalty area action fell to Halifax's Quailey,
but his hook shot crossed the face of Sheffield's goal with little danger.
The best chance of the opening minutes fell to Demba inside the Halifax
penalty area, latching on to William's excellent through-ball he kept his
shot low when, perhaps, a chip would have been better, Butler successfully
blocked. Six minutes later it was again Demba whose glancing header drifted
past the far post after an excellent cross by Forinton on the left-hand goal
At the other Colin Pluck was on hand to cover when Quailey got the better of
Skiverton. Halifax's Parke and Yeovil's Pluck maintained an endless
confrontation, Mr Russell adjudged both men guilty at times and both
eventually ended up in his book.
Around the twenty-minute mark Halifax enjoyed a continued period of pressure,
but Sheffield was rarely troubled. It comes as no surprise that Halifax have
a low goal scoring record this season. Their strikers were forced to operate
from deep and were often poorly supported from midfield. In general the
Yeovil defence were in control, rarely did the Halifax attack get the better
of Messrs Lockwood, Skiverton and Pluck. Only rarely was Sheffield allowed
the opportunity to suggest he would be invincible if called upon.
Yeovil were frequently breaking powerfully down the left wing through
McIndoe: the Scotsman linked with Lee Johnson to set up a good shooting
opportunity for Darren Way, but Butler held his shot well. McIndoe and
Williams produced a dangerous cross, but again the Halifax keeper collected
well under pressure. The umpteenth left wing attack eventually produced the
opening goal after 42 minutes. Although Yeovil would argue they had been on
the wrong end of some of Mr Russell's decisions, the penalty awarded when
Demba fell over in the Halifax box was, let's say, generous. Not surprisingly
Halifax protested but this only resulted in Bennett finding his name in Mr
Russell's book. Nick Crittenden smashed his penalty down the middle to open
the scoring: Yeovil 1 Halifax 0.
Within two minutes Yeovil doubled their lead. If the first was fortuitous,
the second was fantastic. Breaking up a Halifax attack Lockwood set
Crittenden down the right wing. Crittenden found Gavin Williams outside the Halifax
box. The Halifax defence, still groggy, left Williams plenty of time to pick
his spot. From twenty-five yards his left footed shot curled onto the inside
of the Butler's right hand post and nestled into the back of Butler's goal:
Yeovil 2 Halifax 0.
Despite only one minute of added time there were further goal-mouth
opportunities for both teams: Forinton's shot should have been on target,
Sheffield collecting Stoneman's shot comfortably.
Half Time: Yeovil Town 2 Halifax 0.
At the beginning of the second half Halifax replaced Quinn and Parke with
Kerrigan and Fitzpatrick, but Yeovil opened brighter, and were the first to
threaten: Forinton heading over to conclude a Johnson free kick. At the other
end Skiverton hacked the ball away after a rare Pluck error. Lockwood then
skied the ball into the Halifax box and surprisingly Demba managed to beat
Butler to the dropping ball, but unfortunately his header drifted wide of the
The Yeovil back three appeared in complete control. Just when it appeared
that Halifax would make no further progress Sheffield was called upon to save
low down at his right hand post, Quailey getting in front of the Yeovil
defenders to deflect a cross goal-wards.
No sooner had Halifax made their third substitution: Midgley for Clarkson,
when Butler was sent off and Halifax trailed 3-0. When the game restarted
McIndoe was on the receiving end of an Elliott challenge that earned the
Halifax player a yellow card.
With the Yeovil defence one short, Crittenden and MacIndoe dropped deeper to
form a back four. Forinton had exhibited tiredness and was shortly to be
substituted by O'Brien when Williams moved up front.
With both teams under par The Avenue became a big pitch and the game swung
from end to end. Both sides created opportunities but Yeovil continued to
control the game. Kerrigan, the Halifax substitute, had more than one half
chance: heading over the Yeovil bar, forcing Pluck to block his shot in the
six yard box, and, the best of all, heading over with Sheffield struggling to
cut out a back post cross. Despite three, five, no five, or was it three
minutes, of added time no further goals materialised.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Halifax Town 0.
Football today challenges players on a number of levels: physical as well as
mental. Regardless of the level of intimidation players must remain in
control. That applies to Yeovil players as well as Halifax players. Away from
the heat of battle one or two players may accept they lost control. They, and
their team will eventually pay the price for that loss of control. Those
players that did not lose control should not pay the price. I am sure Mr
Russell will ensure that is the case.
Internet Man of the Match Result:
Overall match rating: 8.4/10
41 votes received.
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