Yeovil needed to start the second half well, but it was Torquay who came
racing out of the blocks with an immediate attack. Yeovil soon retaliated,
and after some good work Jackson went down in the Torquay area but the ball
went to Gall whose shot from the right was stopped by the legs of the seemingly
unbeatable Van Heusen for a corner.
After an off the ball incident Mr Williamson called Colin Pluck and Matt
Hockley over for a lecture, but did not book either, before restarting with
a drop ball,
The Glovers exerted pressure for a while, with Lee Johnson distributing
the ball well from midfield. The 50th minute saw a great Gavin Williams
run take him through the Torquay defence and into the area, before unleashing
a shot which the Torquay glovesman again stopped at close range. A murmur
seemed to pass through the home crowd that this just wasn't going to be
Following more pressure and another corner, good work from Gall allowed
Jackson to shoot from the right side of the penalty area but yet again the
keeper's legs separated the ball from the back of the net. Two more corners
followed, but in between a collision between Colin Pluck and Torquay captain
Steve Woods saw both players on the floor. Pluck left with blood pouring
from a nasty looking head wound to be replaced by Hugo Rodrigues. Woods
left the field for attention, before returning with his head bandaged.
Rodrigues soon made his presence felt, heading on Johnson's corner. Throughout
the game he would continue to win headers in and around the Torquay penalty
area, while Roy O'Brien seemed to be performing a similar task in the Yeovil
defence. A good cross from Gall was headed toward goal by Crittenden, but
straight into the arms of Van Heusen. Lockwood found Gall, but he shot wide
of the target.
In an effort to change the shape of the side and the game Gary Johnson replaced
Ronnie Bull with Jamie Gosling. Had the goal a minute later been an equaliser
this would have been seen as a masterstroke, but unfortunately it was Torquay
who doubled their lead. After some good passing by the visitors, Lee Canoville
crossed low across the area from the right and Jo Kuffour flicked the ball
with his heel past the helpless Weale. No doubt the Yeovil backroom staff
will be concerned over issues of marking, but it has to be said that this
was - for the second time in the game - a fine finish. 0 - 2.
With twenty minutes remaining the final Yeovil substitution saw Adam Stansfield
come on for Kirk Jackson. With some urgency needed by the home side Crittenden
- surely the best player in green and white on the day - ran past two Torquay
defenders before being pushed over by Woods, and action which saw the wounded
skipper (who was lucky not to have been booked in the first half) also becoming
the only player carded in the match.
Another good spell of Yeovil pressure saw a shot from Darren Way tipped
over by Van Heusen. From the resulting corner Kuffour broke away, and his
shot clipped the outside of the post before the raised flag for offside
was spotted. Torquay breaks continued to punctuate the Yeovil attacks, and
a fine cross from Kevin Hill narrowly missed the head of an advancing forward.
Into the last ten minutes and Yeovil finally found the net, as a Gavin Williams
through ball found Kevin Gall. His initial effort rebounded from the bar,
and although he slotted home at the second attempt, celebrations were shortlived
as the referee awarded a foul against him for the initial approach.
With five minutes left on the clock Joe Broad returned to Huish Park as
an opponent when he replaced the useful Canoville. He nearly saw his new
club hit a third as Graham was allowed a shot after a stumble from the otherwise
excellent O'Brien, but this time the scorer of the opening goal failed to
find the target.
A late flurry saw Rodrigues head straight at the keeper, and then a long
ball from Gosling was played on by Gall to Stansfield who was judged offside
- one of many such decisions to go against the home side.
In the four minutes of stoppage time Yeovil found the net once more, when
Gall's shot was blocked but the rebound was fired home. I think it was Stansfield
who had the final shot, and I think the decision was offside. It may have
been another player, and it may have been a foul that was given - all that
is certain is that the referee did not allow it.
Final score: Yeovil Town 0 Torquay United 2
A difficult game to summarise as Yeovil did not play badly. Torquay finished
very well twice; Yeovil, whether by poor finishing, great goalkeeping, or
simple bad luck, didn't.
I must give credit to our visitors. Torquay played well today, and showed
some nice touches and very good finishing. However, to a certain extent
I do tend to favour simple luck. As a Glovers fan sitting behind me pointed
out on several occasions, when the ball came loose after a Yeovil attack
it just seemed to go to a Torquay player; when the ball came loose after
a Torquay attack it just seemed to go to a Torquay player. On one notable
occasion a visiting defender fired a 'get it away anywhere' ball out from
the edge of the area. Four Yeovil players were around the centre of the
field; one Torquay player was. The ball fell to him.