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Venue: Huish Park
Tues 29th October 2002, 7.45pm kick-off.
FA Cup 4QR Replay :
Yeovil Town 3 - 1 Bath City
Referee: Mr T Kettle
Bath: Harvey (41, dissent), Kemp (42, foul), Milsom (65, foul), Rollo (74, foul), Eaton (76, diving), Minturn (80, foul)
Line up : (3-4-1-2)
1. Chris Weale
2. Adam Lockwood
4. Terry Skiverton
14. Roy O'Brien
10. Nick Crittenden
6. Darren Way
8. Lee Johnson
11. Michael McIndoe
20. Gavin Williams
19. Abdoulai Demba
23. Howard Forinton
Substitutes: 9. Carl Alford (74, for Demba), 12. Chris Giles, 13. Jon Sheffield, 16. Andy Lindegaard (74, for Forinton) 18. Kim Grant
Bath City: (3-5-2)
Kemp, Thorne, Mintern,
Bennett, Rollo, Harvey, Andy Williams, Trought,
Subs : Foster (74, for Cleverley), Hervin, Milsom (65, for Bennett), Wilmot (46, for Harvey), Honor.
Scorers: Abdoulai DEMBA (46, 1-0) (59, 2-0), Adrian Foster (78, 2-1), Michael MCINDOE (87, 3-1)
This report courtesy of Noddy Elms:
DEMBA PAIR SEALS TIE AGAINST RESOLUTE BATH CITY
Two second-half headed goals of stark contrast by Yeovil's Demba put this FA
Cup qualifying tie beyond Bath City.
If Gary Johnson thought tonight's replay would be a different story to
Sunday's game, at half time he would have been strongly disappointed. Bath
started as they did on Sunday. They were the more positive: continually
harassing Yeovil off the ball, and, again, using the wings to good effect. In
the opening twenty minutes Bath caused numerous problems for a nervy Yeovil
team who seemed overly aware that they could be victims, rather than
In the first half McIndoe was involved in Yeovil's best efforts. After twelve
minutes Demba's challenge fed Lee Johnson on the right wing, but his cross
just eluded McIndoe at the far post. Six minutes later a rare defensive error
let McIndoe raid down the left wing, but this time Bryant did well to cut out
Macca's cross for Forinton.
It was not until the twenty-fifth minute one sensed that the tide might be
turning in Yeovil' s favour. Again McIndoe was the catalyst. Chasing back he
regained possession and set Crittenden away. But, again, Critt's cross was
well taken by Bryant. Yeovil began to take control and created consecutive
forays into Bath territory. Bath's passing began to go astray and Eaton and
Cleverly becoming isolated up front.
Within minutes McIndoe's shot was deflected away for a corner and Skiverton
headed closely over. Skivvo's next header was on target but Williams was on
hand to clear off his goal line. As Yeovil increased the pressure Bath became
more frustrated and desperate. Within quick succession Mr Kettle yellow
carded the first of two Bath players in what became a demanding job for the
Bath gained respite only when Yeovil conceded possession when pushing
forward, they countered quickly, but Yeovil always seemed to recover before
Weale could be troubled in his goal. But, the final action of the half may
have been the most significant. Roy O'Brien surging down the left, linking
well with McIndoe, eventually setting Macca up for a shot on goal. Again,
Bryant gathered safely.
Half time: Yeovil Town 0 Bath City 0.
Bath replaced Harvey with Wilmot at half time.
If many of the Yeovil faithful had expected their heroes to start the first
half like the proverbial rocket: they had to wait until the second half for
that. Yeovil's first attack of the second half saw O'Brien surging down the
left wing once more. His cross from deep was inch perfect. Curling away from
Bryant it found Demba on the edge of the Bath goal area. He soared high into
the Somerset evening, unchallenged he powered his header downwards and well
beyond the reach of Bryant. It was an excellent cross by O'Brien and executed
majestically. As the Main Stand rose in appreciation Demba must have
reflected on Sunday's game: "If only The Gaffer had kept me on for the second
Bath responded positively and Yeovil defended deeply for some minutes. But by
now, the boot was on the Yeovil foot, and Yeovil played with supreme
composure and confidence.
Thirteen minutes later the game was, in reality, all but over. Again it was
Demba. If his first goal was one of skill, his second was pure reaction.
Darren Way's strong cross into a crowded Bath box ricocheted from one body to
another. A leg struck out and the ball appeared destined for the corner flag.
But, Demba was on hand, and as the ball flashed across his face he powered it
into the back of the Bath goal. Yeovil 2 Bath 0.
Yeovil now played with a supreme swagger and the Westland Stand chorused,
unkindly "There's only one team in Bath; there's only ...". Way and Johnson
now bossed the midfield and were instrumental in the best move of the night,
Demba's back post header concluding the patient build-up. Bryant was again on
hand to save well.
Bath again responded positively and were unlucky not to score. Weale blocked
at Eaton's feet after the former Glover broke behind the Yeovil defence.
Yeovil replaced Demba and Forinton with Alford and Lindegaard in a straight
swap, Bath replaced Bennett and Cleverley with Milsom and Foster. Foster
received the expected barracking from his former "fans" and it almost seemed
an insult to introduce the Yeovil cabbie into the Bath strike-force.
However, he who laughs last - On seventy seven minutes
Yeovil dallied in clearing a left wing attack and the ball was eventually
crossed for Foster to get the deftest of headers and the ball looped over
Weale's outstretched reach. If only we had had a decent pitch in Fozzy's day...
. Yeovil 2 Bath 1.
The game was finely balanced, and the action was far from over. The game
swung from one end to the other and either team could have scored.
Lindegaard's pace and Alford's strength now tested the Bath defence; a
Lindegaard header was the best effort from the two fresh strikers. But it was
McIndoe who underlined Yeovil's supremacy on eighty-six minutes. McIndoe
found himself half way into the Bath half out by the right-hand touchline. He
picked his spot and, with his favoured left foot, lashed an unstoppable shot
into the top left hand corner of the Bath goal from twenty-five metres.
Yeovil 3 Bath 1.
Bath battled to the end and Foster should have done better a minute later.
But after a slow start, against a resolute Bath side, Yeovil won through.
Final score: Yeovil Town 3 Bath City 1.
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