The start of the second half was in marked contrast. Yeovil flew out of the blocks and Jevons and Stolcers shot inches over in the earlier minutes.
As Yeovil swept forward Chester defending became more and more desperate: Harris eventually finding himself in Mr Beeby’s book. It was only a matter of time before Yeovil scored again and that should have come on fifty-three minutes. Caceres dribbled into the box, but the Chester defenders had done well to keep him on his weaker, right foot, thus preventing a shot. But he managed to roll it onto Stolcers who should have lifted his shot over MacKenzie, rather than firing onto his legs.
The second goal did eventually come two minutes later. But Yeovil looked a little fortunate. Adrian CACERES cut in from the left and fired in a screamer that thudded into the Chester crossbar, it bounced down and back into play. Fortunately the “Russian” linesman in front of the Yeovil College stand was convinced it had crossed the line and sprinted back to the halfway line, indicating a goal. Yeovil town 2 Chester City 0. Well done Mr Cassidy, or Mr Limington, whichever linesman you were. Personally I wasn’t so sure, but – hey never argue with the officials. The Chester side were furious and their heads dropped from that point on.
Two minutes later Caceres should have made it three: Paul Terry charged down the right and MacKenzie failed to hold his low cross. As the ball bobbled up into Caceres’s path it looked impossible to miss. But Caceres’s header rebounded away of a post.
Chester replaced Belle and Branch with Rapley and Clare. At first neither substitutions made any impact. Yeovil continued to press forward and with the Glovers 2-0 to the good, it was a lively, thoroughly entertaining game.
Things got even better after sixty-four minutes when Hope and Hessey dallied on their penalty spot and Stolcers nipped in between them. MacKenzie had no chance in regaining the ball and brought the Latvian down. No doubt about a penalty but Mr Beeby delayed blowing his whistle for Jevons to fire the loose ball over the bar. Mr Beeby then brought play back, and awarded the penalty. Well done Mr Beeby. Phil JEVONS, League 2’s top goal scorer, had no problem in smashing the penalty into the roof of MacKenzie’s net. Poor MacKenzie continued to remonstrate long enough to convince Mr Beeby to take his name.
Chester City were beaten and now struggled to put two passes together, but Mr Beeby was intent on giving them hope. In what can only be described as an innocuous challenge, Paul Terry was judged to have fouled Ellison in the box. From where I was sitting it looked as if Ellison, going nowhere, with nothing more to hope for, ran into Terry and fell over. But that’s a penalty in today’s game and that’s a shame. The Westland Terrace’s favourite Daryl CLARE proceeded to execute the spot-kick with his usual precision: Yeovil Town 3 Chester City 1.
Any chance of a Chester City revival now? NO, the referee can only do so much. Yeovil ploughed on undeterred. Caceres made greater and greater impact as the game wore on and he and Rose surged at Chester down the left wing. But Caceres’s time ran out and was replaced by Lindegaard on eighty-three minutes. Gall came on for Stolcers and a fourth goal looked more imminent. That eventually came in injury time.
Up to that point Gall and Williams had had two great chances, but the Chester defence had managed to block each shot. But Gall had the last word. Switching to the left he picked up the ball on the half way line and, with acres of space in front of him, sped towards the Chester goal. His pinpoint cross found Phil JEVONS who headed home from six yards to complete his hat-trick. Yeovil Town 4 Chester City 1. Game Over.
Great second half performance from Yeovil Town. Very poor Chester City throughout: physical, often cynical. Can’t see how they managed an eleven game unbeaten run. Best player: Scott Guyett: Outstanding.
MOTM Vote Result:
Overall match rating: 7.9 / 10
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