It's not that often you see five sets of substitutions read out at the start of a second half. Gary Johnson's
were forced with Gavin Williams and Phil Jevons being swapped for Adrian Caceres and Bartosz Tarachulski.
Colin Calderwood's appeared to be an extreme tactical gamble in the form of a triple substitution, whilst keeping
the starting 3-4-3 formation. Andrejs Stolcers continued where Yeovil had left off by having a shot blocked by
a defender in a goalmouth scramble.
Chris Willmott got away with a second penalty appeal early into the half when he handled
Bartosz Tarachulski's attempt to hook the ball back across the Northampton penalty area. No doubt that the
ball hit the Cobblers captain's arm - just a question of whether the referee saw it, and whether he felt
the close range hook was a case of ball-hit-hand or hand-hit-ball.
Scott McGleish had last week scored what turned out to be the winning goal last week against Bristol Rovers
when he attempted an overhead kick and he tried one again eight minutes into the half when a cross had gone to
the back post. Somehow Chris Weale anticipated it and palmed it away for a corner. Two corners later and barely
a minute more on the clock, Wealey produced another monster block - taking the ball off Chris Willmott's head
at the back post after the ball had been flicked across the area with the goal seemingly gaping.
Yeovil were by now dropping deeper and deeper as tired legs from Tuesday seemed to be creeping in amongst
those who had played at Torquay. Playing on the break was their main source of attack, and Bartosz Tarachulski
produced a run that landed Tommy Jaszczun in the book when a cynical shirt-pull stopped the Pole's run.
Lee Williamson executed possibly one of the worst dives seen at Huish Park,
hoping to get a penalty. Somehow referee Mick Russell didn't consider the dive to be worthy of more than
a talking to, although that didn't last with Williamson fouling Lee Johnson a minute later - the Cobblers midfielder
finally landing in the book.
With Yeovil gradually getting forced into their own half, particularly down the flanks, Kevin Gall was replaced
by Andy Lindegaard in a straight one-for-one positional swap.
As Northampton surged forward Martin Smith headed a right wing cross back across the face of the Yeovil goal.
Northampton's problem was that for all their territory, that was as close as they were coming to threatening
Chris Weale's goal.
But just when it seemed as though Yeovil were going to get away with it, a right wing move eleven minutes from
time undid all their first-half hard work. Josh Low broke away after a Yeovil corner was cleared, and put a ball across the
face of the Yeovil box. Martin Smith slid in and missed the ball and probably that "accidental dummy" was enough
to wrong-foot Chris Weale, giving Eric SABIN the chance to sweep the ball home on the back post. Probably
fair on the increasing balance of play, but immensely frustrating for the tired Yeovil players.
The only danger now for the Glovers was that they might come away with nothing, but they managed to hang on.
Lee Williamson turned and shot inside the box, as did Andrejs Stolcers at the other end for what was a rare
second half Yeovil chance. There was then the obligatory nasty injury time moment when a David Rowson cross
whistled across the face of the Yeovil penalty box with no Cobblers striker getting on the end of it. Thankfully
the whistle blew without any damage done ... ten minutes more of the match, and the Huish Park unbroken record could
have been in jeopardy. Thankfully with no major midweek games coming up for once, Gary Johnson can rest his
troops for the County Cup and prepare them fully for Friday night's trip to Rochdale.
MOTM Vote Result:
Overall match rating: 6.5 / 10
50 votes received.
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