Other reports : BBC Sport; Nationwide Conference site; www.ytfc.net;
Venue: Huish Park
Sat 30th November 2002, 3pm kick-off.
Conditions: Overcast and damp.
Pitch: Near perfect, thinning in goalmouths
Nationwide Conference :
Yeovil Town 2 - 1 Margate
Referee: Mr S Tomlinson (Farnham)
Yeovil: Pluck (44, foul), Williams (67, foul)
Margate: Porter (67, foul), Shearer (90, foul),
Line up : (3-4-1-2)
1. Chris Weale
2. Adam Lockwood
4. Terry Skiverton
5. Colin Pluck
10. Nick Crittenden
6. Darren Way
8. Lee Johnson
11. Michael McIndoe
20. Gavin Williams
25. Kirk Jackson
24. Abdelhalim El Kholti
Substitutes: 12. Chris Giles, 14. Roy O'Brien (83, for El Kholti), 16. Andy Lindegaard, 18. Kim Grant, 22. Steven Collis
Margate: 24. Charlie Mitten, 6. Graham Porter, 4. Bill Edwards, 5. Lee Shearer, 2. Greg Oates, 3. Paul Lamb, 15. Terry McFlynn, 11. Jay Saunders, 21. Sam Sodje, 7. John Keister, 18. Phil Collins
Subs : 1. Phillip Smith, 10. Simon Beard, 12. Mark Munday (82, for Sodje), 25. Adrian Clarke (80, for Lamb), 26. Leroy Griffiths (89, for Saunders)
Scorers: Abdelhalim EL KHOLTI (21, 1-0), Lee Shearer (45, 1-1), Nick CRITTENDEN pen (73, 2-1)
This report courtesy of Noddy Elms:
AVERAGE YEOVIL TOO GOOD FOR CUP KILLERS MARGATE.
Yeovil came out on top of this encounter with a gritty, if not convincing,
win against a gallant Margate side in front of the Conference's best crowd of
the day of 4147. Margate had, over the previous seven days, risen from the
depths of humiliation against title chasers Chester to become FA Cup killers
with that win over Leyton Orient. Despite taking a twentieth minute lead
Yeovil knew it was going to be a "hard day at the office" when Margate's
Shearer grabbed an equaliser on the stroke of half time. Both teams should
have flown out of the blocks for the second half believing victory could go
either way, Margate had certainly showed enough ability in the first half to
pose further difficulties for Yeovil. But, whether by intention or necessity,
Margate defended deep and Yeovil dominated throughout the second half, going
on to snatched the winner through a Crittenden penalty.
The game was played in a somewhat subdued atmosphere. In the depths of winter
with the season not yet half complete, perhaps players and spectators realise
how far there is to go. Realistically Margate have little chance of league
success and may have been more focused on their Cup exploits. Either way
neither team seemed fully committed.
Yeovil's Lockwood was the first player with any significant contribution,
clearing within his six-yard box. Yeovil, in general, had the better of the
opening minutes but took time to get their passes together. Williams was most
successful down the right wing. His seventh minute cross was too long, but
five minutes later he sent in a better cross that was cleared by a Margate
head. At the other end Collins won a free kick on the edge of the Yeovil box,
but McFlynn's shot was far too high. Yeovil began to take control. Way and
Johnson working doggedly in midfield but Yeovil's passing was still poor. El
Kholti had a good opportunity to play Williams in behind the Margate defence
but took too long and Williams drifted offside.
If Yeovil were let down by their passing, the opening goal after twenty
minutes showed what they are capable of. El Kholti's pace and determination
allowed him to keep the ball in play by the right hand goal line. Johnson
first won a throw-in then sent in an inch-perfect cross into a crowded
Margate box. With three green and white shirts challenging EL KHOLTI produced
the most accurate of headers and the ball drifted just inside Mitten's right
hand post. Yeovil 1 Margate 0.
That spurred Margate on and Keister tried his luck from twenty yards. His
first attempt flew just wide of Weale's right hand post. Minutes later he
forced Weale to make a good save, again from distance. Kirk Jackson, making
his Yeovil debut, won the ball in the Margate box on 21 minutes. But he was
unable to pick out a fellow striker with his subsequent cross. After 27
minutes Jackson had an opportunity to crown his debut with a goal. Again El
Kholti did well to win the ball on the left, McIndoe's cross found him at the
far post but he seemed to time his jump too early, and he was unable to hit
the target with his header.
I cannot fail to comment how the Yeovil new boy reminds me, in physique and
play, of Carl Alford. Whether that's good or bad is another argument.
As the game ticked towards half time Margate enjoyed their best spell. Three
consecutive corners were eventually concluded when Weale gathered
comfortably. Minutes later Keister seemed to have broken through the Yeovil
defence, but inexplicably passed when a shot for goal seemed an obvious
choice. Margate had rarely troubled the Yeovil defence through open play and
it was to be a dead ball situation that produced the equaliser. Keister and
Lockwood had battled all afternoon and there may have been a continuous
degree of generosity in favour of the little fellow. Just as it looked as if
Yeovil would manage to hobble in at half time with their 1-0 lead Keister won
one free kick too many. Lamb's ensuing cross found SHEARER'S head and the big
Margate defender was only too pleased to help it into the Yeovil goal. Yeovil
1 Margate 1.
Half Time: Yeovil Town 1 Margate 1.
It may be stretching the truth to suggest that Yeovil raised their game after
the break, in truth Margate failed to compete as they had in the first. But
Yeovil started the brighter. Good work by Williams and El Kholti set up
Crittenden in the Margate box. But Critt's shot cleared the Copse Road
terrace and only troubled the ball boy who had to fetch it. A minute later
McIndoe's corner flew across the Margate goal face; the slightest touch would
have been enough. Jackson then deflected a header onto the Margate post.
Johnson's shot was then well saved.
Margate's Collins was forced to leave the game after suffering a head wound
when clashing with Skiverton, he returned to the game after an absence of
nine minutes. In that time Mitten had collected a good McIndoe cross, a
Crittenden shot was blocked, El Kholti's shot was tipped over, and Way's shot
was palmed away. It seemed it might be "one of those games". But today the
Man in Black would come to Yeovil's rescue. The Yeovil magicians: Crittenden
and McIndoe had been weaving magic down the right wing since half time.
Critts had forced his way into the Margate box but his first shot was well
blocked. As he chased the skied ball he seemed to be blocked as well. As he
hit the ground Mr Barnard had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
CRITTENDEN made no mistake with the spot kick. Yeovil 2 Margate 1.
Yeovil were soon looking to extend their lead. Jackson's back-heel played in
Williams who set up El Kholti. His cross / shot eluded Crittenden at the far
Yeovil had the game in their pocket and Gary Johnson was not about to let a
slender lead slip for a second time. Introducing O'Brien for El Kholti to
strengthen a "back four". But, to be honest, the game continued to be played
in the Margate half. Williams, McIndoe, et al played keep ball in the corner
until the clock ran down.
Full Time: Yeovil Town 2 Margate 1.
Football can be a funny game, but more often than not a good team will beat a
poor team, that sums up today's encounter. It may not have been enthralling
entertainment but the record books will show three points to Yeovil; we are
still top of the league. Chester win but Daryl Clare is sent off. Things can
only get better.
Internet Man of the Match Voting Result:
|Abdehalim El Kholti
Overall match rating: 6 / 10
46 votes received.
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