Once again, a strong session at half time seemed to do the trick as the Glovers came out with all guns blazing.
Just 20 seconds after the kick-off, Paul Terry broke down the right wing and delivered a ball to Phil Jevons, but
the ball ultimately went off target for a goal kick.
Jevons had his second penalty appeal of the night turned down when Mr Joslin turned a blind eye to a handball in
the box from a Jevons shot. But eventually the Glovers got the break they needed by concentrating on what they do best -
the art of passing football.
A superb multi-man move developed through the field, with Lee Johnson typically orchestrating things. Feeding the
ball out to Darren Way, his fellow midfielder exchanged passes with Michael Rose, before Way picked up the ball
a second time. Cutting inside a Darlington defender, Darren WAY unleashed a 20-yard drive into the bottom
corner to finally divide the teams. Not a bad manner to cap your 200th appearance for the club!
Andrejs Stolcers came close to doubling Yeovil's lead a minute later when he cut across his marker, delivering a
rising shot across the face of goal that just missed the angle. Much of the game now depended on whether Darlington's
players would react to manager David Hodgson's stinging words delivered over the weekend, claiming that his players
were not fighters.
In reality, Darlington didn't seem to have much of a sting in their tail and even their one serious chance
was down to the pitch than any serious attempt on goal. Clyde Wijnhard's shot took a surprisingly nasty bounce
off a normally perfect Huish Park pitch, causing the ball to lift and apparently strike him in the face. Fortunately
Wealey's reactions were still good enough to thwart an incoming Alun Armstrong sensing an opportunity on the rebound.
The game had developed a bit of a nasty under-current with both sides getting frustrated with Mr Joslin's decisions.
Hodgson seemed to be engaged in a constant battle with the Nottinghamshire referee, with fourth official Wendy Toms
having a right battle on her hands as she tried to stop the visiting manager from stepping onto the field of play
to make his feelings known.
Out came referee Joslin's cards like confetti. Adrian Webster was booked for a foul on Lee Johnson, Paul Terry
got the same for a foul on Matt Clarke, whilst a two-footed tackle by Clarke on Johnson could have seen worse
produced. Colin Miles seemed to be in a running battle with Clyde Wijnhard and much of the football was in danger
of being forgotten. Somehow though, both sides regained their composure with Yeovil content to sit back and
hold a Darlington midfield that couldn't find their attacking team-mates.
As the clock ran down, it was Yeovil that looked the more likely to find the net again. Phil Jevons had his
shot parried for a corner by Russell after Paul Terry put him through. Gavin Williams forced Russell into
an excellent tip-over save after he cut in from the wings, whilst shots from Jevons and Way went wide.
But there was to be no Darlington final onslaught, and they limped out of the FA Cup with a whimper rather
than with a bang, and for Yeovil only holding a single goal lead, this was a very comfortable final last quarter,
with a route now through to the second round and a trip to Gary Johnson's former home of Histon.
For Darren Way though, this was a wonderful way to celebrate his 200th appearance. Captain in the absence of
Terry Skiverton - tonight finally warming the bench again - and taking Yeovil Town into the next round of the
competition they love with a super goal. If there's any player that deserves what he got for his efforts tonight,
then it would be Darren. Roll on the next 200 appearances for Weasel ... and of course the next round of the FA Cup!
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