Matt Harrold replaced an ineffective Pablo Bastianini at half time with the Argentinian not enjoying his
first half battle with Macclesfield captain David Morley one bit. Morley stuck to him like glue, and it really
needed Pablo to do something surprising to shake off the irritance of his marker. The more unpredictable, pacier
Harrold was doubtless brought in to do just that.
David Beresford was probably Macclesfield's only creative source on the pitch other than Wijnhard, and he
produced a 30 yard left wing run that saw him cut inside three minutes after the break to produce Macclesfield's
first on target shot of the game, though the weak shot was food and drink for Chris Weale.
Macclesfield's tactics, despite being a goal down, appeared to be to try and contain Yeovil's play rather than
push forward in numbers. Presumably they hoped that by the law of averages, something would come their way
during the remaining 45 minutes.
Every now and again, the Glovers would force something on the break and seven minutes into the half Lee Johnson broke
through the visitors back line, letting fly from the edge of the box and seeing his shot head just wide of the post.
But in the main, their play was just a touch too casual, with too many passes going astray, and somehow you began
to fear that one of those misplaced passes might be punished. Not that Paul Harsley's looping header on the hour mark
that sailed into the Westland Stand was exactly anything to send shivers down any home fan in the ground.
Again Yeovil threatened on the break, as Phil Jevons received a nice chipped ball over the top, allowing him to
control it once and then fire the ball on goal. The body of Kevin McIntyre got in the way and Macclesfield were
able to get the ball out for a corner.
With little happening in the game, the Glovers fans in the two stands were doing their best to make some noise
in the direction of referee Mick Fletcher, whose inconsistent approach to the positioning of free kicks and throw-ins
was exasperating. Macclesfield were allowed to continually get away with blatant infringements with the referee
clearly not paying attention to what they were doing on occasions, so when he pulled up a Yeovil throw taken a yard
too high up the field, the stands certainly put forward their opinions in volume!
Still Macclesfield held onto possession far better than they had in the first half, even if they appeared to know
little about what to do with the ball once they got to Yeovil's 18 yard line. Yeovil when they went forward were doing so
well in numbers, but the passes were not connecting well, and it was clear that they desperately needed a second goal
to calm a few of the nerves that were developing on and off the field.
Finally, with under 20 minutes left, Macclesfield's resoluteness was broken and the floodgates were opened.
Paul TERRY, who had been switched out to the left-flank earlier in the half in an attempt to liven things up,
made a run in from the flank, and picked up a loose ball from a Kevin Gall cross just inside the area. Firing in on the angle, the ball
took a slight deflection off a Macclesfield defender and that was enough to defeat keeper Alan Fettis and finally
give Yeovil that two goal cushion they had been craving. Paul set off like a bat out of hell to celebrate his first
goal of the season right in front of his brother - Chelsea star John Terry - and the ground erupted in relief.
If Darren Way's opener had been spectacular in a solo vein, Yeovil's third was probably the pick of the night's crop
thanks to the superb multi-man move that brought it about. Just two minutes after Terry's goal, quick passing between
Nathan Jones and Matt Harrold saw Yeovil's left back scream for the return ball, and as Harrold laid it off, Jones
perfectly picked out Lee JOHNSON on the back post, who was able to execute a simple six yard tap-in to
a brilliantly executed goal.
Efetobore Sodje replaced Darren Way straight after the third goal as Steve Thompson got an opportunity to rest players
ahead of the big trip to Swansea. Phil Jevons was also withdrawn for Arron Davies. Sodje got into the action quickly
when he had to block out Jonathan Parkin, but with the big striker having barely played this season, his movement
was that of a slow sea tanker, and when he did poke his boot in for Macclesfield's second and final on-target shot
of the night, Chris Weale was able to comfortably gather the ball low down to his left. Parkin did manage another shot
of sorts after he'd dubiously won a free kick against Sodje, but his first attempt at the dead ball was smashed into
the defensive wall, and his second chance on the rebound went high into the Westland Stand to jeers from the home
crowd, who were now finally relaxing knowing that a second round trip to Walsall was on the cards.
The icing on the cake arrived in injury time. Some nice interchanges between Matt Harrold and Lee Johnson saw the pair
release Paul Terry to steam through the middle of the park, and when his simple pass to Arron DAVIES split the
Macclesfield back line in two, Davies drilled the ball past keeper Fettis for a 4-0 scoreline.
The end scoreline was slightly flattering on the Glovers given the balance of play for 70 minutes - Yeovil have played
better and lost this season! But it was about time that one of Yeovil's matches resulted in someone taking a pasting off
them and the chance to have four goalscorers go home happy will have done team confidence no harm whatsoever.
MOTM Vote Result:
Overall match rating: 5.3 / 10
17 votes received.
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