|Yeovil Town 2 Weymouth 1
Patmore (76, 1-0)
Tisdale (84, 2-0)
Laws (pen 87, 2-1)
Attendance : 3,196
Mr D Spicer (Totton)
R Greenwood(red trim)
I Ibbeson(yellow trim)
Line-Up & Formation
David Norton (for Smith, 86)
Jason Eaton (for Hayfield, 70)
Steve Thompson (not used)
Tony Pounder (for Pitman, 87)
Glen Poole (not used)
Opposition Line-Up : |
1. Danny Potter, 2. Mark Gammon, 3. Matthew Hale, 4. Alex Browne, 5. John Waldock,
6. Matty Hare, 7. Mark Robinson, 8. Ian Hutchinson, 9. Peter Knox, 10. David
Laws, 11. Anthony Tilley.
Lee Bradford, Simon Browne, Andy Mason, Paul Adcock, Dan Claxton.
Bookings : |
Yeovil : Brown (52, foul)
Weymouth : Laws (31, foul), Robinson (69, foul), Gammon (73, foul)
Team Selection :|
No change in either side's starting XI from Sunday's game, the solitary
difference coming on Yeovil's bench with Glen Poole coming in for Paul Steele.
First Half :
A smaller crowd than on Sunday, with only around 3-400 Weymouth fans
travelling, but there was no reduction in atmosphere: Huish Park was
bouncing right from the start. Proceedings began where they had finished
from the weekend, with Yeovil having the lions share of the possession.
It was backs-to the-wall stuff from the Terras right from the start, but they
defended bravely throughout, always making it difficult for the home team
to have a clear shot on goal.
The first chance fell the Glovers way as early as the 2nd minute but Patmore
and Tisdale got in each others way as each tried to burst through on goal. Dean
Chandler showed a lovely touch immediately afterwards but his low drive was
well saved by Danny Potter, the first of many fine saves by the Terras keeper
Yeovil could have had a penalty in the 19th minute when the ball appeared to
be handled by a Weymouth defender but referee Mr Spicer - having a much better
game than he enjoyed on Sunday - was having none of it. Yeovil were peppering
the visitors goal, or rather attempting to, unfortunately rather too many efforts
were going high, wide and handsome; Patmore and Chandler in particular being
guilty of profligacy. Still, as the saying goes - if you don't buy a ticket
you can't win the raffle - at least chances were being created.
Such was the dominance of the home side that it wasn't until the half-hour
mark that Weymouth had their first attempt on goal, and a fine effort it
was. After yet another Yeovil attack fizzled out Ian Hutchinson broke down
the left before finding David Laws on the edge of the box. His volley looked
a goal all the way until Tony Pennock flung himself to his left and tipped the
ball around the post - a truly magnificent save.
That was as good as it got for the visitors in the first half though.
Yeovil dominated the rest of the half with Potter denying Ben Smith in particular
with another good save, and the crowd witnessed a succession of Glovers queueing up to waste
chances - Patmore, Piper, Hayfield and Chandler all failing to hit the target
and make the keeper save. All square at half-time, but it really should
have been over as a contest bar the shouting.
|Half Time : Yeovil Town 0 Weymouth 0
Second Half :
And more of the same in the second half. Weymouth were trying to play
on the break but Yeovil's defence looked supremely comfortable and the
midfield was winning all the 50/50 balls. It was just where it mattered
in the visitors penalty box that the home team weren't quite getting the
run of the ball, though it must be said the Weymouth team were working their
socks off closing down shots and blocking off attacks.
As the half wore on and the chances came and went it was starting to feel
like one of those nights - it seemed that whatever Yeovil did there was
always a defender on hand to block a shot or clear the ball where danger
threatened. Weymouth were showing virtually nothing up front, but they were
soaking up the pressure superbly. Jason Eaton replaced the tiring Matt Hayfield
in the 70th minute however and his fresh legs seemed to add a new dimension
up front and 5 minutes later the breakthrough finally came.
In the end the goal was simple: Yeovil were awarded a free kick wide on the
right, David Piper flighted the ball into the back post and Warren PATMORE
was at hand to head down and across the stranded Potter and into the corner
of the net. How often have we seen him do that? Can't happen often enough for
my liking! Huish Park erupted in relief and celebration and the noise was turned
up a couple of notches.
Weymouth now had to chase the game and inevitably began to leave gaps at
the back for Yeovil to exploit. Ben Smith tried one of his trademark 30-yard
chips which cleared the crossbar by inches. Jason Eaton then came close after
a flick on from Patmore, but yet again Potter produced an excellent save
to deny the Yeovil forward. However in the 85th minute the Glovers got the
2nd goal which was the least their efforts deserved. A free kick was awarded on the edge of the D
after a foul on Patmore and Paul TISDALE stepped up to crown another
classy performance by placing the ball wide of both the Weymouth wall and the
diving Potter. 2-0 and the game was safe.
Or was it? Referee Mr Spicer stunned the home crowd and delighted Weymouth's
small band of travelling supporters when he awarded a penalty after a melee
in the Yeovil area. Presumably it was for handball, but it was hard to be
certain from my position. David LAWS made no mistake with the spot-kick
to give the visitors hope of salvaging extra-time. However, although the visitors
forced 2 corners in quick succession Tony Pennock's goal remained free from
danger and indeed it was Jason Eaton who came closest to scoring in the
time remaining, again forcing the excellent Potter into a diving save. In all
honesty, if Weymouth had somehow snatched an equaliser it would have been a
travesty of justice.
|Final Score : Yeovil Town 2 Weymouth 1
|Web Site Verdict : |
Yeovil will play much worse than this this season and win games
comfortably. They were completely dominant from start to finish with the midfield
and defence in particular looking in no discomfort at all with the exception
of one first half raid by the visitors. Where we struggled slightly was
in front of goal and were guilty of some poor finishing at times. However,
it's surely impossible to be so dominant and exert that much
pressure without it eventually paying off and so it proved in the end. Credit
to Weymouth - they were gutsy and brave (one could almost say plucky) and
defended heroically at times but in the end were very limited. The winning
margin could and perhaps should have been much greater.
|Thommo's Verdict :
Their goalkeeper was fantastic, and he made three world class saves. The one where Rob Cousins hit it,
I was right behind it, and as soon as he hit it I thought it was in, and I don't know how he got to it.
Apparently Ben's shot was the same in the first half.
When it was 0-0 after 60-odd minutes, I thought it was going to go into extra time. We completely
dominated the game, there's no question about it. They've had just one chance in the whole game in the
first half where Tony Pennock made a good save. The only other time he had to do anything was for the
penalty, which was for pushing by Terry Skiverton I'm told. That made it an uncomfortable last seven
Warren played very well, especially in the last half hour of the game, he held everything up.
With the second goal, I was warming up at the time, and so I didn't see the ball travelling, and I
just saw it land in the back of the net.
I was going to bring Ben off, as he started tiring in the last five minutes. If it had stayed 0-0
I was probably going to come on myself, but when we went 2-0 up I decided to put on Dave Norton instead.
It would be great to have a few more local games. I wish Weymouth and Dorchester were both in the
Conference. I thought overall it was a good team performance. I thought that Jamie Pitman had a great
first half, but I thought that Warren was the pick of the second half. But it was a great team
performance throughout. Skiverton, Brown and Chandler all looked solid again, and like I said, Weymouth only
had one chance in the whole game.
|Man of the Match :
The result, as voted for by YTFC fans across the internet, is as follows :
YTFC INTERNET MAN OF THE MATCH VOTES
1. Ben Smith 27%
2. Jamie Pitman 22%
3. Warren Patmore 18%
4. Terry Skiverton 8%
5. Paul Tisdale 7%
45 votes received.