Yeovil Towns Boxing day jinx struck yet again! Today's 2-1 defeat at the hands of Jan Molby's Kidderminster
meant that the town's record of 1 victory from the last 15 of these Christmas fixtures wasn't improved upon
as the Glovers suffered their first league defeat since the loss at Bury back on the 1st day of November.
Writing match reports for Yeovil has been easy over the last year or so, victories, glorious football,
tremendous effort, discipline and tactical awareness shown both on the pitch with the players, and off it
with the manager and his coaching staff. The odd occasional constructive comment always thrown in, but never,
due to the above attributes has there been any reason to publicly criticise the team or an individual
player - all good things come to an end!
Kidderminster's winning goal came from a free kick, conceded on the edge of the box after a reckless
challenge from Colin Pluck, which cost the tough defender a yellow card, but which once again could easily have been a red, the biggest punishment though was the decisive strike coming from the free kick which ultimately punished the team, the manager and the sodden supporters.
Following Saturday's similar situation against Scunthorpe, those of you who cast an eye over the forum attached to this website may have read "Dorset Phil's" posting, if you didn't his comments were, and I quote:
"Was I the only one, as he was applauded off, who was unhappy? I'd hate to think GJ would need
to make subs due to a player's attitude. As we were behind and Colin is a defender it could have cost us dearly.
Thank god our squad is so strong but Plucky needs to keep his cool or one day it will cost us a game!"
That game came today! Gary Johnson, who left the pitch at the final whistle without his usual show of appreciation to the fans, was no doubt waiting in the changing rooms and my guess is he didn't mince his words when Pluck came in. Don't read this wrong, I'm a huge admirer of the defender, he's been superb all season, terrific passer, reads the game well, but its just that damned red mist…it needs to get sorted for his own sake as much as anyone else's.
So, to the match, as the game kicked off the heavens opened and the first 45 minutes were played in a
torrential rainstorm and gusting wind, not conducive to good football. The first real action came on
14 minutes, Boxing Day by name and by nature, as Harriers Hinton appeared to kick out and push Kevin Gall to
the deck. Players from both sides "bundled" on the centre circle, one exception was captain Terry Skiverton who
stayed back, possibly remembering his participation against Halifax last season when he was dismissed for getting
involved under similar circumstances. Plucky, take a leaf! Hinton was booked, for some reason so was Gall, who no
doubt said something other than happy Christmas as the ball was moved on ten yards and the free kick given to the
Yeovil then strung together possibly the best move of the match, Williams and Gall linked up, the ball was quickly moved out to Johnson on the right, who crossed well, but Kirk Jackson, starting from the off today, couldn't direct his header goal bound.
Kidderminster's best chance came moments after their substitution, Ward picked up a clearance from
Chris Weale that was well and truly held up in the wind, his searching cross just evading the head of
a Harriers striker. A quick and trademark free kick on the half way line from Yeovil found Kirk Jackson
who'd anticipated well, but he couldn't quite get his foot round the ball to knock it home. Then came the
first goal, Substitute Gadsby knocked an inviting low ball towards the far post from the right and it
was tapped home from close range by John WILLIAMS.