Venue: Bob Lucas Stadium
Monday, 18th April, 1pm kick-off

Conditions: Another glorious sunny day

Pitch: More green than brown (and as we all know, that’s a good thing – See podcast #160)

Attendance: 2,609

Scorers: None

Bookings:

W*ymouth: Thomson 55, Cordner 58, Bearwish 67, Drewe 86
Yeovil: D’Ath 36, Barnett 54,

Referee: Daniel Lamport

 


Yeovil Town : (4-4-2)

Grant Smith

Mark Little, Luke Wilkinson, Ben Barclay, Morgan Williams

Tom Knowles, Dale Gorman, Lawson D’Ath, Jordan Barnett

Reuben Reid, Charlie Wakefield

Substitutes: Max Hunt, Alex Bradley, Sonny Blu Lo-Everton (For D’ath ’84), Adi Yussuf (for Reid ’87) , Josh Neufville (for Wakefield ’71)

 


Match Report

1300 Yeovil Fans at Weymouth
Pic Ian Perkins

The fourth meeting of the season with the old enemy in W*ymouth ended in yet another draw – and a pretty turgid one at that.

For most part of it, the game lacked the blood and thunder which is supposed to come from a derby with the home side, desperately in need of points in an increasingly futile battle against the drop, the more committed to the cause.

Yeovil looked like a team with nothing left to play for despite a travelling support which outnumbered their hosts.

But, the draw means the last time W*ymouth won a competitive derby against us is still Boxing Day 1988. Well, you have to take the positives when you can find them.

First half

The first effort of the match fell to the visitors when Charlie Wakefield’s ball in to the box found Morgan Williams rising highest, but the effort was blocked by the Terras’ defence.

But, after that scare, it was the home side who looked the more of a threat going forward. On eight minutes, Ben Thomson had the ball in Grant Smith’s net soon after the Yeovil defence had been caught napping. Luckily the linesman’s flag was up.
Tom Bearwish had the ball in the net again on 13 minutes, heading home after good interplay by Ben Thomson and captain Josh McQuoid. The linesman’s flag sparing the blushes again.
Mark Little battles for the ball against Grimsby. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Mark Little put a weak header in to the hands of W*ymouth keeper Ross Fitzsimmons soon after, but that was about all there was for any threats on goal.

Passes were not finding players and it was difficult to see where an attacking threat was coming from whilst, in fairness to them (is that allowed), W*ymouth were looking more threatening every time they came forward in the first half-an-hour.
There was more to fight for from the home side than those in white; every tackle, every pass was played with greater urgency. In terms of league position (if not supporters in the ground) the Terras clearly had more to play for.
Indeed, the highlight of the final 15 minutes of the first half was Luke Wilkinson’s altercation with a home fan who appeared to throw some kind of beverage at him as he prepared to return to the action after an injury. The ‘gentleman’ in question was removed from the stadium, much to the enjoyment of the away fans.

In terms of things to shout about, that was probably we good as it got. Goalless at half-time.

Half time: W*ymouth 0 Yeovil Town 0

Second Half

The opening attack of the second half offered more than the entire 45 minutes the preceded it. Tom Knowles broke forward down the right and his shot was smothered by Fitzsimmons.

But, as happened in the first half, the home were quicker to everything. On 52 minutes, the Yeovil defence tried to play offside and let Bearwish get a shot away which was stopped by a smart save from Smith.
Six minutes later, Ash shrugged off a timid challenge from Wilkinson forced Smith in to action again.
That did seem to spark a bit more of an energy from Yeovil, with the ball played on the floor seeming to reap more rewards – who’d have thought it?!
Josh Neufville was introduced for Wakefield on 71 minutes and his presence seemed to spark some greater urgency.
Jordan Barnett. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

On 74 minutes, Reuben Reid did everything right after picking the ball up on the right of the box, lofted a ball over to Barnett arriving at the far post, but he headed it in to the ground and over.

Three minutes later, a Gorman free-kick led to a melee in the box during which Morgan Williams went down under pressure. Big penalty appeals, but probably not for me.
At the other end, Bearwish was involved again lashing a shot across goal but no-one was on hand to turn it in.
There were driving runs down both sides from Knowles and Neufville but nothing which threatened to create more than a half chance.
In fact, it was another substitute, Adi Yussuf, who almost created something when he broke down the right but could not pick out anyone in the middle.
The games final chance came when Knowles was fouled on the edge of the box. The final chance of the game and Wilkinson’s effort came back off the wall.
There were some plenty of moments for heroes, just not enough heroes.

Full time: W*ymouth 0 Yeovil Town 0

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