Full time score: Swindon Town 4 - 1 Yeovil Town
Venue: County Ground, Swindon
Yeovil goalscorer/s: Hayter 41'
Swindon goalscorer/s: Williams 24', Collins 28' & 90+3', Ward 43'
My YTFC star man: Keanu Marsh-Brown
A sub-standard performance by the Green & Whites and some clinical finishing meant Yeovil Town return to Somerset dreaming of what might have been.
They hadn't started off too badly and the two teams were well matched, with Glovers fans hoping for a good result to see their team move to within one point of the play-offs (if other results went their way). However, the turning point was when, twenty-four minutes in, ex-Yeovil striker Andy Williams netted against his former club after leaving Somerset in the Summer. He was a fans favourite during his two year stay with Yeovil before his move to Wiltshire, but didn't endear himself to the away faithful when, after scoring his goal, he full-heartedly celebrated in front of them and seemed to kiss the Swindon badge.
Unfortunately, Yeovil's defence looked shaky all afternoon and the Robins exploited this weakness to full effect. Just four minutes later James Collins got onto the scoresheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box
to double Swindon's lead. Then a glimmer of hope as Yeovil's early substitute for the disappointing Daniel Johnson, Keanu Marsh-Brown produced a brilliant ball for James Hayter to head in, just. With the assistant referee ruling the ball had crossed the line, though it looked like Wes Foderingham (Swindon's goalkeeper) had managed to claw it out onto the woodwork.
Yeovil had been given a lifeline but threw it away straight from the kick-off as Darren Ward headed in to reclaim Swindon's two goal advantage.
After half time and with the Manager's words almost certainly still ringing in their ears, Yeovil looked better and it was now a much more open affair. With Yeovil pushing to get back in the game, both sides had chances but the best most certainly fell to Paddy Madden of Yeovil Town, who somehow missed from just a couple of yards out after some more good work by Marsh Brown down the flank. That was Yeovil's chance to get back in the game and apart from a few half chances, Swindon rode out the game quite comfortably, adding a bit of gloss to the scoreline when, deep into stoppage time, James Collins claimed his second and Swindon's fourth with a good finish on the counter attack, Yeovil getting caught short at the back.
The Glovers were never really expected to get anything out of the game and now they must put this one out of their minds, sort out their defence and prepare for another tough trip ahead of them to face high-flying Crawley on Tuesday night.
Written by Josh Wilde, Age 14.