Full-time score: Yeovil 4 – 1 Oldham (Npower League One)
Stadium: Huish Park, Yeovil
Yeovil goalscorer/s: Williams 39' (Pen) & 44', Hayter 77', Madden 88'
Oldham goalscorer/s: Baxter 3'
Official Man of the Match: Gavin Williams (Yeovil)
My Man of the Match: Gavin Williams (Yeovil)
Referee: Philip Gibbs
This was a great Glovers performance in difficult conditions - with six Npower League One games falling victim to the monsoon conditions now regularly expected in the South West. To be fair the supporters came out in their droves considering the weather (although Gary's 5,000 target is still ambitious). This game was witnessed by just shy of 3,500 Yeovil faithful in a bubbly party atmosphere that begged for a spectacle – and they were not disappointed.
Great credit is due to the ground staff that this game did go on at all and the pitch or weather did not play as much as a part in this game as it was initially thought.
Both teams came to Huish Park knowing a win would greatly enhance their position going into the festive period – with Oldham trying to separate themselves further from the relegation zone while Gary's Green & White Army were eyeing a surge for the play-offs which would be greatly received by the Yeovil faithful if they could find that under their Christmas tree.
The festive bubble was popped just three minutes in when a seemingly controlled Glovers performance was derailed by Jose Baxter as Oldham struck from their first real attack. Yeovil had left too many men up field and they were unable to cope with Paul Dickov's side's quick counter-attack - Marek Stech having no chance against the pin perfect header that curled into the back of the net.
The Glovers applied insistent pressure on the Latics backline and it finally tolled. Not before an angled header from Paddy Madden looked to have got them back on level terms – only to see the assistant referee questionably chalk off the goal for offside, much to the displeasure of the Yeovil fans.
The Green &Whites finally broke through on thirty-seven minutes after Ed Upson was cut down in the box for a penalty, Gavin Williams did the honours but his best was yet to come…
Just before half-time Gavin picked up the ball on the half way line before cutting inside and running a good thirty yards. He then started to run out of space with the opposition defenders closing him down so had a pop from the full thirty yards – what a pop it was! The ball nestled into the top corner to the delight of all that were there to witness this Welsh master showing what all hardy supporters know he could do of old – he has still got it!
After the interval Yeovil again controlled but Oldham seemed to slightly pull back into contention; with the Latics looking as likely to score an equaliser as Yeovil were to scoring a third.
There were no real clear cut chances and the game needed a spark which it got thirteen minutes from time. James Hayter was laid through by an excellently waited pass by Ed Upson and the Glovers top-scorer dispatched his one-on-one chance with ease.
That pretty much finished the game as a contest but there was still more drama to come….
After poorly challenging Stech for a similar sort of ball moments earlier and finding himself lucky to get away without a booking, substitute and ex. Huddersfield Town man Robbie Simpson stupidly tried his luck again.
A long punt was put over the top that you could tell all day was going through to Stech, with the big Czech getting two hands on the ball before the inevitable happened. Simpson again challenged for the ball and again caught Stech who was writhing around in agony.
The Yeovil backline were incensed that the Oldham frontman had again gone for it with referee Gibbs not as forgiving this time – showing him a straight red to the sound of jeers from the home support.
This game had one final twist, one final nail in the Oldham coffin, one very long trip back to Manchester and two very big mistakes to come…
A back pass from an Oldham player was horribly under hit but Dean Bouzanis in the Latics goal. As he raced out to clear the ball, at the vital second, he slipped on the zippy surface and that allowed Paddy Madden to slot home into an empty net. The king of chasing down lost causes got his reward and full heartedly celebrated with the fans behind the goal.
A clean sheet would have been the cherry on top, but alas, Yeovil had to settle for a well-deserved three points. With a busy spell coming up after the Roast Turkey and trimmings, the players will have to cut down on seconds and make sure they keep off the mince pies to keep climbing the table and not the scales.
Written by: Josh Wilde, Age 14.