Match Details: 25/10/2008
Yeovil Town 0-0 Leyton Orient
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Asmir Begovic, 3. Nathan Jones, 4. Terry Skiverton, 5. Gareth Owen, 8. Darren Way, 9. Andy Welsh, 11. Danny Schofield, 12. Craig Alcock, 14. Paul Warne, 15. Scott Rendell, 16. Gary Roberts,
Subs: 10. Gavin Tomlin, 13. Josh Wagenaar, 18. Keiran Murtagh, 23. Aaron Brown, 27. Lee Peltier
Substitutes Used: Gavin Tomlin for Paul Warne (60 mins), Keiran Murtagh for Scott Rendell (76 mins)
Bookings: Nathan Jones (Foul, 28), Gary Roberts (Foul, 60)
Yeovil Town battled out a 0-0 draw with Leyton Orient this afternoon at Huish Park, in a match where both sides struggled to create chances in blustery conditions. Glovers keeper Asmir Begovic was a near spectator the entire game, leading to Yeovil's first clean sheet in the league for nearly seven months. Meanwhile at the other end, Gary Roberts and Gareth Owen came the closest to breaking the deadlock.
Roberts was the only change to Yeovil Town's line-up - as has often been the case this season, Keiran Murtagh can count himself a little unlucky to find himself sat on the bench. Right-back Lee Peltier also made his comeback - albeit by only warming the bench - meaning that Jordan Street and Andre McCollin dropped out of the sixteen.
The Glovers spent most of the first half on the offensive, although they had to deal with a number of Orient corners and a swirling wind that was against them, that required maximum concentration from Begovic and his back four. Orient managed a few wayward attempts from distance, but it was the Glovers who carved out the best two chances of the half.
Rookie referee Simon Hooper had been angering both sides during the half by pulling the game up when it didn't need pulling up, and on occasions failing to play advantage. But his major clanger was to fail to spot Tamika Mkandawire's hefty shove in the back on Scott Rendell, as the striker made a run into the box to try and meet an Andy Welsh cross. Mkandawire was fortunate that the referee's eyes appeared to be elsewhere, with the match official seemingly more concerned with following the path of Welsh's cross than looking at what was happening 10 yards away in the penalty box.
Right on the stroke of half time, Rendell was involved again - a neat flick-on setting up Gary Roberts in a one-on-one with keeper Glenn Morris, who brilliantly parried the ball at Roberts' feet, and then had the awareness to work out where the ball had gone as it squirmed behind him, with Roberts looking for a second bite of the cherry.
The second period never really took off at all. The Glovers were playing into the wind, but couldn't really make use of it. Orient had some lengthy spells of possession, which took away the Yeovil momentum, but the visitors were never looking likely to get past the Yeovil back line. All Asmir Begovic had to do all afternoon was to pluck a few crosses out of the air and that was it. At the other end, given the wind was at their backs, it was a little frustrating that the Glovers seemed reluctant to shoot - someone needed to let fly from the edge of the box, to see if the wind would assist a goal to break the deadlock.
Right at the end of the match, the unlikely source of Gareth Owen almost brought joy. He received the ball deep in the Orient box from a Gary Roberts free kick, and hammered a shot that rose upwards, clipping the Orient crossbar and going out behind the empty away terrace. That was pretty much that in terms of chances, and perhaps what says it all is that both managers took off their strike pairs before the end of the match, seeing if their bench warmers could fashion something out of the game. They couldn't, and 0-0 was probably an accurate reflection of what had gone on there. On the plus side, the extra point lifts the Glovers out of the bottom four, above Cheltenham, but the frustration is that with just a little bit of more expensive firepower out there, it could easily have been more than that.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Leyton Orient 0.
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Asmir Begovic
12. Craig Alcock 5. Gareth Owen 4. Terry Skiverton 3. Nathan Jones
11. Danny Schofield 8. Darren Way 16. Gary Roberts 9. Andy Welsh
14. Paul Warne 15. Scott Rendell
10. Gavin Tomlin (60 mins for Paul Warne) 13. Josh Wagenaar (GK) 18. Keiran Murtagh (76 mins for Scott Rendell) 23. Aaron Brown 27. Lee Peltier
Leyton Orient: (4-4-2)
1. Glenn Morris
2. Stephen Purches 4. Alton Thelwell 5. Tamika Mkandawire 3. Danny Granville
20. Jason Demetriou 8. Adam Chambers 17. Paul Terry 11. Dean Morgan
18. Adam Boyd 27. Sam Parkin
6. Brian Saah 7. John Melligan (77 mins for Adam Boyd) 10. Sean Thornton 12. Jamie Jones (GK) 23. Ryan Jarvis (85 mins for Sam Parkin)
Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Jones (foul, 28 mins), Gary Roberts (foul, 60 mins)
Orient Booking: Sam Parkin (foul, 83 mins)
Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). Assistants: Kevin Johnson (Somerset) and Brendan Malone (Wiltshire). Fourth Official: Adrian Matthews (Wiltshire).
Attendance: 4,320 (including 199 Leyton Orient fans).