Match Details: 06/12/2008
Hartlepool United 0-0 Yeovil Town
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 4. Terry Skiverton, 6. Terrell Forbes, 11. Danny Schofield, 12. Craig Alcock, 13. Josh Wagenaar, 14. Paul Warne, 15. Luke Rodgers, 17. Aidan Downes, 25. Gifton Noel-Williams, 27. Lee Peltier, 28. Nathan Smith
Subs: 3. Nathan Jones, 9. Andy Welsh, 10. Gavin Tomlin, 18. Keiran Murtagh, 23. Aaron Brown,
Substitutes Used: Aaron Brown for Craig Alcock (30 mins), Andy Welsh for Aidan Downes (79 mins), Gavin Tomlin for Luke Rodgers (85 mins)
Bookings: Aidan Downes (Foul, 19)
Yeovil Town managed to grab a useful away point from their 630 mile round trip against Hartlepool United this afternoon. The scoreline finished 0-0, but it was an end-to-end encounter with largely the final ball for the Glovers the only thing they lacked to stop them coming home with maximum points. Lee Peltier, playing as a defensive midfielder, created the game's best chance - striking the crossbar in the first half, whilst Luke Rodgers, who was making his full debut for the club, was denied in a one-on-one. Pools had the better of the second half, particularly as the game drew to a close, but it would have been harsh if Yeovil hadn't come home with something.
The Glovers were forced to reorganise their midfield with central trio Darren Way (groin), Gary Roberts (suspended) and Marc Bircham (ankle) all missing. A very attacking trio of Aidan Downes, Danny Schofield and Paul Warne sat in front of Lee Peltier. In effect all of the sixteen available senior players were selected for the squad that travelled.
With Hartlepool playing a 4-3-3 that meant that both sides were participating in an end-to-end attacking match. Aidan Downes fired a long range shot just wide of the post, with a nervous home keeper Jan Budtz well beaten. Then Luke Rodgers latched onto a poor defensive back header that left him with a one-on-one, but Budtz restored a bit of confidence by getting a palm on the ball as Rodgers tried to round him.
The best chance of the half came through Lee Peltier, who hit a rocket from 20 yards out that crashed against the crossbar, although Hartlepool also went close with Gary Liddle's cross-cum-shot almost turning into one that deceived Josh Wagenaar as it hit the outside frame of the goal. But largely Wagenaar only had to deal with routine stuff with the Glovers comfortable and the home side's fans getting restless.
The only down side to the first period was right-back Craig Alcock's knee injury which forced him off, with Aaron Brown getting another early appearance as a substitute. Russell Slade must have held his breath when Brown himself needed lengthy treatment on a knock barely 10 minutes later, spending the remainder of the half hobbling badly. Thankfully he was able to complete the game.
Hartlepool imposed themselves on the game a little better after the break, although Wagenaar was never too stretched. The home fans were back with their hackles up when top scorer Joel Porter was substituted as manager Danny Wilson tried to bring some kind of a spark to his three-pronged attack.
But the Glovers held firm, even when psychologically they began to sit back a little in the final five or 10 minutes of the match. Aaron Brown could have won it if only he hadn't headed a close range chance from a Peltier free kick straight at Budtz, when any kind of misdirection would have left the keeper struggling. But deadlock it was, and three minutes of second half injury time wasn't going to change that.
The 83 Glovers fans who made it all the way up to the North-East came home with the reward they deserved. Those hardy souls were also rewarded by the club, with Chairman John Fry and Chief Executive Martyn Starnes putting their PR hats on by handing out five pound club shop vouchers for those who travelled to spend on their Christmas shopping when they finally get their way back to South Somerset. That and the away point will doubtless have made the long journey that little bit more worthwhile.
Final Score: Hartlepool United 0 Yeovil Town 0.
Hartlepool United: (4-3-3)
1. Jan Budtz
15. Antony Sweeney 5. Michael Nelson 6. Sam Collins 3. Ritchie Humphreys
8. Ritchie Jones 7. Gary Liddle 19. Matty Robson
18. Michael Mackay 34. Kevin Kyle 10. Joel Porter
30. Mark Cook (GK) 11. Andy Monkhouse 16. Alan Power 17. David Foley (57 mins for Joel Porter) 22. Jonny Rowell
Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2)
13. Josh Wagenaar
12. Craig Alcock 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
27. Lee Peltier
17. Aidan Downes 14. Paul Warne
11. Danny Schofield
15. Luke Rodgers 25. Gifton Noel-Williams
3. Nathan Jones 23. Aaron Brown (30 mins for Craig Alcock) 9. Andy Welsh (79 mins for Aidan Downes 18. Keiran Murtagh 10. Gavin Tomlin (85 mins for Luke Rodgers)
Hartlepool Bookings: Matty Robson (27 mins, foul), Ritchie Jones (62 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Aidan Downes (19 mins, foul)
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire). Assistants: Andy Madley (West Yorkshire) and David Unsworth (Greater Manchester). Fourth Official: Peter Quinn (Cleveland).
Attendance: 3,393 (including 83 Yeovil supporters)