Match Details: 13/04/2009
Cheltenham Town 1-0 Yeovil Town
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Chris Weale, 6. Terrell Forbes, 10. Gavin Tomlin, 14. Paul Warne, 16. Gary Roberts, 18. Keiran Murtagh, 24. Danny Hutchins, 25. Andros Townsend, 26. Jonathan Obika, 27. Lee Peltier, 28. Nathan Smith
Subs: 9. Andy Welsh, 11. Danny Schofield, 12. Craig Alcock, 15. Luke Rodgers, 20. Danny Maguire,
Substitutes Used: Andy Welsh for Paul Warne (64 mins), Luke Rodgers for Gavin Tomlin (74 mins)
Bookings: Gary Roberts (Foul, 63), , Terrell Forbes (Foul, 90), Lee Peltier (Dissent, 90)
Yeovil Town suffered their first defeat in six games as a 1-0 scoreline condemned them to defeat at the hands of Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road this afternoon. A strike from Bristol City striker Frankie Artus lifted the Robins off the bottom of the League One table and gave them a temporary respite from their likely relegation to League Two. The Glovers only really came to life after the 51st minute goal and came closest when a Keiran Murtagh strike thumped off the far post, but they couldn't force an equalising goal. Matters weren't helped when Gary Roberts got his marching orders for a second bookable offence 11 minutes from time and although Yeovil still pressed, the man advantage allowed Cheltenham to ride out the remaining time.
The match saw manager Terry Skiverton select the exact same 16 players for the third consecutive match. The Glovers started the game brightly although without creating too much in the way of clear-cut chances - the odd ball across the face of the box and the odd run down Cheltenham's flanks showed intent, but without the final ball getting them anything to worry the home side too much. Gavin Tomlin's low early drive was probably the pick of the bunch. Cheltenham did very little at the other end with Chris Weale saving a free kick with ease. In terms of open play, things were not too bad, but in terms of actual chances neither side was really delivering.
All of that changed six minutes into the second period. David Hutton's shot for the home side thumped against the post, beating goalkeeper Chris Weale, and the ball rebounded kindly for Frankie Artus to slot home the rebound and end 502 minutes of clean sheets - Yeovil's best since they entered the Football League. 1-0 to Cheltenham and based on the opening 51 minutes worth of football, there didn't look to be too many other goals in the game.
Thankfully the Robins goal seemed to shake Yeovil into life. The fairly quiet Andros Townsend burst into life down the left flank on a number of mazey runs, whilst Keiran Murtagh's foot trickery inside the box, followed by a rasping angled drive, surely deserved an equaliser. Except that this time when the ball came off the post, it ran to safety and not to a Yeovil body.
Andy Welsh came on as a substitute for Paul Warne on the right flank, and he showed a beautiful turn and cross as he curled in a cross for Jonathan Obika who was just inches away from connecting with a near certain goal. Certainly the Glovers had got Cheltenham on the back foot, which made the dismissal of Gary Roberts just 11 minutes from time all the more disappointing. Already on a booking, his tackle on Andy Gallinagh was meat'n'drink for referee Trevor Kettle.
Mr Kettle incurred the wrath of the visiting fans somewhat more when he denied Yeovil a penalty, after a cross into the box looked to be blocked by an arm, but rather unusually for Mr Kettle, he didn't fancy any spot kick drama, and so the Glovers continued their away goal drought right up until the final whistle with them having not scored on their travels for two months now. It acts as a warning to all that those in the Glovers camp should not get carried away at recent form just yet. Thankfully most of the last month has been a positive experience, and so the first defeat in six matches shouldn't be seen as too much of a set-back, even if the Glovers struggled to get out of second gear until Cheltenham took the lead.
The defeat does little damage, as the Glovers remain in 16th place in the League One table and still seven points clear of the drop-zone, as Northampton Town lost at home to Southend United. Brighton and Hove Albion gave themselves a chance of a great escape as they won 1-0 at Colchester United, pulling them level on points with the Cobblers, whilst Carlisle United are left sweating in 20th spot after losing at Huddersfield Town. Both Brighton and the Cobblers have games in hand on the Cumbrians, as the last two slots threaten to go to the wire. For our friends at Edgar Street though, League Two beckons as they crashed to the bottom of the table, losing 2-1 at Tranmere Rovers - they can now only survive on goal difference, and with a goal difference of -33 that isn't likely to happen.
Final Score: Cheltenham Town 1 Yeovil Town 0.
Scorer: Frankie Artus (51 mins, 1-0).
12. Scott P Brown 29. Drissa Diallo 4. Shane Duff 6. Michael Townsend 46. David Hutton 14. David Bird 20. Andy Gallinagh 33. Frankie Artus 45. Yuri Berchiche 9. Paul Connor 26. Jake Lee (46)
17. Andy Lindegaard (73 mins for David Hutton) 19. Lee Ridley (87 mins for Michail Antonio) 21. Will Puddy (GK) 35. Leon Constantine 43. Michail Antonio (46 mins for Jake Lee)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Chris Weale
24. Danny Hutchins 6. Terrell Forbes 27. Lee Peltier 28. Nathan Smith
14. Paul Warne 16. Gary Roberts 18. Keiran Murtagh 25. Andros Townsend
26. Jonathan Obika 10. Gavin Tomlin
9. Andrew Welsh (64 mins for Paul Warne) 11. Danny Schofield (82 mins for Danny Hutchins) 12. Craig Alcock 15. Luke Rodgers (74 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 20. Danny Maguire
Cheltenham Bookings: Drissa Diallo (12 mins, unsporting behaviour)
Yeovil Bookings: Gary Roberts (63 mins, foul), Lee Peltier (90 mins, dissent), Terrell Forbes (90 mins, foul). Red Card: Gary Roberts (79 mins, second bookable offence).
Referee: Trevor Kettle (Rutland). Assistants: Sasa Ihringova (Shropshire) and Lee Swabey (Devon). Fourth Official: Simon Barrow (Staffordshire).
Attendance: 3,775 (including 881 Yeovil supporters).