Match Details: 08/08/2009
Yeovil Town 2-0 Tranmere Rovers
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Goals: Dean Bowditch (23), Gavin Tomlin (76)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Alex McCarthy, 3. Nathan Jones, 4. Stefan Stam, 5. Steven Caulker, 6. Terrell Forbes, 7. George O'Callaghan, 10. Gavin Tomlin, 11. Andy Welsh, 13. Ryan Mason, 14. Dean Bowditch, 22. Danny Schofield,
Subs: 2. Craig Alcock, 8. Keiran Murtagh, 9. Sam Williams, 15. Richard Martin, 16. Scott Murray, 28. Nathan Smith, 32. Andre McCollin
Substitutes Used: Sam Williams for Dean Bowditch (52 mins), Scott Murray for Andy Welsh (84 mins), Andre McCollin for Gavin Tomlin (90 mins)
Yeovil Town gained an impressive 2-0 over Tranmere Rovers this afternoon as they opened up their 2009-10 season with a win over the Wirral side. Goals from Dean Bowditch and a Gavin Tomlin penalty gave them what was eventually a comfortable victory after a slightly sluggish start. Tranmere failed to get a shot on target all game and the Glovers grew in confidence as the game went on and there was little doubt at the end of the game who deserved the points.
With six players making their full debuts today, and Tranmere also radically changed from the side that faced the Glovers in April at Prenton Park, it wasn't too surprising to find a quiet start to the game. Tranmere actually started the better - passing the ball around crisply, although tending to find that their neat play never got further than the final third.
Just as the clock showed 20 minutes though, the Glovers front line burst into life, having a 10 minute purple patch that saw one goal and could have easily produced three. Dean Bowditch had a shot on goal blocked for a corner whilst George O'Callaghan and Danny Schofield tested visiting keeper Luke Daniels. But Yeovil made the pressure tell, with Bowditch planting a low header past Daniels to put the Glovers 1-0 up and to leave Tranmere rattled for a while.
Eventually the balance of the match was restored in the lead up to the break, but the damage was done by Bowditch in that middle spell and Tranmere were showing little signs of being able to fashion an equalising goal.
The second half followed a similar pattern, although the longer the game went on, the stronger the Glovers became. A crude challenge by Shaleum Logan on the edge of the box ended Dean Bowditch's impressive opening debut as he left the field in extreme pain, but what it did show was that Tranmere were having to go to ruthless tactics to stop the Glovers counter-attacking.
That kind of reckless tackling around their own penalty box cost them in the end, with Aaron Creswell diving in for a loose ball that Ryan Mason had toe-poked forward, meaning that when Creswell stuck his foot where the ball no longer was, a penalty was a fairly academic decision for referee Andy Hall. Gavin Tomlin's strike from the spot was perfect, coming in off the inside of the post to double Yeovil's lead.
The Glovers could have easily come out with more than they did. Tomlin had squandered a one-on-one just before his spot kick rescued his blushes, whilst a combination of Daniels and Logan blocked a Sam Williams shot out for a corner. With the second goal in the back of the net, the visitors seemed to lose their determination and with Tranmere failing entirely to find the target throughout the game, they look in for a hard season. The Glovers won't know until a few games have gone how much they can read into this match, but as a starter, there could be few complaints.
The result sees Yeovil lie in 4th place in the extremely early league table, with Swindon Town and Norwich City receiving opening day thrashings at the hands of Gillingham and Colchester United, with the Canaries being embarrassed 7-1 at home to the Essex side who top the league. The Canaries will be next up for Yeovil in the Carling Cup with Colchester their next league opponents, meaning that the Glovers will get an early insight as to how much of a freak result that one was.
The only down side to this afternoon's match was a painful looking injury to striker Dean Bowditch who was brought down on the edge of the box during the second half. With his shoulder being supported by Youth Team physio Richard Atkinson, the injury appeared to be either a dislocated shoulder or broken collar bone as he gingerly walked round the pitch, but we'll try and bring more concrete details as soon as we can.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Tranmere Rovers 0.
Link: 2009-10 League One League Table (as of August 8th 2009).
Scorers: Dean Bowditch (23 mins, 1-0), Gavin Tomlin (76 mins, 2-0 pen)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
6. Terrell Forbes 4. Stefan Stam 5. Steven Caulker 3. Nathan Jones
22. Danny Schofield 13. Ryan Mason 7. George O'Callaghan 11. Andrew Welsh
10. Gavin Tomlin 14. Dean Bowditch
2. Craig Alcock 8. Keiran Murtagh 9. Sam Williams (52 mins Dean Bowditch) 15. Richard Martin (GK) 16. Scott Murray (84 mins for Andy Welsh) 28. Nathan Smith 32. Andre McCollin (90 mins for Gavin Tomlin)
1. Luke Daniels
2. Shaleum Logan 12. Ash Taylor 15. Gavin Gunning 3. Aaron Cresswell
23. Chris Shuker 6. Paul McLaren 11. John Welsh 25. Craig Curran
10. Alan Mahon 9. Ian Thomas-Moore
8. Marlon Broomes 14. Terry Gornell (88 mins for Craig Curran) 13. Joe Collister (GK) 16. Josh Macauley 20. Ryan Fraughan (78 mins Alan Mahon) 17. Thomas Baker
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Tranmere Bookings: Shaleum Logan (49 mins, foul), John Welsh (90 mins, foul)
Referee: Andy Hall (West Midlands). Assistants: Carl Berry (Surrey) and Simon Knapp (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Mark Pottage (Somerset).
Attendance: 4,349 (including 457 Tranmere fans).