Match Details: 01/05/2010
Yeovil Town 3-0 Oldham Athletic
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Goals: Gavin Tomlin (18), Gavin Williams (83), Gavin Williams (90)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Alex McCarthy, 2. Craig Alcock, 5. Steven Caulker, 6. Terrell Forbes, 8. Keiran Murtagh, 10. Gavin Tomlin, 11. Andy Welsh, 14. Dean Bowditch, 20. Gavin Williams, 21. Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala, 28. Nathan Smith
Subs: 4. Stefan Stam, 7. Arron Davies, 15. Richard Martin, 16. Scott Murray, 17. Aidan Downes, 19. Luke Ayling, 23. Danny Hutchins,
Substitutes Used: Arron Davies for Gavin Tomlin (41 mins), Luke Ayling for Gavin Williams (90 mins)
Bookings: Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala (Foul, 69)
Yeovil Town secured guaranteed League One status this afternoon with a convincing 3-0 win over Oldham Athletic at Huish Park. A Gavin Tomlin header during the first half was added to by two late strikes from Gavin Williams against a Latics side that competed well in the middle third but did little to threaten the Glovers goal.
Yeovil went into the match selecting the exact same starting eleven as at Brentford, despite having had a large number of players on the treatment table during the week. It was a quiet pedestrian start to the match with neither side offering much. But the Glovers took the lead with their first proper shot of the game - a Gavin Williams free kick was taken quickly, and rushing to the near post was Gavin Tomlin to net his seventh goal of the season, planting a firm header into the corner of the net.
Having done little prior to the goal, the Glovers had their tails up for a spell after the goal with Steven Caulker putting a header wide, whilst Gavin Williams rifled a free kick from a narrow angle that was tipped over the bar. Oldham were offering nothing up front - absolutely nothing - and it wasn't the greatest of surprises when their manager Dave Penney made a substitution, switching from a 4-5-1 to a 4-4-2 in the process. The Glovers also had to adjust, as Gavin Tomlin went down in a crumpled heap close to the corner where the away fans were, with what appeared to be a groin or hamstring problem, and Arron Davies replaced him out on the right wing.
The second period saw Dean Bowditch spurn two great chances to increase the lead, with a one-on-one well blocked by Oldham keeper Darryl Flahavan, and then a cut-back from Gavin Williams seeing Bowditch fire his shot directly at the legs of an Oldham defender, and there was just a small worry that they might be made to pay for not turning their dominance into a more extended lead.
But in the final seven minutes, the game was finished off - and deservedly so, by the player who had run the show all game, and in most of the matches of his loan spell from Bristol City. Gavin Williams fired through a crowd of players from the edge of the box, and Dale Stephens turned the ball into his own net on 83 minutes for a goal that Williams ought to keep.
Then on 90 minutes came the goal of the game. A surging run by Craig Alcock saw a crossfield ball from Andy Welsh, and a well-drilled low cross into the box from the left that Gavin Williams gleefully turned in right in front of the home stand for his fifth goal of his loan spell at Huish Park. There's little doubt that his goals have been vital in making sure that a relegation drama did not ever become a crisis.
The final whistle blew, and Yeovil were guaranteed safety against an Oldham side who looked tired after having travelled on the day from Lancashire rather than stay overnight. Alex McCarthy barely had to do more other than to collect crosses all day, and bar a slight bit of tension when the score was 1-0 when the Latics did try and venture into the Glovers half and spoil the party, this was a fairly one-sided match.
A final word for referee Jarnail Singh. The Hounslow-based referee has travelled up through the leagues with the Glovers since their Conference days and has been one of the most regular officials on the circuit over the past decade. Furthermore he has been one of the best. Sadly, today was his last match of refereeing at Football League level. Once again he kept his high standard up, and we hope that he will go into referee assessment, to try and guide the next crop of officials to deal with matches in the same way that he has done over the years. Good luck to him in what he chooses to do.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Oldham Athletic 0.
Scorers: Gavin Tomlin (18 mins, 1-0), Gavin Williams (83 mins, 2-0), Gavin Williams (90 mins, 3-0).
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
10. Gavin Tomlin 21. JP Kalala 8. Keiran Murtagh 11. Andy Welsh
20. Gavin Williams
14. Dean Bowditch
15. Richard Martin (GK) 4. Stefan Stam 7. Arron Davies (41 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 16. Scott Murray 17. Aidan Downes 19. Luke Ayling (90 mins for Gavin Williams) 23. Danny Hutchins
Oldham Athletic (4-5-1):
37. Darryl Flahavan 33. Jim Goodwin 2. Hasney Aljofree 16. Sean Gregan 21. Paul Black 19. Kieran Lee 20. Dale Stephens 26. Alex Marrow 7. Danny Whitaker 9. Pawel Abbott 11. Lewis Guy
1. Dean Brill (GK) 4. Jonathan Worthington (65 mins for Jim Goodwin) 12. Kelvin Lomax 18. Chris Taylor (27 mins for Alex Marrow) 22. Ryan Brooke 27. Kirk Millar (76 mins for Kieran Lee)
Yeovil Bookings: Jean-Paul Kalala (69 mins, foul)
Oldham Bookings: Sean Gregan (20 mins, foul), Chris Taylor (88 mins, foul)
Referee: Jarnail Singh (Hounslow, Middlesex). Assistants: Stephen Daly (Middlesex) and Wes Linden (Middlesex). Fourth Official: William Bull (Hampshire).
Attendance: 4,513 (including approx 300 fans).