Match Details: 28/08/2010
Oldham Athletic 0-0 Yeovil Town
npower League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. John Sullivan, 2. Craig Alcock, 5. Paul Huntington, 6. Nathan Smith, 7. Andy Williams, 9. Sam Williams, 10. Dean Bowditch, 11. Andy Welsh, 19. Adam Virgo, 20. Owain Tudur Jones, 21. Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala,
Subs: 4. Stefan Stam, 8. Luke Ayling, 14. Rob Kiernan, 15. Cameron Stewart, 16. Ed Upson, 18. Luke Freeman, 22. Ben Roberts
Substitutes Used: Cameron Stewart for Andy Welsh (68 mins), Luke Freeman for Sam Williams (80 mins), Luke Ayling for Andy Williams (90 mins)
Bookings: Andy Welsh (Dissent, 23), Adam Virgo (Foul, 27)
Yeovil Town gained a useful away point this afternoon as their match against Oldham Athletic turned into a stalemate at Boundary Park. Both sides struggled to create chances, although the odd isolated chance at both ends could easily have allowed both sides to nick the game. Glovers striker Dean Bowditch got the ball in the back of the net deep in second half injury time, only to have a foul on the home keeper see the 'goal' ruled out, whilst Owain Tudur Jones had a shot cleared off the line, but overall chances were in short supply for both sides across the 90 minutes.
The Glovers made four changes to the side that had lost 0-2 at home to Hartlepool United on the previous weekend, with the central midfield pairing swapped out and Jean-Paul Kalala and Owain Tudur Jones brought in. The other area to be ripped out was the left flank, with Nathan Smith and Andy Welsh brought in. Shaun MacDonald's return to the club was delayed, not making the final squad.
The first half was a dull uneventful affair, with Oldham having a slight edge on the chances, as Chris Taylor forced John Sullivan to parry the ball out for a corner, whilst former Glover Ritchie Jones shot wastefully wide of the target from just inside the box. It took Yeovil 26 minutes to produce any shot of any worthy description, as Dean Bowditch turned and hooked the ball from the edge of the box, giving the Glovers their first shot on target, but Dean Brill made it look comfortable as he saved.
As the half wore on, the Glovers gingerly nudged forward their attacking intentions in blustery conditions that were more like a late autumn day, than the heights of an August Bank Holiday weekend - the wind alternately bringing in bright sunshine followed by squally showers, and then back to bright sunshine again. Once again Chris Taylor was Oldham's best outlet, as he forced John Sullivan to tip the ball over his own crossbar, whilst at the other end, Dean Bowditch nearly surprised Dean Brill by shooting instead of crossing on the angle.
Early in the second half, Yeovil had penalty appeals turned down when Oldham full-back Kieran Lee appeared to clip the ankle of Andy Williams just as he was about to drive the ball across the face of the box, but referee Oliver Langford ignored the strong appeals. At the other end Ritchie Jones was inches away from getting the opening goal when a he connected from a free kick, only to find John Sullivan get in the way of his attempt on goal.
The second period saw both sides open up with a little more open play, with both teams showing more positive intentions than they had early on, but without any true clear-cut chances. Midway through the second period, Andy Welsh - starting his first game of the season was replaced by Cameron Stewart - a move to deal with Welsh's lack of match fitness as well as an attempt to try and shake things up, with Andy Williams moving across to the left wing position.
Ten minutes before the end of the game, the Glovers had their two best chances of the game - both within 30 seconds - a Paul Huntington header from a corner was well saved by Dean Brill to take the ball over the bar. Then from the resultant corner, Owain Tudur Jones had his attempt cleared off the line by Kieran Lee, as the Glovers got inches away from breaking the deadlock.
Just after three minutes had been notified for the start of injury time, Andy Williams produced a rising shot that was heading right for the top corner, until home keeper Dean Brill produced a stunning save to keep the scoreline blank. The bad news was that Williams appeared to injure either his calf or ankle in making the shot, and he limped off straight away, being replaced by Luke Ayling.
Brill's brilliance went from the sublime to the ridiculous as he suffered a rush of blood during injury time, almost letting the Glovers in twice. Both involved balls into the box that saw him come off his line. On the first occasion he missed his punch entirely and only the anticipation of Reuben Hazell stopped Luke Freeman from reacting to the loose ball. Then seconds later, Brill came off his line again, through a crowd of players, again missing the ball, but as Dean Bowditch put the ball in the back of the net, referee Oliver Langford generously gifted Brill a let-off as he blew his whistle for a supposed foul.
That was that, and the final whistle blew, with both sides having had only a few isolated chances to have won the game at times during the game and as such 0-0 was a scoreline that described the game well. But on the plus side, this was a far more solid performance than the previous week's Hartlepool debacle, and that will give the Glovers something to build on. Right at the death they could have stolen a win, and hopefully they can turn that into a positive when they face Exeter City on Tuesday night.
Final Score: Oldham Athletic 0 Yeovil Town 0.
1. Dean Brill
19. Kieran Lee 2. Jean Yves Mvoto 6. Reuben Hazell 21. Paul Black
7. Ritchie Jones 14. Dean Furman 20. Dale Stephens 18. Chris Taylor
17. Warren Feeney 36. Ournare Tounkare
28. Paul Gerrard (GK) 5. Andy Holdsworth 8. Deane Smalley (73 mins for Chris Taylor) 9. Dean Kelly (81 mins for Dean Furman) 25. Rodrigue Dikaba 26. Djeny Bembo-Leta (62 mins for Warren Feeney) 34. Rodney McDonald
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. John Sullivan
2. Craig Alcock 5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 6. Nathan Smith
7. Andrew Williams 20. Owain Tudur Jones 21. JP Kalala 11. Andy Welsh
9. Sam Williams 10. Dean Bowditch
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 4. Stefan Stam 8. Luke Ayling (90 mins for Andy Williams) 14. Rob Kiernan 15. Cameron Stewart (68 mins for Andy Welsh) 16. Edward Upson 18. Luke Freeman (80 mins for Sam Williams)
Oldham Bookings: Dean Furman (foul, 43 mins), Reuben Hazell (foul, 72 mins)
Yeovil Bookings: Andy Welsh (dissent, 23 mins), Adam Virgo (foul, 27 mins)
Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Assistants: David Benton (South Yorkshire) and Danny Markham (Tyne and Wear). Fourth Official: Scott Oldham (Lancashire).
Attendance: 4,180 (including 168 from Yeovil)