Match Details: 01/10/2011
Yeovil Town 1-3 Bury
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: Kieran Agard (17)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Jed Steer, 2. Luke Ayling, 3. Nathan Jones, 5. Paul Huntington, 8. Ed Upson, 9. Steve MacLean, 14. Max Ehmer, 17. Alan O'Brien, 18. Kieran Agard, 20. Paul Wotton, 23. Billy Gibson
Subs: 4. Bondz N'Gala, 11. Anthony Edgar, 16. Oli Johnson, 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown, 21. Gavin Massey,
Substitutes Used: Oli Johnson for Alan O'Brien (61 mins), Gavin Massey for Kieran Agard (62 mins), Anthony Edgar for Billy Gibson (74 mins)
Bookings: Kieran Agard (Foul, 52), Ed Upson (Foul, 53), Luke Ayling (Foul, 80)
Yeovil Town were deservedly beaten at Huish Park this afternoon, as their worst performance of the season saw them go down 1-3 against fellow relegation candidates Bury. The Lancashire side dominated the majority of the 90 minutes, despite Kieran Agard's goal giving Yeovil the lead against the run of play. Giles Coke equalised just before half time, and David Amoo and Peter Sweeney's second half goals were little more than the Shakers deserved, as Yeovil slid into the bottom four for the first time this season.
The Glovers went into the game making just one change to last week's line-up that started at Scunthorpe United. Yesterday's birthday boys Anthony Edgar and Billy Gibson swapped around one day after they celebrated turning 21 years old, as Gibson got the late present of his first ever Football League start. Otherwise the side was unchanged with the only other alteration being Oli Johnson coming into the bench, replacing goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart.
In glorious sunshine, Yeovil kicked off, but failed to establish any real momentum, with seemingly everyone on and off the field sunning themselves on the beach, in record October temperatures. Bury looked far more comfortable, passing the ball around well as they switched between a 4-4-2 and 4-5-1 formation, largely based around playing Liverpool loanee David Amoo in different slots and targeting him as a playmaker.
Despite that start, the Glovers took the lead against the run of play, as they netted via a set piece. Nathan Jones' ball into the box was flicked on in the box, Ed Upson found his attempt on goal blocked, and Kieran Agard acrobatically hooked the ball home to put Yeovil 1-0 up. Against the run of play, but based on what had happened up at Scunthorpe, it was difficult to argue against.
That goal actually boosted a Yeovil side that had been apparently lacking confidence in their own abilities; the Glovers went on to play their best football of the game, although that would turn out to be a relative thing. Alan O'Brien was causing his usual problems down the flank, and a cross into the box found Kieran Agard stretching to provide a header that he couldn't quite keep down.
There were some warning signs for the Glovers though. A Peter Sweeney corner found Efe Sodje totally unmarked in the box, as the ex-Yeovil Town duo almost set up an equaliser - a double save by Jed Steer saving where his team-mates had failed to provide adequate marking. But two minutes before the break, midfielder Giles Coke powered his way through the centre of Yeovil's midfield for the equalising goal. His run took him past three or four Yeovil defenders and midfielders without a proper tackle coming in, and as he got into the box, he fired home for a deserved equaliser. The Shakers could even have gone in at the break ahead as Coke again put a similar run over the bar.
If the first half had been patchy, the second half got worse. Terry Skiverton tried to patch up the way that his side were being totally overrun in midfield by switching to a 3-5-2, and then modifying it to a 3-4-1-2 as Oli Johnson and Gavin Massey were introduced as second half substitutes just after the hour. But in truth neither substitute showed too many signs of getting themselves into goalscoring positions as the visitors continued to keep control of the game.
Ed Upson went close when he clipped the outside of the post from the edge of the box, but this was a rare opportunity for the Glovers. Ashley Eastham got a free header inside the box for Bury after Ed Upson had been penalised for a free kick that landed the midfielder his fifth booking of the season - Luke Ayling also later got his fifth yellow card meaning that both will sit out Tuesday night's game at Bournemouth if confirmed by the FA.
Bury continued to make the clear-cut chances. David Amoo continued to look classy, as the Liverpool youngster almost emulated Coke's earlier goal with the Glovers centre players clearly not having learned from the first half goal. Then Mike Jones did the same, getting space to shoot on goal with Jed Steer's save superbly tipping the ball around for a corner. However, from that set piece, Yeovil's woeful marking from corners caught them out once again - David Amoo's header was nothing less than Bury deserved. A 2-1 lead for the Shakers - although it was Yeovil who looked the more shaky team out there.
Yeovil's second half collapse was completed with five minutes remaining when Bury caught the Glovers out on the counter-attack, and David Worrall's cross into the box was met by Peter Sweeney, and the former Yeovil loanee netted to put the game out of sight. 85 minutes, 1-3 down, and the home supporters voted with their feet, with hundreds choosing to leave the ground. With only 3,127 spectators at Huish Park - once again Yeovil's lowest ever Football League crowd broken again - it was to leave a very sparsely populated stadium for the closing minutes.
Four minutes of injury time were never going to get Yeovil back into the game in a million years, although their 90 minutes were summed up when Steve MacLean burst through on goal, slipping the ball through to substitute Anthony Edgar, but he blazed over the bar, leaving Yeovil slipping into the relegation zone at the end of the day, and a lot of serious thinking needed both in terms of the quality of play on the field, and the disappearing numbers off the field.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Bury 3.
SCorers: Kieran Agard (17 mins, 1-0), Giles Coke (43 mins, 1-1), David Amoo (67 mins, 1-2), Peter Sweeney (85 mins, 1-3)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2):
1. Jed Steer
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 3. Nathan Jones
23. Billy Gibson 20. Paul Wotton 8. Edward Upson 17. Alan O'Brien
9. Steven MacLean 18. Kieran Agard
4. Bondz N'Gala 11. Anthony Edgar (74 mins for Billy Gibson) 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown 21. Gavin Massey (62 mins for Kieran Agard) 16. Oli Johnson (61 mins for Alan O'Brien)
30. Trevor Carson
2. Phil Picken 18. Ashley Eastham 16. Efetobore Sodje 3. Joe Skarz
14. Mike Jones 15. Giles Coke 23. Shane Byrne 6. Peter Sweeney
10. Andy Bishop 19. David Amoo
1. Cameron Belford (GK) 7. David Worrall (74 mins for Mike Jones) 8. Steven Schumacher 21. Andrai Jones 25. Shaun Harrad
Yeovil Bookings: Kieran Agard (foul, 52 mins), Ed Upson (foul, 53 mins), Luke Ayling (foul, 80 mins)
Bury Bookings: None.
Referee: David Phillips (West Sussex). Assistants: Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Dave Bushell (London). Fourth Official: Andrew Turner (Devon).
Attendance: 3,127 (including 159 Bury supporters).