Match Details: 21/01/2012
Bury 3-2 Yeovil Town
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: Ryan Dickson (10), Steve MacLean (87)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Sam Walker, 2. Luke Ayling, 3. Nathan Jones, 4. Bondz N'Gala, 5. Paul Huntington, 7. Andy Williams, 8. Ed Upson, 12. Ryan Dickson, 15. Joe Edwards, 22. Dean Parrett, 29. Jonathan Obika
Subs: 9. Steve MacLean, 10. Gavin Williams, 18. Kieran Agard, 24. Gareth Stewart, 26. Kelly Youga,
Substitutes Used: Kelly Youga for Nathan Jones (46 mins), Gavin Williams for Dean Parrett (73 mins), Steve MacLean for Ryan Dickson (85 mins)
Yeovil Town went down to a deserved defeat this afternoon, when Bury completed the double over them, in a 3-2 win at Gigg Lane. Two goals from Steven Schumacher and a Joe Skarz header during the first half gave Yeovil a mountain to climb, with only Ryan Dickson's equalising goal providing any plus points against some woeful defending. The Glovers rallied a touch in the second period, but the 87th minute Steve MacLean goal was too little too late for any points to be snatched at the death.
The Glovers went into the game making just one change to their starting line-up and one change to their bench. Neither were surprising, with Sam Walker replacing Rene Gilmartin between the sticks as the Chelsea man made his debut. On the bench, it was a left-back for a left-back as Kelly Youga displaced Curtis Haynes-Brown, having signed for the club during the week.
The match started in a far too open fashion, with the home side forcing two corners in the opening couple of minutes of the game. Jonathan Obika put over the bar at the other end, but the Shakers took the lead when Andy Williams gave possession away cheaply inside his own half, with Bury feeding David Worrall down the right flank. His cross into the box was only parried by Sam Walker in the Glovers goal, with Steven Schumacher able to pounce on the loose ball for an early lead.
The Glovers though hit back within 90 seconds of the restart, as a Luke Ayling free kick was put into the box. The ball took a number of deflections before Ryan Dickson pounced on the loose ball, firing home into the bottom corner of the net for a quick-fire equalising goal, and to deflate the home crowd. 1-1 at back to where we were at the start.
The problem was that the Glovers were getting badly skinned down their flanks, with the left side occupied by Nathan Jones and Ryan Dickson suffering a torrid half, as David Worrall exposed them time after time. They deservedly retook the lead midway through the half when another former Glover Peter Sweeney swung in a set piece into the box, whoever was meant to be marking Joe Skarz didn't, as the full-back ghosted into the near post to glance a header into the back of the net. 2-1 down.
Matters got worse ten minutes before the end of a poor first half, when Joe Edwards made a poor tackle on Giles Coke inside the box, despite the midfielder moving away from goal for a clear penalty. Drama was to unfold though with the bizarre sight of Coke and Bury captain Steven Schumacher squaring up to each other over who should take the spot kick resulting in the sight of Bury players crowding around, with player-coach Efe Sodje doing his best to separate them. The captain won the right to take the kick, and not even that and both players getting booked could unsettle him and stop him from increasing the Shakers lead from the penalty spot.
Andy Bishop could have increased the home side's lead further as Sam Walker denied him by deflecting the ball for a corner. Jonathan Obika had a rare shot saved at the other end, as Yeovil tended to revert a little too much towards the long ball out of defence, in their panic to get rid of the ball. It was no surprise when Kelly Youga was introduced for the second period, with Nathan Jones making way at the break, after struggling to deal with David Worrall down his flank.
The second half saw Yeovil stabilise things somewhat, but there were two problems with the task that they faced. Firstly, Bury's 4-5-1 formation meant that they could naturally pack the midfield, making it hard for Yeovil to find killer balls through the back of the home side's defence. Secondly, the lively Worrall - later added to by Liverpool loanee David Amoo - meant that they were capable of catching Yeovil on the break. Walker had to save from both as they broke through the Glovers back four who were by now pushing a dangerously high line.
Gavin Williams replaced Dean Parrett midway through the half, after the Spurs midfielder was clattered by a high boot from a Bury midfielder, heading off clutching his shoulder. The introduction of Williams seemed to liven Yeovil up a touch, with Steve MacLean also being introduced later in the game, as Jonathan Obika moved out onto the left-wing, with Ryan Dickson withdrawn.
Andy Williams produced a long range shot that clipped the top of the goal frame, with home keeper Cameron Belford well beaten as he was caught off his line That was probably Yeovil's best chance of the half until Steve MacLean grabbed an 87th minute goal out of the blue, converting a Luke Ayling ball from close range to suddenly set up a nervy end to the game for the Shakers, at 3-2. Sadly there was to be no fairy-tale finish this time around, with an Andy Williams header into the arms of Belford during injury time the nearest the Glovers got - and it would have been robbery if they had grabbed anything during a game where they were second best bar the final 10 minutes or so.
The defeat inevitably keeps them in the relegation zone, and with Wycombe and Chesterfield winning, whilst Exeter, Scunthorpe and Walsall all drew, the League Table looks a little worse than it did after last weekend's win. It perhaps tells us that this is going to be an up-hill climb for the Glovers to escape the bottom four, and no waving of a Gary Johnson wand can turn things around quite as quickly as it may have appeared at 5.00p.m. last weekend.
Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Bury 3 Yeovil Town 2.
Scorers: Steven Schumacher (8 mins, 1-0), Ryan Dickson (10 mins, 1-1), Joe Skarz (21 mins, 2-1), Steven Schumacher (35 mins, 3-1), Steven MacLean (87 mins, 3-2)
1. Cameron Belford
2. Phil Picken 16. Efetobore Sodje 18. Ashley Eastham 3. Joe Skarz
7. David Worrall 8. Steven Schumacher 15. Giles Coke 6. Peter Sweeney 28. Ryan Doble
10. Andy Bishop
20. Richie Branagan (GK) 12. Lenell John-Lewis (82 mins for David Worrall) 13. Mark Carrington (70 mins for Steven Schumacher) 17. Mark Hughes 19. David Amoo (65 mins for Ryan Doble)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 4. Bondz N'Gala 3. Nathan Jones
15. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 22. Dean Parrett 12. Ryan Dickson
7. Andy Williams 29. Jon Obika
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 26. Kelly Youga (46 mins for Nathan Jones) 10. Gavin Williams (73 mins for Dean Parrett) 9. Steven MacLean (85 mins for Ryan Dickson) 18. Kieran Agard
Bury Bookings: Steven Schumacher (34 mins, fighting), Giles Coke (34 mins, fighting), Peter Sweeney (foul, 89 mins)
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Referee: Mark Heywood (Cheshire). Assistants: Kevin Mattocks (Lancashire) and Ryan Newman (Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Robert Jones (Merseyside).
Attendance: 2,527 (including 210 Yeovil fans)