Match Details: 28/04/2012
Yeovil Town 3-2 Chesterfield
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: Dominic Blizzard (26), Kieran Agard (73), Andy Williams (80)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Sam Walker, 2. Luke Ayling, 4. Bondz N'Gala, 5. Paul Huntington, 6. Dominic Blizzard, 7. Andy Williams, 14. Lawson D'Ath, 16. Jonathan Franks, 17. Jonathan Grounds, 28. Richard Hinds, 29. Jonathan Obika,
Subs: 12. Anthony Edgar, 18. Kieran Agard, 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown, 24. Gareth Stewart, 36. Mitch Brundle
Substitutes Used: Kieran Agard for Jonathan Obika (6 mins)
Yeovil Town polished off their 2011-12 League One home fixtures yesterday afternoon with a 3-2 win over Chesterfield, and in doing so relegated their opponents to League Two for next season. In a topsy-turvy game, the Spireites twice held the lead they needed to take things into the final day, with Jordan Bowery and Danny Whitaker giving them goal advantages. But strikes from Dominic Blizzard, Kieran Agard and Andy Williams saw the Glovers make yet another Huish Park comeback complete.
Manager Gary Johnson chose to preserve the same starting line-up that secured League One safety at Leyton Orient last weekend, with only one change to the bench. Youth Team defender Mitch Brundle displaced Lloyd Matthews, after the latter had been told that he would not be getting a professional deal on the Friday. Blackburn Rovers midfielder Josh Morris missed out for the third match running, as the club's sixth loanee, despite having recovered from a recent illness.
Chesterfield needed to win the match to avoid relegation, but it was the Glovers who started the better - Andy Williams shot just wide of the far post from a Jon Obika cross, whilst Williams also fired an attempt inside the box that Spireites keeper Tommy Lee had to parry and pick up at the second attempt, as Yeovil's fluent passing put them on the back foot.
However, the first two key events went against the Glovers. Firstly Jonathan Obika pulled up with what appeared to be a hamstring problem, leaving the field with just six minutes gone, and eventually being replaced by Kieran Agard. Then the visitors took the lead with their first attack of the match - a cross into the box from the right flank from Mark Randall that Glovers centre-back Paul Huntington seemed to leave, fearing that he would turn the ball into his own net. The end result was just the same though, as Jordan Bowery converted from close range at the far post. Chesterfield 1-0 up and somewhat against the run of play.
Despite the set-back, the pattern of the game stayed pretty much as it was. Chesterfield had occasional attacks, and were specifically targeting Yeovil's left flank, with Bowery putting a header over the bar as he got too much space in the box, whilst later forcing Sam Walker to make a smart save at the foot of his post for a corner.
Most of the play was in the opposite half though, with Kieran Agard turning inside the box and scraping a shot just wide, whilst Jonathan Franks struck the foot of the post from distance as space opened up for him on the right side of midfield - Tommy Lee getting a vital fingertip on the ball to keep it out of the net. Eventually the equaliser that Yeovil's play deserved came on 26 minutes - a great multi-player team move that saw Dominic Blizzard involved in the build-up before he ran into the box to get on the end of a low Andy Williams cross, with the midfielder tapping in from close range.
By half time, Yeovil really should have been ahead. Lawson D'Ath's shot from distance took a deflection for a corner, whilst Kieran Agard's curling shot did the same as it headed over the crossbar. Yeovil's play was that of a side with new found freedom - able to relax with the job done last weekend, and with the midfield quartet in particular performing to a very high standard in the way they pushed the ball around.
Maybe things were a little bit too easy for them out there. When Chesterfield introduced Danny Whitaker as a half time substitution, that invoked a formation change for the Spireites, as well as a new attacking outlet via a player that had got their winning goal last weekend against Rochdale. The Glovers came out looking a little bit too casual, and allowed the visitors to get on the ball far too much. All the warning signs were there for them when Craig Westcarr missed one of the most open goals you'll ever witness - a Jordan Bowery cross that slipped behind Sam Walker who was on his near post, but Westcarr somehow managed to turn the ball in front of the post, holding onto the goalpost and staring at the ball, as if he couldn't believe what he had done.
Westcarr managed to slice another attempt wide of the target, before Chesterfield finally retook the lead midway through the second period. The goal had a huge chunk of luck attached to it, as Danny Whitaker fired in a long distance shot which Richard Hinds attempted to block - only for the ball to balloon off his body, giving Sam Walker not a hope, as it looped over him and into the net. A 1-2 scoreline, and whilst the Glovers should have been a mile ahead on their first half play, Chesterfield deserved it on their second half performance.
They held their advantage for precisely four minutes. Kieran Agard was enjoying his chance of an extended period on the pitch, having one of his better matches for the Glovers, and when he received a pass from Luke Ayling inside the box, but with his back to goal. With a twist and turn, he got himself room away from his marker Gregor Robertson, and then drove an excellent finish into the bottom right hand corner for a quickfire response and a 2-2 equaliser.
That goal was going to send Chesterfield down, and inevitably they pushed players forward, with time now running out. Craig Westcarr had a shot well saved by Sam Walker for a corner, as the game developed a manic end-to-end quality about it. There was bound to be a fifth goal at least, with neither side particularly bothering with defending for the draw.
With ten minutes to go, it was Yeovil who got it. Andy Williams had been shooting, and trying to find room for shots, like a man possessed all afternoon. At times that approach had been a little selfish, but this time he got it perfect - a 20 yard low drive that slipped into the bottom left hand corner, right in front of 500 despairing Chesterfield supporters, who perhaps knew at this stage that there would be no coming back from the 3-2 deficit.
The Spireites did keep going until the end though, even if it was increasingly in vain. Danny Whitaker saw a deflected shot go inches wide, then Sam Walker made a stunning save to keep out another late attempt to force an equalising goal. But in a bright and entertaining game, the Glovers held out, leaving some Chesterfield players in tears on the final whistle as their drop down into League Two was confirmed on the final whistle. Overall - apart from the opening 20 minutes of the second period - it was Yeovil who deserved to pick up the three points though - with the pressure completely off them, the players appeared to enjoy the game, and it was a good way to end matters at Huish Park for this season.
Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Chesterfield 2.
Scorers: Jordan Bowery (0-1, 8 mins), Dominic Blizzard (1-1, 26 mins), Danny Whitaker (1-2, 69 mins), Kieran Agard (2-2, 73 mins), Andy Williams (3-2, 80 mins).
1. Sam Walker
4. Bondz N'Gala 5. Paul Huntington 28. Richard Hinds 17. Jonathan Grounds
16. Jonathan Franks 2. Luke Ayling 6. Dominic Blizzard 14. Lawson D'Ath
29. Jonathan Obika 7. Andy Williams
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 12. Anthony Edgar 18. Kieran Agard (6 mins for Jonathan Obika) 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown 36. Mitch Brundle
1. Tommy Lee 25. Drew Talbot 5. Josh Thompson 3. Gregor Robertson 12. Liam Ridehalgh 22. Jimmy Juan 9. Craig Westcarr 30. Franck Moussa 23. Mark Randall 16. Noel Alexandre Mendy 21. Jordan Bowery
13. Greg Fleming (GK) 4. Jamie Lowry 7. Mark Allott 10. Danny Whitaker (46 mins for Jimmy Juan) 19. Scott Boden (79 mins for Noel Alexandre Mendy)
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Chesterfield Bookings: None.
Referee: Dean Mohareb (Cheshire). Assistants: Brett Huxtable and Stephen Daly. Fourth Official: Colin Lymer.
Attendance: 4,563 (including 523 Chesterfield supporters).