Match Details: 01/09/2012
Yeovil Town 2-1 Doncaster Rovers
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: James Hayter (56), Gozie Ugwu (84)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Marek Stech, 2. Luke Ayling, 3. Jamie McAllister, 4. Richard Hinds, 5. Byron Webster, 6. Dominic Blizzard, 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown, 8. Ed Upson, 9. James Hayter, 11. Reuben Reid, 14. Sam Foley,
Subs: 12. Gareth Stewart, 15. Lewis Young, 16. Nathan Ralph, 17. Rohan Ince, 18. Archange Nkumu, 19. Gozie Ugwu
Substitutes Used: Lewis Young for Keanu Marsh-Brown (71 mins), Gozie Ugwu for James Hayter (78 mins)
Bookings: Ed Upson (Foul, 39)
Former Doncaster Rovers striker James Hayter came back to haunt his former club this afternoon, as he helped his new team on to a win that keeps them near the top of the League One table. Whilst a 4-0 win for Tranmere Rovers meant that the Glovers dropped a place in the table, Hayter's opening goal eleven minutes into the second half saw him head home a Reuben Reid cross, and when substitute Gozie Ugwu chipped Donny keeper Gary Woods, the points were in the bag. Billy Paynter's goal four minutes into second half injury time dented the goal difference slightly but came too late to stop Yeovil Town maintaining their strong start to the 2012-13 season.
The Glovers went into the match fielding an unchanged line-up across both the starting eleven and the six substitutes. The only pre-match doubt had been Jamie McAllister's ankle injury he sustained in the midweeker against West Bromwich Albion, but he managed to pull through to retain his place in the side. James Hayter was coming up against his former club, whilst Jamie McCoombe and David Cotterill were coming up against their former manager, having both been on Bristol City's books.
It took Yeovil around fifteen minutes to warm up, with Doncaster edging a fairly low key opening period. However, Reuben Reid got himself two good chances to open up his side's attacking pressure - firstly heading a Luke Ayling ball into the box against the crossbar, and then seeing a stabbed attempt towards goal cleared off the line by David Syers with keeper Gary Woods well beaten. Otherwise the Glovers struggled to get into a clear rhythm in the opening half - not that their opponents were creating much more.
Doncaster's main routes into the Yeovil half came down the flanks where Luke Ayling and Jamie McAllister had their work cut out, with penetrating runs from Donny's wingers forcing them onto their heels at times. Not that their end balls did too much - a Rob Jones header over the bar one of their more notable efforts. Instead the half was punctuated somewhat by a bit of picky refereeing from Dean Mohareb who frustrated the crowd by blowing up for some decisions, whilst letting other similar infringements go without stoppage. All in all, it was very stop-start and the longer the half went on, the fewer the shots on goal from either side.
The second period was thankfully far better - doubtless courtesy of a half time Gary Johnson rocket. The warning signs were there for Donny a few minutes into the half when Keanu Marsh-Brown and Sam Foley combined, with the latter's ball across the face of the box in the end neither a cross nor a shot, and James Hayter couldn't get on the end of it. However, eleven minutes into the half, Hayter did manage to get on the end of a cross - Reuben Reid's ball into the box saw the former Doncaster striker evade his marker and plant a header into the back of the net to put the Glovers 1-0 up. He chose not to celebrate, mindful of his five year association with the Yorkshire side, but will no doubt have been over-joyed at his third goal of the season.
Donny made a quick double substitution and a formation change, pushing players up in numbers in search of an equalising goal. That allowed Yeovil to chase them on the counter-attack, with one move seeing Ed Upson put away Reuben Reid, who slipped the ball through to Keanu Marsh-Brown. The winger's shot though was poor and headed out for a corner. At the other end it was rare for Marek Stech to make a save - on one occasion he pushed a David Cotterill free kick around the post for a corner. But more often than not it was the back four who were doing the defending - a couple of terrific blocks from Richard Hinds and Jamie McAllister during the half stopped Doncaster shots before they could get that far.
Instead it was substitute Gozie Ugwu who sunk Doncaster. A ball over the top found the Reading striker in space, and as he advanced through on goal, his chip over the advancing Gary Woods allowed the Glovers to go 2-0 up with six minutes remaining and to give the Glovers the bit of a cushion that they needed. This wasn't a five-star Yeovil Town performance, but they had done enough after the break to deserve all three points.
There was a late moment of drama when four minutes into injury time, former Leeds United and Swindon Town striker Billy Paynter grabbed a goal back, with substitute Iain Hume having provided the ball to his strike partner to breach Marek Stech's goal. But just 30 seconds later, referee Dean Mohareb blew his final whistle and there was barely the time for Doncaster to gain possession to threaten any late drama.
A fine win, and whilst it may leave Yeovil Town in second place, they have still put themselves in a strong position for the start of the season. Last year, it took until October 22nd for the Glovers to muster 10 points in the League Table. There's no doubt that based on that yardstick, they are currently well ahead of schedule.
Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Doncaster Rovers 1.
Scorers: James Hayter (1-0, 56 mins), Gozie Ugwu (2-0, 84 mins), Billy Paynter (2-1, 90 mins)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 4. Richard Hinds 5. Byron Webster 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 6. Dominic Blizzard 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 11. Reuben Reid
12. Gareth Stewart 15. Lewis Young (71 mins for Keanu Marsh-Brown 16. Nathan Ralph 17. Rohan Ince 18. Archange Nkumu 19. Gozie Ugwu (78 mins for James Hayter)
33. Gary Woods 2. Paul Quinn 5. Rob Jones (Capt) 6. David Syers 7. Martin Woods 8. Billy Paynter 9. Chris Brown 11. David Cotterill 14. Tommy Spurr 16. Jamie McCombe 23. Kyle Bennett
3. James Husband (83 mins for Martin Woods) 4. Shelton Martis 10. Robbie Blake 20. James Harper (60 mins for Chris Brown) 17. Iain Hume (60 mins for Kyle Bennett) 1. Neil Sullivan 30. Paul Keegan
Yeovil Bookings: Ed Upson (foul, 39 mins)
Doncaster Bookings: Billy Paynter (dissent, 53 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 9; Fouls: 8.
Doncaster Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 3; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 2; Fouls: 9.
Referee: Dean Mohareb (Cheshire). Assistants: Andy Hendley (West Midlands) and Adam Hopkins (Devon). Fourth Official: Steven Plane (Worcestershire).
Attendance: 3,535 (including 330 Doncaster Rovers supporters).