Match Details: 20/10/2012
Yeovil Town 2-1 Bury
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: Byron Webster (34), Sam Foley (76)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Marek Stech, 3. Jamie McAllister, 5. Byron Webster, 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown, 8. Ed Upson, 9. James Hayter, 14. Sam Foley, 17. Paddy Madden, 18. Daniel Burn, 22. Joe Edwards, 26. Korey Smith
Subs: 4. Richard Hinds, 6. Dominic Blizzard, 10. Gavin Williams, 11. Reuben Reid, 12. Gareth Stewart,
Substitutes Used: Gavin Williams for Keanu Marsh-Brown (47 mins), Dominic Blizzard for Jamie McAllister (75 mins), Reuben Reid for James Hayter (90 mins)
Yeovil Town ground out a 2-1 victory this afternoon against basement side Bury at Huish Park. Their third positive result in four matches was not their best performance by any stretch of the imagination, at times struggling to impose themselves on a Shakers side that played an hour with ten men after Zac Thompson was dismissed for a two footed tackle on Keanu Marsh-Brown. Byron Webster put the Glovers up after he got in the way of a Bury clearance from a corner shortly after that red card, but the Glovers failed to cruise the game, with Dominic Poleon equalising midway through the second half. However two minutes later, a Sam Foley header put the Glovers back in front and that was good enough to wrap up the game.
The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their starting line-up. Two of those changes restored Joe Edwards to the right-back slot, and Paddy Madden up front, after both were unavailable during the midweek Football League Trophy win. The third saw Richard Hinds drop to the bench, with Byron Webster preferred in the centre-back position. Bury's squad included four former Glovers, with Adam Lockwood and Andy Bishop starting, whilst Peter Sweeney and Efe Sodje were on the bench.
It was Yeovil who started the better, albeit without creating an extreme number of chances. Most went wide of the target - an Ed Upson free kick, a run and drive from Keanu Marsh-Brown that saw him shoot wide, and a Sam Foley ball across the face of the box that James Hayter couldn't quite get on the end of as it squeezed wide for a goal kick. Bury were struggling for possession, and they'd already put in one or two 'tasty' tackles in midfield. Just 27 minutes into the match, one of those tackles became unacceptable - Leeds United loanee was playing only his second match for the Shakers, and he left the field early, as his two-footed tackle on Keanu Marsh-Brown saw him deservedly dismissed, and leaving Bury with an uphill battle.
It didn't take long for Yeovil to take advantage of the situation - seven minutes in fact. That said, the opening goal came in possibly fortunate circumstances, after Ed Upson swung in a corner into the box. Bury goalkeeper Trevor Carson appeared to have the ball under control, but spilt it as he came down. In the confusion caused by the loose ball, Matt Doherty attempted a clearance, and the ball rebounded off Byron Webster and into the back of the net - his first goal for the Glovers and only his second career goal, with the last having happened on January 8th 2005 - a gap of over seven and a half years!
At 1-0 up, and a man advantage over the division's bottom side, in theory this should have been the opportunity for the Glovers to win at a canter. That never really happened, with them taking their foot off the gas for the remainder of the first period, and gradually Bury began to get themselves back into the game. Marsh-Brown lasted as long as the first minute of the second period, when clearly the bruising he'd received in the first half had frozen up over the half time break.
Alarm bells began to ring at the other end, with Tom Hopper firing over the bar, then defender Mark Hughes forced Marek Stech into a rare save, as Bury almost converted from a free kick. Matters were unravelling somewhat, even if Paddy Madden almost broke through on the counter-attack with Trevor Carson saving well with his legs to stop Yeovil doubling their lead. Straight after that attack, Bury forced an equalising goal and one that they fairly deserved on their second half play. Yeovil failed to clear their lines, and Dominic Poleon was on hand to pick up the loose ball and convert from close range. 1-1 and suddenly a possible embarrassment.
Thankfully that seemed to be the wake-up call. A minute after Jamie McAllister had hobbled off to be replaced by Dominic Blizzard, Yeovil got their noses ahead from a well worked corner move. Ed Upson put it in to the near post, and Sam Foley met it with a glancing header for his fourth goal of the season, provoking some significant relief around the majority of the 3,386 crowd. The Glovers had not been at their best at all, but had snuffed out any hopes the Shakers had of getting something out of the game.
In the remaining fourteen minutes, Paddy Madden could have produced a flattering scoreline as Trevor Carson saved from the Carlisle man again. In the end 2-1 was perhaps justified on the balance of play, but it wasn't pretty and it could have easily gone wrong during the second half. The three points is vital though, and including the penalty shoot-out win over Torquay United, it's three victories in four games - a sign perhaps that the Glovers are coming out of their slump, even if the performances are not quite there at present.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Bury 1.
Scorers: Byron Webster (34 mins, 1-0), Dominic Poleon (74 mins, 1-1), Sam Foley (76 mins, 2-1).
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
22. Joe Edwards 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 8. Ed Upson 26. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard (75 mins for Jamie McAllister) 10. Gavin Williams (47 mins for Keanu Marsh-Brown) 11. Reuben Reid (90 mins for James Hayter).
1. Trevor Carson
31. Matt Doherty 5. Adam Lockwood 17. Mark Hughes 3. Joe Skarz
7. David Worrall 32. Zac Thompson 33. Dominic Poleon 8. Steven Schumacher
10. Andy Bishop 28. Tom Hopper
30. Cameron Belford 6. Peter Sweeney (63 mins for Steven Schumacher) 9. Craig Jones (88 mins for Mark Hughes) 11. Marcus Marshall 13. Mark Carrington (58 mins for Tom Hopper) 16. Efetobore Sodje 25. David Healy
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Bury Bookings: Matt Doherty (foul, 7 mins). Red Card: Zac Thompson (serious foul play, 27 mins).
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 75%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 5; Fouls: 7.
Bury Match Statistics: Possession: 25%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 1; Fouls: 11.
Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire). Assistants: Lee Swabey (Devon) and Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire).
Attendance: 3,386 (including 147 Bury fans)