Match Details: 22/12/2012
Yeovil Town 4-1 Oldham Athletic
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: Gavin Williams (39), Gavin Williams (44), James Hayter (77), Paddy Madden (88)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Marek Stech, 2. Luke Ayling, 3. Jamie McAllister, 4. Richard Hinds, 5. Byron Webster, 8. Ed Upson, 9. James Hayter, 10. Gavin Williams, 14. Sam Foley, 17. Paddy Madden, 22. Joe Edwards,
Subs: 6. Dominic Blizzard, 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown, 11. Reuben Reid, 12. Gareth Stewart, 19. Gozie Ugwu, 24. Mitch Brundle
Substitutes Used: Dominic Blizzard for Sam Foley (28 mins), Reuben Reid for Gavin Williams (64 mins)
Bookings: Joe Edwards (Foul, 78), Richard Hinds (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 90)
Yeovil Town moved back into the top half of the League One table this afternoon with their most emphatic home victory of the 2012-13 season. Despite falling behind to an early Jose Baxter goal, a Gavin Williams penalty was followed by a wonder strike from the Welshman to put the Glovers 2-1 up at the break. James Hayter provided the third and crucial goal, with the match being wrapped up by Paddy Madden taking advantage of some charitable defending to give Yeovil a 4-1 win - a result that lifts them into 11th place in the League One table.
The Glovers went into the match making two enforced changes from last weekend's game at Walsall. Korey Smith had completed his 93 day loan and had returned to Norwich City, whilst Fulham loanee Daniel Burn sat out the match after reaching five bookings during the season. The latter change saw Richard Hinds get his first start since November 3rd, whilst Korey's position was covered by a bit of reshuffling, as Joe "Mr Versatile" Edwards moved into the centre of midfield, Gavin Williams dropped to a right-wing slot, and James Hayter came into the starting line-up.
The game got off to the worst possible start when the Glovers conceded just three minutes into the match. They had been pushing up the field in an early bit of pressure, but when they lost possession, with the ball being thread to Reece Wabara. His cross into the box saw Jose Baxter plant a simple goal past Marek Stech and the visitors had got themselves a third minute shock lead. When Cristian Montano narrowly fired over a minute or two later, there were concerns that this could be one of those days.
Gradually though, Yeovil eased their way into the match, albeit without creating too many cast iron chances. A Gavin Williams free kick whistled across the box, whilst an Ed Upson shot was blocked for a corner. The Glovers were in control, but needed a little more movement to make their possession turn into proper chances. At the other end, Oldham were adopting classic counterattacking measures, soaking it up and using Jose Baxter and wingers Lee Croft and Cristian Montano to surge forward, meaning that Yeovil could never push too many forward themselves to avoid a repeat of that early goal.
They finally got themselves back into the match six minutes before the break, as sustained pressure inside the box got them a penalty. Byron Webster's header was blocked on the line, another chance was again blocked, and when Ed Upson picked up the ball, Jean-Yves Mvoto appeared to panic and hacked the midfielder down for a penalty. Up stepped Gavin Williams to confidently strike home a penalty with only his second goal of the season. 1-1 and justified on the balance of play.
Midfielder Gavin Williams has always been a mercurial talent over his years in football, producing moments of magic that have been punctuated by his injury record. The 2012-13 season has seen frustration as a calf muscle problem has stopped him from producing any of his old magic, but 44 minutes into the match, he became Super Gav in a way not seen by Glovers fans for a few years. Marek Stech's goal kick was touched on by the Welshman in a move that took him past his marker and gave him the acceleration to bomb through the Oldham half. A defender's leg tried to take him out, perhaps realising the danger, but he managed to stay on his feet and continue his run. Then came the finish - a bullet into the top corner from 30 yards out to complete one of the best goals he's scored in a Yeovil shirt, giving Latics keeper Dean Bouzanis not a hope of getting near it. 2-1 up at half time and a real spot of quality to light up a gloomy afternoon.
Inevitably, the second period saw Oldham change tactics, and try to produce a more pressing game to try to work their way back into the match. At times it looked as though Yeovil's resolve might crumble, as a number of corners put them under increasing pressure. But with 13 minutes remaining, the crucial moment in the match came. A spot of pressure from the Latics saw Yeovil break up field, and Ed Upson's excellent weighted pass let in James Hayter, who was calm and collected as he slotted the ball past the advancing keeper for his first goal in a month, and to establish a two goal cushion the Glovers needed.
At that point, Oldham fell apart somewhat. Half time substitute Robbie Simpson had already challenged Marek Stech in a 50-50 ball that appeared to be dubious - a clearance off the line by Jamie McAllister stopping referee Philip Gibbs from having to make a difficult decision when Simpson got the loose ball and aimed it towards the goal. But when Simpson did the same again eight minutes remaining, the match official saw that as a far more rash tackle, and raised a red card to leave Oldham down to ten men, and a mountain to climb.
With the visitors falling apart, so did their composure at the back. With two minutes remaining, an awful backpass by an Oldham defender allowed Paddy Madden to steal in and get possession with keeper Dean Bouzanis making a hash of the situation, and the Irishman got an early Christmas present as he scored the seventh goal of his loan campaign to seal the match for good and to leave Oldham looking a little sorry for themselves. With so few clubs playing on the day, that win was good enough to push them up to 11th in the table, and when you compare that 33 points haul with the 20 points they'd gained at the halfway point last season which saw them occupy a relegation slot, that's a big improvement and hopefully will give plenty of encouragement, with the second half of the season to come.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 4 Oldham Athletic 1.
Scorers: Jose Baxter (0-1, 3 mins), Gavin Williams (1-1, 39 mins), Gavin Williams (2-1, 44 mins), James Hayter (3-1, 77 mins), Paddy Madden (4-1, 88 mins)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 4. Richard Hinds 3. Jamie McAllister
10. Gavin Williams 22. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
17. Paddy Madden 9. James Hayter
12. Gareth Stewart 6. Dominic Blizzard (28 mins for Sam Foley) 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 11. Reuben Reid (64 mins for Gavin Williams) 19. Gozie Ugwu 24. Mitch Brundle
13. Dean Bouzanis
23. Reece Wabara 16. Cliff Byrne 5. Jean-Yves Mvoto 3. Jonathan Grounds
11. Cristian Montano 8. Dean Furman 4. James Wesolowski 7. Lee Croft
14. Matt Smith 20. Jose Baxter
1. Alex Cisak 2. Connor Brown 10. Robbie Simpson (66 mins for James Wesolowski) 19. Dan Taylor 22. Youssouf M'Changama (46 mins for Cristian Montano) 24. Connor Hughes 26. Carl Winchester
Yeovil Bookings: Joe Edwards (foul, 78 mins), Richard Hinds (kicking ball away, 90 mins).
Oldham Bookings: None. Red Card: Robbie Simpson (serious foul play, 82 mins).
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 17; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 8; Fouls: 12.
Oldham Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 7; Fouls: 12.
Referee: Philip Gibbs (West Midlands). Assistants: Mark Derrien (Dorset) and Adam Nunn (Wiltshire). Fourth Official: Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire).
Attendance: 3,492 (including 95 Oldham supporters).