Match Details: 09/03/2013
Hartlepool United 0-0 Yeovil Town
npower League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Marek Stech, 2. Luke Ayling, 3. Jamie McAllister, 5. Byron Webster, 8. Ed Upson, 9. James Hayter, 14. Sam Foley, 17. Paddy Madden, 18. Daniel Burn, 20. Joe Edwards, 22. Kevin Dawson
Subs: 4. Richard Hinds, 6. Dominic Blizzard, 10. Gavin Williams, 12. Gareth Stewart, 15. Lewis Young, 16. Nathan Ralph, 21. Wes Fletcher,
Substitutes Used: Gavin Williams for Sam Foley (17 mins), Wes Fletcher for James Hayter (77 mins), Lewis Young for Kevin Dawson (82 mins)
Yeovil Town picked up a battling away point this afternoon, as they gained a goalless draw against relegation threatened Hartlepool United. Despite both teams needing the win for very different reasons, they struggled to carve out a large number of chances, with the Glovers getting the pick of the game, as Paddy Madden's first half shot crashed off the underside of the crossbar. Lewis Young got himself a couple of late opportunities after he came on as a substitute, but in the end had to settle for a 0-0 draw that sees them drop one place to 5th, but increases the gap over seventh place Bournemouth by another point.
The Glovers went into the match selecting the exact same eighteen players that turned out last weekend against Tranmere Rovers, with Matthew Dolan's second month loan spell having ended. He was present at the game, but largely because Hartlepool is his town of birth, giving him a chance to see the Glovers whilst he recovers from a groin injury that has seen his stay in South Somerset brought to at least a temporary pause. Hartlepool fielded two former loan players, with Scott Flinders and Jonathan Franks both starting the game.
The game got off to a slow start, with Hartlepool having general control of the opening 15 minutes, and the Glovers struggling to get control over a stodgy pitch that had some standing water on it during the morning of the game. James Poole was the player who did seem to know how to play the surface - having one shot blocked whilst having another going just wide of the target.
It took around 25-30 minutes for Yeovil to begin to find their feet, evening out the play and starting to carve out their own chances. Best of the lot by a mile from either side was Paddy Madden's attempt on 35 minutes, with a shot from the right corner of the penalty box boundary flying towards goal, but instead crashing off the underside of the bar, onto the turf and back out again. That was followed up by another Madden attempt going wide, plus one more for Gavin Williams, who had been introduced as an early substitute for Sam Foley, who went off after just 17 minutes with a problem affecting his hip/back area.
The second half opened up with Paddy Madden heading over the bar. The problem was not in the way Yeovil held possession - they had plenty of it. It was what happened when they got to the final third, with either the delivery of their final ball a disappointment, or with the Pools defence blocking them out and forcing them to shoot from distance. Former loanee Scott Flinders saved easily from a Gavin Williams header after he produced nice interplay with James Hayter. Flinders was less sure of his bearings when he spilt an Ed Upson long ranger, making a bit of a meal of it as he pushed it out for a corner. It was starting to look as though it would need a mistake like that to separate the two sides.
With both managers not really wanting a draw, a multitude of substitutions dotted the second half, with Hartlepool changing formations, and Yeovil introducing Wes Fletcher for his debut, and Lewis Young for a bit of pace. It was the latter who threatened the most, as the game got increasingly stretched in the final 15 minutes with both sides having opportunities to seal all three points. Young's breakaway during the final ten minutes represented one of the best of those chances as he forced Scott Flinders into a parried save, and Paddy Madden's follow-up went wide. But Hartlepool could have seized the win themselves when Yeovil's markers failed to pick up substitute Antony Sweeney who could have scored with his first touch when he got in behind the back line, with mercifully Marek Stech getting contact on the shot to send it wide of his post.
Goalless it stayed, and a result that probably didn't favour either team, but one that the Glovers would be slightly happier with at the end, particularly given incoming news that Brentford and Bournemouth had lost, with the latter now having suffered five defeats in a row since topping the table. For the Glovers, they drop one place to fifth, but given they have increased the gap between them and the seventh placed Cherries by an additional point, it's certainly not a point to be sniffed at.
Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Hartlepool United 0 Yeovil Town 0.
1. Scott Flinders
6. Evan Horwood 5. Sam Collins 29. Peter Hartley 2. Neil Austin
14. Nathan Luscombe 3. Ritchie Humphreys 8. Simon Walton 7. Jonathan Franks
10. James Poole 36. Charlie Wyke
31. Adam McHugh 11. Andy Monkhouse (65 mins for Nathan Luscombe) 15. Antony Sweeney (83 mins for Jonathan Franks) 17. Greg Rutherford 22. Darren Holden 33. Luke James 39. Steve Howard (65 mins for James Poole)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 20. Joe Edwards 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams (17 mins for Sam Foley) 15. Lewis Young (82 mins for Kevin Dawson) 16. Nathan Ralph 21. Wes Fletcher (77 mins for James Hayter)
Hartlepool Bookings: Andy Monkhouse (foul, 68 mins), Simon Walton (foul, 70 mins).
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Hartlepool Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 8.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.
Referee: David Webb (County Durham). Assistants: Anthony Backhouse (Cumbria) and Anthony Tankard (South Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Ricky Wootton (West Yorkshire).
Attendance: 3,633 (including 157 Yeovil supporters).