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      GLOVERS BOW OUT WITH PRIDE INTACT

      SWANSEA CITY 1 YEOVIL TOWN 0
      BY NATHAN JONESN.JONES@...

      08:00 - 14 November 2007

      Yeovil Town are out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy - and they now have
      only the league to focus on for the rest of the season - but at least
      they restored their pride at the Liberty Stadium.Back in action just two
      days after their FA Cup hammering at Torquay United on Sunday, Glovers
      fans could have been forgiven for fearing the worst.

      But Russell Slade's side more than matched the promotion-chasing
      Welshmen for long periods and could easily have taken the area
      quarter-final to penalties.

      As it was, Guillem Bauza's goal just before half-time was all that
      separated the sides as the patched-up Glovers confirmed there is nothing
      wrong with their spirit or commitment.

      Time and again, Yeovil underlined that there is little difference in
      quality between the majority of the sides in League One but, despite
      plenty of possession, they couldn't beat home keeper Dorus de Vries.

      And for all Yeovil's positive play, perhaps the most important incident
      of the match occured in the early stages. The night could not have
      started in worse fashion for the Glovers as Marcus Stewart pulled up
      injured in the fifth minute.

      Stewart had started promisingly, but his run and cross to set up Gary
      Dempsey for a shot at goal was his last action.

      The Bristolian was replaced by Wilfried Domoraud and the Frenchman was
      immediately involved when his backheel from a corner found Dempsey. De
      Vries could only parry his shot before the ball was cleared.

      Yeovil almost scored from an old-fashioned scramble when Anthony Barry's
      long cross was nearly forced in by a combination of Terry Skiverton and
      Lee Peltier.

      And Yeovil continued to monopolise the chances - Craig Alcock's cross
      was laid off by Lloyd Owusu for Skiverton to fire over.

      Swansea had created nothing in the opening half-hour but could have
      broken the dealock when a Paul Anderson cross somehow evaded both the
      far post and the outstretched leg of Darryl Duffy.

      Anderson drew the first save from Steve Mildenhall on 40 minutes when a
      powerful half-volley flew straight at the former Swindon man.

      Swansea took the lead a minute later after Yeovil failed to clear a
      corner at the near post. Alan Tate fired in a low shot that Mildenhall
      did well to parry but the ball looped up invitingly for Bauza, who
      gleefully nodded in his third goal in two games.

      Yeovil came close to an equaliser on 53 minutes when Peltier robbed
      former Glovers full-back Kevin Amankwaah.

      While the pair wrestled in midfield long after the ball had gone,
      Domoraud played in Nathan Jones on the left side of the box and the
      Welshman forced De Vries to save well from an acute angle. The ricochet
      bounced out to Jones again but his diving header went wide.

      The Glovers' next effort came from a regular source - an Anthony Barry
      long-range drive - but De Vries held the ball easily enough.

      Swansea substitute Tommy Butler underlined the strength in the home
      squad with a run inside right-back Alcock before unleashing a fierce
      shot that Mildenhall could only force behind for a corner.

      Mildenhall then made another brilliant one-on-one save from Duffy to
      keep Yeovil in the tie.

      Domoraud made way with 20 minutes to go for Jerahl Hughes, but the
      visitors did not fashion another chance of note as Swansea held on for
      an unconvincing win.

      Swansea City (4-4-2): De Vries; Amankwaah, Tate, Monk, Austin; Anderson
      (Butler 50), Allen, Pratley, Orlandi; Duffy (Scotland 83), Bauza (Bodde
      58). Subs not used: Lawrence, Knight.

      Yeovil Town (4-3-1-2): Mildenhall; Alcock, Forbes, Skiverton, N Jones;
      Dempsey, Barry (Maher 88), Peltier; Stewart (Domoraud 6 (Hughes 72));
      Walker, Owusu. Subs not used: Lynch, Ujah.
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