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
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.