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15:24 20th December 2009



Yeovil earned a good point with their second successive away draw at a chilly Victoria Park this afternoon.

Striker Sam Williams put the visitors ahead just after the half hour but Andy Monkhouse equalised halfway through the second half in a reasonable game considering the wintry conditions.


The first quarter of the game was very much a case of both sides struggled to adapt to the freezing conditions. The only chance of note was when 'Pools midfielder Ritchie Humphreys snatched his shot and hit his effort high and wide after being set up by top scorer Adam Boyd.

On fourteen minutes, former Yeovil loan keeper Scott Flinders flapped at a cross from Craig Alcock and Anthony Sweeney muddled matters by heading back into the danger area but nothing came of it.

'Pools biggest threat came from the right-wing raidings of Peter Hartley who was whipping in his crosses dangerously. Most of what was coming through the middle was broken up in his usual combative way by Jean-Paul Kalala.

The first attacking move from Yeovil came halfway through the first period when Nathan Smith showed his prowess by sprinting down the left before being tripped by Leon McSweeney, referee Russell Booth awarding a free kick but no punishment.


Gavin Tomlin was punished for pulling Humphreys back though he had a fair claim to have been fouled first.

Sam Williams saw his shot deflected after good work from Alcock and Ryan Mason but he had better luck moments later when he put Yeovil ahead.


Alcock's low, fizzing cross was controlled by Tomlin whose chested lay-off was smacked home by Williams. The big striker also scored here last season when on loan at Walsall.

Yeovil almost went two up straight away when Tomlin hit his effort straight at Flinders before 'Pools broke away.

Humphreys beautifully weighted pass set Sweeney away and his cross was chested by Nathan Smith amid claims of a handball from Hartlepool fans.

The final ten minutes of the half belonged to the home side aside from a half-chance from Mason - the 'Pools forcing the only two corners of the half.

The second half started brightly with MacDonald shooting early on and the home side adding two more corners to the tally. The first of those came after a great save from Alex McCarthy from Adam Boyd.

Manager Terry Skiverton made an early change, pulling Tomlin off and replacing him with an out-and-out sriker in Jonathan Obika.


The game could easily have flared up after a poor challenge by Hartlepool's Andy Monkhouse on McCarthy who had just pulled off a stunning save to deny the player. Thankfully for the home side, McCarthy got up without fuss.

Hartlepool started to get the ball forward a little more directly yet ironically the equaliser came down the right hand flank where they had previously looked dangerous.


McSweeney was released down the wing and his low cross flew across the six yard box to be tucked home by Monkhouse.

The 85 travelling Yeovil fans had their hearts in their mouths soon after when McSweeney went down in the box theatrically but referee Booth ignored the weak appeals.

The weather worsened as the snow started coming down heavily and the game eased off a little and became a scrappier affair.


McSweeney was replaced by Johnny Rowell and Scott Murray came on for a tiring Ryan Mason as both bosses shuffled their pack for the final ten minutes.

McCarthy, Yeovil's best player on the day, saved bravely at the feet of Monkhouse with four minutes left and the same player wasted a glorious chance to grab his, and Hartlepool's, second when he headed over from Bjornsson's knockback.


Bowditch and Murray both saw efforts denied late on and the Glovers finally forced their first corner of the game two minutes into stoppage time but it was cleared easily.

A point apiece is just about fair on a day where football looked very unlikely at one point. Yeovil's record of not always getting what they deserve away from home continues while 'Pools grab a point that on another day, might not have come.


    Data provided by Press Association


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