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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
20:55 13th February 2010

YEOVIL HELD IN GILL-NIL DRAW

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Huish Park witnessed its first goalless draw in almost a year this afternoon as Yeovil Town and Gillingham battled to share a point each.

After a dull, uninspiring first half both sides hit the woodwork after half time to liven things up but the game will not live too long in the memory for fans of either side.

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It also represents only the third home league game this season that the green army have had no goal to celebrate.

Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton made just one change to the side that won 4-1 at Wycombe last week with Ryan Mason returning to the side replacing the injured Gavin Tomlin. Arron Davies was the unlucky sixth loan player forced to miss out.

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The first half was one to forget for all concerned with three injury stoppages preventing any chance of either side building any momentum. Stefan Stam suffered a knock after seven minutes which eventually forced him to leave the field at half time while Mason and Adam Miller collided in midfield, both players needing treatment.

The lack of enterprise on the pitch failed to inspire the crowd in the subdued atmosphere as both sides cancelled one another out. Dean Bowditch and Gills striker Dennis Oli swapped chances early on before Shaun MacDonald shot well wide from outside the box.

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Nathan Smith was looking threatening at times down the left and his low cross was smothered by keeper Alan Julian down low.

In the closing moments of the first period, Owain Tudur Jones fired over from a tight angle and the lively Curtis Weston stung Alex Mccarthy's hands with a fierce rising shot.

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Skiverton made a substitution at the interval with Craig Alcock coming on for the struggling Stam.

The second half had to improve but it needed a spark and it got it on 55 minutes. Smith's curling shot was tipped on to the bar by Julian and away for a corner.

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Within sixty seconds, the Gills had broken and Curtis Weston rounded McCarthy before sliding his shot against the base of the post.

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At last the game brightened up with Oli giving the travelling Gills something to cheer about. He headed over on the hour mark and then saw Terrell Forbes' block tackle take the sting out of another shot wehich McCarthy held.

Yeovil's best spell of the match came in a five minute spell after seventy minutes had passed. First, Ryan Mason shot wide from twenty yards before Tudur Jones hit one over, Mason had another effort saved and Sam Williams hit one wide.

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Oli nodded another one past the post and Danny Jackman voilleyed his best effort wide as the Gills pushed forward. Mark Stimson threw on dangerous striker Simeon Jackson with twelve minutes to go and he missed his side's best chance almost immediately when he headed a Miller cross over.

Keiran Murtagh arrived to replace Mason and shore up the midfield a little and he could have grabbed his fourth goal of the season but couldn't connect properly with Dean Bowditch's lay-off.

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Steven Caulker headed a Welsh free kick on to the roof of the net and Welsh forced a late corner in the dying moments after brilliant build-up play from the unselfish Williams on the right.

Despite three minutes of stoppage time, neither side could claim a winner and the clean sheet masks what the manager might consider to be two points lost rather than a point won.

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