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MATCH REPORT

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13:25 18th April 2011

EXTRA JOY FOR WELSHY

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A feisty match in nPower League One saw ten-man Yeovil Town come from behind to draw 1-1 with Oldham Athletic at Huish Park.

A limp first half performance from Yeovil saw them fail to muster a shot in the first period as Oldham dominated possession. But a strong second half showing, despite Luke Ayling's dismissal ensured the Glovers put themselves a point closer to safety.

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Manager Terry Skiverton said: "You couldn't get two halves of football further from each other. I'm pleased with the second half and pleased with the response.

"It's the first time I've had to give a rocket for a little while but they responded to that really well."

Cedric Evina felt aggrieved not to have a penalty for Oldham in the opening minute after going down under a Luke Ayling tackle. However, Trevor Kettle deemed that Evina had gone to ground softly.

Oldham opened the scoring in the 16th minute through a great finish by their top scorer, Chris Taylor.

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The midfielder tucked the ball into the bottom right of Stephen Henderson's goal from 18 yards after the Yeovil defence were caught napping by the Latics.

Despite Kettle's earlier decision he wasn't endearing himself to the home fans, and drew a fierce reaction after booking Ayling for a strong tackle on his former Arsenal team mate Evina.

Oldham's attacking movement caused problems for the Glovers throughout the first half and Taylor came close to scoring his second in the 39th minute.

Taylor's left footed volley sneaked wide of Henderson's post after Yeovil failed to clear their lines.

HALF TIME: YEOVIL TOWN 0 - 1 OLDHAM ATHLETIC

After the half time break the Glovers switched to 4-4-2 as Nathan Smith replaced Paul Huntington in the Yeovil defence.

Jonathan Obika could have had Yeovil back on level terms moments after the restart after being put through on goal.

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However, the loanee could only shoot straight at Dean Brill in the Oldham goal.

Five minutes later Smith delivered a precise cross for Andy Welsh who could only skew his volley into the hands of Brill.

Obika had another chance in the 57th minute after Welsh found him with a through ball on the right hand side. The strikers left footed shot took a deflection into the side netting though.

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Yeovil pushed for the equaliser and nearly found it in the 62nd when Max Ehmer's header hit the post and agonisingly bounced into the arms of Brill.

A minute later Yeovil were down to ten men as Ayling was given his second yellow card for a tackle on Evina.

Moments later Oli Johnson ran onto a hopeful ball over the top but was pulled up for handball to the fury of the players, the fans and the manager. Bowditch picked up a caution for dissent as he remonstrated with Mr. Kettle.

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Yeovil finally made the breakthrough in the 86th minute as Welsh celebrated the arrival of his newborn baby with a goal.

Welsh left Evina on his backside in the box and managed to scramble the ball past Brill sending the Glovers faithful into euphoria.

"I'm not getting too down like I did after the Bristol Rovers game. I've got to be upbeat, it's a great point today that gets us a little bit closer to safety."

An extensive gallery of this match can be found in the Match Gallery.

By Ian Perkins

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