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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
21:35 14th August 2010

PIRATES PLUNDER POINTS IN LATE SHOW

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Yeovil ended a traumatic week by slipping to a late,late defeat at the hands of Bristol Rovers at a showery Memorial Stadium this afternoon.

Adam Virgo had given Yeovil sight of a deserved point when he volleyed home Andy Williams 89th minute corner to cancel out Jo Kuffour's first half opener. But full back Byron Anthony stole all three points finishing off a corner deep into stoppage time.

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The late drama came after the Glovers had to play the final fourteen minutes with ten men after midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala was sent off for two bookable offences inside seven minutes. In addition, striker Luke Freeman has been taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg after a nasty challenge from a Rovers player.

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Boss Terry Skiverton gave on-loan Manchester United attacker Cameron Stewart his debut after not changing his team from last week's game against Leyton Orient. He replaced striker Dean Bowditch who was absent with a bruised kidney.

Rovers, smarting after two heavy away defeats in four days to Peterborough and Oxford United, came out of the traps flying and Jeff Hughes shot stung John Sullivan;s hands inside 45 seconds as the Pirates forced an early corner.

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It was the home side that created the next chance although Kuffour's bicycle kick troubled the stadium clock more than Sullivan as his effort sailed well over.

It was odds on that Andy Williams, playing against the club that released him in May, would be keen to score and it took only eleven minutes for his first shot that loanee keeper Mikkel Andersen got down well to save..

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Stuart Campbell and Chris Lines both had chances but failed to score while in between, Kalala's volley flew over the bar with Andersen happy to watch it go over.

On 25 minutes, the Glovers had their first real clear sight of goal. Luke Freeman's skill teed up Nathan Jones and the left back crossed for Sam Williams. The big forward turned but saw his shot cleared off the line by a sliding Rovers defender.

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Stewart fired an effort well wide and Freeman just failed to get on the end of a Virgo cross as Yeovil looked the more likely side to score with just a Chris Lines wayward effort coming in response.

Freeman hobbled off with two minutes of the half remaining after a poor challenge from behind with Nathan Smith replacing him. Before the Glovers could even settle down, Rovers took the lead when Will Hoskins laid the ball wide to Gary Sawyer and his cross was headed home by Kuffour.

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The second half was bereft of real goalmouth action in its early stages. Wayne Brown flicked a Kuffour cross just wide while Luke Ayling hit his rising shot well over and Smith's cross shot landed on the roof of the net.

Skiverton sent on midfield duo Rob Kiernan and Ed Upson for their debuts coming on for Nathan Jones and Stewart.

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Kuffour spurned a glorious chance to make it two when his weak shot was easily gathered by Sullivan but the real drama was about to unfold. Kalala was shown a yellow card after a challenge then saw a second one minutes later for a trip on Campbell, making it the fourth player to be sent off in this fixture in recent years.

Virgo sent a free kick high and Craig Alcock volleyed wide as the visitors pushed for the leveller and they finally got it with ninety seconds left on the clock. A corner from birthday boy Williams was met on the volley by Virgo who gleefully hit home the equaliser.

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With four minutes of stoppage time to be played, the Glovers had to hold on a little longer but they just couldn't. Wayne Brown's corner was met on the edge of the box by Anthony who smashed the ball home for the winner.

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Rough justice on Yeovil who did enough to earn a point but at the end of one of the saddest weeks in Yeovil history following the death of former striker Adam Stansfield, at least there is a return to Huish Park next week to get things back on the road.

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