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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
21:26 11th September 2010

GLOVERS ROLL OVER ROVERS

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Yeovil Town earned a vital three points this afternoon when they beat a depleted Tranmere side by three goals to one at Huish Park.

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In a blistering twenty minute spell early in the first half, the Glovers went three up thanks to Dean Bowditch, Andy Welsh and Paul Huntington and the visitors could only muster up an 89th minute penalty in reply as Town climbed the table with their second home win of the season.

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Manager Terry Skiverton opted for four changes from last week's debacle. Stefan Stam, Luke Ayling, Owain Tudur Jones and Luke Freeman all dropped to the bench as Welsh midfield wizards Gavin Williams and Shaun MacDonald returned along with Bowditch and Andy Williams who came back from illness and injury.

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Williams in particular looked sharo early on and he curled a free kick over the bar before he rather fortuitously claimed an assist after six minutes. The on-loan Bristol City star charged down a clearance from a Rovers defender and it rebounded to Bowditch who hit a first time beauty past keeper Joe Collister from fully thirty yards.

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Three minutes later it was two nil and it was the other Williams, Andy, who was the creator this time. Craig Alcock took a quick throw in near the corner flag and Williams controlled before crossing for Andy Welsh to head in at the far post.

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Gavin Williams then headed over on thirteen minutes and the Yeovil fans thought he had earned a penalty sixty seconds later when he was tripped in the box but referee Roger East waved the Welshman's protests away.

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The third and decisive goal came on twenty five minutes. A cleverly-worked free kick from Andy Williams was drilled low across the area and after a brief scramble, Paul Huntington stabbed home for his first goal in Yeovil colours.

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It was nearly four moments later but MacDonald's shot scuttled wide of the far post and Andy Williams also came close when he headed a huge clearance from Adam Virgo at Collister.

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Gavin Williams forced Collister into a neat save then curled another effort straight at him as Town produced their best football of the season.

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Rovers, who had been reduced to twelve fit players earlier in the week through injuries, were struggling to create anything worthwhile and went into half time with just half chances for Arnaud Mendy, Ian Thomas-Moore and Maxime Blanchard to show for their limited pressure.

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The second half had to be quieter and so it proved as Yeovil couldn't regain their rhythm built up in the first period. Bowditch hit over from a long clearance from John Sullivan while Thomas-Moore, who handed in a transfer request earlier in the season, lifted his header on to the roof of the net.

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Rovers lost their discipline a little in the midfield battle and both Joss Labadie and Thomas-Moore received yellow cards for late fouls on Andy Williams and Huntington respectively.

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Such was the Glovers dominance that Tranmere boss Les Parry used all three substitutes by the hour mark and the changes breathed a little life into their side's dying chances. Thomas-Moore, Lucas Akins and Labadie were all wide of the mark with their efforts as the Town defence restricted their opponents to mainly long range efforts.

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It looked like number four had finally arrived when Adam Virgo headed home at the far post but referee East disallowed the goal claiming the ex-Brighton defender had pushed his way through.

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John Sullivan saved well from Mendy and also tipped a dipping cross over in the final ten minutes as Rovers enjoyed some possession at last. Glovers boss Skiverton made three changes in the later stages withdrawing Bowditch, Welsh and Andy Williams and bringing on Luke Freeman, Owain Tudur Jones and Luke Ayling.

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As the game ticked into stoppage time, Tranmere claimed a scarcely deserved consolation when Liam Darville was brought down and Thomas-Moore converted the spot kick.

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The second half didn't live up to the first half showing but the three points are a very welcome reward for a side who worked, harried, chased and performed as well as they have done so far this season.

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