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20:55 1th October 2011



Yeovil Town let slip a one goal lead to go down by three goals to one against Bury at a sultry Huish Park this afternoon.

Kieran Agard had given the Glovers a 16th minute lead with a bicycle kick but a goal just on half time from Giles Coke levelled matters before second half goals from David Amoo and former Town loanee Peter Sweeney earned Richie Barker's side their first win in nine games.


The three points lifted the Shakers up three places and dropped Terry Skiverton's men down into the bottom four of League One for the first time this season, extending the run to one win in nine games.

It was a tired, sluggish-looking performance from the home side who were second best for large parts of the match and to cap it all, both Luke Ayling and Ed Upson were cautioned meaning they will miss the next match against AFC Bournemouth on Tuesday night.


Skiverton made one change to the side that lost 2-1 at Scunthorpe last week. Billy Gibson and Anthony Edgar, who both celebrated their 21st birthdays yesterday, swapped places giving Gibson his first start of the season.

The first fifteen minutes saw Bury enjoy the bulk of the possession but with only a Sweeney shot that flew over the bar to show for it. At the other end, Agard just couldn't quite reach a teasing Luke Ayling cross and headed into Trevor Carson's arms in the visitng goal.


Town took the lead just a couple of minutes later. Former Yeovil Town defender Efe Sodje fouled Agard in the middle of the pitch giving the home side a free kick. Nathan Jones floated the set piece across and, after a little head tennis, the ball fell to Agard who produced the perfect overhead kick to net his third goal in three games.

The goal spurred the home side to their only real good spell in the match. Good interplay down the left flank from Jones and Alan O'Brien saw the latter cross agin for Agard but slightly behind him so that the ex-Everton forward couldn't get power on his header.


Jed Steer produced a save at the second attempt from Sodje's header at a corner while O'Brien's shot flew way over from Gibson's free kick.

With three minutes till half time, Bury equalised against the run of play. Giles Coke, the Shakers talented midfielder, was allowed the freedom of Huish Park to run through the middle and slide the ball past Steer for the leveller.


Coke suggested his intent for scoring again in the second half when he fizzed a shot over from 25 yards and again, the loanee Sheffield Wednesday star shot over minutes later from a good position.

As Town looked sluggish and weary in the heat, both Agard and Upson saw yellow cards for fouls before manager Skiverton made a double change just after the hour. O'Brien and Agard were withdrawn in favour of Gavin Massey and the returning Oli Johnson, signed from Norwich City on loan in the week.


On 66 minutes came the second goal although you could have seen this coming more so than the first one. Michael Jones let rip with a long range shot that Steer parried away well for a corner but from Sweeny's flag kick, Amoo headed home unchallenged.

Gibson then had an effort on goal that went over the crossbar, his last influence on the game befroe he was too replaced, this time by Anthony Edgar.

The replacement hit a shot over with almost his first touch but within a matter of minutes, the Glovers were 3-1 down and it was game over.


Edgar was fouled centrally 35 yards out but from the free kick, a clearing header found Bury sub David Worrall outside his own box. He sprinted down the bare right flank and crossed over for Sweeney who had time and space to chest down and volley past the helpless Steer.

The final ten minutes plus stoppage time saw no further action at either end except for another Edgar shot that went over the abr after a one two with Steve MacLean.

All in all, a bad day at the office for the Glovers who now have just three days to bounce back as their Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie with AFC Bournemouth is on Tuesday night.

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