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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
16:58 1th January 2012

CHERRIES PICK OFF GLOVERS

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Yeovil Town slumped to their eighth home defeat of the npower League One season when they were beaten by three goals to one by AFC Bournemouth this afternoon.

Steve Gregory and Wes Fogden had given the Cherries a two goal half time lead but Paul Huntington had given the Glovers a glimmer of hope with his second goal in two games just after the hour. But nine minutes later, Charlie Daniels made it 3-1 and game, set and match to a Bournemouth side who will, on this display, be an outside bet for a top six finish.

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For Terry Skiverton's men, it is now only one win in nine home league matches and that worrying form needs to be reversed and quickly before too much longer.

The manager was forced into two suspension-led changes to his starting line up. With both Paul Wotton and Ed Upson both accruing ten yellow cards and a two game ban, Chelsea loanee Conor Clifford came back in as did striker Kieran Agard for his first start since the Fleetwood FA Cup replay defeat.

In blustery conditions, the home side played with the strong wind in the first half and from a fourth minute Gavin Williams corner, Clifford hit a shot that was always rising and went well over the bar.

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Just ninety seconds later, Bournemouth took the lead when a throw-in from the left flank was received by Steve Gregory and after advancing ten yards, he hit a tremendous shot from fully 25 yards into the corner of the net.

It was a poor first twenty minutes for a Glovers side struggling to find their form at Huish Park again. With the Cherries forced into an early change when veteran defender Adam Barrett had to be replaced by Stephane Zubar, it seemed as if there might be a chink of light for a Glovers side that had looked so impressive in defeat to Charlton Athletic last Monday.

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Yet the main action took place at the other end of the pitch and, on possession alone, Lee Bradbury's men deserved their second goal when it came on 24 minutes. From a Marc Pugh corner, Shaun MacDonald won the first header but as the ball bounced in the box, Wes Fogden lashed home for 2-0.

Bournemouth were still ahead on chances too with Pugh firing over and Clifford heading a Michael Symes effort off the line following a short corner routine. MacDonald, impressive in midfield, then hit a shot over after Simon Francis had set him up.

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Visiting keeper Darryl Flahavan then earned himself a sore head when he dived safely at the feet of Jonathan Obika and after battling gamely on, was replaced by sub keeper Shwan Jalal at half time.

The Glovers came so close to pulling a goal back with seven minutes of the half remaining when Gavin Williams' free kick was met perfectly by Bondz N'Gala but the big defender's bullet header cannoned off the crossbar and away to safety.

Yeovil looked fractionally brighter in the early stages of the second half and Agard went close with a shot that was blocked by Zubar but still the chances mounted up for the Cherries. Rene Gilmartin, the home keeper, punched clear from a Fogden bicycle kick; the same player then sliced a shot wide and in between, Michael Symes sidefooted well wide.

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On 64 minutes, the Glovers pulled a goal back. Andy Williams was brought down by Zubar thirty yards out on the right and Gavin Williams' free kick was headed home by skipper-for-the-day Paul Huntington for his second goal in two games.

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The goal never quite lifted the team or the crowd enough and within ten minutes, it was 3-1 and game over. After former home favourite MacDonald was replaced by Harry Arter, a hopeful ball down the left flank was crossed into the box and Charlie Daniels had time and space to compose himself and shoot home into the far corner of the net.

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Symes then went close to making it 4-1 when his acrobatic volley bounced down and over tha crossbar and although Yeovil threw on Gavin Massey for Agard, the chances were still raining in at the other end with Arter shooting just wide after a fine run. Massey had the last chance for the home side when his turn and spectacular volley flew just over the bar.

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For the home side, four players received yellow cards; Conor Clifford for a foul on Pugh; Dominic Blizzard for persistent infringement; Max Ehmer saw yellow for fouling Symes while Bondz N'Gala earned his booking for taking out Fogden.

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