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17:16 12th November 2011


Yeovil Town, the most famous giant-killers in FA Cup history, eased into the second round with a 3-0 victory over former rivals Hereford United at Edgar Street this afternoon.

Three fantastic goals from Ed Upson, Andy Williams and Dominic Blizzard ensured a safe passage into tomorrow's draw after the Bulls had started brightly but were eventually put to the sword with a professional performance by the Glovers.

Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton was forced into five changes to the eleven that gained a creditable point at Chesterfield last Saturday afternoon.

Both Marek Stech and Conor Clifford were unavailable as they were away on international duty with the Czech Republic and Eire under-21 teams respectively. Glovers goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewartm who last saw League action back in March 2008 for AFC Bournemouth made his debut while Clifford was replaced by Oli Johnson, allowed to play by parent club Norwich City.

Two more of Skiverton's squad were barred from playing by their clubs. Gavin Massey (Watford) and Darren Purse (Millwall) missed out but replacements were ready with Andy Williams, returning against his old club for the first time, and Paul Huntington, who had missed five weeks through a broken finger.

Finally Nathan Jones, who took a knock on his knee last weekend, was absent so Luke Ayling deputised with Max Ehmer switching to Jones's normal haunt of left back.

Hereford's recent run of one defeat in six gameshad improved both league position and confidence and they started the brighter of the two teams with striker Nathan Elder shooting wide and volleying over with his first two chances, both after defensive mix-ups.

Yeovil's first chance came on eight minutes when Kieran Agard drove over from fifteen yards after a good move involving Upson and Dominic Blizzard; on the quarter hour Paul Wotton sent a low skidding shot just wide of Bulls keeper David Cornell's post.

On twenty minutes, there was an almighty scramble in the Glovers penalty area which resulted in Stewart denying a shot from James McQuilkin and Ehmer clearing off the line from Harry Pell's follow-up.

Five minutes later and the visitors took the lead with a great strike from Ed Upson. In a move similar to his goal against Oldham earlier in the campaign, the ex-Ipswich midfielder's right foot shot was blocked but he then swung his left shoot and sent his shot arrowing into the net.

This sparked the Bulls into life and they enjoyed a little spell of advanced pressure but with nothing more than an Elder overhead kick wide to show for their troubles.

Home manager Jamie Pitman wasted no time in changing his side, and his tactics, at the break by replacing McQuilkin and Clucas with two big forwards in Delroy Facey and Yoann Arquin aiming to cause a nuisance aerially to the Yeovil defence.

Although Agard and Elder swapped half chances, the next chance ended with the Hereford net bulging and how! Andy Williams made a run down the right then suddenly produced a devastating change of gear before curling a peach of a shot into the far corner of the net.

It was a sweet moment for the 25-year-old striker returning from an injury and playing against his home town club for the first time since leaving them for Bristol Rovers.

Elder and Facey both had chances to pull a goal back but failed to take advantage and they were made to pay with eighteen minutes left with an outstanding goal. Dominic Blizzard set himself up six yards outside the box and curled an absolute beauty into the top right hand corner for his first Glovers goal.

The third goal took a lot of the sting out of the match and the game ended as a spectacle turning into a scrappier affair then previously exhibited. The Glovers simply had to play out the last period of the game being careful not to concede and give their hosts any hope of an unlikely comeback.

So it's Terry Skiverton who is the manager who can sit in his armchair tomorrow afternoon and relax knowing his side will be in the second round draw which takes place on ITV at 2.40pm.

    Data provided by Press Association


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