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WHAT A DIFFERENCE A WEEK MAKES!

22 April 2015

Yeovil Town fan and writer Sheridan Robins pens her weekly view on football.

Hi everyone.

What a difference a week makes, another win in the bag and we now boast an unbeaten record under our new manager and have had our say in the race for promotion with back to back wins against sides in the Play-Off spots.

I made my decision about whether to go to Swindon on the Saturday morning and it was such a beautiful day I thought, why not?! I made my way all on my lonesome but only just got there in the nick of time – I told everyone I was right on time arriving at 2:55!

It was a great away day with some friends I have met through watching Yeovil Town and the result topped the beautiful sunny day in Swindon off. It is easy to see why Swindon are at the top end of the table but they really struggled to break us down.

However, we do have Josh Sheehan’s incredible block on the line and then on to the crossbar to thank for a second clean sheet in a row.

Since Paul Sturrock has taken over we have played with a solid game plan and we look extremely organised at the back. James Berrett’s finish was a beauty and Byron Webster was my man of the match, playing what I would say was his best match since he returned.

I cannot wait for the last two games and it is a shame the season ends soon with our renewed momentum but I am sure we can carry that in to League Two next season. Exciting times ahead for Yeovil Town!

I think it is only right that I speak about the best competition in the world and one that Yeovil Town fans will have fond memories of this season. The FA Cup. We now have our two finalists in Arsenal and Aston Villa who will fight it out for the trophy on Saturday 30th May at Wembley.

There has been much talk about the semi-finals being played at Wembley as well as the final and how this takes away from the achievement of progressing to the final. I have to say I do agree and I think a neutral ground would be the best way to ensure a fair match as well as a great day out for the four teams who achieve that great feat.

We were treated to two great semi-finals at our national stadium though, with Arsenal needing extra time to get past an impressive Reading side.

Having been under the cosh first half and a goal down, to Alexis Sanchez’s finish from close range, the Championship side were rejuvenated in the second half and deservedly equalised through Garath McCleary.

It was heart breaking to see what happened in extra time to the underdogs, as Reading goalkeeper Adam Federeci (who had been impressive all game) fumbled an Alexis Sanchez shot and the horrendous error sent Arsenal to the final for the second year running.

I really felt for the keeper as he had kept his side in the match and was in tears at the final whistle. Unfortunately, that is football but Reading should be extremely proud of the performance they produced against the form team in the Premier League.

Aston Villa produced somewhat of a shock result at the weekend as they battled from a goal down against Liverpool to secure a 2-1 win at Wembley.

This will be their first FA Cup final since 2000 and tops off an impressive run of form since Tim Sherwood has taken over at Villa Park. Christian Benteke is back in form under the new manager and was a part of both goals but scored the equaliser to send Villa fans in to dreamland. Liverpool, on the other hand, have faltered significantly and seem to crumble in the big games.

This summer will be huge for Brendan Rodgers as he looks to mount a formidable challenge next year for the top four and maybe even the title. They must regroup and focus on a winning mentality, whatever the circumstances may be.

Next up for Yeovil Town is a visit from Port Vale in our last home game of the season. This may not have been the season that we all hoped for but I hope there is a good crowd there to cheer on Sturrock and the lads so that we can finish the season as the form team.

Vale are not quite safe in League One and will no doubt want to add to their points tally to make sure of another year in the third tier. Let’s keep our momentum going and enjoy a third win on the bounce and enjoy the end of season awards. See you all there.

Shez

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