Grateful Glovers pinch points - A fans view
Full time score: Yeovil 1 - 0 Hartlepool
Stadium: Huish Park, Yeovil
Yeovil Goalscorer/s: Edwards 7'
Hartlepool Goalscorer/s: None
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My star man: Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town)
A solid defensive display and slightly fortuitous circumstances meant Yeovil Town managed to win at home in the league for only the fourth time this season. The game itself was quite open, with both goalkeepers unable to keep mistakes out of their game.
Yeovil went ahead through a rare Joe Edwards seventh minute goal, his first since re-signing on loan with the Glovers. Edward's previous spell last season had seen him net once during his home debut, which was Gary Johnson's first home game since his second coming at Huish Park after a seven year absence. The goal itself was a bit fortuitous to say the least. A good cross in from the left hand side by Sam Foley (who is ever increasingly becoming one of Yeovil's key players) was diverted into the net by Joe Edwards at the near post. Scott Flinders, Hartlepool's goalkeeper, should really have done better than only being able to palm it further into his own goal - with the Yeovil faithful holding their breaths as it just sneaked across the line.
Both sides had chances in an end to end encounter, but the Glover's managed to hold on until the break. After the interval Hartlepool rallied and were perhaps wasteful at times with the amount of chances they really should have converted. Marek Stech was lucky when a corner came in from the left hand side, that he seemed to have it under control as he came to claim at his near post, only to flap at the ball. Luckily for Yeovil when the ball fell, it fell to defender Peter Hartley, who volleyed it harmlessly over the bar when it seemed easier to score. Yeovil did have chances as well, but Paddy Madden and Keanu Marsh-Brown couldn't steer their efforts on target. If the Glovers did manage to get an effort on goal and past the Hartlepool defenders, Scott Flinders was equal to it.
Back up the other end Hartlepool did have some half chances and James Poole will be cursing his luck when his cross come shot sent Stech scampering back, only to see it bounce off the bar. Then, the Pools came even closer when Antony Sweeney finally breached the Glover's defence, only to see his goal disallowed for offside.
However they did it, Yeovil manged to hold on and continue their impressive start to the season. Only four points off the play-offs now, this win was crucial. A win is a win and after being on back to back defeats (including their FA CUP defeat to Preston), it was important to get back to winning ways, even if it wasn't as convincing a performance as we would have liked.
My star man was Joe Edwards. Although Sam Foley came close, I think Joe Edwards just did it for me. He was there to convert the only goal of the game and to get into that position, showed good awareness and the composure to finish it off.
The attendance, though up on their last home game, was disappointing. 3,095 attendance for a League One game is unacceptable and we need fans to get behind this club if we are to push for promotion.
Written by Josh Wilde, age 14.