Lilywhites timewasting tactics backfire as Greens remain unbeaten – A fans view
FT score: Yeovil Town 3 – 1 Preston North End (Npower League One)
Stadium: Huish Park, Yeovil
Yeovil goalscorer/s: Hayter 73', Ralph 80', Madden 90'
Preston North End goalscorer/s: Beardsley 30'
My Man of the Match: Gary Johnson (Manager of Yeovil Town) – My Man of the Match has to be Yeovil's gaffer, for the simple reason that his substitutions changed the game and ultimately got us the win. We were looking slightly tired and in need of some fresh legs; Gary's three changes gave us that and they had a hand in all three goals.
Referee: East 7/10 – The only black mark on an otherwise solid performance was that he should have taken more action when Preston decided to start timewasting from the half hour onwards.
Yeovil Town managed to overcome a stubborn Preston side on a cold evening at Huish Park and extend their winning run in the league to an impressive seven matches.
The Glovers are still yet to lose a league game in 2013 and can boast about wins against such teams as Sheffield United, Coventry City and MK Dons.
This game was against a club at the opposite end of the table, however, and PNE arrived in Somerset only five points and four places off the relegation zone.
The match as a whole was largely controlled by Yeovil, with Preston rarely testing Marek Stech in the Glovers goal. So it was a surprise when thirty minutes in, the Lilywhites took the lead…
After the Green & Whites had many chances to open the scoring, Preston showed them how to finish when Lee Holmes just about fed through a ball to striker Chris Beardsley. The ex. Stevenage forward confidently turned his man before firing low past the goalkeeper into the left hand bottom corner.
Yeovil nearly had an instant response when Paddy Madden netted via a Dan Burn flick on, only to see the assistant raise his flag for offside and to disallow the goal.
The rest of the half was slowed down by PNE's timewasting tactics; taking an extra few seconds each time they had a set piece or throw in, much to the annoyance of the home fans.
At the interval Preston were somehow leading and I was getting slightly worried that, with other teams above us doing well, we could lose ground on the top six.
In the second half the Lilywhites continued to try and disrupt the game, using any minor knock or niggle to throw themselves to the floor.
The Glovers players had to keep their heads and let the football prevail, with the referee doing little to stamp his authority on this unsportsmanlike behaviour.
Gary Johnson could see his side needed some fresh legs and so made a double substitution. These two changes gave the Somerset side renewed pace down the flanks and was a key factor in turning this game around.
Yeovil got their reward as their incessant pressure finally tolled on Preston's backline. Two quick-fire goals in the space of seven second half minutes from James Hayter and substitute Nathan Ralph turned the game on its head.
The result was sealed in stoppage time, with Glovers predator and Npower League One top goalscorer Paddy Madden tucking home.
Yeovil claimed a well-deserved three points and now look forward to Saturday, where they play another struggling side in Scunthorpe.
Gary Johnson's team would be expected to pick up a win against the Iron, but Brian Laws men have had a recent upturn in form and as all Glovers fans know; no game is easy…
Written by: Josh Wilde, Age 14 (Screen name: Josh98).
Footnote: After this latest loss, PNE Manager Graham Westley has stepped down following thirteen months in charge of the Deepdale outfit.