Yeovil Town comment: Home win over Chesterfield carried bittersweet tinge for Glovers
Signing off Yeovil Town's home campaign with a win against Chesterfield carried a bittersweet tinge for the Glovers.
The attacking energy on display from the hosts was typical of a Gary Johnson side and a fitting testament to a similarly vibrant 2012 so far.
This was equalled and occasionally surpassed by the battling Spireites who carried the added burden of preserving their npower League One safety.
Having won their last three they clearly had the bit between their teeth and the quality of the build-up play at least from both teams was a sublime advertisement for npower League One.
Therefore it is disappointing that one team on display is now coming to terms with at least a season at a tier lower in English football.
Admittedly, it was not Saturday's loss that effectively sent Chesterfield tumbling at the first time of asking, the damage was done long ago.
The pain etched on the visitors' faces at the final whistle reflected a torrid few months for the Derbyshire club and it would be foolish to overlook a competent performance from the Glovers.
Some of the defending served up by Gary Johnson's men raised eyebrows as communication looked strained between the usually ever-dependable Paul Huntington and Richard Hinds and the hesitant Sam Walker.
But at the other end Yeovil blossomed with Andy Williams approaching his sharp-shooting best alongside an unlikely standout performer.
Jonathan Obika's seeming lack of confidence has been well-discussed in recent weeks and his luck did not get any better when a hamstring injury forced his substitution with barely five minutes on the clock.
His replacement Kieran Agard has had a mixed first season at Huish Park and with his contract up in the summer he needed a chance to shine.
And that was exactly what he did in arguably his most important 85 minutes since heading south from Everton.
The rapid forward terrorised a cumbersome Chesterfield back four, pulling them left, right and centre before stylishly netting a deserved goal that capped an outstanding afternoon.
Whereas Chesterfield's opener was a shock - Yeovil had already spurned two chances - their second was just reward for an impressive spell,
However, the Glovers are built of stern stuff and stuck to their attacking ethos to steal all three points,
With the ball being swept across an increasingly tired-looking pitch, central midfielders Luke Ayling and Dominic Blizzard proved their undoubted worth and pulled the strings as Jonathan Franks and Lawson D'Ath buzzed around them.
Yeovil may have little time to express themselves without the tension of crossing the survival line but gave supporters something to savour with a fluent offering in at least one direction.
Gary Johnson earmarked the meeting with Chesterfield as the start of Yeovil's new season and on Saturday's evidence bodes well for progress.
Yes, they will play better and perform more competently in every department but there can be no doubting this current side has talent and this weekend's final outing at Huddersfield Town promises more entertainment.
It gave me great pleasure to present Paul Huntington with the Western Gazette player of the season award after Saturday's game. However, it was a surprise that it was the only accolade the skipper would take home and still beat Ed Upson. This is with no disrespect to Luke Ayling and Andy Williams who will struggle to find enough room on the mantelpiece to display their stunning return. The pair have clearly been two of the Glovers' heroes this season, as have Upson and Huntington.