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Dean at the Double!

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By Alex O'Loughlin
March 19 2011

The Glovers claimed their first win in five games this afternoon as they beat local (ish) rivals Exeter City at St. James' Park largely thanks to two goals from Dean Bowditch. 

There were changes galore ahead of the game with five changes being made to the side the week previous, in came loan arrivals Shaun MacDonald and Jonathan Obika, replacing Ed Upson onto the bench and Oli Johnson out of the squad completely, along with Antonio German due to the number of loans rule. Craig Alcock replaced a suspended Luke Ayling whilst Paul Huntington came back into the side for Adam Virgo who took his place on the bench. Sam Williams got a rare start in place of the injured Andy Williams. 

The opening twenty five minutes of the game were rather scrappy, with neither side picking their passes particularly well, something which wasn't helped by referee Gavin Ward's fussy approach.

Having suffered at the hands of Exeter twice already this season the Glovers should have been aware of the danger Ryan Harley and Jamie Cureton possess, but they failed to stop the duo having an impact on the game as they combined to create the opening goal.

Harley fed in Jamie Cureton far too easily who couldn't believe his luck he was bearing down on goal unopposed, the surprise may have led him to see his first effort saved by 'keeper Henderson, but the poacher was there to tap in. 1-0.

From that point on it was all one way traffic for the remainder of the half, as Yeovil struggled to get to grips with the Grecians expansive game.

But two minutes before the break they got a goal from nowhere, when Andy Welsh's free kick found Sam Williams at the front post who neatly flicked over Ben Hamer in goal to level the scores. However, the goal came at a price as Williams had to be withdrawn with what looked like a dislocated shoulder after falling awkwardly. 1-1.

It seemed like the Green and Whites had scored at the perfect time, but in the lengthy time added on at the end of the first period Exeter took the lead once more.

Scott Golbourne's hopeful ball into the box should have been dealt with comfortably, but the Yeovil defence stood still and watched on as Cureton steamed in to fire past a out of position Henderson to regain the lead for the Grecians. 2-1.

Half Time: Exeter City 2-1 Yeovil Town

The enforced replacement of Sam Williams with Alex Russell meant a reshuffle in the second period, as the Glovers changed to a 3-5-2 formation in a move seeing Craig Alcock and Andy Welsh play as wing-backs and Dean Bowditch move up front with Jonathan Obika, as well as Adam Virgo coming on to replace Nathan Smith.

That brave formation change paid off not long after as they drew level once more. The same assist provider as before Andy Welsh whipped in another free kick which Dean Bowditch tapped in as 'keeper Ben Hamer dithered, a perfect poachers goal. 2-2.

The introduction of Obika into the side made a significant difference, with the striker looking dangerous all afternoon, and he was heavily involved in the third Yeovil goal just six minutes later.

Alex Russell played in Obika who sprinted down on goal before forcing Hamer into a parried save, which Bowditch was alert to tap in his second goal of the game and complete the comeback. 2-3.

Including the four minutes of injury time the Glovers had to endure another half an hour of football, and that became very much one sided as the Grecians piled on the pressure searching for an equaliser. On came strikers Marcus Stewart and Daniel Nardiello, and both had good chances to score, with both firing wide.

But Yeovil hung on to claim a vital and somewhat unexpected three points to help their campaign to avoid relegation. Although, it alters very little at the bottom as many of the sides below the Green and Whites also won, but it would have had a great impact on the team's confidence.


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