Returning Williams Steals Points for Gas
back to haunt the Glovers
By Alex O'Loughlin
April 2 2011
A returning to Huish Park Gavin Williams scored the only goal of the match to take all three points back to Bristol for Rovers, despite the hosts Yeovil missing a handful of chances.
Manager Terry Skiverton named the same starting eleven for a third game in a row, as well as continuing with the 3-5-2 formation which had seen them win their previous two matches.
Bristol Rovers came into the game in 22nd place and knew nothing but a win would do, as they languished a full ten points behind a 16th placed Yeovil. Former Glovers player Gavin Williams made the bench, but Jean-Paul Kalala wasn't even included in the squad.
The first half largely belonged to the Green and Whites who seemed able to penetrate the Gas defence seemingly at will.
Oli Johnson took up the position in the hole and found great success in the early stages; finding time and space to run at the Rovers back four.
And the first chance of the game fell his way, when his weaving run found him able to shoot from the angle, but 'keeper Conrad Logan saved well to deny the striker who should have scored.
Yeovil have been clinical in recent weeks scoring three at Exeter and five at Leyton Orient, but they seemed to be back to their wasteful ways when they missed a further hat full of chances.
Andy Welsh saw his free kick saved comfortably by Logan, before John Obika inexplicably put wide from just a few yards, although his blushes were partly spared by the fact it wouldn't have counted as Dean Bowditch ran it out in the build up.
If missing one open goal wasn't enough Oli Johnson thought he would give it a go as well, when he sliced wide on the slide after Craig Alcock had crossed over. Considering goalkeeper Logan was taken out of the play Johnson should have done much better.
The Glovers then had a penalty appeal turned down when Dean Bowditch's swift turn in the box seemed to see him have his legs taken from under him, but referee Neil Swarbrick waved away the appeals.
Just before the break a loose ball fell to Paul Wotton, whose low drive from the edge of the box flew just wide, defining the first half for Yeovil- so close yet so far. The likelihood of Bristol Rovers playing so badly in the second half was unlikely, so the Green and Whites wasteful finishing was likely to come back and haunt them.
Half Time: Yeovil Town 0-0 Bristol Rovers
The second half saw the pendulum swing slightly as the Gas began to look the more dangerous of the two sides, although it was Yeovil who had the first chance of the second period when Craig Alcock's header cannoned off of the bar.
It had taken Bristol Rovers almost 55 minutes to get a shot on target, but they eventually managed it when Chris Lines' long range free kick forced Stephen Henderson to parry.
A few minutes later from yet another Andy Welsh cross saw Adam Virgo's header saved excellently by Logan, but that was the last of the Glovers chances for a while, as Rovers began to take control of proceedings.
Gavin Williams was introduced on the hour mark and was applauded from all four corners of the stadium, and it didn't take him long to make an impact on the game, when he stole in to score what turned out to be the winning goal.
For the first time in the match Rovers got behind the Yeovil defence after Will Hoskins turned Paul Huntington inside out, before he picked out a sliding Gavin Williams to slot home. The ex-Glover showed some respect by apologising to the on looking Yeovil fans. 0-1.
Understandably the Gas went very defensive from there on, and ultimately the Glovers failed to create anything in terms of chances late on as the game petered out. The final whistle was greeted by an eruption from the Bristol Rovers fans who saw this as a momentous moment in their quest for survival. The Green and Whites gap from the relegation zone continues to be seven points, but any more wasteful finishing and that could soon change.