In the immortal words of the Fresh Prince “S-s-s-s-sometimes I g-g-get n-nervous and s-s-start to s-s-s-stutter”. Rovers are currently enduring something of a promotion panic attack. After defeat at Brighton last week a far from Good Friday in Somerset has now dropped Rovers to third place. After briefly threatening to catch leaders Swansea Rovers are now in danger of losing a grip on Carlisle in the promotion push.
A month ago Rovers were in the midst of an impressive run of eight clean sheets in ten games and yet in the past four games the Doncaster backline has gone from looking unbreachable to looking as assured in the proximity of a ball as Cinderella. Two critical defensive lapses today handed Yeovil a two goal first half lead that would prove frustratingly unassailable.
The first goal came from a set-piece; a right wing free-kick was lifted into the Rovers box where some indecisive defending allowed Terry Skiverton to head home. Its not often a club’s player fits the stereotype of it’s town residents but Skiverton is such a man; I can’t be alone in hoping that he is not the brightest spark so that the word ‘buffoon’ can be safely added to his other adjectives ‘local’, ‘big’, and ‘long-haired’.
If the first goal had been a gift to the home side then the second was pretty much the footballing equivalent of giving the contestant on Who Wants to be a Millionaire the jackpot for question one. A long ball downfield reached Neil Sullivan on the edge of his penalty area. Sullivan has played at the top level and not for him a hefty boot into the proverbial row Z, no first a mazy dribble around some cones to demonstrate his skill; alas the first cone proved to be none other than Lloyd Owusu and the striker promptly robbed the ball from Sullivan and slid it into the empty net for a two goal lead after just half an hour.
From then on in pretty much all the games chances fell Rovers way, but despite a healthy West Country gale at their backs and a series of substitutions that meant they would finish the game with six forwards on the field they would find the net only once. A Gareth Taylor nod down found Paul Heffernan and the in form forward found the target with fifteen minutes to go. Alas it would prove little too late and so a long pointless trip back north minus some discarded wheels awaited the Rovers.
Yeovil Town line-up (4-3-3): Scott Finders; Terrell Forbes, Terry Skiverton (Craig Alcock), Scott Guyett, Lee Peltier; Steve Maher (Marc Bircham), Jean Fracoise-Christophe, Anthony Barry; Lloyd Owusu, Andy Kirk (Simon Church), Marcus Stewart
subs not used: Liam Birdcutt, Marvin Williams
booked: Marc Bircham, Anthony Barry, Scott Guyett
Doncaster Rovers line-up (4-3-2-1); Neil Sullivan; James O’Connor, Matt Mills (Mark McCammon), Adam Lockwood, Gareth Roberts; Paul Green (James Hayter), Brian Stock, Richie Wellens (Gareth Taylor); James Coppinger, Stuart Elliott; Paul Heffernan
subs not used: Stephen Roberts, Sean McDaid
booked: Brian Stock