Pools Beat In-Form Yeovil Town
Pools picked up a well-earned 2-1 victory over in-form Yeovil Town at The Vic this afternoon, with goals from Gime Toure and Jason Kennedy.
After leading since early in the second half thanks to a Toure strike, there was late drama in the game as Higentt’s side were pegged back on 90 minutes through Rhys Murphy.
But a great spirit from Pools saw them bounce straight back and re-take the lead thanks to Jason Kennedy who fired home the winner with just minutes of added time to spare.
Pools showed a real spark going forward in this first half, with Gime Toure in particular causing the visitors problems.
It was Toure who was first to try his luck on goal after 8 minutes after Ryan Donaldson burst through the middle to play the ball through for the striker. Toure showed his typical fancy footwork to find his spot before firing at goal, only to be denied by Adam Smith with a finger-tip save.
Hignett’s side passed the ball about neatly, chased down at every step by a hard-working Yeovil side but it was Pools who were the better team in the opening 45.
With 12 minutes gone, Pools pressed forward with a strong spell of possession, pushing on towards goal, with the final ball falling to Toure who sent a cheeky chipped effort just over the bar.
A Donaldson corner in from the left was headed just wide by Fraser Kerr, back in the team from injury, while the lively Donaldson watched his ball across the face of goal go untested as it rolled just wide.
Donaldson was involved again just after when he was fouled on the edge of the box, winning his side a free kick. Up stepped Toure to take the kick, sending a strong effort over the wall that dipped down just the wrong side of the bar.
Yeovil Town showed some brief glimpses of the threat they posed as they half progressed, with Gold Omotayo sending a free header wide of target, while Kenton Richardson got up well to power a header away from goal to meet a cross in from the left.
Donaldson and Toure combined again for the final chance of the half, as the skipper curled a shot at goal that was touched just wide by the keeper and the two sides went in goalless at the break.
Toure finally got his goal after just two minutes of the re-start, as he was in the more typical poacher’s position to tap home after good work from Peter Kioso who saw his shot blocked into the path of the striker.
Typically for this afternoon, it was Donaldson to next try his luck as he got on the end of a lovely cross in from Kioso on the right but Donaldson sent his header over the bar.
At the other end, Charlie Lee tried to force the issue as he forced his way forward to send a powerful drive at goal, but his effort went wide of Killip’s left-hand post.
As Yeovil looked for a way back into the game, Michael Raynes put in a brilliant tackle to steal the ball away from the striker’s feet inside the box, before clearing the danger from his seated position.
With 90 minutes on the clock, Yeovil Town looked to have made Pools pay for some missed chances as they broke forward to grab a last-gasp equaliser through Rhys Murphy.
But Pools weren’t done there as they pushed straight back up the other end and with Donaldson putting the ball into the box for sub Featherstone, he did impressively to find space to poke the ball through for Kennedy who finished calmly past Smith to restore his side’s lead.
And that was it, Pools picked up the win the performance deserved and brought to an end a run of 7 unbeaten for the visitors.
Full Time: Pools 2 Yeovil Town 1
Attendance: 3273 (138 Yeovil Town)
Pools: Killip, Kioso, Kerr, Raynes, Richardson, Kitching, Mafuta, Kennedy, Donaldson, James (Featherstone 77), Toure (Kabamba 87). Subs Not Used: Hawkes, Holohan, Cunningham.
Yeovil Town: A Smith, Collins, D’Ath (Tilley 56), Dickinson, Hippolyte (Skendi 56), Hutton, Lee, Murphy, Omotayo (McCoy 71), Smith, Wilkinson. Subs Not Used: Bradbury, Worthington.
|05/10/2019||3:00 pm||National League||2019/20|