Ten things about Yeovil!

  1. First of all my apologies for the delay in getting round to doing my ten things. This is a combination of a delayed return to Cheshire due to the absolute hoot we had with the incomparable Moose Tours (during the utterly amazing long weekend away at the Headland Hotel in Torquay) and also having to sort out many issues relating to my fantastic Mum who fell and broke her hip, but is thankfully recuperating very well!
  2. I will start with providing nothing but the highest praise for the support of those 150 Silkmen fanatics who made the long journey to Huish Park in Yeovil in Somerset, and subsequently cheered their team from the first to the last minute. You were absolutely immense but I am going to reserve the award of the fan of the week or possibly the season to the one and only ‘Boxy’ aka Andrew Poynton. The way in which he was able to observe and analyse the whole of the action from an angle of 90 degrees of the upright position and with his eyes seemingly permanently closed was incredible to behold not only for the Silkmen faithful in the away end but for the affable yet  highly bemused Yeovil stewards.
  3. Huish Park holds a bit of soft spot in the heart of yours truly because it was the place where legendary Silkmen manager Sammy McIlroy secured his first title in the curiously named Drinkwise Cup during the 1993/4 season. Despite their meteoric rise up to the Championship that was secured on 19th May 2013 when defeating Brentford 2–1 in the League One play-off final at Wembley, the club has seen a dramatic demise in recent years culminating in their current position of 22nd in the fourth tier of English football as of Saturday 16th March 2019.
  4. Now to the game. To be fair it was the Glovers of Yeovil Town who posed the biggest threat early on and had they scored instead of hitting the post after 15 minutes when the scores were level; the outcome could have been completely different. For once, the footballing gods appeared to favour the Silkmen and a nicely constructed move saw James Pearson apply an excellent clinical finish to send the vocal Silkmen contingent into ecstasy. The footballing gods then almost certainly seemed on the side of the Silkmen’s in this crucial encounter as some desperate defending from a spell of exerted pressure from the Glovers shortly after our first goal saw the Silkmen twice clear the ball off the line to the raucous appreciation of the Silkmen faithful.
  5. The excellent Pearson almost doubled his tally with a cross cum shot that had Glovers’ keeper Baxter noticeably panicking that the ball was going to dip into his net. However, the Silkmen didn’t have to wait long as a superb cross from Reece Cole was guided into the Glovers net by Harry Smith to resultant pandemonium amongst the supporters from Cheshire! Cue booing from the home support and universal chants of derision toward former Glovers favourite Darren Way. Yeovil did produce a fine save for Player of the Year contender Kieran O’Hara to ensure that our two goal lead remained intact and we almost added a third when a decent effort from Harry Smith almost led to what would have been an insurmountable lead on the cusp of half-time with an 20 yard effort that narrowly missed the far post.
  6.  So the Silkmen were two goals to the good at half-time against one of our closest relegation rivals. Yet the main topic of conversation during the half-time interlude was could a very decent first half performance turn into a very indecent one in the second half. They also say that a 2-0 lead is one of the most dangerous ones as there is an underlying ideology that a team in such a lofty position is at risk of becoming complacent and thus succumbing to a fightback from the opposition!
  7. On this occasion the answer was most emphatically NO! Although far from a vintage second half performance the Silkmen started in the relative ascendancy with fans favourite Elliott Durrell cheekily trying to chip Baxter with the aid of the second half wind, although it proved to be high, wide and not particularly handsome. Harry Smith was then unlucky to see his goal bound effort deflected from a corner, and then somewhat blotted his previously unblemished copybook when not securing the points when one-on-one with Glover stopper Baxter!
  8. The biggest cheer of the game was not the result of the two excellent goals from the Silkmen, but the introduction of fans favourite and club legend Danny Whitaker in the first minute of injury time in the second half. Danny epitomises everything that is good about our beloved Silkmen, and I am convinced that there is VERY FEW IF ANY Silkmen fans who would not have Danny in their line-up in Saturday’s next ‘cup final’ against mid-table Stevenage who don’t seem to have much to play for the remainder of the season!
  9.  The outpouring of joy from within the ranks of the Silkmen following at the final whistle was testament to what it meant to close the gap between the Glovers and us to just three points and with us also having a game in hand as well! The joy was not just confined to those on the terraces but to the whole of the team wearing the blue and white of the Silkmen. To be fair even Sol Campbell came towards us (albeit the halfway line)  come the end of today’s game!
  10. Because this article is so late yours truly is acutely aware of the off field issues regarding this wonderful club of ours. Of course it is heartbreaking to see the Silkmen in the proverbial sh*Te and in the High Court only several days ago with a winding up order ffs!! Having reflected on this, my humble opinion is that this time we can do nothing more than get behind the team 100% from 3p.m. today and hopefully another precious three points in our survival fight and see where we go from there! I am Silkmen till I die!

Paddysboyz

 

Goal! Yeovil Town 0, Macclesfield Town 2. Harry Smith (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Reece Cole.

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Adel Gafaiti.

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Nathan Baxter.

Substitution

Substitution, Yeovil Town. Matt Worthington replaces Alex Pattison because of an injury.

Delay in match Alex Pattison (Yeovil Town) because of an injury.

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Adel Gafaiti.

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by David Fitzpatrick.

Attempt blocked. Adel Gafaiti (Yeovil Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Harry Smith.

Attempt blocked. Alex Fisher (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Harry Smith.

Attempt blocked. Alex Fisher (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Zak Jules.

Goal!

Goal! Yeovil Town 0, Macclesfield Town 1. James Pearson (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Stephens.

Foul by Ben Stephens (Macclesfield Town).

Alefe Santos (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Alex Fisher (Yeovil Town) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the bo

 

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