Report- Yeovil Town 0-1 Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 31/01/2010
Huddersfield Town new boys Neal Trotman, Dean Heffernan and Nathan Eccleston all paid there part in a comfortable 1-0 win over Yeovil Town at Huish Park with Eccleston grabbing the only goal on his debut.Report- Yeovil Town 0-1 Huddersfield Town
The 19-year old striker, on loan from Liverpool, struck the only goal of the game with 23 minutes gone and after Yeovil missed a penalty, Town showed determination in holding on for Town's third win away from home so far this season.

After the 0-0 draw with Southend United a fortnight ago, there had been some changes to the playing staff, in came Neal Trotman on loan from Preston until the end of the season, Australian left-back Dean Heffernan, whose clearance to play was received just hours before the game, joined Town until the end of the season from East Coast Mariners and striker Nathan Eccleston joined on a months loan from Liverpool. All three were in the starting line-up in place of Lee Novak, Robbie Williams and Nathan Clarke respectively, who were given places on the bench.
Michael Collins was dropped and Theo Robinson didn't travel to Yeovil and was fined by manager Lee Clark after turning up to training an hour late in midweek.

The new signings appeared to have settled in nicely as Town started brightly. Eccleston showed an eagerness to impress with some positive runs in a partnership with fellow striker Jordan Rhodes.
The on-loan Liverpool striker was rewarded on 23 minutes, he was in the right place after smart work from Gary Roberts, Rhodes had a initial shot blocked by a Yeovil defender and laid the ball on for Eccleston who guided a shot inside the left hand post of Yeovil keeper Alex McCarthy.

A bumpy Huish Park pitch did disrupt Town's passing game but the Terriers settled to dominate proceedings.
Rhodes, who missed a chance failing to contact with Eccleston's low cross and also just missed to get a touch to a ball from Antony Kay, was robbed of an opportunity by Stefan Stam's desperate defending when Heffernan delivered a good cross into the box. Heffernan showed good work in going forward and produced some impressive defensive work.

Trotman proved to be particularly strong in the air but the big centre-back's clumsy challenge on Ryan Mason shortly before the break, should have seen the home side draw level, undeserved as it would have been.
Referee, Gavin Ward, deemed the challenge merited a penalty which Yeovil striker Dean Bowditch, on trial with the Terriers last summer, contrived to blast the ball over the bar, a fate that also befell Owain Tudor Jones, with one of the few clear goal attempts Yeovil managed.

Yeovil have a decent home record with two defeats in 13 games, played better after the break only to find Town's defence tough to break down as Peter Clarke once again showed his leadership.
Heffernan and Trotman showed their defensive qualities, though Trotman was booked of one over zealous challenge that the Yeovil supporters took an instant dislike to.

Yeovil's best moment came when Sam Williams was denied by Alex Smithies, who produced another splendid save from Craig Alcock following the resulting corner. The young Town stopper also denied a good effort by Mason.

Town were forced into a change when Eccleston suffered a gashed knee and was replaced on 65 minutes by Lee Novak who promptly had a shot held by McCarthy.
Moments earlier, Rhodes, in front of goal, had been inches away from connecting with a great Roberts cross.

Yeovil substitute Gavin Tomlin, who had impressed for Yeovil at the Galpharm, went close for the home side with a fierce angled ground shot that flew inches wide.

Lee Clark through on striker Robbie Simpson for Gary Roberts in search to gain the cushion of another goal.

Town, however, were unable to relax for a moment and they had a let off on 84 minutes when, for once, they were caught out at the back but with Smithies off his line, sub Andy Welsh ruled a shot wide of the mark.
In five minutes of stoppage time, Yeovil huffed and puffed but failed to nick a draw as Town sealed the three points.

Manager Lee Clark hasn't ruled out anymore signings with the transfer window still open for another couple of days but all of the three new signings impressed at Yeovil. Still 7th in League One but play-offs are a real possibility for the Town.

Sean's Star Man - Tom Clarke
An impressive display in midfield from the 22-year old. His work-rate was impressive as Town had to battle at times in the second half, seems to be getting better game by game since Lee Clark took charge of Town.


Yeovil: McCarthy, Alcock, Stam, Caulker, Jones, Mason (Welsh 76), Tudor-Jones, Kalaoa, MacDonald, Williams, Bowditch (Tomlin 68)

Town: Smithies, Peltier, P Clarke, Trotman, Heffernan, Drinkwater (Berrett 68), Kay, T Clarke, Roberts (Simpson 83), Eccles ton (Novak 65), Rhodes.
Subs not used: Eastwood, N Clarke, Williams, Pearce


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