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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Match Report: Yeovil Town 2 Bristol Rovers 0 (allegedly)
League One club Yeovil Town swept to an expected comfortable win
against their non-league neighbours in a friendly last night, which left both
managers praising their clubs management for getting the fixture arranged.
A goal in each half from striker Ajay Leitch-Smith sealed
the win for the Somerset side who used last night’s occasion to ease into their more
serious upcoming pre-season programme.
Leitch-Smith said afterwards “It’s
always great to score a goal whoever you’re playing. The fact it’s a local
non-league side doesn’t make a difference to me, it will just give me more
confidence when we start facing better opposition".
Chirpy Glovers boss Gary Johnson was pleased with his side’s
performance, stating “Whoever you play
you’ve still got to go out and perform and win. It doesn’t matter whether it’s Manchester
Untied or a local smaller outfit like Bristol Rovers, you’ve still got to turn
up and we did that tonight”.
Ex-Bristol City boss Johnson - who is looking forward
to a return to Ashton Gate this season when Yeovil play their league match at
Bristol’s only league team - also added some words of encouragement for Rovers’ plucky youngsters “They did a good job considering the gulf in
class. There’s probably one or two there who could rise up a few divisions and
be at our standard in years to come so good luck to them. For now though, it was just a great chance for
them to play at a league club, with the ground and facilities we have and in
front of a big crowd for a friendly”.
Johnson added “They’ll
take that experience with them on their Tuesday night trips to Eastleigh and
Alfreton and remember what playing on a big stage feels like. It should give
them extra appetite”
Meanwhile Rovers manager Darrell Clarke pronounced himself satisfied
with the performance. “I was pleased. We’re
coming along nicely and to put up such a good show against a big club like
Yeovil, in their fantastic stadium is a great milestone. They were in the
Championship only last year and have the budget and players in their squad we
can only dream of having, so we’ve done well”
Clarke added “It was
great of Yeovil to offer us this fixture. They should be an inspiration to us
the way they’ve risen through from the non-league pyramid into the football
league and that’s got to be our aim in the next five to ten years too. Games
like this will just bring us along that path nicely”
Meanwhile Rovers defender Michael Smith is set to be the
latest in a long line of non-league superstars to join League One Peterborough.
‘Posh’ owner Darragh MacAnthony said “We’ve
got a strategic plan to identify the best talent from the non-league world as there
can be some quality players down there despite their lowly status. It’s great
to be able to offer these guys their chance to prove themselves at a much
higher level. Plus they often come cheaper than they would if they were at a
proper League club as the clubs are too small to have much negotiating power”