MATCH REPORT: Yeovil 2 Doncaster Rovers 1

Yeovil vs Doncaster - david cotterill tussles with dominic blizzard
Yeovil vs Doncaster - david cotterill tussles with dominic blizzard
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FORMER Doncaster old boys James Hayter and Byron Webster came back to haunt their old club as Yeovil continue to set the pace at the top of League One following their third win four games.

Hayter broke the deadlock with a trademark header and centre-back Webster, who arrived at Huish Park in the summer via Northampton Town, was named the Glovers man-of-the-match.

Yeovil vs Doncaster - jamie mccombe heads past byron webster

Yeovil vs Doncaster - jamie mccombe heads past byron webster

These are heady days for the green and whites, who have never been placed so high in the Football League before, but they don’t look out of place at the top of the pile.

They showed enough quality to suggest they could well be in the frame come the end of the season.

Manager Dean Saunders remains hopeful that Rovers will also be up there challenging come the Spring.

But they will have to play better than at Huish Park if they are to do so.

Saunders fielded the same starting line-up on duty in the 3-0 win at Walsall - their only previous away game - on the opening day of the season.

But they were neither as solid at the back, creative in midfield or clinical in attack as they had been against the Sadlers.

Too many key men weren’t firing on all cylinders, notably in midfield and in attack.

That’s not to say that it was all negative and there were aspects of Rovers’ play which caught the eye, particularly during a bright start.

The first real chance of the game, however, fell to Yeovil on 17 minutes with in-form striker Reuben Reid rattling the bar with a powerful header from full-back Luke Ayling’s cross

The rebound fell well for Hayter and had his reactions been a bit quicker he would surely have scored.

As it was, Rovers skipper Rob Jones - who again showed up well - was able to deny him at the expense of a corner.

With Keanu Marsh-Brown, a similar player to Rovers’ Kyle Bennett - one of the players not at his best on the day - proving a threat on the ball, Yeovil edged a first half of few genuine chances.

And they broke the deadlock on 55 minutes.

Reid found the unmarked Hayter in the box with a cross from the right and the man who spent five years at the Keepmoat Stadium planted his header past former team-mate Gary Woods.

Hayter didn’t rest on his laurels and picked out Marsh-Brown in the box with a defence-splitting through ball a minute later, and it took a crucial tackle by Tommy Spurr to deny him a shooting chance.

Rovers brought on new loan signing Iain Hume on the hour along with summer signing James Harper.

But it was still Yeovil who forced the pace and a good run by Edward Upson set-up a shooting chance for Marsh-Brown at the far post which put across goal from a tight angle.

No doubt aware of the fact that Rovers had come from 2-0 down to beat the Tigers, Yeovil couldn’t afford to relax being only one goal up.

Substitute striker Gozie Ugwu gave his side more breathing space as the Glovers caught Rovers on the break, and he coolly lifted the ball over keeper Woods’ head from the edge of the area and watched it strike the inside of the post before crossing the line.

Rovers knew then that the game was up but to their credit they kept going and their efforts were rewarded in the last minute of stoppage time.

Hume, who did enough during his time on the pitch to suggest he’ll be a useful acquisition when fit, crossed the ball for striker Billy Paynter to slide it past keeper Marek Stech from close range to claim his first goal for the club since his move from Leeds.

“I wasn’t expecting to play for half-an-hour; I was only expecting to come on for five minutes or so,” said Hume, who had only met his new team-mates the night before.

“But it was great to get back on the pitch; that’s the main reason I’ve come here.

“Preston have sent me out to get some games under my belt and to put me in the shop window. But I’m also hoping to contribute to the team while I’m here.

“When I get my fitness and match fitness back I’ll offer the team a lot of energy and determination. I can do other things and I’ve also got a goal in me.”