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16:56 5th March 2011


The Terriers fought back from a goal down to draw a physical encounter at Yeovil Town with ten men after the first half dismissal of Lee Peltier thanks to defender Antony Kay's 10th goal for the Club. Peltier was shown a straight red card just before the 15 minute mark after a clash with Dean Bowditch and Town looked up against it when striker Andy Williams gave the home side a half time lead, but Kay restored parity in the scoreline with a firm header from a second half corner to maintain Town's unbeaten League record in 2011. Town passed the ball well in the early stages on the tight Huish Park pitch in their change strip of black and red stripes and almost created an early chance when youngster Chris Atkinson picked the ball up from a Kay knock-down inside the area, but his smart turn was just stifled by a defender. SUB - Yeovil had to make an early substitution when experienced midfielder Paul Wotton picked up a knock - Ed Upson replacing him. At the other end striker Andy Williams' low volley was deflected away from danger by a defender in the 7th minute before Peter Clarke's excellent sliding tackle dispossessed the same man a minute later after he collected left back Smith's good cross into the near post. Yeovil were on the attack again four minutes later when another Smith cross fell to Norwich loanee Oli Johnson on the edge of the area, but his volley smashed against the back of his strike partner Dean Bowditch before dropping safely into the hands of Ian Bennett. RED CARD - Town were dealt a real blow in the 14th minute when ex-Yeovil man Lee Peltier was shown a straight red card. Striker Bowditch battled with the Town right back as the ball ran out of play on the touchline and Peltier appeared to swing an arm that caught the face of his opponent. After consulting with the fourth official, referee Crossley showed the red card. SUB - Town immediately made a change, with Jack Hunt replacing Atkinson and switching straight to the vacated right back slot. Town reshuffled to a 4-4-1 formation and had the next shot on goal in the 23rd minute after Pilkington laid the ball into the path of substitute Hunt, but after cutting infield his low left footer was easily dealt with by the goalkeeper. Bowditch, playing from the left of midfield, fired well wide from range in the 25th minute as the game developed into a real battle before home sub Upson had similar luck from range a minute later. Custodian Bennett, making his 500th start, had to be alert to spring from his line and gather the ball ahead of the lively Williams as the half hour mark approached before Johnson's speculative curler drifted just wide of the far post. Stephen Jordan then got away with one on the stroke of the 36th minute! The left back, who was having a good game, had to defend at the back post when Pilkington lost the ball to Smith and he delivered a dangerous ball into the area, but in trying to clear the ball behind for a corner he only succeeded in turning it onto his own post! Luckily the Yeovil player following up could only steer the ball wide from an ever narrowing angle. GOAL - Yeovil took the lead in the 39th minute with a goal on the break, scored by Andy Williams. After Alex Russell collected a deflected Roberts cross on the edge of his own box, Max Ehmer played a ball into the right channel for Williams, who held the line well; he drove infield to the edge of the box, where he curled the ball around the despairing dive of Bennett to give the home side the lead. A clever set piece routine almost doubled Yeovil's advantage in the 43rd minute, but Ian Bennett saved the day. After Peter Clarke pulled Williams' shirt the ball was shifted across the face of goal and Bennett had to push the ball wide from a resulting shot. Town caused the home defence a few uncomfortable moments through two late set pieces, but went into the half time break a goal behind. In fact, Peter Clarke had to pull off a tremendous tackle on Johnson inside his own penalty area to keep the deficit to one. HALF TIME: YEOVIL TOWN 1 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 0 SUB - Town made their second substitution during the interval, with Arsenal loanee Benik Afobe replacing Lee Novak in attack. The Terriers started the second half in brighter fashion, but Pilkington uncharacteristically wasted one chance to deliver a free kick into the box from out wide in the 52nd minute after right back Ayling had brought him down - lofting the ball onto the top of the net. At the other end Ayling headed hopelessly wide from a drilled Russell free kick moments later. Goalscorer Williams then latched onto a ball down the line from the impressive Ehmer before skipping pas the sliding Antony Kay and running into the area at the angle; thankfully for Town, with Peter Clarke covering, the striker slid his placed effort wide of the far post. GOAL - Town then equalised in the 58th minute through a right-sided corner, with Antony Kay netting his 10th goal for the Club. Pressure from substitute Afobe forced Smith into conceding the set-piece and when Pilkington delivered the deep ball to the back post, Kay rose and powered a superb header across the goalkeeper and into the far corner. Unfortunately Antony was shown his 12th yellow of the season for celebrating with the travelling faithful. Town rallied following the equaliser and pushed the hosts back into their own half for the next few minutes. SUB - Yeovil made their next changes in the 76th minute, with Sam Williams and Antonio German replacing Andy Williams and Oli Johnson. Substitute German immediately bent a tame shot straight into the hands of Bennett before Afobe robbed Huntington in the far corner and forced 'keeper Henderson into a low save from an acute angle with just under 10 minutes left. Afobe then Pilkington in on goal when the play restarted and the winger bore down on goal from the angle, but his eventual attempt was well saved by the custodian. Substitute Sam Williams then made his mark on goalscorer Kay in an aerial challenge - cutting the defender's head with his arm. After extensive treatment on the pitch from physio Dave Buckby, Antony was able to continue - with a large head bandage! FULL TIME: YEOVIL TOWN 1 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1 Town's team (4-3-3): Ian Bennett; Stephen Jordan, Peter Clarke (c), Antony Kay, Lee Peltier; Kevin Kilbane, Chris Atkinson (Jack Hunt 16), Scott Arfield; Gary Roberts, Lee Novak (Benik Afobe 46), Anthony Pilkington Unused Subs: Alex Smithies, Tom Clarke, Jordan Rhodes, Jamie McCombe, Alan Lee Town Booking: Antony Kay (59) Town Red Card: Lee Peltier (14) Attendance: 3,620
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