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17:34 5th May 2012


Simon Grayson got his pre-match wish as his players ended the regular season on a high, recording a comfortable two goal victory over Yeovil.

The Terriers bossed possession and territory throughout the game, but they had to wait until theĀ 45th minute before opening the scoring when Lee Novak glanced home Jack Hunt's neatly chipped cross.

Yeovil came out of the blocks well in the second 45 and went close to an equaliser through Kieran Agard and top scorer Andrew Williams. However, Town sealed the points when Danny Ward's well struck shot beat the Glovers' 'keeper Sam Walker.

Simon Grayson named an unchanged eleven for his team's final game of the regular season against Yeovil.

As a result, top scorer Jordan Rhodes was on the bench as Kallum Higginbotham and Lee Novak continued up front. Danny Ward, Calum Woods and Damien Johnson all overcame the knocks that they picked up against Walsall to take their place in the starting line-up.

BOOKING -The Terriers started the game well, but a counter attack from Yeovil in the third minute saw Damien Johnson haul down Andrew Williams as he made a charge for the penalty area.

The majority of the threat that Yeovil posed during the earlier stages of the game was on the break as Town dominated possession and territory. Town's first sight on goal fell to Kallum Higginbotham who did expertly well to skip past two Yeovil players on the edge of the box before curling a tame left footed effort straight at Sam Walker. Prior to Kallum's shot, the Glovers' Jonathan Franks had sliced well wide.

BOOKING -The Terriers' right-back Jack Hunt was enjoying a lot of success up against Reading loan man Lawson D'Ath and in the eighth minute, after skipping past the winger, central defender Bondz N'Gala dived in wildly resulting in Yeovil's first caution of the game.

If Town had any chance of moving up into fourth spot they needed the win and an opening goal almost came in the 16th minute when a superb raking pass from skipper Peter Clarke landing at the feet of the well forward Hunt. The right-back slipped the ball inside for the onrushing Arfield who hit the ball low, first time and into the side netting of Walker's goal.

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Town continued to press for an opening and in the 34th minute forced on loan Chelsea stopper into his best save of the game to date when Danny Ward picked the ball up 30 yards out and proceeded in smashing a thunderbolt of a shot straight at Walker. Yeovil's young 'keeper managed to parry the ball away and evade Novak with the rebound.

Jack Hunt was easily Town's biggest threat going forward during the opening half hour of the game and it was his cross which almost found the diving Kallum Higginbotham, with ten minutes of the half remaining.

GOAL -The Terriers deservedly opened the scoring on the stroke of half time when Lee Novak glanced home his third goal in three games. The goal was created by arguably Town's two best players of the first half Arfield and Hunt, with the latter chipping in the ball from the right for Novak to glance home from 12 yards out.

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The Terriers almost doubled their lead within a minute when Higginbotham showed superb skill to skip round his marker and then force Walker into a fantastic diving save with a 20 yard drive.

SUB -Yeovil made their first change of the game in the second minute of added on time when Lawson D'Ath, who had suffered a torrid time up against Hunt, was replaced by Gavin Williams.


Yeovil started the second-half in a positive mood and should have equalised when superb play from their top scorer Andrew Williams saw him firstly beat Peter Clarke and then skip past Sean Morrison and Hunt before firing a shot in low, which was fantastically saved by Ian Bennett with a strong left wrist.

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The second sight of goal in the second 45 again fell to the visitors in the 57th minute when substitute Gavin Williams picked the ball up in space in front of Town's back line and released Kieran Agard. The former Everton man gathered the ball at the second attempt and from 18 yards out drove wide of Benno's right upright.

Grayson's men respond well and on the stroke of the hour mark went close to doubling their lead twice. Firstly, Jack Hunt fired just wide and then from a resulting corner a Sean Morrison header had to be cleared off the line by Luke Ayling.

GOAL -The Terriers made the points secure with just under 20 minutes of the game remaining when Danny Ward shot low into the bottom corner of Walker's goal. Higginbotham picked up the assist after flicking Clarke's header into Ward's path. The former Bolton man attacked his marker before shooting low and hard from 20 yards out.

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SUBS -Simon Grayson immediately changed things up with Lee Novak and Damien Johnson being replaced for Jordan Rhodes and Anton Robinson.

SUBS -Grayson's last change of the game saw Tom Clarke enter the fray at the expense of Jack Hunt. Gary Johnson also made a change with former Everton man Kieran Agard coming off for Josh Morris.

Danny Ward almost doubled his individual tally late on when he forced Walker into another diving save, however, his and Novak's early goals meant that Town ended the season 4th.


Town's team (4-4-2):

Ian Bennett; Calum Woods, Peter Clarke (c), Sean Morrison, Jack Hunt (Tom Clarke 80); Danny Ward, Tommy Miller, Damien Johnson (Anton Robinson 74), Scott Arfield; Kallum Higginbotham, Lee Novak (Jordan Rhodes 74)

Unused substitutes:

Alex Smithies, Gary Roberts

Bookings Town:Damien Johnson 3,

Bookings Yeovil: Bondz N'Gala 8,

Gate: 13,520

Away: 262

    Data provided by Press Association


    Town was the first club to win three successive league titles in 1926. Only Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have matched this feat.