Huish Park, Yeovil Town
Saturday January 23rd 2009
V Exeter City, League Two, 3pm
By Joe Selfe
Huish Park, Yeovil Town
Well the time had arrived to visit Yeovil for the final leg of a long journey that had taken nearly 20 years, yes this was my final ground of the '92' and I was determined to celebrate in style so me and the lads had taken the decision to stay at a hotel in Yeovil for the night. It wasnít easy to arrange mind and with all the recent postponements due to the weather, I spent a nervous week crossing fingers, feet etc.. in the hope our best laid plans didnít fall to mother nature.
With my mate Dom doing a sterling job driving there and back (from Brum) and Fletch and Stew on board, the lads were set and made our way down the M5 and although there was a bit of traffic on the road into Yeovil it was generally a pleasant journey and after parking at the hotel in the centre of Yeovil, hopped on a taxi (as the ground is a couple of miles out). Time was now getting on a bit and we didnít really have an opportunity for a prematch drink which was disappointing (but we made up for that later) and took photo's outside aplenty (complete with a 'Joe's Done The 92' St Georges flag which Dom had brought much to my elation).
I think it did help that on such a personal milestone, a lower league match it may have been but it was a long awaited derby and it showed with tackles flying in, although amazingly only one player was booked I dread to think how crazy a Premier League referee would have gone with the cards. Exeter played the better stuff in the 1st half but Yeovil lead 2-1 at the break (which was preferable as we were standing in the home end!) and as there was no further scoring in the 2nd half, the Glovers had been victorious (Yeovil were a lot better in the 2nd half and probably should have added to their goals including a comical late goalmouth scramble). I think the ground whilst small has a fair bit of character, although there is no roof on the away terrace which can be a hazard on stormy nights as we know.
After the match we headed to a pub the taxi driver had mentioned called 'The Arrow' this was only about 5 mins walk away from the ground but seemed a decent boozer and although there were bouncers on the door there were no problems (not sure whether they admit away fans mind as it was a derby I suppose the normal rules do not apply). After several beers there we got a taxi back into the centre of Yeovil (my one criticism here is the bar staff whilst they were not unfriendly could not find a local taxi number which I find a bit unusual) a quick beer at the hotel bar 'The Globe and Crown' which seemed decent and then it was off to a Wetherspoons, which I forget the name of and then it all became a bit hazy due to too many Jaegerbombs.
Next day it was back to Brum and I had finally 'Done The 92. I would finish by saying whilst Yeovil is a bit out of the way and only a small town it certainly has it charms and worth a visit.
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