Yeovil Town Logo Yeovil Town 0 - 3 Everton 
Half-time: 0 - 2
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Friendly, 1997/98 Season
Friday 23 January 1998
Huish Park, Yeovil
Att: 4,014
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Yeovil Town:
EVERTON: Speed (17, 35:pen), Barmby (58)
  LINEUPS Subs Not Used
Yeovil Town: N/A ???
EVERTON: Myhre, Allen*, Ball, Bilic (~70 O'Connor), Tiler, Ward, Speed (~55 Lane), Farrelly, Grant, Oster, Barmby (~75 Cadamarteri).
Unavailable: Parkinson, Branch, Hinchcliffe, McCann, Williamson, Short, Ferguson (injured); Watson, Phelan (recovering); Southall, Barrett (on loan).  
*or Thomas?
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Yeovil Town: None?

Debbie Heale West Country Walk in the Park
TEAMTALK Match Report

West Country Walk in the Park
Debbie Heale
We seemed to start in the lowest gear possible, whereas Yeovil were determined to go out and enjoy themselves, and it didn't take them too long to settle into a pattern – which, all credit to them, despite their many subs, (the whole team) they tried to keep.

The premiership side were definitely a class apart, as you would expect. (Try telling a Toon fan that). Speed's first goal came after 17 mins. Sorry – don't remember the build up or even who crossed.

The second goal was a penalty – on 35 mins. Again this was at the other end of the pitch, and my eyes not being as good as they should be, I don't know who was brought down. Speed took the penalty well.

Second half, no subs made at first – then Chris Lane came on for Speed. Chris played on the right wing – effectively and was unlucky not to score on a couple of occasions. From what I saw, I was reasonably impressed – still young but could come good.

Barmby's goal came from an Oster cross, must have been one of the easiest goals he's ever scored. Middle of the box, virtually on his own, and slid it past the keeper.

O'Connor came on for Bilic, then Cadamarteri replaced Barmby.

Not much else of note really. Generally the passing was good, and there were no long balls at all, which isn't really surprising with only Barmby up front. Grant and Farrelly made a few interesting passes in the first half.

Most of our players were a class apart, particularly Speed and Barmby. Ball was superb, I spent most of the game watching him. Meant to pay attention to O'Connor when he came on, but most of the action was luckily at the other end of the pitch.

There were certainly good few hundred Evertonians there, all in good voice. But the strangest thing about the whole game, was that I never heard one scouse accent whilst in the ground. Heard a few on my way out though – phew, I had been to see Everton!

Everton travelled down to the South West of England for a three day trip which included this friendly against Yeovil Town on Friday night. The game was arranged because the Blues have no match this weekend.

Howard Kendall selected a near first team against the Vauxhall Conference club, with Mitch Ward returning after being out for a month. There was no place for Craig Short however, as he has a groin strain and Duncan Ferguson was also missing.

The start of the match was delayed in order to accommodate the large crowd, which finally numbered 4,014 at the new Huish Park. But when the game got underway Everton were inspired by captain Gary Speed as they gave non league Yeovil a lesson in football.

However the Blues were reminded of Yeovil's pedigree when they saw an early Lee Archer free-kick hit the woodwork with Thomas Myhre well beaten. Any jitters that Howard Kendall's men may have had however were soon put to rest shortly after the quarter hour mark when Gary Speed opened the scoring with a well taken goal set up by John Oster after great work from Tony Grant. Grant, who was to have a late shot hit the upright, played a lovely ball to Oster who put Speed clean through to score.

Everton's second goal came on 35 minutes when Speed scored from the penalty spot after fit again Mitch Ward was upended in the box. The third goal came just before the hour when Oster was again involved by playing a lovely cross into the box which picked out Nick Barmby and the little striker finished in style.

Yeovil should have scored in the second half but when Sam Winston was put clear Myhre foiled him with a great save.  At the end of the game all the Everton players were given a great reception and Howard Kendall managed to use all the 14 players he had picked for the trip.

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