Everyone in our house is old or on crutches and it looks like watching the boxing day test and the King George is about as exciting as it’ll get at the Mount, Salisbury Rd, Shaftesbury Dorset.
So I phoned up Paul of the Yeovil Town away supporters club and here I am on the A303 in Bus 3 on my way to Plymouth.
I’ve not got anyone with me as Olly is in in London and the prospect of a six hour return trip to the most westerly club in the football league did not enthuse the lads as they soaked up the Downton Christmas special last night.
And I can hardly say 150 away fans is quite the mass migration you read about when some wag writes “the last fan leaving the town, please turn out the lights” at the City Limits.
But getting on the bus was so simple -buying a ticket from Paul’s trestle so easy and the company so affable that I cannot imagine why anyone wouldn’t want to fork out £15 for the round trip!
Cue Card and the King George VI at Kempton
Driving across to the Huish, I’d tipped my hat to the Tizzards as I passed their farm just East of Milboune Port. On the other side of the A30 are the gallops stretching up the hill. Cue Card will be well on his way up to London and the King George this afternoon. For years I’ve been watching the race from a bar at Wincanton racecourse. My money’s down early for Colin’s star and if Cue Card beats off the Irish favoourite, I’ll have covered my travel to the game, match ticket and the drinks I hope to buy Ted and his Dad, if they get to the game.
I’ll certainly be having a couple of pints whether Yeovil win or lose, though with us 2nd bottom and Plymouth top of the league, I suspect I’ll be drowning my sorrows.
I’ll be keeping the blog updated throughout the day – like it’s a travelblog. If you want to predict the outcome of this game, do so in the comment box below!
Post match verdict;
Well Yeovil lost but Cue Card won- I can’t say I’m happy despite being up on the day. We out sang them, out fought them but sadly didn’t outscore them and we lost because of a goal keeping mistake which is the worst way to lose. Here’s the match report from @ytfcofficial
Town made the relatively short trip to face high flying Plymouth Argyle and on a rough looking pitch fell to a 1-0 defeat.
A second half goal from Ryan Brunt after Chris Weale initially saved a long range Craig Tanner shot ensured all three points stayed in Devon
Darren Way selected the same eleven that earned a 1-1 draw the previous week against Leyton Orient.
Marc Laird returned to the squad and claimed a spot on the bench in the place of Tottenham Hotspur loanee Christian Maghoma.
The home side started brightly with the strong wind behind them and looked to make the wind count early on.
Within the first two minutes they could have opened the scoring when Gregg Wylde’s cross hit the knee of Threlkeld and went over the bar.
Just after the 15-minute mark Town struck the bar after Matty Dolan picked the ball up a full 30-yards from goal. The former Middelsbrough man unleashed a left-footed strike that dipped late and with keeper McCormick seemingly letting the shot ‘go’ the ball bounced back off the bar and away to safety.
At the other end Town stopper Weale had to be on his toes to gather a shot from the edge of the area from Wylde.
Three minutes into the second half Weale was again called into action to deny a Jervis free-kick from just out side the area.
Jervis curled the ball over the Town wall with his right boot, only for Weale to dive to his left and palm the ball away to safety.
The home side opened the scoring just before the hour mark when Craig Tanner’s shot from distance was palmed away by Weale.
Striker Brunt was the quickest to react to slide the loose ball home under Weale from close range.
In the dying stages substitute Jack Compton’s free kick was met by the head of Darren Ward, but the skippers head went over the Argyle cross bar.
At the end of the day….
Plymouth are top of the league and there were more people in Home Park than at Dean Park to watch AFC Bournemouth. Plymouth are a proper club with proper colours and they look set for a good few years. We have got to find someone to score goals (Reuben Reid coming on in the second half reminds us of the strikers we could have had but gave away!)
I’m really pleased for Colin Tizzard and Paddy Brennan and for all Cue Card’s connections and I’m looking forward to driving past the yard about 9pm tonight!
If Cue Card goes on to win the Gold Cup- he collects £1m bonus, about a month’s wages for Rooney – who didn’t even make the Man Utd first team. Money’s harder to find in the West Country- but heh
Somerset is wonderful, Somerset is wonderful
It’s full of cheese, cheese and more cheese
Somerset is wonderful.