The town of Yeovil in England's West Country saw its dreams of football glory shattered today when its minor league team, Yeovil Town, suffered a 3-0 defeat by Arsenal, the English League first division giants.
Yeovil in all-white, Arsenal in red shirt playing left to right. GV & SV Yeovil No 10 puts ball across to goal, Arsenal defenders pass back to Wilson (keeper) who clears.
LV & GV Arsenal atta attacking No. 8 Sammels passes from midfield and No 9 Radford heads into corner of goal. (5 shots)
SV Radford jubilant.
GVs Arsenal attacking and No 7 Armstrong shoots, Yeovil defender (No. 2) deflects shot and Arsenal 10 runs in to score from close range. (5 shots)
SCU Arsenal players hugging each other.
GV Second half Arsenal attack started by (12) Kelly and no 7 Armstrong high cross from left wing and no 9 Radford heads in to corner of goalmouth.
SCU Radford trotting back and congratulated.
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Background: The town of Yeovil in England's West Country saw its dreams of football glory shattered today when its minor league team, Yeovil Town, suffered a 3-0 defeat by Arsenal, the English League first division giants. The professionals from the big London club were more than a match for Yeovil's part-timers.
The match, postponed from Saturday (2 Jan) because of snow, came in the third round of the English F.A. (Football Association) Cup, the first round in which the major league clubs take part.
Not even the pronounced slope of Yeovil's ground could deter the star visitors, but the ground did attract a 14,500 crowd who paid record gate money of 12,500 sterling (30,000 dollars).
Yeovil (playing in white, Arsenal in red shirts) kept Arsenal at bay for some time, and made some attacks of their own, but never looked likely to breach the professionals' defence.
Their supporters' hopes took a plunge after 36 minutes when Arsenal's Sammels kicked a long high cross from midfield and Radford headed in of the far post.
Two minutes before half time a long-range shot from Armstrong was deflected by a Yeovil defender and partly saved by Yeovil keeper Clark, but the ball ran loose and Kennedy darted in to score Arsenal's second goal from close range.
The second half was dull with few bright moments. With five minutes left, Arsenal brought on Kelly in place of McNab. Kelly showed his worth by initiating a left wing attack carried through by Armstrong and ending with a third goal headed by Radford.
Final score: Yeovil O, Arsenal 3.