Yeovil Town ended 2016 with a 0 – 0 draw at home against promotion-chasing Portsmouth.
Despite there being little action on the pitch, the conditions the game was played in will be remembered for a long time.
A thick fog descended on Huish Park, meaning that fans were unable to see much of the match.
Even though Pompey fans had travelled in numbers, selling out the away end, they were also unable to be seen from the opposite side of the ground
The mist even led to coverage on the Twitter accounts of both clubs being slightly less in-depth than usual.
However, even though two Championship fixtures ended up falling foul of the weather, the full 90 minutes were played to completion in Somerset.
From what I saw (which wasn’t much!), Yeovil acquitted themselves well against one of League Two’s big boys. Despite Pompey keeping hold of the ball more effectively throughout, the home side had arguably the best chance of the game when Otis Khan hit the crossbar.
The Glovers looked far more of an attacking threat when Francois Zoko came on in the second half. The substitute’s impact also seemed to spark more energy in the likes of Khan.
However, the arrival of Birmingham City’s Jack Storer on loan is still a welcome one; it’s unknown if Zoko’s fitness is 100%, Tahvon Campbell can be muscled off the ball too easily, and Tom Eaves has had very little impact in a frustrating couple of games recently. A young striker could be exactly what we need to get back among the goals.
The referee, Christopher Sarginson, deserves credit for not abandoning the match. The rules state that if both goals and both linesmen can be seen from the centre circle, the game can continue. The Portsmouth fans complaining about not being able to see would have no doubt also moaned if they had travelled from Hampshire only for the game to be called off.
Finally, it’s been nice to have a packed Huish Park for the past couple of games. Both the Pompey match and the Boxing Day encounter with Exeter City were watched by a crowd of over 6000, and the atmosphere for both games was consequently much better. Despite the lack of goals, hopefully the fans who came will have enough of a reason to come back.
2016 has been a year of revitalisation for Yeovil Town Football Club, as they have gone from being close to relegation from the Football League to becoming a solid mid-table side. Although there have been moments of naivety and inexperience, Darren Way deserves a lot of credit for stabilising a club that had been in free-fall for two and a half seasons.
Here’s hoping that Way and his team can kick on in 2017. I’ll definitely be giving him my full support; supporters owe him that much due to the fantastic work he’s done in bringing the club closer to the community again. Happy New Year everybody, and up the Glovers!