ONE of Yeovil Town's most consistent performers while he was plying his trade at Huish Park chalked up a personal milestone in his football career last night.

Defender Rob Cousins last night made his 900th appearance in non-league football for Paulton Rovers against Winchester City.

It is now eight years since Cousins last played for Yeovil before he headed for pastures new.

He was brought to Huish Park by the then manager Graham Roberts from Bath City along with another great player, Jerry Gill, in the summer of 1996.

Cousins and Gill were two of the mainstays of the team alongside the likes of Yeovil legends Tony Pennock and Warren Patmore who helped the Glovers win the ICIS Premier League and with it promotion back to the top flight of non-league football in that 1996-97 campaign.

The popular Cousins made a staggering 61 appearances in all competitions for Yeovil during that season and went on to play in a total of 213 games for the Glovers before departing Huish Park in 2000.

Although now playing for Paulton, he has also turned out for the likes of Forest Green Rovers and Tiverton Town.

Before being drafted into Yeovil by Graham Roberts, Cousins had made 328 appearances for Bath between 1989-96 and had scored 26 goals.

His goalscoring was not so productive at Yeovil where he scored just three goals.

His first came on April 29, 1999, three years after signing for Yeovil, in a 4-2 Nationwide Conference win at Leek Town.

His second was a beauty when he netted a rocket in a 2-1 Conference success at Kettering Town on January 29, 2000, which coincided with his 200th appearance for the Glovers.

And then, just like buses, he scored his third and final goal for the Yeovil in the following game during a comfortable 4-0 FA Trophy Fourth Round match at Bedford when his cross from the right flank floated into the net past an embarrassed keeper.

So although scoring goals was not his strongest part, at least he could say that whenever he scored Yeovil did not lose!

Chief reporter Steve Sowden, who saw Cousins score all three of his Yeovil goals, said: "He appeared to have a calming influence on the team, but at the same time always seemed to be in command of the situation.

"A very reliable player to have in your side and it was not a surprise that he won many of the players' awards during his time with Yeovil - he was Mr Steady Eddie.

"A thoroughly likeable bloke off the pitch and I hope he now goes on to make it a 1,000 appearances."

A Yeovil Town spokesman said: "Everybody at Huish Park sends Rob best wishes on this achievement."