Match Details: 31/03/2009
Yeovil Town 1-0 Northampton Town
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Goals: Jonathan Obika (79)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Chris Weale, 6. Terrell Forbes, 10. Gavin Tomlin, 14. Paul Warne, 16. Gary Roberts, 24. Danny Hutchins, 25. Andros Townsend, 26. Jonathan Obika, 27. Lee Peltier, 28. Nathan Smith, 30. David Noble
Subs: 9. Andy Welsh, 11. Danny Schofield, 12. Craig Alcock, 15. Luke Rodgers, 18. Keiran Murtagh,
Substitutes Used: Andy Welsh for Paul Warne (70 mins), Luke Rodgers for Gavin Tomlin (74 mins), Craig Alcock for Andros Townsend (86 mins)
Yeovil Town managed an action replay of their Saturday result, with another 1-0 win tonight to lift them firmly out of the relegation zone. The Glovers beat Northampton Town by a single Jonathan Obika goal to repeat Saturday's Swindon Town match and give them six points out of six from two vital relegation six-pointers. Obika got his goal thanks to a ball into the box from substitute Luke Rodgers as he fired into the corner from just inside the box. But they could have easily had more as they dominated the majority of the match, even if the Cobblers hit the woodwork six minutes from the end to leave everyone in Huish Park holding their breath.
Team selection was easy - don't change a winning team, and with no new injuries, manager Terry Skiverton only had to check on an illness that Paul Warne had recovered from before deciding to pick the same starting line-up. Only Craig Alcock represented a change with Nathan Jones dropping out of the sixteen.
The Glovers took the bull by the horns and there was little doubt who was in control right from the start. A long range shot by Gavin Tomlin was deflected by Chris Doig for a corner and straight from the set piece Jonathan Obika fired on target but his attempt was blocked on the line by Jason Crowe and hacked away. It took Northampton 35 minutes to fashion their first chance - an Adebayo Akinfenwa header from a Danny Jackman free kick that looped just over the bar and it was only in the 15 minutes leading up to the break that the Cobblers looked like they had any chance in getting anything out of the game.
The second half started with some serious end to end action. Firstly Chris Weale made his first save of the game, diving down low to his left. Almost immediately though, Jonathan Obika was down the other end, forcing Chris Dunn into a terrific parried save. A minute later Gary Roberts drove from the edge of the box but his attempt went just wide of the mark. Five minutes later Andros Townsend was the next to keep Chris Dunn's hands warm by shooting from distance.
That dominance couldn't last forever though, and just as in the first period, the Glovers took their foot off the gas a little and there was just a slight feeling that the Cobblers might grab an undeserved draw. However, manager Terry Skiverton made good use of his bench, with Andy Welsh being introduced as a substitute with 20 minutes left and he almost made an instant impact with his cross into the box seeing shots from Obika and Tomlin on target, only for the latter to be pulled up for a foul.
But it was Skiverton's second substitution that was instrumental in winning him the points. Luke Rodgers was introduced just 16 minutes from time and he needed five minutes to make his impact on the game known. Threading a ball into the box towards Jonathan Obika, he set the Spurs man up to plant the ball into the corner of the net from 15 yards out, and give Yeovil the lead their play so richly deserved.
It could have still gone pear shaped. Danny Jackman had a ball into the box flicked onto the post by Chris Doig with Chris Weale grabbing the rebound. And two minutes into injury time Northampton almost grabbed an equaliser when Chris Weale had to make a strong save from a header from Jason Crowe, grabbing the ball at the second attempt.
But if Northampton had come out of the game with anything it would have been daylight (well floodlight anyway) robbery. If anything the Glovers looked the more likely to add the next goal, frequently terrorising the Cobblers back line on the break. Nathan Smith could have sealed the points when he broke clear up the flank, with Luke Rodgers in attendance, but Dunn once again kept the scoreline down by saving at his near post.
With only two other games in League One tonight, and neither being relevant to the bottom area of the table, the result lifts the Glovers up to 16th, and three points above the Cobblers having played the same number of games. They are not out of the woods by any means, but with Northampton not due to play this weekend, and four clubs now sandwiched between them and the relegation line, they can take this Saturday's trip to Stockport County in renewed heart, having given themselves a significant platform to build upon.
Link: 2008-09 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Northampton Town 0.
Scorers: Jonathan Obika (79 mins, 1-0)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Chris Weale
24. Danny Hutchins 6. Terrell Forbes 27. Lee Peltier 28. Nathan Smith
14. Paul Warne 16. Gary Roberts 30. David Noble 25. Andros Townsend
26. Jonathan Obika 10. Gavin Tomlin
9. Andy Welsh (70 mins for Paul Warne) 11. Danny Schofield 12. Craig Alcock (86 mins for Andros Townsend) 15. Luke Rodgers (74 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 18. Keiran Murtagh
13. Chris Dunn
27. Jared Hodgkiss 4. Mark Hughes 6. Chris Doig
2. Jason Crowe 7. Giles Coke 15. Abdul Osman 3. Danny Jackman 14. Liam Davis
16. Scott Vernon 10. Adebayo Akinfenwa
9. Colin Larkin (85 mins for Liam Davis) 11. Andrew Holt 17. Aleksandar Prijovic (83 mins for Jared Hodgkiss) 12. Ikechi Anya (67 mins for Scott Vernon) 19. Liam Dolman
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Northampton Booking: None.
Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Assistants: Eric Mackrell (Hampshire) and Lee Swabey (Devon).
Fourth Official: Mark Philpott (Cornwall).