Match Details: 04/09/2010
Notts County 4-0 Yeovil Town
npower League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. John Sullivan, 2. Craig Alcock, 4. Stefan Stam, 5. Paul Huntington, 6. Nathan Smith, 8. Luke Ayling, 11. Andy Welsh, 18. Luke Freeman, 19. Adam Virgo, 20. Owain Tudur Jones, 21. Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala,
Subs: 15. Cameron Stewart, 16. Ed Upson, 17. Craig Calver, 22. Ben Roberts, 23. Billy Gibson, 31. Rhys Baggridge
Substitutes Used: Cameron Stewart for Luke Ayling (62 mins), Craig Calver for Luke Freeman (77 mins)
Bookings: Owain Tudur Jones (Foul, 26), Nathan Smith (Foul, 90)
Yeovil Town suffered a thrashing at the hands of League One newcomers Notts County as the Magpies enjoyed an emphatic 4-0 win on the day of their Meadow Lane century celebrations. The result and the margin of the win was absolutely justified, as Yeovil's defence capitulated time and time again during the first period, with Craig Westcarr grabbing one, Ben Davies getting a brace, and Lee Hughes finishing the game off midway through the second period.
The Glovers went into the match with Dean Bowditch missing through illness - an unwanted event given that Sam Williams was suspended. With Shaun MacDonald and Rob Kiernan on international duty and Andy Williams not making the squad due to his ongoing ankle injury, the Glovers could only field six on the bench, and that was only by including Rhys Baggridge from the youth team. They fielded an unorthodox starting line-up with Adam Virgo put into action as a striker from the start, whilst Luke Ayling was asked to play as a right-winger.
The game got off to a robust physical start with both sides putting in the sort of flying tackles that made you wonder whether they would end with eleven men. Lee Hughes hit the woodwork from a Ben Davies free kick, although the attempt wouldn't have counted as Hughes's deflection was achieved whilst in an offside position.
The opener didn't take long to come through, as midway through the first half Craig Westcarr took advantage of some indecision between Stefan Stam, Nathan Smith and keeper John Sullivan. None of them took charge of a loose ball that lurked in no-man's land, and Westcarr got a toe in to put County 1-0 up.
Five minutes later and County doubled their lead. Craig Westcarr appealed for a penalty after he appeared to be fouled inside the box. But the Glovers' let-off was only brief as the loose ball fell to Ben Davies who smashed the ball home, even though John Sullivan got a hand to the ball, that merely spooned the ball onto the post and into the net.
County could easily have had five or six by half time as the Glovers defence put on an abject display, and the third goal that came just before half time was typical of what had been going on. Ben Davies had almost grabbed his second of the afternoon with a shot to the far post that whistled just wide. But the Glovers back line held open the door wide open with the last kick of the half as they waved through a short pass into the box, and Davies latched on, unchallenged and passed the ball into the back of the net.
Mercifully the second half saw Notts County in 'training ground mode' as they were largely content to sit on their lead. An outstanding goal line clearance by Stefan Stam stopped County from extending their lead, but they still managed to add to that lead with 17 minutes remaining. Impressive midfield play-maker Ben Davies thread the ball through to Lee Hughes, who finished superbly on the half volley to put County 4-0 up and nothing less than they deserved.
For the Glovers, they rarely threatened throughout the match, with the odd Adam Virgo header aimed straight at the home keeper or over the bar, and a fleeting moment where Luke Freeman threatened to grab a goal. But overall County were staggeringly comfortable throughout, emphasised in the second half by a pigeon that spent much of its time pecking away at the Meadow Lane turf, rarely being disturbed. When a pigeon gets more time in the opposition penalty box than your own players manage, you know it's not been a good day.
Final Score: Notts County 4 Yeovil Town 0.
Scorers: Craig Westcarr (24 mins, 1-0), Ben Davies (29 mins, 2-0), Ben Davies (45 mins, 3-0), Lee Hughes (73 mins, 4-0)
17. Stuart Nelson 6. John Thompson 5. Graeme Lee 12. Krystian Pearce 26. Jon Harley
20. Craig Westcarr 8. Richard Ravenhill 10. Neal Bishop 11. Ben Davies 7. Kevin Smith 9. Lee Hughes
1. Robert Burch (GK) 4. Mike Edwards 14. Liam Chilvers (79 mins for Graeme Lee) 15. Karl Hawley 21. Jake Jervis (60 mins for Kevin Smith) 25. John Spicer (71 mins for Craig Westcarr) 27. Ben Burgess
1. John Sullivan
2. Craig Alcock 5. Paul Huntington 4. Stefan Stam 6. Nathan Smith
8. Luke Ayling 21. JP Kalala 20. Owain Tudur Jones 11. Andy Welsh
18. Luke Freeman 19. Adam Virgo
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 15. Cameron Stewart (62 mins for Luke Ayling) 16. Edward Upson 17. Craig Calver (77 mins for Luke Freeman) 23. Billy Gibson 31. Rhys Baggridge
Notts County Bookings: Lee Hughes (21 mins, foul), Richard Ravenhill (80 mins, foul)
Yeovil Town Bookings: Owain Tudur Jones (26 mins, foul), Nathan Smith (90 mins, foul)
Referee: David Webb (County Durham). Assistants: Paul Hobday (Birmingham) and Tony Peart (North Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Ryan Newman (Yorkshire).
Attendance: 6,288 (including 316 Yeovil supporters)