Match Details: 04/12/2012
Yeovil Town 2-0 Wycombe Wanderers
LDV Vans Trophy
Yeovil Goals: Ed Upson (32), Sam Foley (45)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Marek Stech, 2. Luke Ayling, 3. Jamie McAllister, 5. Byron Webster, 8. Ed Upson, 9. James Hayter, 10. Gavin Williams, 14. Sam Foley, 18. Daniel Burn, 21. Korey Smith, 22. Joe Edwards
Subs: 4. Richard Hinds, 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown, 11. Reuben Reid, 12. Gareth Stewart, 19. Gozie Ugwu,
Substitutes Used: Reuben Reid for Korey Smith (46 mins), Keanu Marsh-Brown for Luke Ayling (69 mins)
Bookings: Jamie McAllister (Foul, 79), Keanu Marsh-Brown (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 88)
Yeovil Town progressed to the Area Semi-Final stages of the Football League Trophy for the first time in the club's history, as a strong first half performance swept aside League Two side Wycombe Wanderers. An Ed Upson header and a close range conversion from Sam Foley put them in the driving seat at the break, made even more one-sided by the dismissal of Chairboys midfielder Matthew Spring, who was red-carded for a foul on Gavin Williams. The second half was a far more even affair, but the visitors couldn't recover from that deficit, taking Yeovil into the final eight of the competition.
The Glovers went into the game making two changes to their starting line-up from the team that took to the field against Carlisle United. Jamie McAllister returned from suspension to captain the side, allowing Joe Edwards to switch across to the right flank, displacing Keanu Marsh-Brown who dropped to the bench. Up front Gavin Williams partnered James Hayter, as Gozie Ugwu also dropped to the bench. Paddy Madden and Dale Bennett were cup-tied, having played for Carlisle and AFC Wimbledon respectively in earlier rounds.
Yeovil dominated the early stages, with perhaps the main criticism being that their crosses failed to find their targets. The best were a Korey Smith cross that just evaded James Hayter, whilst a Joe Edwards cross was deflected by Hayter but just over the bar. Wycombe were doing very little at the other end of the park although their cause wasn't helped by a hamstring injury suffered by striker Adebayo Azeez, and then an incident that left them down to ten men. Matthew Spring, who had been dismissed in the 2011 match at Brisbane Road that saw Yeovil thrash Leyton Orient 5-1, went into a challenge on Gavin Williams. With his boot raised, referee Gavin Ward decided it fell into the sort of 'studs up' tackle that these days results in a straight red, and so off went Spring, leaving Wanderers playing for an hour with ten men.
The scoring was finally opened half an hour into the match, and five minutes after that red card. Korey Smith's cross into the box was excellently placed, and Ed Upson was able to plant a header from six yards out to put the Glovers 1-0 up and deservedly so. Although not too many bets would have been put on it being a close range header from a man more used to long distance crackers with his feet.
A goal up and a man up, the Glovers began to turn the screw even further. Dominant against eleven men, they had almost exclusive possession of the ball against ten, and there were no surprises when they doubled the lead just before the break. Jamie McAllister's cross into the box was headed back across the area by Joe Edwards, and Sam Foley was on hand to finish easily from close range. 2-0 up, and the second crucial goal scored just at the right time.
The second period saw Yeovil forced into a change, with Korey Smith coming off with a knock, having gone down right on the half time whistle. He was replaced by Reuben Reid, meaning that Gavin Williams dropped into midfield, whilst Reid reunited his start-of-season partnership with James Hayter. This was a much more even half, that eventually saw Keanu Marsh-Brown introduced for Luke Ayling, allowing Joe Edwards to drop to the right-back position, as Marsh-Brown took the more forward position.
To their credit, Wycombe made a bit of a fight of it, and Dean Morgan forced Marek Stech into a strong save as the Czech Republic keeper threw himmself to his left-hand side to stop what would be the Chairboys only on target shot of the game. They also had shouts for a penalty when Bruno Andrade tangled with Dan Burn when the winger went on a strong run. A little bit of nerves crept in, not helped when substitute Matt McClure rattled the woodwork with six minutes to go. Yeovil had their own chances at the other end, but it never quite ended up turning into the rout their first half play suggested it would.
No matter, 2-0 turned out to be good enough, and the Glovers will now face one of Oxford United, Southend United, or the winners of tomorrow evening's game between Northampton Town and Leyton Orient, in the Area Semi-Finals. Having yet to play a League One side in this competition, they now find Orient are the only other third tier club left in the Southern half of the draw - they'll never have a better incentive for them to take the competition by the scruff of the neck.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Wycombe Wanderers 0.
Scorers: Ed Upson (1-0, 32 mins), Sam Foley (2-0, 45 mins).
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 21. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 10. Gavin Williams
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown (69 mins for Luke Ayling) 11. Reuben Reid (46 mins for Korey Smith) 19. Gozie Ugwu
36. Jordan Archer
19. Marvin McCoy 18. Charles Dunne 5. Dave Winfield 11. Sam Wood
32. Junior Morias 26. Jesse Kewley-Graham 9. Matthew Spring 12. Bruno Andrade
20. Dean Morgan 38. Adebayo Azeez
7. Gareth Ainsworth 22. Jo Kuffour 29. Matt McClure (24 mins for Adebayo Azeez) 34. Kortney Hause (46 mins for Junior Morias) 35. Georges Ehui (77 mins for Sam Wood).
Yeovil Bookings: Jamie McAllister (foul, 79 mins), Keanu Marsh-Brown (diving, 88 mins)
Wycombe Bookings: Bruno Andrade (foul, 54 mins). Red Card: Matthew Spring (serious foul play, 27 mins).
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 61%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 8; Fouls: 5.
Wycombe Match Statistics: Possession: 39%; Shots: 3; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 4; Fouls: 7.
Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey). Assistants: Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire) and Andrew Laver (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Mark Derrien (Dorset).
Attendance: 1,771 (including 94 Wycombe supporters).