Match Details: 18/10/2014
Yeovil Town 1-1 Swindon Town
Skybet League One
Yeovil Goals: James Hayter (34)
Yeovil Line-Up: 4. Joe Edwards, 9. James Hayter, 12. Artur Krysiak, 15. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, 16. Nathan Ralph, 17. Joel Grant, 19. Liam Davis, 20. Ben Nugent, 23. Simon Gillett, 24. Ryan Inniss, 25. Jordy Hiwula
Subs: 1. Chris Weale, 2. Brendan Moloney, 3. Nathan Smith, 5. Aaron Martin, 7. Kevin Dawson, 8. James Hayter, 11. Sam Foley,
Substitutes Used: Kevin Dawson for James Hayter (75 mins)
Bookings: James Hayter (Foul, 23), Ben Nugent (Foul, 74)
Yeovil Town gained a home draw this afternoon against high-flying Swindon Town at Huish Park, in an end-to-end match that both sides could have won. In a match that the Glovers were the more impressive team during the opening period, they took the lead when Manchester City loanee Jordy Hiwula set up James Hayter inside the box to give them the lead at the break. The Wiltshire side came back into the game more during the second half, and they equalised when former Glover Andy Williams converted a Jack Stephens cross. Swindon finished the game with ten men as Nathan Thompson was red-carded for two bookable offences, but despite that man difference both sides finished still going for the win in an entertaining 1-1 draw.
During the week, manager Gary Johnson promised radical changes to his team, but few could have predicted that he would make eight changes to his starting line-up for the visit of a Swindon side who were only kept out of the automatic promotion slots by virtue of them having sat out the last two international breaks. Only Joe Edwards, Jordy Hiwula and Simon Gillett survived the great Port Vale cull, with the back four and goalkeeper being changed entirely, and new Crystal Palace loan signing Ryan Inniss being chucked in the deep end.
The first half saw a clash of tactics, as Yeovil's 4-4-2 battled against Swindon's 3-5-2 and the Glovers found most of their attacking outlets came at exposing the Wiltshire side's wing-backs. Liam Davis clipped the top of the crossbar with a ball into the box that ended up curling closer to the goal than perhaps he had intended, whilst visiting keeper Wes Foderingham was kept busy - pushing a Joe Edwards header out for a corner.
This was a typical local derby - even if Yeovil and Swindon don't have too much of a history between them it has always been a game that has seen plenty of feisty stuff. A couple of incidents involving Yaser Kasim and James Hayter seemed to set the tone of the game, with the Yeovil striker landing in the book, and then Kasim appearing to get involved in an off-the-ball incident with the same player that led referee Scott Mathieson unsighted and having to have a lengthy talk with his assistant referee before deciding that all he could do was issue a finger-wagging to both.
James Hayter was also crucially involved when Yeovil took the lead in the 34th minute. A poor clearance by Swindon keeper Wes Foderingham saw Simon Gillett rob Louis Thompson of the ball, and that set the Glovers on an attack led by Hayter. He passed the ball through to Jordy Hiwula, who pulled the ball back to his strike partner and Hayter converted from close range to give Yeovil a lead that their first half play deserved. They could have easily added to that lead during the ten minutes between the goal and the whistle, but Foderingham's actual goalkeeping was excellent, as he blocked another Hiwula effort.
Just before the break, former Glover Jonathan Obika had fallen awkwardly on a shoulder that had kept him out through injury in recent matches, and it was no surprise to find him replaced at the break, with Andy Williams the equally unsurprising replacement. His pace allowed Swindon to play a little more direct, in an attempt to use pace at the Yeovil back four, and he got an early chance through that sort of 'route one' approach - Wes Foderingham's long clearance finding the striker, but he blazed wide of the target.
This was real end-to-end stuff, with Jordy Hiwula having a shot blocked by Nathan Thompson, whilst Swindon's Nathan Byrne had a series of second half chances, with one whistling just wide of the goal frame. Yeovil fans thought Hiwula had scored ten minutes into the half when he caused the side netting to ripple - unfortunately his shot was the wrong side of the goal frame. Foderingham saved acrobatically again, as Simon Gillett's spin on the edge of the box, followed by a sharp shot saw the ball turned around for a corner.
But as the half wore on, a few Yeovil legs began to wobble a bit, and Swindon finally clawed their way back into it. Jack Stephens worked his way down the flank, and Liam Davis couldn't stop the cross from the by-line, allowing Andy Williams the chance to dart in and convert a 71st minute equalising goal in front of 1,545 travelling Swindon Town fans. 1-1 and the game was now very delicately poised.
In theory, Yeovil should have had the upper hand eight minutes later when Swindon's Nathan Thompson was dismissed for a second bookable offence. His decision to clutch at the ball after he fell to the deck, and attempt to influence the referee into awarding a foul his way backfired significantly as referee Scott Mathieson - no stranger to a red card in Yeovil Town matches during 2014 - dismissed the Robins captain for deliberate handball, leaving them having to play out eleven minutes with ten men.
Surprisingly, and to their credit, the remaining Swindon players made no attempt to shut up shop. Nathan Byrne kept the tiring Yeovil back four busy, as he twice fired shots on goal. Yeovil had late appeals for a penalty turned down as a shirt pull inside the box was ignored by referee Mathieson, and so had to settle for the point, and one that was probably - based on the balance of the two halves - a fair result for both sides. Most importantly though, they climbed out of the relegation zone on the back of that draw, and all players on the pitch showed a clear reaction to last weekend's poor showing at Vale Park. A draw can't be called a full turnaround on that, but it was certainly a big step in the right direction.
Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Swindon Town 1.
Scorers: James Hayter (34 mins, 1-0), Andy Williams (71 mins, 1-1)
Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
12. Artur Krysiak
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 20. Ben Nugent 24. Ryan Inniss 19. Liam Davis
17. Joel Grant 4. Joe Edwards 23. Simon Gillett 16. Nathan Ralph
9. James Hayter 25. Jordy Hiwula
1. Chris Weale 2. Brendan Moloney 3. Nathan Smith 5. Aaron Martin 7. Kevin Dawson (75 mins for James Hayter) 8. James Berrett 11. Sam Foley
1. Wes Foderingham
2. Nathan Thompson 5. Jack Stephens 6. Jordan Turnbull
3. Nathan Byrne 4. Massimo Luongo 8. Yaser Kasim 19. Louis Thompson 12. Amari'i Bell
9. Michael Smith 20. Jonathan Obika
7. Ben Gladwin (61 mins for Amari'i Bell) 10. Andy Williams (46 mins for Jonathan Obika) 14. Jake Reeves 16. Connor Waldon 23. Jack Barthram 25. Tyrell Belford 26. Anton Rodgers
Yeovil Bookings: James Hayter (foul, 23 mins), Ben Nugent (foul, 74 mins)
Swindon Bookings: Nathan Thompson (foul, 43 mins), Louis Thompson (foul, 89 mins), Michael Smith (foul, 90 mins). Red Card: Nathan Thompson (handball, second bookable offence, 79 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 7; Fouls: 19.
Swindon Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 1; Fouls: 12.
Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire). Assistant Referees: John Busby (Oxfordshire) and Chris Powell (Dorset). Fourth Official: Adam Hopkins (Devon).
Attendance: 5,679 (with 1,545 Swindon supporters)