Match Details: 15/11/2014
Yeovil Town 0-1 Fleetwood Town
Skybet League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Jed Steer, 4. Joe Edwards, 7. Kevin Dawson, 8. James Berrett, 10. AJ Leitch-Smith, 11. Sam Foley, 18. Jordan Clarke, 19. Liam Davis, 20. Ben Nugent, 25. Jordy Hiwula, 26. Stephen Arthurworrey
Subs: 3. Nathan Smith, 9. James Hayter, 12. Artur Krysiak, 14. Sam Hoskins, 15. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, 23. Simon Gillett,
Substitutes Used: Nathan Smith for Liam Davis (70 mins), James Hayter for James Berrett (83 mins), Simon Gillett for AJ Leitch-Smith (90 mins)
Bookings: Kevin Dawson (Foul, 33), Joe Edwards (Foul, 39)
Yeovil Town headed to the foot of League One tonight as a late goal from Jeff Hughes completed a smash'n'grab for Fleetwood Town. In a match that saw the Glovers dominate the majority of the game, it took an 87th minute header from the former Bristol Rovers midfielder to seal the points for the Cod Army, but prior to that Yeovil should have found the net on a number of occasions themselves. AJ Leitch-Smith and Jordan Clarke saw first half headers go wide of the target, whilst Jordy Hiwula landed the ball in the net only to find a linesman's flag denying him. The Manchester City loanee's first touch eluded him on several occasions, whilst visiting keeper Chris Maxwell was in fine form, saving shots from Leitch-Smith and James Berrett to keep his side in the game, and ultimately to allow Hughes a chance to steal the points at the death, and leave Yeovil deeply frustrated at the final whistle.
With the team having played well against Chesterfield and Crawley Town, the same starting eleven was selected for the third match running, with the 4-5-1 formation being preserved. The only changes came on the bench - Joel Grant on international duty with Jamaica, Brendan Moloney having picked up a midweek County Cup injury, and Nathan Smith having recovered from his, whilst Sam Hoskins returned after being cuptied in last week's FA Cup match.
The first half was one of Yeovil Town dominance, even if Fleetwood were more physical and more committed opponents than last week's Crawley opponents. Most of the chances were coming at the Fleetwood end, as AJ Leitch-Smith headed into the side netting from a Kevin Dawson corner, whilst Jordan Clarke had his own attempt from a Sam Foley corner saved by Fleetwood keeper Chris Maxwell.
Chances began to develop in open play as the half wore on, with Manchester City loanee Jordy Hiwula bursting through but finding his shot parried by Chris Maxwell, whilst a Joe Edwards shot deflected for a corner. Then Stephen Arthurworrey's header went straight at the goalkeeper from another set piece, whilst an AJ Leitch-Smith run on goal saw his attempt pushed over the bar by Maxwell, as Fleetwood became forced onto the back foot more and more as the half wore on.
Matters became a little tasty as Fleetwood's Josh Morris and Glovers midfielder Kevin Dawson were booked in quick succession for fouls on each other, whilst Joe Edwards completed a trio of quick bookings, with just a feeling that referee Mick Russell was losing a grip on the game - missing a number of semi-off-the-ball incidents where players were leaving their mark on opponents after the ball had gone - Fleetwood were certainly fired up for the occasion. At the other end, chances were rare, with Fleetwood's best coming when Gareth Evans struck a low shot that bounced nastily forcing Jed Steer to push the ball away for a corner, but they had little to show in a goalless first half.
The second period saw fewer chances created - although Jordy Hiwula did get the ball in the back of the net early on, the linesman's flag had gone up earlier for an offside decision, with Fleetwood's defence stopping, knowing that the flag was raised. James Berrett was guilty of a poor miss after Fleetwood failed to clear their lines from a Sam Foley cross into the box, as the goal refused to come.
Referee Russell seemed to be in a lenient second half mood - booking Martin Paterson for an ugly challenge, but allowing a similar challenge to get just a finger wagging as the Huddersfield Town loanee was fortunate to stay on the field on his debut for Fleetwood. Still it seemed as though Yeovil had the edge, even if it was a much more even half, with fewer chances. Another James Berrett effort on goal saw Chris Maxwell parried for another corner, whilst Jordy Hiwula's first-time ball control was letting him down - put through on goal on several occasions, but with defenders able to get in blocks to stop his shots after he left the ball run away from him, notably when Kevin Dawson had put him clean through for one chance.
The longer such games carry on though, the greater the chance of the sucker punch, and three minutes from time it came along. Ben Nugent headed out for a corner, and Steven Schumacher's delivery into the box saw former Bristol Rovers midfielder Jeff Hughes head home an 87th minute rare Fleetwood chance into the back of the net, leaving Yeovil a goal behind with just a few minutes remaining. That was too little time for any late comeback, and with Fleetwood immediately taking off striker Paterson, and replacing him with a centre-back, their intent during four minutes of injury time was clear. One lapse in concentration was all it took for 90 minutes worth of relatively promising performance to be undone. The Glovers need goals at the other end though - by the time that late mistake was made, they should have been two or three goals up, and that is why they came out with nothing to show for their efforts today.
Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Fleetwood Town 1.
Scorers: Jeff Hughes (0-1, 87 mins)
Yeovil Town (4-5-1):
30. Jed Steer
18. Jordan Clarke 20. Ben Nugent 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 19. Liam Davis
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 8. James Berrett 11. Sam Foley 10. AJ Leitch-Smith
25. Jordy Hiwula
12. Artur Krysiak 3. Nathan Smith (70 mins for Liam Davis) 9. James Hayter (83 mins for James Berrett) 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 23. Simon Gillett (90 mins for AJ Leitch-Smith)
28. Chris Maxwell
20. Tyler Hornby-Forbes 25. Stephen Jordan 5. Mark Roberts 33. Stephen Crainey
7. Gareth Evans 8. Steven Schumacher 11. Jeff Hughes 12. Josh Morris
9. Stephen Dobbie 16. Martin Paterson
3. Danny Andrew 6. Nathan Pond (90 mins Martin Paterson) 13. David Lucas 18. Antoni Sarcevic (86 mins for Stephen Dobbie) 24. Keith Southern 27. Nicholas Haughton 29. Tom Hitchcock (73 mins for Josh Morris)
Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (foul, 33 mins), Joe Edwards (foul, 39 mins)
Fleetwood Bookings: Josh Morris (foul, 36 mins), Martin Paterson (foul, 64 mins), Mark Roberts (foul, 90 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 12; Fouls: 7.
Fleetwood Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 9; Fouls: 8.
Referee: Mick Russell (Hertfordshire). Assistant Referees: Richard Hulme (Somerset) and Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare). Fourth Official: Adrian Tranter (Dorset).
Attendance: 3,577 (with 72 Fleetwood supporters).