Match Details: 11/04/2015
Yeovil Town 1-1 Notts County
Skybet League One
Yeovil Goals: Own Goal (10)
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Nathan Smith, 8. James Berrett, 9. James Hayter, 11. Sam Foley, 12. Artur Krysiak, 17. Joel Grant, 25. Gozie Ugwu, 26. Stephen Arthurworrey, 27. Byron Webster, 32. Liam Shephard, 35. Stephen Kingsley
Subs: 1. Chris Weale, 10. AJ Leitch-Smith, 13. Kieffer Moore, 14. Sam Hoskins, 15. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, 16. Nathan Ralph, 30. Josh Sheehan,
Substitutes Used: Josh Sheehan for Joel Grant (83 mins), Kieffer Moore for James Hayter (83 mins), Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi for Gozie Ugwu (89 mins)
Bookings: Sam Foley (Foul, 67), Byron Webster (Foul, 80), Stephen Arthurworrey (Foul, 82)
Yeovil Town's relegation to League Two was confirmed this afternoon, despite Paul Sturrock's first game in charge helping them break their six game losing run. The Glovers were the better side in the first half and deserved their lead, even if they needed the help of County defender Hadyn Hollis whose diving header 10 minutes into the game converted Sam Foley's free kick into his own net. The half time introduction of Jamal Campbell-Ryce livened up the Magpies, who are in danger of joining the Glovers in fourth tier football, and although James Hayter hit the crossbar, it was Campbell-Ryce's cross that allowed Garry Thompson the chance to head home and guarantee Yeovil's second relegation in two seasons when the final whistle blew.
Paul Sturrock's first game in charge saw him not tweak too much from his predecessor on the surface of it. Two changes from the side that got taken apart at Fleetwood Town on Easter Monday saw Nathan Smith restored to the starting line-up along with James Berrett, whilst Swansea City loanee Josh Sheehan and Seth Nana Twumasi were the two swapped to the bench. A flat 4-4-2 was used - indeed the only surprise was to see Chris Weale finally back on the bench following his five month lay-off with a broken foot sustained during a loan spell with Burton Albion last year.
A quiet start to the match was broken through a familiar free kick taker and a not so familiar goalscorer. Sam Foley has provided the main bulk of the club's assists this season, but when he put a 10th minute free kick into the box, Notts County defender Haydn Hollis had one of those moments. Under little pressure around the six yard line, he opted for a diving header to take it out for a corner, but instead planted the ball straight past his keeper and into the bottom right hand corner. Yeovil haven't had much luck this season, but that was certainly a helping hand for them.
Notts County played the ball around nicely during the first half, dominating possession, but with very little output once they got near the final third, with Artur Krysiak a spectator. Instead Haydn Hollis seemed to be trying to set Yeovil up for a further goal when his weak backpass let in James Hayter, with Roy Carroll sparing his blushes by beating Hayts to the ball. A Hayter cross set up Stephen Kingsley whose shot was again denied by Carroll, whilst the experienced keeper saved his best 39 minutes into the match when he anticipated the outcome of a Sam Foley cross, getting a palm to a Gozie Ugwu header and turning the ball over for a corner.
The visitors were generally poor during the opening 45 minutes, with only two Jimmy Spencer efforts close to the break causing some concerns - one saved at his feet by Artur Krysiak before he could really pull the trigger, whilst another went wide after the midfield failed to close down his run. So with the Magpies needing the points just as much as Yeovil did, a half time double substitution was no surprise, as Jamal Campbell-Ryce and Blair Adams were introduced - both on their left flank in an attempt to reorganise things.
Yeovil initially looked the better team still, as James Hayter had a shot saved, whilst Gozie Ugwu's break through saw him fire wide of the target. But eventually County began to exert some of their own pressure - Jimmy Spencer's header went straight at Artur Krysiak, and then a third substitute in Graham Burke shot from distance, forcing Krysiak into a strong diving save.
With 19 minutes remaining, Yeovil could have easily sealed all three points, after Joel Grant put James Hayter through on goal. His shot beat Roy Carroll but couldn't beat the crossbar, as the ball rebounded off the goal frame, and that was to prove costly. Jamal Campbell-Ryce had been easily County's most effective player during the second half, and probably the best player on the pitch after the break, and his 79th minute cross was headed home by Garry Thompson for the equaliser. 1-1 and that meant Yeovil Town were on their way out of League One.
The final ten minutes were a bit scrappy, with both Byron Webster and Stephen Arthurworrey showing their frustration with quick bookings, and with referee Darren Drysdale in a fussy mood with free kicks and stoppages throughout, the worry was that the game might boil over. Graham Burke threatened to win the game for Notts County but found his shot blocked by Liam Shephard, but at the other end substitute Kieffer Moore could have done the same after he was put through by Seth Nana Twumasi - his shot went wide. For the first 60-70 minutes, the Glovers play had been quite solid, but tiring legs, and the inevitable little jolt in their momentum and morale when the equaliser went in affected what they were doing. In the end as Paul Sturrock said post-match, relegation was inevitable and has been on the cards for the last month or two. Now is the time to rebuild and hope that the club can recover from a double relegation quickly.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Notts County 1.
Scorers: Haydn Hollis (1-0, 10 mins, own goal), Garry Thompson (1-1, 79 mins)
12. Artur Krysiak
32. Liam Shephard 27. Byron Webster (Capt) 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
17. Joel Grant 8. James Berrett 11. Sam Foley 35. Stephen Kingsley
25. Gozie Ugwu 9. James Hayter
1. Chris Weale 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 13. Kieffer Moore (83 mins for James Hayter) 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi (89 mins for Gozie Ugwu) 16. Nathan Ralph 30. Josh Sheehan (83 mins for Joel Grant)
1. Roy Carroll
2. Mustapha Dumbuya 5. Hayden Mullins (Capt) 6. Haydn Hollis 12. Sean Newton
34. Jordan Williams
4. Alan Smith 13. Gary Jones
18. Paddy McCourt
11. Garry Thompson 9. Jimmy Spencer
3. Blair Adams (46 mins for Sean Newton) 8. Nicky Wroe 24. Graham Burke (61 mins for Paddy McCourt) 27. Balint Bajner 28. Mike Edwards 32. Jamal Campbell-Ryce (46 mins for Haydn Hollis) 35. Kevin Pilkington
Yeovil Bookings: Sam Foley (foul, 67 mins), Byron Webster (foul, 80 mins), Stephen Arthurworrey (foul, 82 mins)
Notts County Bookings: Graham Burke (foul, 64 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 39%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 19.
Notts County Match Statistics: Possession: 61%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 6; Fouls: 5.
Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire). Assistant Referees: Justin Amey (Dorset) and Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Simon Knapp (Bristol).
Attendance: 3,947 (with 348 Notts County supporters).