Match Details: 29/09/2015
Accrington Stanley 2-1 Yeovil Town
Skybet League Two
Yeovil Goals: Josh Sheehan (35)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Matthew Dolan, 5. Stephen Arthurworrey, 6. Jakub Sokolík, 9. Ryan Bird, 20. Wes Fogden, 23. Harry Cornick, 24. Connor Roberts, 26. Jake Howells, 30. Josh Sheehan
Subs: 10. Shaun Jeffers, 12. Chris Weale, 15. Jordan Gibbons, 19. Iffy Allen, 22. Mark Beck, 27. Max Melanson, 28. Ollie Bassett,
Substitutes Used: Shaun Jeffers for Jake Howells (76 mins)
Yeovil Town went down to a deserved defeat tonight at the Crown Ground as a strong Accrington Stanley side beat them by a 2-1 scoreline. The home side stayed in command for the majority of the game, leading from the eighth minute when Josh Windass took advantage of Billy Kee's header into his path. The Glovers equalised but it was with their only shot on target on the night, with Swansea City midfielder Josh Sheehan firing home his first goal for the club from the edge of the box. Accrington continued their domination though, and they deservedly sealed their fourth consecutive win when Matt Crooks struck an excellent long range goal early in the second half, and the Glovers struggled to create chances to make an equaliser likely at any time thereafter.
The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their starting line-up, with Wes Fogden's hand injury deemed to have healed enough to justify starting him with it heavily bandaged up. He played in a five man midfield, with youth teamer Ollie Bassett making way. The only other change saw Shaun Jeffers included in the squad following his three match ban, giving the Glovers the luxury of seven substitutes on their bench, albeit with two of those drawn from the Under-18s side.
The start of the game set a pattern that was to be followed for large parts of the match - Accrington on top. Jakub Sokolik and Wes Fogden blocked a couple of early shots, but within eight minutes the home side breached the Yeovil defence, with Billy Kee's header landing into the path of the onrushing Josh Windass, who confidently converted into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. Accrington deserved that lead, and they followed that up with Sean McConville and Seamus Conneely headers that went wide, and another attempt from Windass that saw him try to lob Krysiak.
Yeovil had created extremely little, with only a Jake Howells chance going wide of the target. It was therefore a welcome surprise when they equalised with their first attempt on target. Swansea City loanee Josh Sheehan didn't score during his first loan spell with the club but 35 minutes into his second appearance of his current loan spell, he struck a low drive from the edge of the box and into the corner of the net. 1-1 and a chance for the Glovers to regroup on level terms. Straight after Ryan Bird shot over the bar, as the half ended on more level terms with respect to both teams play - Accrington were kept much quieter bar a Josh Windass effort that Artur Krysiak saved.
When the second half opened, it looked as though Yeovil had continued the more promising play that had closed the half off - Ryan Bird broke through but fired wide of the target during the opening minutes. But nine minutes into the second period, Accrington went ahead again. Matt Crooks exchanged quick passes with Billy Kee that gave him free room to run on goal, and he unleashed a curling drive from 25 yards out that gave Krysiak little chance, giving the home side a 2-1 advantage.
That advantage rarely looked like being surrendered. If anything Accrington could have grabbed another goal or two along the way, as Krysiak got down to save from Sean McConville, and then stopped Josh Windass who had cut in from the right flank only to find the goalkeeper blocking his shot. During the closing stages, Shaun Jeffers came on for Jake Howells as Yeovil changed to a 4-4-2 formation, with Wes Fogden providing the width on the right, whilst Jeffers joined Ryan Bird up front. But there were not enough chances or territorial pressure put on Accrington to worry them during the night, and the game ended with the home side in an improbable fourth place in the table, whilst Yeovil are left languishing in 22nd place, and still trying to keep their heads above water, with ten games now on the board.
Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Accrington Stanley 2 Yeovil Town 1.
Scorers: Josh Windass (8 mins, 1-0), Josh Sheehan (35 mins, 1-1), Matt Crooks (54 mins, 2-1)
33. Jason Mooney
12. Liam Wakefield 15. Joe Wright 2. Matty Pearson 22. Adam Buxton
7. Piero Mingoia 28. Seamus Conneely 14. Matt Crooks 11. Sean McConville
8. Josh Windass
29. Billy Kee
1. Ross Etheridge 6. Andrew Procter 9. Adam Morgan 10. Terry Gornell 17. Shay McCartan 21. Gerardo Bruna 25. Liam Goulding (None used).
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 6. Jakub Sololik 3. Nathan Smith (Captain)
23. Harry Cornick 20. Wes Fogden 30. Josh Sheehan 4. Matt Dolan 26. Jake Howells
9. Ryan Bird
12. Chris Weale 10. Shaun Jeffers (76 mins for Jake Howells) 15. Jordan Gibons 19. Iffy Allen 22. Mark Beck 27. Max Melanson 28. Ollie Bassett
Accrington Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Accrington Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 18; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 6; Fouls: 7.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 5; Fouls: 12.
Referee: Rob Lewis (Shropshire). Assistants: Tony Peart (North Yorkshire) and James Bell (South Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Matthew Donohue (Manchester).
Attendance: 1,309 (with 84 Yeovil supporters).