Match Details: 14/11/2015
Yeovil Town 2-2 Stevenage Borough
Skybet League Two
Yeovil Goals: Harry Cornick (52), Shaun Jeffers (58)
Yeovil Line-Up: 2. Ben Tozer, 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Matthew Dolan, 9. Ryan Bird, 12. Chris Weale, 17. Omar Sowunmi, 20. Wes Fogden, 21. Alex Lacey, 23. Harry Cornick, 24. Connor Roberts, 26. Darren Ward,
Subs: 1. Artur Krysiak, 10. Shaun Jeffers, 11. Ryan Dickson, 19. Iffy Allen, 22. Mark Beck, 28. Ollie Bassett
Substitutes Used: Shaun Jeffers for Omar Sowunmi (46 mins), Ryan Dickson for Matthew Dolan (84 mins)
Bookings: Wes Fogden (Foul, 90)
Yeovil Town had to settle for a draw at Huish Park this afternoon, despite twice taking the lead against Stevenage and also creating the greater share of the chances in a 2-2 draw. After a goalless first half, three goals in six minutes shaped a more open second period. AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick scored his sixth goal of the season as he fired a low shot in from the edge of the box, but that was cancelled out three minutes later as Dean Wells equalised from close range following a corner. Yeovil bounced back immediately though as former Newport County striker Shaun Jeffers headed home a Matt Dolan corner and it looked like the Glovers were heading for three deserved points. However, a late Stevenage free kick saw Tom Pett unmarked inside the box and able to take a share of the points that kept the home side stuck in 23rd place in the League Two table.
The Glovers went into the game making one change to their starting line-up from Tuesday night's penalty shoot-out win over Gillingham, with Ryan Bird replacing Shaun Jeffers up front, but otherwise things were unchanged despite the availability of goalkeeper Artur Krysiak and club captain Ryan Dickson who had returned from suspension and a slight ankle problem. George Thomas and Josh Sheehan were unavailable due to international duty whilst Jakub Sokolik was serving the second of a three match ban, meaning that the club could only name a six man bench.
It was a rather low key first half from the point of view of both sides. The Glovers edged it in terms of chances, but these were few and far between, with a Ben Tozer effort from a corner going well wide of the target, before Steven Schumacher fired wide from close range at the other end of the pitch after the Glovers defence failed to clear their lines. As the half closed off, it was the home team that began to get into their stride, with a Wes Fogden cross seeing an Omar Sowunmi header saved by Chris Day. That was followed by Fogden putting through Ryan Bird but he shot wildly over the bar. Not too bad a half, but on the other hand nothing to get too excited about.
Just before the break, Omar Sowunmi had been the victim of a poor challenge on the sore right ankle that had put him out for several weeks during the Morecambe game, and although he hobbled his way to the break there was no surprise when he didn't reappear - he was replaced by Shaun Jeffers. The second half opened with a flurry of three goals inside six minutes, with Yeovil twice taking the lead. The first saw Harry Cornick grab his sixth goal of the season, as he weaved his way past two or three Stevenage players before hitting a low shot from the edge of the box into the bottom corner for a 1-0 lead.
Unfortunately Yeovil only held onto that for two-and-a-half minutes. A Tom Conlon cross into the box was allowed to travel too far across the face of the box and Dean Wells was allowed to convert from around six yards out to pull things back to 1-1. However, the see-saw nature of the second period was to swing back in the other direction almost immediately. Stevenage conceded a corner, and when Matt Dolan put the ball into the box, Shaun Jeffers was on hand to head the ball home for his first goal since arriving in the summer from Newport County. Back to 2-1 and a deserved advantage.
Wes Fogden could have grabbed a third when he tried to emulate Harry Cornick's earlier run, only to find Chris Day saving well to keep his side in the game. Then Shaun Jeffers did the same with the Stevenage defence backing off, but he shot wide of the target. A Ryan Bird header from a Nathan Smith cross went over the bar, with there being no doubt about which team was on top of the game - except that they couldn't get that third crucial goal.
The warning signs came when with ten minutes remaining a Chris Whelpdale shot clipped the top of the goal netting as it looped just clear of the crossbar, and that was soon followed by Matty Dolan being forced off with an ankle injury, with Ryan Dickson replacing him and forcing a midfield reshuffle. The elements were not helping Yeovil either as a series of goal kicks and clearances seemed to get caught in the swirling wind. Still, Yeovil had their opportunities to win the game - Stevenage were committing some rash tackles, with Connor Ogilvie and Steven Schumacher deservedly landing in the book in quick succession. From the earlier foul - after Harry Cornick had been crudely taken out - Ryan Dickson's free kick struck the goal post and pinged back out.
With two minutes remaining, that set piece was to become significant as Stevenage equalised against the run of play. Connor Ogilvie's free kick, after Nathan Smith had brought down Adam Marriott, saw the ball put into the box, and poor marking allowed Tom Pett a chance to head home for a 2-2 scoreline. Six minutes of injury time didn't really produce anything worthy to give either side victory, although a late save by Chris Weale from a Steven Schumacher stopped the scoreline getting worse. That made for slight frustration on the final whistle - the overall performance deserved all three points, but their weakness on defending set pieces had cost the club dearly, leaving them still stuck in the relegation zone.
Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Stevenage 2.
Scorers: Harry Cornick (52 mins, 1-0), Dean Wells (55 mins, 1-1), Shaun Jeffers (58 mins, 2-1), Thomas Pett (88 mins, 2-2)
12. Chris Weale
24. Connor Roberts 21. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward 3. Nathan Smith (Capt)
23. Harry Cornick 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer 20. Wes Fogden
9. Ryan Bird 17. Omar Sowunmi
1. Artur Krysiak (GK) 10. Shaun Jeffers (46 mins for Omar Sowunmi) 11. Ryan Dickson (84 mins for Matt Dolan) 19. Iffy Allen 22. Mark Beck 28. Ollie Bassett
16. Chris Day
25. Ronnie Henry 5. Fraser Franks 19. Dean Wells 30. Connor Ogilvie
11. Thomas Pett 8. Steven Schumacher 18. Dean Parrett 7. Chris Whelpdale
31. Armand Gnanduillet 32. Tom Conlon
4. Jamie McCombe 6. Mark Hughes 9. Brett Williams (84 mins for Dean Parrett) 14. Adam Marriott (75 mins for Tom Conlon) 17. Rohdell Gordon 22. Charlie Lee 23. Jerome Okimo
Yeovil Bookings: Wes Fogden (90 mins, foul)
Stevenage Bookings: Dean Parrett (44 mins, foul), Connor Ogilvie (86 mins, foul), Steven Schumacher (90 mins, foul)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 59%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 7; Fouls: 12.
Stevenage Match Statistics: Possession: 41%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 6; Fouls: 9.
Referee: Philip Gibbs (West Midlands). Assistants: Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Steven Plane (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Ronald Ganfield (Somerset).
Attendance: 3,230 (with 126 Stevenage supporters).