Match Details: 28/11/2015
Northampton Town 2-0 Yeovil Town
Skybet League Two
Yeovil Line-Up: 2. Ben Tozer, 3. Nathan Smith, 11. Ryan Dickson, 12. Chris Weale, 16. George Thomas, 20. Wes Fogden, 21. Alex Lacey, 23. Harry Cornick, 24. Connor Roberts, 26. Darren Ward, 30. Josh Sheehan,
Subs: 1. Artur Krysiak, 4. Matthew Dolan, 6. Jakub Sokolík, 9. Ryan Bird, 10. Shaun Jeffers, 25. Christian Maghoma, 39. Francois Zoko
Substitutes Used: Francois Zoko for George Thomas (60 mins), Ryan Bird for Wes Fogden (69 mins), Shaun Jeffers for Harry Cornick (81 mins)
Bookings: Josh Sheehan (Foul, 66)
Yeovil Town lost 2-0 against Northampton Town at Sixfields this afternoon, to emphasise the gap between the two clubs currently operating at opposite ends of the table. Whilst there wasn't a huge gap between the two sides in terms of performance, the Cobblers held the upper hand in terms of quality, and gained victory thanks to former Glover Lawson D'Ath's breakaway goal during the first half that was followed up by a second half tap-in from Marc Richards. The Glovers hit the crossbar through Harry Cornick during the second period but once the second goal went in, the air was one of a training ground match, giving the home side a very comfortable win that put them level top, leaving Yeovil still rooted at the bottom of the division.
The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their starting line-up - unusually all three were voluntarily, with manager Paul Sturrock choosing to freshen up a starting eleven that he viewed as being tired in midweek. Club captain Ryan Dickson came back into the line-up, displacing Matt Dolan, whilst loan pair Josh Sheehan and George Thomas, who had lost their places whilst they were on international duty, replaced Ryan Bird and Francois Zoko, with Thomas playing up front alongside Harry Cornick.
The game was played in blustery conditions with the Glovers facing the wind during the first half. Overall they did okay, although struggled to get the front pair into the game, with supply often not there. George Thomas turned and fired the ball wide of the far post in one early chance, then Josh Sheehan forced goalkeeper Adam Smith into a parried save with John-Joe O'Toole having to hack the ball away. Northampton had plenty of possession but couldn't do a lot with it, with the most that they managed being a Xander Diamond effort that deflected out for a corner.
Given the gap between the two clubs, it was ironic that Northampton took the lead thanks to a Yeovil corner. The ball was cleared up field, with Alfie Potter finding former Glovers loanee Lawson D'Ath inside the Yeovil half. There might have been a case for a Glovers defender to have 'taken one for the team' by fouling one of Potter or D'Ath as part of the move, but the tackle never came and the midfielder was able to round Chris Weale and push the ball into an empty net.
That was pretty much the main chance of a fairly inert 45 minutes, in which Yeovil had never been seriously outclassed, even if there was a question mark over where they were going to produce the goal they needed to get back into the game. The answer was that they weren't - Northampton were the ones that got the next goal 12 minutes into the second period, and after they had done little else to threaten the Yeovil goal. Nicky Adams got in down the right flank and his cross into the box wasn't defended properly, allowing Marc Richards the chance for an easy tap-in and a 2-0 scoreline. Northampton had only had two genuine clear-cut chances, but they'd shown how clinical they were by being two goals up.
Yeovil did once threaten to get back into the match, and had their best chance of the game after a Ryan Dickson corner saw keeper Adam Smith only half punch out, leading to a goalmouth melee that saw Harry Cornick head against the crossbar for the second consecutive weekend. Yeovil tried a series of substitutions, with Ryan Bird, Francois Zoko and Shaun Jeffers all introduced as attackers to try to force a way back into the match. Yet oddly enough the introduction of the three strikers also coincided with the game going dead - Northampton knew they had the three points and didn't push too hard for anything more, whilst Yeovil looked like the beaten team that they were - never genuinely outclassed, yet never looking like they had the belief to get back into the match. As the rain poured down over Sixfields, the result became more and more inevitable, long before the final whistle blew.
Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Northampton Town 2 Yeovil Town 0.
Scorers: Lawson D'Ath (1-0, 35 mins), Marc Richards (2-0, 57 mins)
1. Adam Smith
12. Josh Lelan 5. Zander Diamond 6. Ryan Cresswell 16. David Buchanan
8. Joel Byrom 21. John-Joe O'Toole 7. Lawson D'Ath 10. Nicky Adams
15. Alfie Potter 9. Marc Richards
4. Jason Taylor (76 mins for John-Joe O'Toole) 11. Ricky Holmes 14. Sam Hoskins 18. Rod McDonald 19. Ryan Watson (84 mins for Marc Richards) 20. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (52 mins for Alfie Potter) 26. Ryan Clarke
12. Chris Weale
24. Connor Roberts 21. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward 3. Nathan Smith
20. Wes Fogden 2. Ben Tozer 30. Josh Sheehan 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
23. Harry Cornick 16. George Thomas
1. Artur Krysiak (GK) 4. Matt Dolan 6. Jakub Sokolik 9. Ryan Bird (69 mins for Wes Fogden) 10. Shaun Jeffers (81 mins for Harry Cornick) 25. Christian Maghoma 39. Francois Zoko (60 mins for George Thomas)
Northampton Bookings: John-Joe O'Toole (foul, 33 mins)
Yeovil Bookings: Josh Sheehan (foul, 66 mins)
Northampton Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 6; Fouls: 10.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 9; Fouls: 5.
Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight). Assistants: John Farries (Oxfordshire) and Paul Howard (London). Fourth Official: Christopher Husband (Worcestershire).
Attendance: 4,989 (with 199 Yeovil supporters).