Match Details: 01/03/2016
Yeovil Town 1-0 Accrington Stanley
Skybet League Two
Yeovil Goals: Ryan Dickson (64)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 2. Ben Tozer, 4. Matthew Dolan, 6. Jakub Sokolík, 8. Marc Laird, 11. Ryan Dickson, 16. Tahvon Campbell, 19. Brandon Goodship, 23. Harry Cornick, 24. Connor Roberts, 26. Darren Ward,
Subs: 3. Nathan Smith, 7. Kevin Dawson, 9. Ryan Bird, 12. Chris Weale, 18. Simon Gillett, 21. Alex Lacey, 39. Francois Zoko
Substitutes Used: Francois Zoko for Brandon Goodship (46 mins), Nathan Smith for Jakub Sokolík (46 mins), Kevin Dawson for Harry Cornick (77 mins)
Yeovil Town gained a back-to-back win tonight, as they defeated promotion-chasing Accrington Stanley at Huish Park. A second half goal from Ryan Dickson just beyond the hour mark, after he was set up by Francois Zoko, gave the Glovers six points out of six to take the pressure off the club near the foot of League Two, as they pushed themselves six points clear of the drop zone. Accrington had the better of the first half, but the introduction of Zoko at the break brought more experience to the front line, and once the Glovers got their noses in front they began to enjoy their best spell of the game. With relegation rivals Hartlepool United and York City on the end of thrashings, it was a good night for the club as they finally got some daylight between themselves and the bottom two.
The Glovers went into the match making just one change from the line-up that took to the field against Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday. Harry Cornick was preferred for Ryan Bird, who sat on the bench, meaning that Brandon Goodship played as the more central striker. On the bench, Francois Zoko had recovered from his weekend illness, although Liam Walsh was back in Merseyside as he was given extra time off to recover from his own virus. There were also returns for Kevin Dawson following his ankle injury and Nathan Smith who had completed his three match suspension, meaning that the Glovers were back up to a seven match bench.
The first 45 minutes saw Yeovil Town look a little leggy at times, as if the excursions of the past fortnight were catching up on them. Thankfully nothing that Accrington were aiming at goal was too taxing early on, with a Matt Crooks header going straight into the arms of Artur Krysiak. At the other end, Tahvon Campbell put wide, whilst Harry Cornick was alert when he spotted a sloppy backpass from the visitors - the trouble was that Accrington's keeper was also on hand to mop up the danger.
As Accrington got into their stride, they showed themselves to be a confident passing side, with Piero Mingoia pulling the strings well in midfield. His cross into the box found Billy Kee, but the striker's shot was well saved by Krysiak. The same combination of players were involved on the half hour mark, and this time it required even better from Krysiak - Kee's header was heading for the top corner from Mingoia's cross, but the goalkeeper leaped to push the ball away for a corner and a superb save. It was becoming clear which side was on top and it wasn't Yeovil - chances for Tom Davies, who headed over the bar, and Matt Crooks who found his on-target effort pushed around the post by Krysiak for a corner showed the away side's dominance.
No surprise then that Francois Zoko was introduced as a half time substitute for Brandon Goodship at the break as the Glovers had lacked leadership up front and had given the ball away too easily in the opposition half. Slightly more surprising was the decision to replace Jakub Sokolik with Nathan Smith at the same time - the presumption was that Sokolik had either picked up a knock or was another player falling into the 'ill' camp.
It was a much improved second period, and one that was far more end-to-end than things had been earlier on. Harry Cornick broke clean through on goal but was denied by an offside flag going up. But 20 minutes into the half, the Glovers got the lead, via an unusual source. Substitute Francois Zoko spotted Ryan Dickson making a classic full-back's overlapping run, and fed the ball through, dissecting the defence and allowing Dickson the chance to score his first goal for the club since January 2012, when he was a youngster on loan at Huish Park.
Although Shay McCartan tried to immediately hit back for Accrington, with Artur Krysiak in the way again, Yeovil Town put in a much more worthy performance following the goal, albeit without doing too much with it to suggest they were going to extend their lead further. Tahvon Campbell had one of Yeovil's better efforts as Ross Etheridge palmed the ball away for a corner, whilst at the other end another McCartan effort saw Krysiak save again - the accumulation of such saves gave the keeper the Sponsors Man of the Match tonight. In the end, the Glovers played a game of highly effective keepball - something they'd been unable to do during the first half, and that was the difference between the two halves, running the clock down for a win that may not have always been gold-starred in its performance particularly during the first half, but when fans look at the league table, few will be complaining about that.
Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Accrington Stanley 0.
Scorers: Ryan Dickson (1-0, 64 mins)
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
8. Marc Laird 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer
23. Harry Cornick 19. Brandon Goodship 16. Tahvon Campbell
12. Chris Weale (GK) 3. Nathan Smith (46 mins for Jakub Sokolik) 7. Kevin Dawson (77 mins for Harry Cornick) 9. Ryan Bird 18. Simon Gillett 21. Alex Lacey 39. Francois Zoko (46 mins for Brandon Goodship)
1. Ross Etheridge
34. Brad Halliday 24. Mark Hughes 5. Tom Davies 2. Matty Pearson
14. Matt Crooks 28. Seamus Conneely 7. Piero Mingoia 11. Sean McConville
26. Romuald Boco 29. Billy Kee
6. Andrew Procter 12. Liam Wakefield 17. Shay McCartan (56 mins for Romuald Boco) 18. Scott Brown 19. Marcus Carver (72 mins for Brad Halliday) 22. Adam Buxton (87 mins for Sean McConville) 33. Jason Mooney
Yeovil Bookings: None
Accrington Bookings: Matt Crooks (70 mins, foul), Matt Pearson (89 mins, foul)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 10.
Accrington Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 4; Fouls: 13.
Referee: Iain Williamson (Berkshire). Assistants: Robert Dabbs (Dorset) and Brian Durie (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Justin Amey (Dorset).
Attendance: 3,207 (including 45 Accrington fans).