Match Details: 05/04/2016
Stevenage Borough 0-0 Yeovil Town
Skybet League Two
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 2. Ben Tozer, 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Matthew Dolan, 6. Jakub Sokolík, 8. Marc Laird, 11. Ryan Dickson, 14. Jack Compton, 16. Tahvon Campbell, 24. Connor Roberts, 38. Leroy Lita,
Subs: 7. Kevin Dawson, 12. Chris Weale, 19. Brandon Goodship, 21. Alex Lacey, 23. Harry Cornick, 32. Liam Shephard, 39. Francois Zoko
Substitutes Used: Kevin Dawson for Marc Laird (46 mins), Harry Cornick for Jack Compton (63 mins), Francois Zoko for Leroy Lita (73 mins)
Bookings: Matthew Dolan (Foul, 90)
Yeovil Town picked up another useful away point this evening, as they ensured that Stevenage stayed four points below them in the League Two table. The 0-0 draw at Broadhall Way contained few highlights throughout the 90 minutes, with both sides struggling to create meaningful shots on target throughout the 90 minutes - the nearest the Glovers came was a second half Harry Cornick effort that was easily saved by former Glovers trialist Jamie Jones. At the other end, Artur Krysiak had nothing to do other than collect crosses and punches out of his area, as he gained his eighth clean sheet in nine matches - good enough to stretch the gap between his team and the relegation line to 14 points, with just six games remaining.
The Glovers went into the match making two like-for-like changed to their line-up, with Ben Tozer coming back into the line-up to replace Liam Shephard, whilst up front Leroy Lita came in for Shaun Jeffers. With Brandon Goodship and Francois Zoko back and available, there was an embarrassment of riches in the squad - so much so that Jeffers and Ryan Bird didn't even make the squad on the night.
The first half saw both sides struggle to get anything worthwhile on target. The Glovers had the better of the 45 minutes, but in reality lacked creativity. A Jake Mulraney attempt went over the bar early on after Dean Parrett had released the ball in a crowded goalmouth, whilst at the other end Matt Dolan fired wide from distance. Jack Compton also had a pot shot from 25 yards out, whilst Parrett showed great skill to hook the ball over his shoulder and then to tee himself up, only to find the ball going wide. Technically there were two shots on target during the half, but anyone calling Leroy Lita's header, or Tahvon Campbell's long range attempt shots that would worry a goalkeeper would be kidding themselves. However, Artur Krysiak had pretty much been a spectator in the Yeovil goal, being well protected by his back line.
The second period gave up more of the same, although the balance swung more Stevenage's way in terms of the side that was doing most of the pressurising. Kevin Dawson was introduced to the team at the break, playing in the centre of the park as a replacement for Marc Laird. Stevenage had a half-hearted penalty appeal turned down as Dean Parrett went down under Connor Roberts' challenge, but referee Nicholas Kinseley was in a lenient mood - possibly too lenient, with him having ignored an earlier attempt by a Stevenage defender to swap shirts with Nathan Smith during the match whilst the defender was trying to attack from a corner
Matt Dolan fired wide again, whilst Harry Cornick had the club's one and only meaningful shot on target midway through the second half. Then came what was oddly the biggest talking point of this low key game. Kevin Dawson went flying up the wing, with five minutes remaining and was completely cleaned out by Stevenage's Ben Kennedy with a wild challenge. When it's considered that referee Kinseley was the man who dismissed Shaun Jeffers earlier this season against Morecambe for a soft midfield tackle, you'd think that a straight red for Kennedy's thuggery would have been obvious. But referees are often a law unto themselves, and he decided that whilst Jeffers in September deserved a red card at Huish Park, so Kennedy in April deserved a yellow card at Broadhall Way. Yet line the two tackles up side-by-side and it was obvious which one of the two was most likely to cause a serious injury to a player. Having seen referees bottle decisions this season, through Jabo Ibehre's clothesline challenge and now Ben Kennedy's wipeout, yet have seven players dismissed themselves this season, the Glovers management must wonder what standards the Referees' Association are working to this season.
With hackles up, there was time enough for one booking each in the minutes that remained, but not really enough for either side to build up a head of steam in terms of the goal mouth. That itself was a fair result - when neither goalkeeper has to do serious work, a goalless draw accurately describes the pattern of the game. That will probably suit both sides, as they inch their way closer to League Two safety.
Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Stevenage 0 Yeovil Town 0.
1. Jamie Jones 25. Ronnie Henry 2. Luke Wilkinson 19. Dean Wells 5. Fraser Franks 29. Jake Mulraney 18. Dean Parrett 15. Michael Tonge 28. Bradley Pritchard 9. Greg Luer 33. Ben Kennedy
7. Chris Whelpdale (46 mins for Jake Mulraney) 10. Aaron O'Connor 13. Byron Harrison (60 mins for Greg Luer) 16. Chris Day 23. Jerome Okimo 32. Tom Conlon (81 mins for Dean Parrett) 34. Dale Gorman
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
2. Ben Tozer 8. Marc Laird 4. Matt Dolan
14. Jack Compton 38. Leroy Lita 16. Tahvon Campbell
12. Chris Weale (GK) 7. Kevin Dawson (46 mins for Marc Laird) 19. Brandon Goodship 21. Alex Lacey 23. Harry Cornick (63 mins for Jack Compton) 32. Liam Shephard 38. Francois Zoko (73 mins for Leroy Lita)
Stevenage Bookings: Ben Kennedy (84 mins, foul), Michael Tonge (89 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Matt Dolan (90 mins, foul)
Stevenage Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 0; Corners: 5; Fouls: 11.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 2; Fouls: 9.
Referee: Nicholas Kinseley (Essex). Assistants: Elliott Kaye (Essex) and Anthony Da Costa (Cambridgeshire). Fourth Official: Ian Cooper (Kent).
Attendance: 2,748 (with 172 Yeovil supporters).