Match Details: 23/04/2016
Yeovil Town 1-1 Northampton Town
Skybet League Two
Yeovil Goals: Harry Cornick (6)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Matthew Dolan, 11. Ryan Dickson, 21. Alex Lacey, 23. Harry Cornick, 24. Connor Roberts, 25. Liam Walsh, 32. Liam Shephard, 38. Leroy Lita, 39. Francois Zoko
Subs: 2. Ben Tozer, 8. Marc Laird, 9. Ryan Bird, 10. Shaun Jeffers, 12. Chris Weale, 14. Jack Compton, 16. Tahvon Campbell,
Substitutes Used: Jack Compton for Leroy Lita (63 mins), Marc Laird for Matthew Dolan (68 mins), Tahvon Campbell for Harry Cornick (81 mins)
Bookings: Liam Shephard (Foul, 40), Marc Laird (Foul, 72), Liam Walsh (Foul, 85)
Yeovil Town held League Two Champions Northampton Town to a draw this afternoon, in their penultimate home match of the 2015-16 season. Taking the game to the Cobblers early on, they held an early lead that set the game up when AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick headed home after just six minutes - his seventh of the season. The Cobblers seemed to take their time waking up and realising they had a battle on their hands, but levelled the scores when Nicky Adams headed home ten minutes before the break. Both sides had chances to grab all three points, but with the second period becoming a stop-start occasion they had to be shared, with the end result giving the visitors a new club record of 22 league matches without defeat.
The Glovers went into the match making two fairly straight-forward changes to their line-up. Harry Cornick got his first start for seven matches, as he displaced Tahvon Campbell, whilst in midfield Liam Shephard swapped with Ben Tozer which has tended to be the theme since his arrival at the club. Once again Brandon Goodship was the 'sixth loanee' to sit in the stands - the third game in the last four he had suffered that fate. The squad selection meant that Tozer was one of three former Northampton players on the bench, along with Chris Weale and Marc Laird, who are both former Cobblers loanees. In the visitors squad, there was a start for former Glover Sam Hoskins, whilst Lawson D'Ath was on the bench. But once again Brendan Moloney missed out on facing his former club - a knee injury meant he wasn't included in their squad, although he did travel down for the game.
Yeovil Town got off to an absolute flyer with the Cobblers seemingly still mentally asleep on the journey down to Somerset. Two offside decisions stopped early chances. However, when Francois Zoko won a free kick, Liam Shephard recycled the dead ball back into the box with the ball taking a deflection. Northampton seemed to wait for the offside flag that never came, and that allowed Harry Cornick the space to head home from close range and past keeper Adam Smith.
That wasn't the only bit of early positive play that Yeovil produced early on, as their high tempo seemed to catch Northampton on the hop. Although former Glover Sam Hoskins got a free header around the penalty spot, which went straight into the arms of Artur Krysiak, it was the movement at the other end that was causing the danger. Liam Walsh and Connor Roberts combined well in midfield before feeding Francois Zoko, with his shot taking a deflection for a corner, as the Champions looked anything other than a cut above their apparently lowly opposition.
As the half wore on though, the Cobblers did manage to get a foothold in the game. John-Joe O'Toole should have levelled in a goalmouth scramble that saw one Cobblers player take an air swing at the ball before it fell to the former Bristol Rovers midfielder, but he shot wide of the target from inside the box. That was the warning sign though. Danny Rose put in a cross that saw John Marquis win a header inside the box, and the ball fell into the path of Nicky Adams who headed home the equalising goal.
That saw the Cobblers gain firm control on the match, with John Marquis firing wide from a Nicky Adams cross shortly afterwards, whilst in the closing stages of the half, Artur Krysiak had to parry another John-Joe O'Toole shot. The Glovers had to weather the storm somewhat with it becoming rather more clear why Northampton were top of the division than it had been earlier in the half. But the teams went in level, and deservedly so given the balance of the play across the whole 45 minutes.
The second half opened up in a much more low key way than the first. Nicky Adams fired over the bar with the only real chance during the first fifteen minutes. On the hour mark there was a flurry of end-to-end chances, as John Marquis had a header saved, whilst Francois Zoko put a shot over the bar. Then Liam Walsh's dipping free kick just narrowly cleared the crossbar, as both sides tried to impose themselves on the game.
But the match ultimately fizzled out as referee Charles Breakspear seemed to not get the balance of the game right. During the first half, he'd been a little weak in allowing prolonged protests from the Cobblers players to go unchecked following the opening Yeovil goal, which they had contested was offside, but the match official seemed to get lost in a flurry of second half yellow cards and blow-ups for minimal fouls. With six players booked it was easy to see why this official had carded over 130 players so far this season. That introduced a tetchy feel to the game that didn't suit the flowing football of the first half. John-Joe O'Toole seemed to particularly lose the plot in the dying minutes when Yeovil had appeals for a penalty turned down with Tahvon Campbell going down inside the box under O'Toole's challenge. Presumably given the referee didn't award the spot kick, O'Toole's persistent protesting was an effort to try to get Campbell in the book for a dive, but instead that landed the Cobblers player himself in the book for dissent - a bit of a messy end to a game that for 60-70 minutes had been worthy viewing.
Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Northampton Town 1.
Scorers: Harry Cornick (6 mins, 1-0), Nicky Adams (35 mins, 1-1)
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 21. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
32. Liam Shephard 4. Matt Dolan 25. Liam Walsh
39. Francois Zoko 38. Leroy Lita 23. Harry Cornick
12. Chris Weale (GK) 2. Ben Tozer 8. Marc Laird (68 mins for Matt Dolan) 9. Ryan Bird 10. Shaun Jeffers 14. Jack Compton (63 mins for Leroy Lita) 16. Tahvon Campbell (81 mins for Harry Cornick)
1. Adam Smith
12. Josh Lelan 5. Zander Diamond 18. Rod McDonald 16. David Buchanan
10. Nicky Adams 21. John-Joe O'Toole 23. Danny Rose 11. Ricky Holmes
14. Sam Hoskins 27. John Marquis
4. Jason Taylor 6. Ryan Cresswell 7. Lawson D'Ath (75 mins for Nicky Adams) 8. Joel Byrom 15. Alfie Potter (60 mins for Sam Hoskins) 19. James Collins (63 mins for John Marquis) 26. Ryan Clarke
Yeovil Bookings: Liam Shephard (foul, 40 mins), Marc Laird (foul, 72 mins), Liam Walsh (foul, 85 mins)
Northampton Bookings: John Marquis (foul, 49 mins), Rod McDonald (foul, 84 mins), John-Joe O'Toole (dissent, 90 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 1; Fouls: 22.
Northampton Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 5; Fouls: 19.
Referee: Charles Breakspear (Surrey). Assistants: Justin Amey (Dorset) and Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Christopher Husband (Worcestershire).
Attendance: 4,008 (with 754 Northampton supporters).