Match Details: 05/12/2015
Yeovil Town 1-0 Stevenage Borough
FA Cup Second Round
Yeovil Goals: Ben Tozer (86)
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Matthew Dolan, 6. Jakub Sokolík, 9. Ryan Bird, 10. Shaun Jeffers, 11. Ryan Dickson, 12. Chris Weale, 23. Harry Cornick, 24. Connor Roberts, 26. Darren Ward, 30. Josh Sheehan,
Subs: 1. Artur Krysiak, 2. Ben Tozer, 14. Jack Compton, 16. George Thomas, 20. Wes Fogden, 21. Alex Lacey, 39. Francois Zoko
Substitutes Used: Francois Zoko for Ryan Bird (71 mins), Ben Tozer for Josh Sheehan (74 mins)
Bookings: Matthew Dolan (Foul, 12)
A late goal from Ben Tozer gave Yeovil a route into the Third Round of the FA Cup this afternoon. Signed from Northampton Town over the summer, the 25 year old Plymouth-born player has barely been seen this season, due to a knee injury putting him out of the first three months of the season, but his return over the past month has seen him work his way into the first team and he scored his first goal for the club in the 86th minute against Stevenage to secure a 1-0 win, with him firing through a crowded goalmouth after a corner had been recycled. Stevenage hit the crossbar early on via Michael Tonge, in a game played in blustery conditions, but that late goal got Darren Way's interim period as manager off to a strong start and will put them into the hat on Monday night.
Darren Way's first game in charge saw four changes made to the team that lost against Northampton Town last week. Ryan Bird and Shaun Jeffers came in as front line strikers, whilst Jakub Sokolik was preferred to Alex Lacey in defence. Matt Dolan was restored to midfield in preference to Wes Fogden, whilst the club had the unusual situation of being able to sit three players in the stand - Mark Beck, Iffy Allen and Christian Maghoma - whilst all being fully fit.
The match got off to a tentative start from a Glovers point of view, with Stevenage having the better of the earlier chances. Ben Kennedy headed over the bar from a Chris Whelpdale cross, and then Michael Tonge saw a shot from the edge of the box tipped onto his own crossbar by Chris Weale, with Whelpdale missing from close range as he headed over the bar on the follow-up. Then Armand Gnanduillet had a shot deflected wide for one of many corners Stevenage gained during the first half.
Really all Yeovil had to their name was an early Josh Sheehan effort that went wide of the target, but midway through the half Yeovil caught Stevenage out on the counter-attack from a corner. The speed of Harry Cornick saw him sprint half the pitch, with keeper Chris Day parrying well for a corner. Yeovil gradually built their way into the game as the half closed, albeit without creating too many chances - Stevenage's best effort came when a quickly taken free kick saw a Ben Kennedy effort was deflected for a corner. The game wasn't helped by a swirling wind, and the concern there was that it was technically in Yeovil's favour, on a corner-to-corner basis. Both teams went on goalless and that was probably about the right balance on it.
The weather conditions were emphasised early in the second half, when a Chris Weale goal kick barely came beyond the 18 yard area before curling out for a throw-in. Then a Chris Whelpdale cross that initially looked harmless, got whipped in radically at a late stage that had to be headed behind for a corner. The visitors had a penalty appeal turned down, when Connor Ogilvie went down inside the box under pressure from Harry Cornick, but referee Chris Sarginson was unmoved, with the Yeovil defence surrounding Ogilvie to let them know exactly what they thought of his appeals.
Few chances came Yeovil's way, with Connor Roberts wastefully putting the ball over the bar, after a splendid Harry Cornick run. Then Ryan Bird teed up a shot inside the box, only to find Shaun Jeffers in the way and blocking his own attempt. The game was threatening to swing Stevenage's way, with Ben Kennedy particularly dangerous, as he fired over the bar after a defender lost his footing allowing the player to give himself extra room to shoot. Then Chris Weale had to save from Kennedy, with Nathan Smith doing well to block out Chris Whelpdale's attempts to follow up on the loose ball.
Darren Way made two substitutions in quick succession, with Francois Zoko and Ben Tozer introduced for Ryan Bird and Josh Sheehan. The two new men seemed to have a positive effect on the game, with the pattern switching back in Yeovil's favour, and Stevenage perhaps conscious of the fact that they had 15-20 minutes where they could snuff out the game in favour of home advantage in a replay. But they never got that far - a corner was conceded, and although the visitors cleared, the ball was recycled by Shaun Jeffers into the path of Tozer, and the subsitute fired through a crowd of players and into the back of the net for his first Glovers goal.
The feeling that Stevenage had been sitting back for the draw was magnified a minute later when Thomas Pett forced Chris Weale into the first save he'd needed to make of the second period, with the ball being parried away. But they'd left it too late - not even four minutes of injury time could help them with Yeovil playing the ball intelligently into the corners during the closing stages, and running down the clock well. That final 15 minute period probably swung it their way - Stevenage wanted the replay, and Yeovil didn't, and Tozer's goal gave them what they just about deserved.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Stevenage 0.
Scorers: Ben Tozer (86 mins, 1-0)
12. Chris Weale
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith
23. Harry Cornick 4. Matt Dolan 30. Josh Sheehan 11. Ryan Dickson
9. Ryan Bird 10. Shaun Jeffers
1. Artur Krysiak (GK) 2. Ben Tozer (74 mins for Josh Sheehan) 14. Jack Compton 16. George Thomas 20. Wes Fogden 21. Alex Lacey 39. Francois Zoko (71 mins for Ryan Bird)
16. Chris Day 25. Ronnie Henry 5. Fraser Franks 19. Dean Wells 30. Connor Ogilvie 7. Chris Whelpdale 3. Lee Cox 15. Michael Tonge 31. Armand Gnanduillet 11. Thomas Pett 33. Ben Kennedy
29. Michael Crowe 4. Jamie McCombe (38 mins for Fraser Franks) 6. Mark Hughes 14. Adam Marriott (87 mins for Armand Gnanduillet) 22. Charlie Lee (87 mins for Ben Kennedy) 32. Tom Conlon 34. Dale Gorman
Yeovil Bookings: Matt Dolan (foul, 12 mins)
Stevenage Bookings: Dean Wells (foul, 77 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 34%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 7; Fouls: 8.
Stevenage Match Statistics: Possession: 66%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 7; Fouls: 7.
Referee: Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire). Assistants: Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire) and Dean Treleaven (West Sussex). Fourth Official: William Bull (Hampshire).
Attendance: 2,264 (with 175 Stevenage supporters).