Match Details: 08/10/2016
Yeovil Town 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers
EFL League Two
Yeovil Goals: Ryan Hedges (36)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Matthew Dolan, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 6. Alex Lacey, 7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 10. Otis Khan, 19. Tahvon Campbell, 23. Ryan Hedges, 26. Darren Ward,
Subs: 12. Jonny Maddison, 14. Josh Ezewele, 15. Kyle Copp, 17. Omar Sowunmi, 18. Izale McLeod, 20. Joe Lea, 28. Ben Whitfield
Substitutes Used: Ben Whitfield for Otis Khan (87 mins)
Yeovil Town picked up all three points this afternoon, as a single goal from Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges saw off Wycombe Wanderers in a League Two match at Huish Park. The game was one where neither goalkeeper had too much to do throughout the afternoon, but the crucial moment came 36 minutes into the match when an Alex Lawless long range effort was touched onto the goalpost by Wycombe's on loan Chelsea goalkeeper Jamal Blackman, and he couldn't do a lot when Hedges came in for the rebound, converting from close range. The Glovers stood firm despite a late aerial barrage from the visitors with the back four snuffing them out well to move them back up to 18th with twelve games played.
The Glovers went into the match making three changes as a trio of players who were rested for the midweek EFL Trophy tie against Bristol Rovers returned to the side. Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, defender Darren Ward and midfielder Kevin Dawson all returned to the line-up as Jonny Maddison dropped to the bench along with Ben Whitfield, whilst an illness meant Ryan Dickson stayed at home entirely. Injuries to Tom Eaves, Liam Shephard and Matt Butcher meant they were missing along with long term absentee Francois Zoko. Wycombe's line-up included former Glovers trialist Dominic Gape, who is on loan with the Chairboys.
Wycombe came into the game having lost four out of their previous five away matches, and showed little sign during the opening stages that they were going to do anything to overcome that. However, neither did Yeovil in an opening 20 minutes that saw little in the way of chances, with a Bevis Mugabi shot going well wide, before Nathan Smith became the first player to truly worry the Wycombe defence, as their goalkeeper was forced to palm the ball away for a corner. From another corner Alex Lacey's downward header cleared the crossbar after it bounced over, with Jamal Blackman happy to watch it. It took 35 minutes before Wycombe did anything, with a Garry Thompson effort going wide of the target as they created an opportunity by beating the offside trap.
Everything seemed to be pointing towards a goalless first half, until Alex Lawless let fly 36 minutes into the match. His long distance strike forced Jamal Blackman to touch the ball onto his own goal post, and as the ball span loose across the goal, Ryan Hedges was the first to reach it, and managed to tap the ball into an empty net to put Yeovil Town 1-0 up. That goal gave Yeovil a lift, and they played their best football of the half in the ten minutes leading up to half time, with Otis Khan getting free on a couple of occasions, with one of his attempts flashing across the goal. Wycombe looked largely devoid of inspiration, with Paris Cowan-Hall getting their one and only on target shot of the half as Artur Krysiak pushed the ball to safety. There wasn't an awful lot to the half, but the important bit was that the Glovers had their noses ahead.
The second period was more of the same, with it taking another 20 minutes for the match to warm up. That suited Yeovil well as they began to swallow up possession of the ball, denying Wycombe the chance to build up a head of steam. Inevitably, Wycombe brought on Adebayo Akinfenwa as the man to try to upset Yeovil's back four, but unlike a few previous matches that have involved the Big Beast, he never really managed to influence the game to a great degree. One of his early contributions was to lay the ball off to Danny Rowe but the midfielder fired wide. And that was essentially Wycombe's problem in that they did little to worry Artur Krysiak throughout the match, with Yeovil's back four particularly impressive in the way that they stopped the danger before it got near the Polishman.
In the closing stages, Wycombe did try other tactics to try to upset the apple cart, with big defender Aaron Pierre going up front as they left three at the back, but apart from a Paul Hayes shot that Krysiak saved well, and a shot from substitute Nick Freeman that went into the side netting, they didn't really invoke any great pressure. Good organisation and concentration, rather than flamboyance and flair gave Yeovil Town all three points. Fortunately even if Yeovil Town's away form is rather shakey, their home results have been holding themselves above water, with them finishing the day in 18th place.
Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Wycombe Wanderers 0.
Scorers: Ryan Hedges (1-0, 36 mins)
1. Artur Krysiak
6. Bevis Mugabi 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan
10. Otis Khan 19. Tahvon Campbell 23. Ryan Hedges
Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 14. Josh Ezewele 17. Omar Sowunmi 18. Izale McLeod 20. Joe Lea 15. Kyle Copp 28. Ben Whitfield (87 mins for Otis Khan)
27. Jamal Blackman
16. Michael Harriman 5. Anthony Stewart 6. Aaron Pierre 3. Joe Jacobson
7. Garry Thompson 18. Danny Rowe 25. Dominic Gape 11. Sam Wood
9. Paul Hayes 12. Paris Cowan-Hall
2. Sido Jombati 4. Stephen McGinn 10. Matt Bloomfield (70 mins for Dominic Gape) 13. Barry Richardson 20. Adebayo Akinfenwa (64 mins for Garry Thompson) 22. Nick Freeman (82 mins for Joe Jacobson) 23. Will De Havilland
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Wycombe Wanderers Bookings: None.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 35%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 4; Fouls: 4.
Wycombe Wanderers Match Statistics: Possession: 65%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 4; Fouls: 10.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire). Assistants: Adam Bromley (Devon) and Michael Webb (Surrey). Fourth Official: Adam Nunn (Wiltshire).
Attendance: 3,187 (with 319 Wycombe supporters).