Match Details: 22/10/2016
Crewe Alexandra 0-1 Yeovil Town
EFL League Two
Yeovil Goals: Matthew Dolan (62)
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: 2. Liam Shephard, 9. Tom Eaves, 11. Ryan Dickson, 12. Jonny Maddison, 13. Francois Zoko, 18. Izale McLeod, 28. Ben Whitfield
Substitutes Used: Tom Eaves for Tahvon Campbell (59 mins), Francois Zoko for Otis Khan (76 mins)
Bookings: Otis Khan (Foul, 25)
Yeovil Town picked up their third consecutive League Two victory this afternoon, as they recorded their third 1-0 win in that time. The victory over Crewe Alexandra came thanks to a Matt Dolan free kick that curled into the bottom right hand corner just beyond the hour mark, leaving the home side frustrated at the fact that their striker Chris Dagnall had hit the crossbar in each half. The Glovers rise to 13th place in the table, but just one point off the play-off slots and six away from the bottom two as they begin to look upwards in the table.
The Glovers went into the match naming an unchanged starting line-up compared to the team that beat Newport County 1-0 last weekend. The only change to the teamsheet was that Liam Shephard made his return from a leg injury, with him displacing Josh Ezewele on the substitutes bench. Crewe's line-up featured former Yeovil Town loanee Ben Nugent, but he sat on the bench for the start of the match. Another former loanee Zoumana Bakayogo started at left-back.
The game opened up with both sides not really creating too much in a half that saw away fans squinting into the late autumn sunshine. Jon Guthrie headed wide, whilst Bevis Mugabi had to block the ball in a crowded goal mouth to send it out for a corner as Crewe edged things. A better chance for Crewe saw Ryan Lowe get in behind the Glovers back four, with Artur Krysiak taking a whack in the face as he came out to smother the ball.
At the other end, Tahvon Campbell went close from a narrow angle as his shot from close range struck the back of the goal frame. But then Ryan Lowe broke through at the other end, again as the Glovers back four failed to deal with another chip over the top, and they were fortunate that the Crewe striker's touch was a soft toe-poke that Krysiak blocked.
There was little doubt that whilst both sides had relatively even possession, with Yeovil Town perhaps even edging that, the longer the half went on, the more it became obvious that Crewe had the better chances. The difference was the delivery of the ball - on one occasion a wicked cross was put in at the far post that had everyone stretching for it, and the slightest touch from Harry Davis or Ryan Lowe would have guaranteed a goal. Then Chris Dagnall struck the underside of the crossbar, with the ball bouncing out and away. At the tail end, a long range Alex Lawless strike provided an attempt for the Glovers, but compared to what Crewe had served up, it was a little fortunate the game was still at 0-0.
The second period saw the busy Tahvon Campbell wriggle free and take a shot that bounced nastily and forced Ben Garratt to tip the ball around his post for a corner. But the initial feeling was this game was going to head for more of the same until Tom Eaves was introduced just short of the hour mark. Whilst he didn't have anything to do with the goal that was scored three minutes later, his physical presence seemed to upset the Crewe defence, and they gave away a free kick when former loanee Zoumana Bakayogo fouled Ryan Hedges. Up stepped Matt Dolan who curled a beauty around the wall for a 1-0 lead that seemed to be a little out of the blue.
That said, following that goal, the Glovers went on to play their best football of the game, with Crewe only having one serious sniff to get back into the match. Elsewhere, Otis Khan had a shot saved, whilst Ryan Hedges found his attempt deflected by a defender for a corner after he was set up by Tom Eaves. Then substitute Francois Zoko met a Dolan free kick at the near post but the ball was squeezed wide. Crewe's golden chance came via Chris Dagnall again, as he headed against the crossbar in the closing stages, but the home side seemed to wither after Dolan's goal, and the end result was that Yeovil were able to gain a fairly comfortable win, even if at times during the closing stages they did defend a little deep. Up to 13th now, and just one place away from being able to call themselves a "top half of the table side" - something that wasn't on the cards a few weeks ago.
Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Crewe Alexandra 0 Yeovil Town 1.
Scorers: Matt Dolan (62 mins, 0-1)
1. Ben Garratt
2. Oliver Turton 3. Jon Guthrie 4. Harry Davis 14. Zoumana Bakayogo
22. Alex Kiwomya 18. Billy Bingham 15. Danny Hollands 11. George Cooper
7. Ryan Lowe (Capt) 9. Chris Dagnall
6. Ben Nugent 8. James Jones (58 mins for Billy Bingham) 13. Dave Richards (GK) 17. Daniel Udoh 23. Perry Ng 25. Callum Ainley (75 mins for Danny Hollands) 36. Tom Lowery
1. Artur Krysiak
5. 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 2. Liam Shephard 9. Tom Eaves (59 mins for Tahvon Campbell) 11. Ryan Dickson 13. Francois Zoko (76 mins for Otis Khan) 18. Izale McLeod 28. Ben Whitfield
Crewe Alexandra Bookings: Chris Dagnall (2 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Otis Khan (25 mins, foul)
Crewe Alexandra Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 0; Corners: 8; Fouls: 12.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 6; Fouls: 7.
NOTE: The above statistics are very suspect in terms of the shots from both sides - Crewe definitely had shots on target during the match.
Referee: Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire). Assistants: Natalie Aspinall (Lancashire) and Wade Smith (Cheshire). Fourth Official: Paul Marsden (Lancashire).
Attendance: 3,659 (with 177 Yeovil supporters).