Match Details: 29/10/2016
Yeovil Town 0-0 Grimsby Town
EFL League Two
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 (25 mins), Francois Zoko for Otis Khan (63 mins)
Bookings: Alex Lawless (Foul, 30), Bevis Mugabi (Foul, 37), Nathan Smith (Foul, 50)
Yeovil Town gained their fourth clean sheet in a row in the league, and their fifth in all competitions, but couldn't find a way past a resolute Grimsby Town side this afternoon. In truth, the 0-0 draw saw the visitors gain the more clear-cut chances throughout the afternoon, with top scorer Omar Bogle having a first half effort tipped over the bar, and another whistle just wide of the post, whilst the same player had strong penalty appeals waved away. Yeovil's best effort came during a period of second half pressure, as an Otis Khan ball flashed across the face of the box, with Ryan Hedges inches away from connecting, but they struggled to test Grimsby keeper James McKeown on the whole.
The Glovers went into the match naming the exact same starting eleven and substitutes as they had in the previous weekend's match against Crewe Alexandra, with Matt Butcher the only absentee that related to injury and fitness concerns. In the opposition line-up there was the familiar face of James Berrett, who joined Grimsby from York over the summer, as they started life without their manager Paul Hurst, who left their club on Monday, leaving Dave Moore in charge.
Matt Dolan had an early free kick that cleared the crossbar fairly easily, before Grimsby striker Omar Bogle showed on three separate occasions why he is their danger man. The first event saw a bit of controversy as referee Brendan Malone did the Glovers a favour - waving away strong appeals for a penalty, after Bogle appeared to be brought down inside the box under pressure from Darren Ward. Following that let-off, Bogle then produced a 20 yard shot that Artur Krysiak had to palm over the crossbar, and then a few minutes later flashed a shot across goal and wide of the post with Krysiak looking beaten.
Yeovil were struggling to create decent output at the other end, and their cause wasn't helped by Tahvon Campbell picking up a leg injury midway through the half. However, given that allowed Tom Eaves to make an early appearance onto the field - the player who had helped change the balance of the game at Crewe last weekend - that wasn't a real disaster. However, the chances really failed to materialise - Kevin Dawson dragged one wide of the target after he was set up by Matt Dolan, and even Grimsby's chances on goal seemed to dry up as the half closed with the game quietly levelling out.
James Berrett fired just over the bar after Omar Bogle set him up early in the second period, before Yeovil began to enjoy their best spell of the match, albeit without serious chances coming on hand to test goalkeeper James McKeown. One of the best just needed a final touch on the ball, as Otis Khan's tricky ball across the six yard box saw Ryan Hedges throwing himself at the ball, with barely a touch needed to turn it into the net - unfortunately no-one managed to connect.
Francois Zoko was introduced for the final half hour, as a replacement for Otis Khan, with a little bit of dissent to Khan's withdrawal being shown by the home crowd who felt that he was one of the more lively attacking players out there. However Zoko put himself about well, as he headed over the bar from a Matt Dolan corner. Tom Eaves then put a rare shot on target into the goalkeeper's arms as he headed on goal, but it was a weak attempt and perhaps symptomatic of the main problem Yeovil had during the afternoon.
Grimsby did try to wind the clock down during the closing stages, but could have stolen the points in the final ten minutes, as James Berrett fired a shot that Artur Krysiak couldn't hold onto, but Darren Ward was alert to the situation and cleared the loose ball. Overall Grimsby had the better chances on the day, but with defences firmly on top during the afternoon, perhaps 0-0 was the fairer result. It's one that lifts Yeovill into the top half of the table, and two points off the play-off line, as attention now turns to the FA Cup.
Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Grimsby Town 0.
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 (25 mins for Tahvon Campbell) 11. Ryan Dickson 13. Francois Zoko (63 mins for Otis Khan) 18. Izale McLeod 28. Ben Whitfield
1. James McKeown
12. Zac Mills 6. Josh Gowling 22. Danny Collins 3. Danny Andrew
8. Craig Disley 16. James Berrett 19. Luke Summerfield
18. Tom Bolarinwa 21. Scott Vernon 9. Omar Bogle
5. Shaun Pearson 10. Dominic Vose 11. Rhys Browne (83 mins for Tom Bolarinwa) 14. Kayden Jackson (85 mins for Scott Vernon) 20. Andrew Boyce 26. Brandon Comley (79 mins for Craig Disley) 30. Dean Henderson
Yeovil Bookings: Alex Lawless (foul, 30 mins), Bevis Mugabi (foul, 37 mins), Nathan Smith (foul, 50 mins)
Grimsby Town Bookings: James Berrett (diving, 30 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 4; Fouls: 12.
Grimsby Town Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 8.
Referee: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire). Assistants: Kevin Morris (Herefordshire) and Robert Dabbs (Dorset). Fourth Official: Andrew Laver (Hampshire).
Attendance: 3,733 (with 387 Grimsby supporters).