Match Details: 17/04/2017
Yeovil Town 3-0 Crewe Alexandra
EFL League Two
Yeovil Goals: Matthew Dolan (29), Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (45), Otis Khan (70)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 2. Liam Shephard, 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Matthew Dolan, 6. Alex Lacey, 7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 10. Otis Khan, 11. Ryan Dickson, 13. Francois Zoko, 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro,
Subs: 5. Bevis Mugabi, 9. Tom Eaves, 16. Matt Butcher, 17. Omar Sowunmi, 19. Brandon Goodship, 32. Tom James, 39. Shayon Harrison
Bookings: Francois Zoko (Foul, 34), Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (Handball, 65)
Yeovil Town gained their first win in seven matches, and their first on home soil since January, with a valuable 3-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra this afternoon. In what was approaching a do-or-die situation, the Glovers eased their nerves through two first half set pieces, as Matt Dolan scored on his 100th appearance for the club after Otis Khan laid the ball off to him. It was then Khan's corner that saw Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro head home just before the half time whistle. Khan then capped an inflential afternoon, after he followed up on a Francois Zoko header that came off the crossbar, with Crewe never really looking like responding. The result doesn't mathematically ensure League Two safety, but it would need an extreme set of results to prevent Yeovil from taking their place next season, after defeats for Newport County and Hartlepool United.
The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their line-up, both of which were substitutes introduced during the second half of the Good Friday match against Newport County. Alex Lawless was swapped for Matt Butcher, whilst Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro replaced Omar Sowunmi with the formation being tweaked a touch as a result. In the opposition line-up, former loanee Zoumana Bakayogo played as a left-back, but there was no place for Ben Nugent who had picked up an injury in their Friday match.
The early period of the match saw few chances, with a weak left-footed shot from Francois Zoko never likely to trouble keeper Ben Garratt. Crewe's best opportunity of the match came after a Callum Cooke shot was only parried by Jonny Maddison. In came Chris Dagnall for the rebound, but Liam Shephard did well to clear the ball away from danger.
Matt Dolan was making his 100th appearance for the club, and he made it one to remember, 29 minutes into a half of few chances. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro was fouled by George Ray, and when Otis Khan laid a short pass off for the free kick, that gave Dolan the angle to fire home for his fifth goal of the season, from the edge of the box and a 1-0 lead.
Chris Dagnall was Crewe's main livewire, and he deflected a Callum Ainley shot towards goal, but not enough to worry Jonny Maddison. There seemed to be a bit of nerves creeping into Yeovil's play as they approached half time, but all of that was eased by a second goal to give them a firm buffer. Ryan Dickson nutmegged a Crewe player and then was brought down wide on the left by James Jones. Otis Khan flighted in the free kick and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro was on hand to head the ball home for a 2-0 half time lead, and a bit of a sigh of relief from the fans at the break.
Crewe made a double half time substitution and by the hour mark had made their third change as they struggled to create attacking intent against a Yeovil side firmly putting two banks of four behind the ball. Apart from a long range Chris Dagnall effort that went wide, and an Otis Khan free kick that went wide, this was again a half with very little clearcut shots on goal.
But for once, the Glovers were clinical in the chances that they did get. A corner kick saw Kevin Dawson swing the ball into the box, and when Francois Zoko headed against the crossbar, Crewe were left floundering. In came Otis Khan for the rebound and he converted from close range for a 3-0 lead, and at last a bit of an opportunity for the players to relax and enjoy their football a bit.
Crewe never threatened the comeback that Exeter City had managed earlier this year. Oliver Turton fired well wide of the target, with the visitors not even managing a shot on target in the second period. As such it was easy for Yeovil to play out time - another Akpa Akpro shot was parried away by Ben Garrett and then cleared by the Crewe defence in another effort on goal, and his side were able to play out time relatively comfortably - only a Jordan Bowery late effort allowed the visitors another chance, but like their other shots they put it wide.
With Newport County getting thrashed 6-1 and Hartlepool United losing 2-1, they look the most likely to take the other relegation place, with Leyton Orient still clinging on to their League Two position just about. However, for the Glovers they now lie seven points clear of the drop and that ought to just about do it, bar a freak set of results. Not a cause for mammoth celebration - it should never have come to this - but maybe a sigh of relief that in 2017-18, Yeovil Town should be still in fourth tier football.
Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Crewe Alexandra 0.
Scorers: Matt Dolan (29 mins, 1-0), Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (45 mins, 2-0), Otis Khan (70 mins, 3-0)
12. Johnny Maddison
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan 10. Otis Khan
13. Francois Zoko 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro
Substitutes: 5. Bevis Mugabi 9. Tom Eaves 16. Matt Butcher 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison (none used).
1 Ben Garratt
2 Oliver Turton 5 George Ray 23 Perry Ng 14 Zoumana Bakayogo
8 James Jones 24 Callum Cooke
16 Jordan Bowery 18 Billy Bingham 25 Callum Ainley
9 Chris Dagnall
10 Callum Saunders 11 George Cooper (59 mins for Callum Ainley) 17 Daniel Udoh 20 Charlie Kirk 21 Ryan Wintle (46 mins for George Ray) 22 Alex Kiwomya (46 mins for Callum Cooke) 31 Andrew Dawber
Yeovil Bookings: Francois Zoko (foul, 34 mins), Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (handball, 65 mins)
Crewe Alexandra Bookings: George Cooper (foul, 81 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 8; Fouls: 10.
Crewe Alexandra Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 1; Fouls: 13.
Referee: Lee Swabey (Devon). Assistants: Michael Webb (Surrey) and Daniel Leach (Oxfordshire). Fourth Official: Andrew Quin (Devon).
Attendance: 3,167 (with 154 Crewe Alexandra supporters).