Match Details: 29/04/2017
Yeovil Town 1-1 Stevenage Borough
EFL League Two
Yeovil Goals: Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (43)
Yeovil Line-Up: 2. Liam Shephard, 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Matthew Dolan, 6. Alex Lacey, 8. Alex Lawless, 10. Otis Khan, 11. Ryan Dickson, 12. Jonny Maddison, 13. Francois Zoko, 28. Ben Whitfield, 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
Substitutes Used: Matt Butcher for Ben Whitfield (90 mins)
Yeovil Town secured the one point they needed to guarantee League Two football for the 2017-18 season, when they secured a 1-1 draw against Stevenage. In an often cagey game, with both sides needing points, but on the other hand not wanting to throw away what they had, it was Barnet loanee Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro who got the opening goal when he steered the ball into the bottom corner just before the break. Stevenage equalised six minutes after the interval when Josh McQuoid converted from close range from a corner kick. That was enough to ensure that Hartlepool United can't catch Yeovil, leaving them in 19th place at the end of the day.
The Glovers went into the match naming an unchanged eleven from the team that turned out against Grimsby Town. Even the seven on the substitutes bench were unchanged, with the trio of Darren Ward, Artur Krysiak and Kevin Dawson all out injured. Stevenage, who went into the match in a play-off position, fielded former Glovers trialist Jamie Jones, who played a couple of Reserve Team matches whilst Russell Slade was first team manager.
The visitors had an early Ben Kennedy effort that went wide of the target, but had to defend their lines when Yeovil Town set themselves up with a couple of chances. Otis Khan set up Matt Dolan, whose shot was deflected into the side netting for a corner. Then Khan himself cut in from the flank before delivering a curling effort just wide of the post. Given Stevenage needed the win to get all three points, it was a surprise to not see them pressing further up the field, with neither keeper particularly busy - a Steven Schumacher free kick more dangered the cars parked behind the away end, than any goal nets.
It took 34 minutes for either side to get a shot on target, as Ben Kennedy got himself some room to shoot from distance, although Jonny Maddison's save was a relatively comfortable one. Maddison had to do rather more when Thomas Pett turned his man and provided a driven shot that had to make the Yeovil keeper work rather harder. Yeovil finally got their first on target effort four minutes before the break from Otis Khan but it was to produce probably their best bit of concentrated play, and most importantly a goal.
With two minutes to go before the break, Otis Khan put the ball into the box towards the near post, and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro was able to compose himself and give room to fire a downward shot into the bottom corner of the net from 12 yards out. 1-0 up in a 45 minute period that wasn't a classic, but in closing the half out with a flurry of corners, the Glovers had just about done enough to be ahead.
A quiet start to the second half saw Stevenage equalise with the first shooting opportunity six minutes in. Yeovil conceded a corner, and when Jack King put the set piece into the box, Jonny Maddison seemed to get himself out of position, failing to claim the ball, and Josh McQuoid got the chance for a close range finish and a 1-1 scoreline.
The goal seemed to give Stevenage a bit of a lift, and Maddison redeemed himself when he stopped a Steven Schumacher effort at the base of his goalpost. Maddison then had to save from Jobi McAnuff before a Ben Kennedy effort went over the crossbar via a Glovers deflection. It took a while for Yeovil to recompose themselves as they looked nervous from set pieces. However, with their first effort of the second half they really should have been ahead themselves - great work by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro saw him square the ball, but somehow Francois Zoko squirmed the ball wide of the post from ultra-close range.
Stevenage were the side that needed the points more than the Glovers, with the play-off slots in League Two on a knife-edge. They gradually made all three substitutions, including putting defender Jack King up front in an attempt to force things their way. They came close when Jamie Gray produced a low shot that Maddison somehow clawed away for a corner, but without providing the killer blow that would prevent Yeovil Town taking on the final whistle the one point that they needed for their League Two survival.
Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Stevenage 1.
Scorers: Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (43 mins, 1-0), Josh McQuoid (53 mins, 1-1)
12. Johnny Maddison
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
28. Ben Whitfield 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 (90 mins for Ben Whitfield) 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison
1 Jamie Jones
25 Ronnie Henry 19 Dean Wells 4 Jack King 20 Connor Ogilvie
22 Charlie Lee
14 Ben Kennedy 8 Steven Schumacher 11 Thomas Pett 7 Jobi McAnuff
10 Josh McQuoid
5 Fraser Franks 6 Luke Wilkinson (81 mins for Josh McQuoid) 16 Chris Day 17 Dale Gorman 18 Michael Tonge (69 mins for Ben Kennedy) 31 Jamie Gray (75 mins for Charlie Lee) 33 Kgosietsile Ntlhe
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Stevenage Bookings: None.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 6; Fouls: 7.
Stevenage Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 6; Fouls: 10.
Referee: Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire). Assistants: Adam Bromley (Devon) and Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: John Farries (Oxfordshire).
Attendance: 3,716 (with 177 Stevenage supporters).