Match Details: 09/09/2017
Yeovil Town 0-0 Cheltenham Town
EFL League Two
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 3. Nathan Smith, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 7. Otis Khan, 8. Connor Smith, 9. Rhys Browne, 11. Ryan Dickson, 13. Francois Zoko, 16. James Bailey, 24. Olufela Olomola, 25. Sid Nelson
Subs: 4. Matt Worthington, 6. Keston Davies, 10. Jake Gray, 12. Jonny Maddison, 14. Sam Surridge, 15. Jordan Green, 23. Tom James,
Substitutes Used: Jordan Green for Olufela Olomola (46 mins), Sam Surridge for Rhys Browne (52 mins), Jake Gray for Connor Smith (75 mins)
Bookings: Sid Nelson (Foul, 36)
Yeovil Town gained their first goalless draw of the season this afternoon, but had the width of a goalpost and some impressive shot-stopping to thank for that. Visitors Cheltenham Town had the lion's share of the chances throughout the 90 minutes, with it taking 86 minutes for the Glovers to record their one and only shot on target. At the other end, Mohamed Eisa struck the foot of the post, with Danny Wright somehow missing an open goal on the rebound. With Artur Krysiak making enough saves to take the Sponsors Man of the Match, the Glovers were fortunate to come away with the 0-0 draw that they got.
The Glovers went into the match naming an unchanged starting line-up for the third match running, with the only change being the inclusion of Matt Worthington on the bench, in favour of Alefe Santos, with Omar Sowunmi and Daniel Alfei once again missing out. In the opposition dugout there was of course Gary Johnson, whilst his starting eleven included goalkeeper Scott Flinders and right-sided midfielder Kevin Dawson who were back at their old clubs.
The first half was one sided to an extreme, with not a single Yeovil Town attack or shot of any note. At the other end, Cheltenham really only had one key attacking sequence although that should have put them ahead. Early on, a Danny Wright header went wide, whilst Mohamed Eisa found his run on goal blocked by a superbly timed tackle by Ryan Dickson - it needed to be given that it was inside his own box. Then came the visitors killer chance - Eisa fired off a shot against the goal post, and when the ball came out, Wright was six yards out with Artur Krysiak out of position due to the original attempt. Somehow Wright missed it - a real let-off for the Glovers.
That miss may have explained why Danny Wright was substituted midway through the half, with the player showing significant frustration by striking the players dugout fiercely as he left the field. Cheltenham also felt that Sid Nelson should have been off the field - his pull-back on Mohamed Eisa brought him an obvious yellow card but with the Cheltenham striker running towards goal, the visitors surrounded referee Dean Whitestone, convinced it should have been another colour. Towards the end of the half, Jordan Cranston forced Artur Krysiak to push a shot over the crossbar meaning it stayed goalless when it probably shouldn't have been.
A half time substitution that saw Olufela Olomola brought off suggests he is still struggling for fitness after his recent leg injury. He was directly replaced by Jordan Green up front, but the former Bournemouth player only got seven minutes in that position before the withdrawal of Rhys Browne for Sam Surridge meant that Green spent most of the half as a right winger. It didn't really change the pattern of the game, with Cheltenham still well on top.
Artur Krysiak was pulling off a number of significant saves, with a Jaanai Gordon shot being turned around for a corner, and the same result happened ten minutes later after Mohamed Eisa set up Gordon again. Then from the resultant corner Eisa put a shot narrowly wide. For the Glovers, they only managed two shots all afternoon - a fairly tame Bevis Mugabi header from an Otis Khan cross that saw the defender put the ball comfortably wide, and then finally in the 86th minute a Khan shot from 25 yards out gave Scott Flinders his only bit of exercise during the whole afternoon - a comfortable save, greeted by some deliberately over-the-top cheering from the Huish Park crowd, who had struggled to get themselves worked up for any form of entertainment from their home side all afternoon.
Cheltenham faded a bit in the final ten minutes, although they could have still snatched a 93rd minute winner, as substitute Freddy Hinds broke through on goal, but Artur Krysiak narrowed the angle and the Bristol City loanee struck into the side netting. It gave the Glovers a point, and a point was the most they could have ever hoped for, in a poor quality game with almost no attacking intent from the home side.
Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Cheltenham Town 0.
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 25. Sid Nelson 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
9. Rhys Browne 16. James Bailey (Capt) 8. Connor Smith 7. Otis Khan
13. Francois Zoko 24. Olufela Olomola
12. Jonny Maddison 4. Matt Worthington 6. Keston Davies 10. Jake Gray (75 mins for Connor Smith) 14. Sam Surridge (52 mins for Rhys Browne) 15. Jordan Green (46 mins for Olufela Olomola) 23. Tom James
24 Scott Flinders
11 Carl Winchester 28 Taylor Moore 2 Jamie Grimes 3 Jordan Cranston
8 Kevin Dawson 4 Kyle Storer (Capt) 25 Joe Morrell 7 Harry Pell
9 Daniel Wright 20 Mohamed Eisa
1 Jonathan Flatt 14 Daniel O'Shaughnessy 15 William Boyle 17 Jerell Sellars (70 mins for Joe Morrell) 18 Matt Bower 26 Jaanai Gordon (23 mins for Daniel Wright) 27 Freddy Hinds (61 mins for Mohamed Eisa)
Yeovil Bookings: Sid Nelson (foul, 36 mins)
Cheltenham Town Bookings: Jordan Cranston (foul, 78 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 2; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 2; Fouls: 17.
Cheltenham Town Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 5; Fouls: 9.
Referee: Dean Whitestone (Bedfordshire). Assistants: Kevin Morris (Herefordshire) and Craig Taylor (West Midlands). Fourth Official: Marc Whaley (Devon).
Attendance: 2,732 (with 220 Cheltenham Town supporters).