Match Details: 21/11/2017
Yeovil Town 1-1 Notts County
EFL League Two
Yeovil Goals: Francois Zoko (80)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Matt Worthington, 7. Otis Khan, 13. Francois Zoko, 14. Sam Surridge, 16. James Bailey, 17. Omar Sowunmi, 23. Tom James, 24. Olufela Olomola, 25. Sid Nelson
Subs: 6. Keston Davies, 8. Connor Smith, 9. Rhys Browne, 10. Jake Gray, 12. Jonny Maddison, 15. Jordan Green,
Substitutes Used: Rhys Browne for Sam Surridge (53 mins), Jordan Green for Otis Khan (76 mins), Connor Smith for James Bailey (76 mins)
Yeovil Town gained a point against promotion chasing Notts County at Huish Park, with a penalty from one of the Magpies old boys saving them. The visitors appeared to be entirely comfortable for long stretches of the game, and had took the lead when substitute Jonathan Forte took advantage of a knock down from a long ball to put his side ahead. But Yeovil got themselves back into the match when Francois Zoko was taken down inside the box, and the striker stepped up to take his own spot kick and equalise ten minutes from time. In the closing minutes, Millwall loanee Sid Nelson became the fourth Yeovil player to be dismissed in five matches when he was involved in an off-the-ball incident, but the Glovers held on, dropping one place to 18th on the night.
The Glovers went into the match making two changes, as Francois Zoko and Olufela Olomola returned following their suspensions. That meant that Jake Gray and Rhys Browne dropped to the bench, with a 4-4-2 established that closely resembled the line-up that had been used for the recent match against Stevenage. Despite the two extra numbers, they still couldn't fill the bench, with Alefe Santos dropping out of the squad for unspecified reasons, whilst Paul Golubickas as not named on the teamsheet.
The game got off to an ultra-quiet start, with Jorge Grant heading wide for the visitors, whilst Olufela Olomola volleyed a shot over the bar, as he turned his man on a corner. It took 20 minutes for a serious effort to turn up, as Ryan Yates forced Artur Krysiak into a parried save, which Richard Duffy wastefully stuck over the bar on the rebound. The visitors were just getting into their stride at this stage after a sluggish start, with Shaun Brisley heading wide from a Jonathan Stead cross. That was followed by Krysiak having to turn around a Terry Hawkridge cross for a corner, before Jorge Grant also tried to beat the keeper at his near post with the same result.
Notts County had lost their main striker on the half hour mark as Jonathan Stead limped off - a big blow for them given Shola Ameobi was also missing on their teamsheet. But they brought on the experience of former Southampton striker Jonathan Forte, and he was to give them a 41st minute breakthrough. After a corner was half cleared, a long ball back towards the box was headed down by Shaun Brisley into the path of Forte. He ran through and slotted past Krysiak for a lead that they slightly deserved, although without really explaining why they'd arrived on top of the league.
The second half was largely a lifeless affair. In fact Yeovil Town didn't look like a side that were desperate to get back into match. Notts County gathered a small collection of chances that all went wide - Robert Milsom after a poor defensive header by Omar Sowunmi had gifted the Magpies the ball back, and then a Jorge Grant effort that went just wide after he turned in the box from a Matt Tootle through ball. Then Jonathan Forte found his shot deflected by Omar Sowunmi for a corner.
Yeovil Town had done absolutely nothing, and with time running out, they made a 76th minute double substitution to try their final roll of the dice. As it happened, it was a 53rd minute introduction of Rhys Browne that had more effect on the game - his through ball to Francois Zoko saw the striker run into the box, being clipped by Richard Duffy for an 80th minute penalty kick. The same man dusted himself down and took the spot kick, scoring with Yeovil's first effort on goal of the second period. Suddenly out of the blue, it was 1-1.
With their tails now up, Yeovil suddenly looked briefly dangerous, as Zoko headed a Nathan Smith cross at County keeper Ross Fitzsimons. They were still stretched at the other end as Jorge Grant put over the bar, with the game moving end-to-end for the first time in the match. But Yeovil shot themselves in the foot with their fourth red card in five matches, in the 88th minute. It wasn't clear what had riled up Millwall loanee Sid Nelson, but he appeared to aim an off-the-ball elbow at Ryan Yates. Referee Dean Whitestone seemed ultra-confident about what he'd seen, and issued an immediate red card, leaving Yeovil with some late concern as they rode out four minutes of injury time. What will be of more concern though will be yet another three match suspension, and with Barnet and Chesterfield winning tonight, the bottom places in the table have shrunk massively, with only a three point gap between themselves and 23rd placed Barnet.
Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Notts County 1.
Scorers: Jonathan Forte (0-1, 41 mins), Francois Zoko (1-1, 80 mins, pen)
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 25. Sid Nelson 3. Nathan Smith
24. Olufela Olomola 4. Matt Worthington 16. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 6. Keston Davies 8. Connor Smith (76 mins for James Bailey) 9. Rhys Browne (53 mins for Sam Surridge) 10. Jake Gray 15. Jordan Green (76 mins for Otis Khan)
34 Ross Fitzsimons
2 Matt Tootle 5 Richard Duffy 16 Shaun Brisley 3 Carl Dickinson
11 Terry Hawkridge 22 Ryan Yates 24 Robert Milsom 10 Jorge Grant
30 Jon Stead 7 Lewis Alessandra
4 Elliott Hewitt (87 mins for Rob Milsom) 6 Haydn Hollis 13 Branislav Pindroch 14 Jonathan Forte (35 mins for Jonathan Stead) 17 Alan Smith 19 Nicky Hunt 20 Liam Walker
Yeovil Bookings: None. Red Card: Sid Nelson (violent conduct, 88 mins)
Notts County Bookings: Jorge Grant (foul, 83 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 4; Fouls: 12.
Notts County Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 6; Fouls: 7.
Referee: Dean Whitestone (Bedfordshire). Assistants: Ronald Ganfield (Somerset) and Ben Cobb (Dorset). Fourth Official: Samuel Ogles (Hampshire).
Attendance: 2,338 (with 211 Notts County supporters).