Match Details: 13/03/2018
Exeter City 0-0 Yeovil Town
EFL League Two
Yeovil Line-Up: 4. Jared Bird, 6. Lewis Wing, 7. Otis Khan, 11. Ryan Dickson, 13. Francois Zoko, 15. Jordan Green, 17. Omar Sowunmi, 18. Alex Fisher, 23. Tom James, 25. Stuart Nelson, 27. Shaun Donnellan,
Subs: 5. Bevis Mugabi, 9. Rhys Browne, 12. Jonny Maddison, 14. Sam Surridge, 19. Marcus Barnes, 21. Ryan Seager, 30. Alefe Santos
Substitutes Used: Rhys Browne for Otis Khan (57 mins), Marcus Barnes for Alex Fisher (70 mins), Sam Surridge for Francois Zoko (82 mins)
Bookings: Jordan Green (Foul, 43), Shaun Donnellan (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 72)
Yeovil Town gained a useful away point in Devon on Tuesday night, after they held Exeter City to a 0-0 draw at St James Park. Despite the home side hitting the crossbar in the first half via Hiram Boateng, the Grecians were unable to find their way past a Glovers defensive line that included Stuart Nelson and Shaun Donnellan making their debuts. Yeovil only created a limited number of chances, with the best of those coming in the second period, but they were fortunate that Jayden Stockley's 90th minute effort was put wide of the target to give take the visitors a small step away from the relegation line.
The Glovers went into the match making four team changes, three of which were tactical. Goalkeeper Stuart Nelson made his debut, repacing Jonny Maddison, whilst Shaun Donnellan also came in for his first match since joining the club as Corey Whelan dropped out of the squad. The one injury saw Connor Smith drop out of the squad, as Jared Bird replaced him, whilst up front Sam Surridge moved to the bench with Alex Fisher replacing him. Exeter's teamsheet unusually only contained one ex-Glover, with Dan Seaborne on the bench.
Exeter got onto the front foot straight from kick-off, creating a number of early chances. Within 60 seconds Stuart Nelson was tested to see how rusty he was, having only played a couple of EFL Trophy games this season - a Matt Jay effort was palmed for a corner, and from that set piece Jake Taylor fired wide. Ryan Harley's shot was then blocked by the boot of Omar Sowunmi, before another Jay effort was headed wide from a Jordan Tillson shot.
Yeovil had minimal chances during the first period, with it taking 20 minutes before Lewis Wing provided the first effort, although the fact that it went clean out of the ground at the demolished away end, demonstrated that it wasn't close. Alex Fisher did a little better on the angle as he fired high and wide, but there was still little pressure on Christy Pym's goal. At the other end, Stuart Nelson saved a deflected Matt Jay shot.
Exeter finished the half looking sharp again, with Ryan Dickson doing well to block a Jake Taylor shot. From the resulting corner Jayden Stockley saw his header saved. Stockley then induced the best chance of the half, as his ball into the box found Hiram Boateng, whose shot inside the box crashed off the crossbar and back out, with the ball then being punched away by Nelson before being hacked away. It wasn't until first half injury time that Yeovil finally managed their first shot on target, with a 25 yard shot from Otis Khan being saved low down to his left by Christy Pym.
The second period was a rather more even affair, even if it started with Dean Moxey heading wide from a corner. Omar Sowumni's downward header was comfortably held by Pym, before Matt Jay and Ryan Harley fired wide for Exeter. The Grecians were struggling to create openings and used their substitutions to play around with their formation in an attempt to shake things up a bit.
Lewis Wing's well hit shot was saved by Christy Pym as the Glovers still held their own in the closing stages. The only disappointment on the night came when Ryan Harley fouled Francois Zoko, with both players coming off immediately after treatment, with Zoko's appearing to be enforced. There was a nervous moment in the 90th minute as a rare mistake by Omar Sowunmi gifted possession to Jayden Stockley. Thankfully he fired wide of the target when he really should have buried the winning goal - a miss that meant both teams had to accept the 0-0 draw - something that will have pleased Yeovil far more than it would have pleased Exeter, who missed an opportunity to cement their current play-off position that little bit more deeply. For Yeovil, it's another single point towards League Two safety, and maybe one they didn't expect.
Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Exeter City 0 Yeovil Town 0.
1 Christy Pym
2 Pierce Sweeney 39 Troy Brown 21 Dean Moxey 3 Craig Woodman
25 Jake Taylor 6 Jordan Tillson 44 Hiram Boateng 7 Ryan Harley
11 Jayden Stockley 20 Matt Jay
4 Lloyd James 5 Troy Archibald-Henville 8 Robbie Simpson 12 Paul Jones 18 Danny Seaborne 19 Liam McAlinden (82 mins for Ryan Harley) 28 Kyle Edwards (74 mins for Matt Jay)
25. Stuart Nelson
23. Tom James 27. Shaun Donnellan 17. Omar Sowunmi 11. Ryan Dickson
15. Jordan Green 6. Lewis Wing 4. Jared Bird 7. Otis Khan
18. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)
12. Jonny Maddison 9. Rhys Browne (57 mins for Otis Khan) 5. Bevis Mugabi 14. Sam Surridge (82 mins for Francois Zoko) 19. Marcus Barnes (70 mins for Alex Fisher) 21. Ryan Seager 30. Alefe Santos
Exeter City Bookings: Ryan Harley (foul, 81 mins)
Yeovil Bookings: Jordan Green (foul, 43 mins), Shaun Donnellan (kicking ball away, 72 mins)
Exeter City Match Statistics: Possession: 59%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 7; Fouls: 9.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 41%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 3; Fouls: 12.
Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire). Assistants: Mark Pottage (Dorset) and Daniel Leach (Oxfordshire). Fourth Official: Brett Huxtable (Devon).
Attendance: 3,913 (with 323 Yeovil Town supporters).