Match Details: 25/08/2018
Yeovil Town 2-0 Stevenage Borough
EFL League Two
Yeovil Goals: Alex Fisher (24), Sessi D'Almeida (42)
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Carl Dickinson, 4. Gary Warren, 6. Omar Sowunmi, 9. Alex Fisher, 12. Nathan Baxter, 14. Diallang Jaiyesimi, 17. Alex Pattison, 18. Yoann Arquin, 20. Sessi D'Almeida, 21. Wes McDonald, 23. Tom James,
Subs: 5. Bevis Mugabi, 10. Jake Gray, 11. Jordan Green, 15. Gabriel Rogers, 19. Korrey Henry, 25. Steve Phillips, 30. Alefe Santos
Substitutes Used: Bevis Mugabi for Tom James (15 mins), Jordan Green for Wes McDonald (35 mins), Jake Gray for Sessi D'Almeida (71 mins)
Bookings: Sessi D'Almeida (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 43), Nathan Baxter (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 85)
Yeovil Town gained their first home victory since February 13th when they gained a comfortable 2-0 win over Stevenage. The three points gained was all about the first half performance, as the Glovers dominated proceedings. Alex Fisher scored his fourth goal of the season when he converted great work by Middlesbrough loanee Alex Pattison. Then three minutes from the break Sessi D'Almeida scored his first for the club from inside the box. The visitors only really came into the match during the second period, but Yeovil counterattacked well, and the match was effectively ended by Michael Timlin's dismissal for two bookable offences, that saw them end the game with ten men, and to send Yeovil into the final play-off position after five games.
The Glovers went into the match naming an unchanged starting eleven and an unchanged bench for the first time this season, with the eleven being a constant for the third game running. In the opposition line-up, defender Ben Nugent came up against his old club, but wasn't to get onto the pitch as he remained an unused substitute.
Wes McDonald started as a bright light in Yeovil's side early on as he cut inside from the left flank, firing off a shot that went a yard wide. The same player forced a save from visiting keeper Paul Farman, with most of the play in the Stevenage half. However, play was disrupted by Tom James going down just 15 minutes into the match - with no tackle coming in, the reason for that wasn't clear, but it was enough for him to have to leave the field after a delay, and be replaced by Bevis Mugabi.
That change didn't seem to disrupt the Glovers, as they took the lead midway through the half. All the leg work was done by Alex Pattison as he burst through the centre of the park. Just as a Stevenage player seemed to be doing something to stop his run by getting a tackle in, he slipped the ball across the area perfectly for Alex Fisher to fire home for a 1-0 lead that the balance of play undoubtedly deserved.
Stevenage's reaction, in a game where they hadn't created a chance, was to do a tactical adjustment as Jimmy Ball made way for winger Emmanuel Sonupe, allowing them to switch from their opening 4-3-3 that had allowed far too much space for Wes McDonald, as they matched Yeovil up in a 4-4-2. Ironically that change was shortly followed by that being the last Yeovil were to see of McDonald - he also suffered an off the ball injury, as he went down in pain, and he had to be replaced by Jordan Green - two forced substitutions for the Glovers in the opening 35 minutes.
Once again that change didn't seem to affect the Glovers as they doubled their lead three minutes before the break. Substitute Jordan Green got into his stride on the right flank, and he squared the ball for Sessi D'Almeida, who fired off a full-blooded shot from around the penalty spot to put Yeovil 2-0 up at the break, in a half that Stevenage had contributed almost nothing bar a Scott Cuthbert header that Nathan Baxter had easily saved.
The half time break saw Stevenage make another tactical adjustment as Ben Kennedy - often the scourge of Yeovil Town - was withdrawn and Alex Reid was brought in as a replacement. They started more brightly with Kurtis Guthrie having a shot saved before Scott Cuthbert headed over the bar from a Stevenage set piece. A brilliant block by Carl Dickinson stopped a Reid cross reaching another Stevenage substitute Danny Newton, and there was always the concern that if the visitors could pull a goal back, that the tone of the game might change.
However, Yeovil gradually began to get their counterattacking play going, with Jordan Green and Sessi D'Almeida particularly effective. A series of fouls were to prove crucial in that respect as Stevenage began to pick up bookings. Michael Timlin was one of those who took out D'Almeida, and when he took out Green with three minutes remaining as he stretched their defence, there was only going to be one outcome - a second yellow card and Stevenage down to ten men.
From the resultant free kick, Jake Gray picked up the loose ball, and fired a shot through a crowded area, forcing Paul Farman to save with his legs in what had been a fairly rare chance for Yeovil in the second period. Danny Newton kept up the visitors faint hopes as he forced two 90th minute attempts on goal - one blocked by Omar Sowunmi, and another saved by Nathan Baxter, but overall Yeovil blocked them out fairly well, with the best of their flair play having happened during the opening 45 minutes. Whilst it may be ultra-early, the result after five games lifts them up to seventh place in the League Two table - occupying the final play-off place as one of six clubs on eight points.
Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Stevenage 0.
Scorers: Alex Fisher (1-0, 24 mins), Sessi D'Almeida (2-0, 42 mins)
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt), 4. Gary Warren, 3. Carl Dickinson
18. Yoann Arquin, 20. Sessi D'Almeida, 17. Alex Pattison, 21. Wes McDonald
14. Diallang Jaiyesimi, 9. Alex Fisher
25. Steve Phillips, 5. Bevis Mugabi (15 mins for Tom James), 10. Jake Gray (71 mins for Sessi D'Almeida), 11. Jordan Green (35 mins for Wes McDonald), 15. Gabriel Rogers, 19. Korrey Henry, 30. Alefe Santos
1 Paul Farman
2 Luther Wildin 5 Scott Cuthbert 25 Ronnie Henry 3 Johnny Hunt
4 Michael Timlin 7 Jimmy Ball 8 Joel Byrom
10 Ben Kennedy 9 Alex Revell 28 Kurtis Guthrie
11 Emmanuel Sonupe (27 mins for Jimmy Ball) 14 James Ferry 19 Danny Newton (57 mins for Kurtis Guthrie) 22 Alex Reid (46 mins for Ben Kennedy) 27 Seny Timothy Dieng 30 Luke Wilkinson 31 Ben Nugent
Yeovil Bookings: Sessi D'Almeida (excessive celebration, 43 mins), Nathan Baxter (timewasting, 85 mins)
Stevenage Bookings: Emmanuel Sonupe (foul, 36 mins), Michael Timlin (foul, 60 mins), Alex Reid (foul, 65 mins). Red Card: Michael Timlin (second bookable offence, 87 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.
Stevenage Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 14.
Referee: Tom Nield (West Yorkshire). Assistants: Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire) and Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Steven Plane (Worcestershire).
Attendance: 2,635 (with 115 Stevenage supporters).