Match Details: 01/09/2018
Grimsby Town 0-1 Yeovil Town
EFL League Two
Yeovil Goals: Omari Patrick (78)
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Carl Dickinson, 4. Gary Warren, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 6. Omar Sowunmi, 9. Alex Fisher, 11. Jordan Green, 12. Nathan Baxter, 14. Diallang Jaiyesimi, 17. Alex Pattison, 18. Yoann Arquin, 20. Sessi D'Almeida,
Subs: 8. Omari Patrick, 10. Jake Gray, 15. Gabriel Rogers, 19. Korrey Henry, 24. Olufela Olomola, 25. Steve Phillips, 30. Alefe Santos
Substitutes Used: Olufela Olomola for Jordan Green (56 mins), Omari Patrick for Diallang Jaiyesimi (66 mins), Jake Gray for Alex Fisher (82 mins)
Bookings: Sessi D'Almeida (Foul, 20)
Yeovil Town picked up their third win in four games, as they edged past Grimsby Town at Blundell Park. In a match where defences were largely on top, the Glovers had to remain patient as a number of Nathan Baxter saves gave them their fourth clean sheet in a row. The match was settled when Bradford City striker Omari Patrick produced a solo goal to net on his debut for the club twelve minutes from time, lifting Yeovil up to 5th place in the League Two table and a point inside the play-off positions.
The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their line-up from last weekend's home match against Stevenage. Both were forced with Tom James and Wes McDonald having limped off during the first half of that match. Whilst the nature of their injuries wasn't disclosed, their places were taken by Bevis Mugabi and Jordan Green respectively. Diallang Jaiyesimi returned to the club he'd had a loan spell with last season, whilst Jordan Cook came up against his former loan club.
Although Alex Fisher tried his luck from distance with a 40 yard attempt that cleared the crossbar, it was Grimsby that carved out the bulk of the first half efforts on goal. Charles Vernam was lively up front for the Mariners and he forced Nathan Baxter into a save as the Chelsea loanee pushed the ball out for a corner. From that set piece Baxter was in the way of an Alex Whitmore header. Vernam then had a shot that deflected off Omar Sowunmi as the home side forced the issues.
Yeovil's best chance of the half came from Diallang Jaiyesimi. In front of the supporters that had backed him last season, he teamed up with Jordan Green, having two bites in front of goal, with the second effort going just wide of the posts. Other than that Yeovil were struggling to get clear openings, with their best periods of pressure coming from corner kicks. Not that Grimsby were doing too much at the other end, with them restricted to shots from distance as a set piece from Jake Hessenthaler, and a wayward effort from Luke Hendrie missed the target.
The second half pointed to more of the same, as JJ Hooper's poor shot was followed up by Jordan Cook heading wide of the target for the home side from John Welsh's shot. Yeovil tried to spark some life into their front line as Olufela Olomola came on for Jordan Green, with the winger having gone down in pain just before he was withdrawn. That change saw Diallang Jaiyesimi drop into Green's position, whilst Olomola went up front. There was a further reshuffle ten minutes later as Omari Patrick came on for his debut, with Jaiyesimi ending his day - Patrick occupied a left-wing slot.
Still it looked as though the game would remain goalless, with Nathan Baxter pushing another Charles Vernam effort away for a corner. But out of the blue, came Omari Patrick's first major contribution to the game, and it turned out to be a big one. Twelve minutes into his Yeovil Town career, danced his way across a pair of Grimsby defenders to give himself room, cut past Luke Hendrie, and then fired a low shot into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead!
Grimsby's reaction was to introduce Mitch Rose, and to play three at the back during the final ten minutes. Yeovil in turn withdrew Alex Fisher for a more defensive approach, as Jake Gray came on, with Yoann Arquin moved up front. Grimsby began putting direct balls into the box, with Rose the main contributor - from one of his free kicks that Harry Clifton recycled, Jordan Cook headed just over the crossbar, whilst a number of long throws saw Yeovil have to dig deep.
The Glovers could have sneaked a second goal on 90 minutes as Omari Patrick caught the home side on the break. But he dragged his shot wide, meaning they had to ride out four minutes of injury time. They did that successfully, lifting themselves to fifth in the League Two table. A pointer to that rise comes more with their defensive solidity this season, with four clean sheets in a row, which was a particularly important factor on a day where they didn't always fire on all four cylinders, apart from Patrick's moment of magic.
Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Grimsby Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.
Scorers: Omari Patrick (0-1, 78 mins)
1 James McKeown
24 Harry Davis 25 Alex Whitmore 12 Akin Famewo 27 Luke Hendrie
16 Martyn Woolford 4 John Welsh 7 Jake Hessenthaler 9 JJ Hooper
18 Charles Vernam 11 Jordan Cook
8 Mitch Rose (81 mins for Harry Davis) 14 Louis Robles 15 Harry Clifton (65 mins for Martyn Woolford) 19 Andrew Fox (61 mins for JJ Hooper) 20 Max Wright 22 Elliot Embleton 23 Sam Russell
12. Nathan Baxter
5. Bevis Mugabi, 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt), 4. Gary Warren, 3. Carl Dickinson
11. Jordan Green, 20. Sessi D'Almeida, 17. Alex Pattison, 18. Yoann Arquin
14. Diallang Jaiyesimi, 9. Alex Fisher
25. Steve Phillips, 8. Omari Patrick (66 mins for Diallang Jaiyesimi), 10. Jake Gray (82 mins for Alex Fisher), 15. Gabriel Rogers, 19. Korrey Henry, 24. Olufela Olomola (56 mins for Jordan Green), 30. Alefe Santos
Grimsby Town Bookings: Jordan Cook (foul, 64 mins)
Yeovil Bookings: Sessi D'Almeida (foul, 20 mins)
Grimsby Town Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 5; Fouls: 10.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 7; Fouls: 8.
Referee: Thomas Bramall (South Yorkshire). Assistants: Barry Gordon (County Durham) and Simon Clayton (County Durham). Fourth Official: Paul Graham (Manchester).
Attendance: 4,284 (with 72 Yeovil Town supporters)