Match Details: 06/08/2019
Yeovil Town 1-0 Eastleigh
Yeovil Goals: Courtney Duffus (2)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Stuart Nelson, 2. Craig Alcock, 4. Lee Collins, 7. Matt Worthington, 8. Lawson D'Ath, 9. Rhys Murphy, 14. Courtney Duffus, 18. Albi Skendi, 19. Tom Bradbury, 23. Tom Whelan, 24. Remeao Hutton,
Subs: 15. Ryan Seager, 16. Gabriel Rogers, 17. Daniel Ojo, 22. Olly McCoy, 25. Liam Driscoll
Substitutes Used: Daniel Ojo for Lawson D'Ath (90 mins)
Bookings: Tom Whelan (Foul, 77)
Yeovil Town picked up their first victory of the 2019-20 season, thanks to a narrow 1-0 win over Eastleigh. Fans had to be in their seats early as Courtney Duffus netted just 90 seconds into the match for what turned out to be the only goal of the game. In a nervy match, Eastleigh dominated possession and territory, but struggled to create killer chances, allowing the Glovers a chance to clock up their first victory since March 2nd 2019 - a total of 157 days.
The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their starting line-up compared to the team that lost 1-0 at Barnet. Myles Hippolyte had suffered concussion in that fixture, and so in came Courtney Duffus - a man who had played in only seven minutes of football in the club's final three pre-season friendlies and hadn't even made it onto the teamsheet in London on Saturday. The only other change came on the bench, as Gabriel Rogers returned following his week with Brentford Under-23s, with Nestor Shako sitting out the evening.
Given Courtney Duffus had been out of favour since Darren Sarll's arrival, this was his big chance to impress the new boss. He needed just 90 seconds. After Michael Green had flashed a ball across the face of goal for Eastleigh, at the other end Rhys Murphy flicked the ball into the path of his strike partner. Duffus ran on and calmly slotted the ball under the body of Max Stryjek for the opening goal. 1-0 up - dream start!
Eastleigh had their chances in the first half. Ben Williamson got in behind the Yeovil defence after Eastleigh counter-attacked on a Yeovil corner, but unlike Duffus he blazed his shot over the crossbar. Wing-back Michael Green was also creative for the visitors, as he first forced Stuart Nelson into a strong save on an angled drive, and then saw Nelson palm his attempt for a corner. Former Bristol Rovers player Joe Partington tried to lob Nelson with another chance but cleared the crossbar.
Yeovil were comfortable on the ball and had started the game well, but were relying on Eastleigh not being too hot in front of goal. The need for that became more acute during the second period when Eastleigh introduced former Glover Scott Rendell as a half time substitute, and began to pen the home side in towards their own goal. At first it seemed as though Yeovil were going to ride that one out fairly comfortably - for all their territory, Eastleigh couldn't find a serious route through.
However, as the half wore on, and Yeovil's legs tired, they had to ride their luck a few times. A Stuart Nelson punch didn't create distance away from his own goalmouth, but Yeovil got lucky as Scott Rendell put the loose ball wide. A Jack Payne free kick flew wide of the goal as the crowd held their breath.
Yeovil's best second half chance came from a set piece as a Matt Worthington free kick found Rhys Murphy, but his shot was turned around the post by Max Stryjek for a corner. The chances were mostly falling to Eastleigh though, and only good defending stopped them capitalising, notably when Scott Rendell's shot inside a crowded goalmouth was cleared off the line by a Yeovil defender. They managed to do enough to snuff out the Hampshire side through grit and determination rather than flair and skill - the main concern were the tired legs and the lack of viable substitutions that Darren Sarll had available to freshen things up. But for the first time since early March, it was the taste of victory, and that is what matters the most on the night.
Link: 2019-20 Latest National League Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Eastleigh 0.
Scorers: Courtney Duffus (1-0, 2 mins)
Yeovil Town: (3-4-1-2)
1. Stuart Nelson,
4. Lee Collins (Capt), 18. Albi Skendi, 19. Tom Bradbury,
2. Craig Alcock, 7. Matt Worthington, 23. Tom Whelan, 24. Remeao Hutton
8. Lawson D'Ath
9. Rhys Murphy, 14. Courtney Duffus
25. Liam Driscoll 15. Ryan Seager 16. Gabriel Rogers 17. Daniel Ojo (90 mins for Lawson D'Ath) 22. Olly McCoy
1 Max Stryjek
5 Reda Johnson 6 Andrew Boyce 15 Alex Wynter
2 Joe Partington 17 Cavanagh Miley 19 Danny Hollands 8 Jack Payne 3 Michael Green
10 Tyrone Barnett 18 Ben Williamson
4 Robert Atkinson 7 Jack McKnight (72 mins for Danny Hollands) 9 Scott Rendell (46 mins for Tyrone Barnett) 11 Sam Smart (81 mins for Andrew Boyce) 14 Tom Bearwish
Yeovil Bookings: Tom Whelan (foul, 77 mins)
Eastleigh Bookings: Michael Green (foul, 51 mins), Alex Wynter (foul, 55 mins)
Referee: Lloyd Wood (Essex). Assistants: Adam Ricketts (Bristol) and Declan O'Shea (Army). Fourth Official: Graham Pearce (Wiltshire).
Attendance: 2,813 (with 194 Eastleigh supporters).