Match Details: 10/08/2019
Yeovil Town 1-1 Stockport County
Yeovil Goals: Courtney Duffus (21)
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: Olly McCoy for Tom Whelan (89 mins)
Bookings: Courtney Duffus (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 24), Stuart Nelson (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 60), Albi Skendi (Foul, 67)
Yeovil Town had to settle for a draw on Saturday afternoon at Huish Park when a late Adam Thomas goal secured Stockport County a 1-1 draw in the third round of National League fixtures. The Glovers had led the match from midway through the first half when Courtney Duffus latched onto a Lawson D'Ath ball across the box that deflected off Rhys Murphy into his path for the striker to score his second goal in two games. Inevitably Stockport put pressure on the home side during the closing portion of the game but it took them until the 87th minute for them to find their goal, with Thomas nipping in between Tom Bradbury and Stuart Nelson to score from close range.
The Glovers went into the match fielding the same starting eleven that had won the match against Eastleigh on Tuesday, with the only change coming on the bench as Nestor Shako was preferred to Gabriel Rogers. They came up against a Stockport County side that were promoted from National League North over the summer, but had been good enough to embarrass them during the 2018-19 season in the FA Cup at a time when 43 places separated the two clubs. They now met as equals in the same division.
The opening 20 minutes of the match were a curiosity, where Yeovil Town had the territory and the possession, but weren't able to turn it into anything concrete, with Stockport defending well enough to stop anything worthwhile happening in the final third. At the other end, Elliot Osborne's free kick from long range went straight into the arms of Stuart Nelson - that was as far as the visitors got.
The opening goal therefore came with the game's first meaningful chance. Lawson D'Ath's ball across the face of the box took a deflection off Rhys Murphy and into the path of Courtney Duffus. Put in on goal in more or less the same position he was in on the pitch on Tuesday night, the striker proved that lightning can strike twice, as he stroked the ball home for his second goal in two games. 1-0 up.
Nyal Bell and Sam Minihan both went close for Stockport as they tried to hit back, with Bell curling a shot that just about cleared the crossbar, whilst Minihan tried to lob Stuart Nelson after a ball was half cleared but also lobbed the crossbar. There was then a moment of controversy when Paul Turnbull took a very obvious dive inside the penalty box. Referee Sam Allison had earlier booked Courtney Duffus for what he saw was diving, yet chose not to do the same for Turnbull. Glovers defender Lee Collins was also lucky not to land in the book, after the referee's lack of action saw him decide to get involved when Turnbull got to his feet, which then meant the match official belatedly did have to get involved, although he decided just to issue a fingerwagging.
Stockport really should have been level just before the break. Stockport drew Stuart Nelson to his near post when they attacked down Yeovil's left flank, meaning that when the ball was squared to Frank Mulhern he had an open goal to aim at. He got his shot on target, but wasn't relying upon Nelson recovering his ground and sticking out a hand to get in the way of the ball. The force of the shot should have still seen the ball land in the net, but instead it looped over the crossbar for an incredible save.
The second half opened with Rhys Murphy scampering away on the counterattack from a Stockport corner, with his lengthy run and curling effort going wide of the posts. But Stockport were starting to get a nose for a goal, with Elliot Osborne's long ranger palmed by Stuart Nelson for a corner. Frank Mulhern was also denied as he tried unsuccessfully to lob the keeper.
At the other end Matt Worthington had a couple of decent opportunities to score through runs down the centre. One saw his 25 yard strike beat Stockport keeper Ben Hinchliffe's flailing dive down to his right, but also beat the goalpost by half a yard. Worthington then had a double attempt, as he shot from the edge of the box, only to find a Stockport defender bravely blocking him. That allowed him a second bite and Hinchliffe this time did need to get his body behind it for a corner.
Stockport were in the process of making substitutions to try to change the game. Like Tuesday, Yeovil Town either couldn't or wouldn't, with their inexperienced bench giving them few options other than Ryan Seager. One of Stockport's substitutes Adam Thomas tested Stuart Nelson yet again, but the Glovers keeper blocked well at his near post.
But that turned out to be the warning sign. A through ball was played in behind the Yeovil defence, and with three minutes remaining the defence switched off. Tom Bradbury was the most likely looking guilty party as Adam Thomas took advantage and poked the ball past Stuart Nelson for an 87th minute equaliser. 1-1 and they hadn't quite held out.
That was more or less it for the footballing action, with much of injury time taken up by a bit of handbags as Stockport took offence at Yeovil deciding to directly attack from a throw-in, after the visitors felt they'd kicked the ball out for a player to receive treatment. Whether this was miscommunication after the ball was kicked out, or whether Yeovil felt that the Hatters were trying to waste a bit of time, it ended up with firstly the players getting involved in push'n'shove in the centre circle and then Darren Sarll and Jim Gannon getting in a war of words over it. Referee Sam Allison decided to issue a finger wagging and let the whole thing fizzle out.
Link: 2019-20 Latest National League Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Stockport County 1.
Scorers: Courtney Duffus (1-0, 21 mins), Adam Thomas (1-1, 87 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 22. Olly McCoy (89 mins for Tom Whelan)
1 Ben Hinchliffe
5 Ashley Palmer 6 Jordan Keane 2 Sam Miniham 3 Dan Cowan
21 Ben Jackson 4 Paul Turnbull 8 Sam Walker 10 Elliot Osborne
16 Nyal Bell 9 Euan Frank Mulhern
7 Adam Thomas (59 mins for Nyal Bell) 11 Jake Kirby (64 mins for Sam Walker) 13 Ian Ormson 17 Connor Dimaio (79 mins for Sam Miniham) 18 Festus Arthur
Yeovil Bookings: Courtney Duffus (24 mins, diving), Stuart Nelson (60 mins, timewasting), Albi Skendi (67 mins, foul)
Stockport County Bookings: None.
Yeovil Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots On Target: 2; Shots Off Target: 9; Corners: 5.
Stockport County Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots On Target: 5; Shots Off Target: 9; Corners: 7.
Referee: Sam Allison (Wiltshire). Assistants: Robin Cox (Oxfordshire) and Andrew Genders (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Matthew Rushton (Wiltshire).
Attendance: 2,602 (with 217 Stockport County supporters).