Match Details: 31/08/2019
Yeovil Town 3-1 Notts County
Yeovil Goals: Courtney Duffus (40), Luke Wilkinson (81), Myles Hippolyte (84)
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Carl Dickinson, 6. Luke Wilkinson, 7. Matt Worthington, 8. Lawson D'Ath, 10. Gold Omotayo, 11. Myles Hippolyte, 12. Marcin Brzozowski, 14. Courtney Duffus, 19. Tom Bradbury, 24. Remeao Hutton, 26. Charlie Lee
Subs: 15. Ryan Seager, 16. Gabriel Rogers, 18. Albi Skendi, 21. Nestor Shako, 23. Tom Whelan,
Substitutes Used: Gabriel Rogers for Lawson D'Ath (74 mins), Tom Whelan for Matt Worthington (90 mins), Albi Skendi for Charlie Lee (90 mins)
Bookings: Lawson D'Ath (Foul, 27), Carl Dickinson (Foul, 90)
Yeovil Town broke a three-match losing run on Saturday afternoon, by grabbing all three points against Notts County at Huish Park. The 3-1 victory was kick-started by Courtney Duffus grabbing his fourth goal of the season just before the break to give the Glovers the lead. County pressurised heavily after the break, hitting the underside of the crossbar, but matters began to go Yeovil's way during the final 10 minutes, as former Stevenage defender Luke Wilkinson got his first goal for the club via a well worked set piece, quickly followed by a long range strike from Myles Hippolyte. The visitors managed to get an injury time penalty converted by Kristian Dennis, but that wasn't enough to stop Yeovil rising back up to 12th place in the National League table.
The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their starting line-up. Two of those were forced, with Rhys Murphy dropping out of the squad, allowing Gold Omotayo to get an early debut for the club. Craig Alcock also limped out of the Monday match at Dagenham, meaning that Remeao Hutton came into the side as a right-back. There was also a formation change, with Albi Skendi dropping to the bench, and Myles Hippolyte coming in as an extra midfielder in a 4-3-1-2 shape. In the opposition line-up, former trialist Regan Booty was in central midfield, with fornmer loanee Zoumana Bakayogo sitting out the match as an unused substitute.
The opening ten minutes of the match saw Yeovil start strongly, with Courtney Duffus sending a long range attempt a yard wide of the post, with that being followed by Lawson D'Ath putting the ball over the bar from outside the box. It took a while before Notts County could get going, with Regan Booty being set up by Enzio Boldewijn, only to see his shot head wide. The Glovers were almost architects of their own downfall when Marcin Brzozowski's short goal kick caught one of his defenders napping, allowing Wes Thomas the chance to intercept but thankfully the County striker put the loose ball over the bar.
Charlie Lee showed an acrobatic touch from a Carl Dickinson free kick, as he struck the ball into the box first time, with both feet off the air, producing a volleyed strike that came off the top of the crossbar and out for a goal kick. In an evenly matched first half, Enzio Boldewijn caused some problems when Marcin Brzozowski couldn't hold onto his shot, but the rebound didn't fall cleanly to Wes Thomas, who put the ball over the bar again.
Five minutes before the break, and at a point where the game looked as though it was going to head in goalless at the break, Yeovil managed to get their noses in front. Debutant Gold Omotayo flicked the ball on into the path of Courtney Duffus. He took advantage of some indecision between a defender and Notts County keeper Sam Slocombe, to poke the ball past him and into the back of the net for his fourth goal in four home games. 1-0 to the Glovers at the break.
Notts County came out sharply at the start of the second half, and began to rack up a far more impressive set of chances than they'd managed during the first period. Two goal line clearances were needed early on, with Damien McCrory's shot in a crowded goalmouth being blocked, followed by Ben Turner's header being cleared off the line by Matt Worthington, with Marcin Brzozowski having to get low down to stop a rebound attempt. Winger Kristian Dennis had a quiet first half, but appeared to be geed up for the second period as he cut inside past Carl Dickinson, only to shoot wide of goal.
The concern was that the pressure from the visitors would eventually tell, with Kristian Dennis having another attempt blocked, and Dion Kelly-Evans finding Marcin Brzozowski in the way on the follow-up. Notts County then had their best chance of the game, with Wes Thomas sending a shot off the underside of the crossbar, after he received the ball from a corner. Brzozowski denied Dennis again, with the only good thing being that this was ultimately winding down the clock.
But with nine minutes remaining, Yeovil got the break they needed to relieve the pressure. A Carl Dickinson free kick was headed back across the face of the penalty area, and Luke Wilkinson was perfectly placed to nod the loose ball home past a wrong-footed Sam Slocombe for a 2-0 lead, and some daylight between themselves and the Magpies.
Perhaps at that point, Notts County began to feel a bit sorry for themselves, having dominated much of the play since the break. They chose that moment to switch off entirely, gifting Yeovil an immediate third. Myles Hippolyte created and scored it himself, weaving his way through a couple of tired County legs down the middle of the park, and then unfurling a bobbling 25 yard shot that Sam Slocombe made a bit of a hash of, with the ball disappearing under his body and into the back of the net for a 3-0 score.
Notts County did get one brief, but rather pointless, moment of joy. Enzio Boldewijn was fouled in the box in the 94th minute, allowing Kristian Dennis the chance to convert from 12 yards. He fired home the penalty kick, but with the game barely restarting before the match referee blew up, there weren't many celebrations for the visitors, who had threatened to get themselves back into the game at one point, but had instead ended up well beaten on the day. For Yeovil, they climb up to a much more comfortable looking 12th placed slot, putting them back on track after a few difficult recent results.
Link: 2019-20 Latest National League Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Notts County 1.
Scorers: Courtney Duffus (1-0, 40 mins), Luke Wilkinson (2-0, 81 mins), Myles Hippolyte (3-0, 84 mins), Kristian Dennis (3-1, 90 mins, pen)
Yeovil Town: (4-3-1-2)
12. Marcin Brzozowski
24. Remeao Hutton 6. Luke Wilkinson 19. Tom Bradbury 3. Carl Dickinson (Capt)
8. Lawson D'Ath 26. Charlie Lee 7. Matt Worthington
11. Myles Hippolyte
10. Gold Omotayo 14. Courtney Duffus
15. Ryan Seager 16. Gabriel Rogers (74 mins for Lawson D'Ath) 18. Albi Skendi (90 mins for Charlie Lee) 21. Nestor Shako 23. Tom Whelan (90 mins for Matt Worthington)
1 Sam Slocombe
5 Ben Turner 16 Dion Kelly-Evans 18 Sam Graham 3 Damien McCrory
6 Jim O'Brien 8 Michael Doyle 15 Regan Booty 9 Kristian Dennis
7 Wes Thomas 11 Enzio Boldewijn
13 Connell Rawlinson (82 mins for Sam Graham) 14 Kyle Wootton (71 mins for Regan Booty) 17 Zoumana Bakayogo 23 Samuel Osborne 28 Ross Fitzsimons
Yeovil Bookings: Lawson D'Ath (27 mins, foul), Carl Dickinson (90 mins, foul)
Notts County Bookings: Enzio Boldewijn (68 mins, foul)
Yeovil Town Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots on Target: 4; Off Target: 6; Corners: 2.
Notts County Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots on Target: 7; Off Target: 9; Corners: 7.
Referee: Paul Howard (London). Assistants: Christopher Myatt (Kent) and Matthew Scholes (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Martin Peters (Somerset).
Attendance: 2,424 (with 329 Notts County supporters)