Match Details: 03/09/2019
Yeovil Town 1-0 Sutton United
Yeovil Goals: Tom Bradbury (68)
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Carl Dickinson, 6. Luke Wilkinson, 7. Matt Worthington, 10. Gold Omotayo, 11. Myles Hippolyte, 14. Courtney Duffus, 16. Gabriel Rogers, 19. Tom Bradbury, 24. Remeao Hutton, 26. Charlie Lee, 27. Liam O'Brien,
Subs: 2. Craig Alcock, 12. Marcin Brzozowski, 18. Albi Skendi, 23. Tom Whelan, 28. James Tilley
Substitutes Used: James Tilley for Gabriel Rogers (63 mins), Albi Skendi for Myles Hippolyte (90 mins), Craig Alcock for Remeao Hutton (90 mins)
Bookings: Tom Bradbury (Foul, 25), Myles Hippolyte (Foul, 62), Courtney Duffus (Foul, 71)
Yeovil Town managed their second consecutive home win as a goal from Tom Bradbury proved crucial against Sutton United. During a match that at times was frustrating for players and fans, patience eventually paid off in the 68th minute when Bradbury converted from close range, with Gold Omotayo's initial shot being blocked on the line. The visitors struggled to threaten after that point, allowing Yeovil a 1-0 victory that lifts them up to 9th place in the National League table, just one point off the play-off slots.
The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up. Goalkeeper Liam O'Brien came in to make his debut for the club, displacing Marcin Brzozowski. Attacking midfielder Lawson D'Ath sat the game out with a knock, as Gabriel Rogers made his first start of the 2019-20 season. In the opposition line-up, Craig Eastmond played as a right-back for Sutton, with the visitors left so threadbare they could only name four substitutes, with one of their starters, Ben Wyatt, being signed on the day of the match to fill the holes.
Sutton started off reasonably well with Tom Bradbury having to block one shot on goal. However, Kenny Davis managed to get past the Yeovil back four by firing in a shot that debut boy Liam O'Brien got down to save well. However, once Yeovil got going they tried Sutton's defensive luck on a number of occasions, with former Glover Craig Eastmond sliding in to turn a cross out for a corner, whilst Ben Goodliffe put a Carl Dickinson cross over his own crossbar. Another inventive corner saw Luke Wilkinson head back across goal into the part of Charlie Lee who put a deflected header over the crossbar in what was close to a role reversal of their Saturday goal.
Sutton United's best effort on goal saw Harry Beautyman accept a David Ajiboye pullback which he fired at Liam O'Brien, but found the keeper equal to it as he palmed it over the crossbar. At the other end, Gabriel Rogers did well to weave his way inside the box, but his right-footed effort went into the side netting. Meanwhile Courtney Duffus put a shot wide from inside the box after Sutton couldn't clear their lines properly. A half that was generally okay, but needed a bit more of an attacking spark to scare Sutton United's defence, with their goalkeeper Jamie Butler not having a great amount to do.
The second period was a frustrating one to start with, as Yeovil attempted to unlock the Sutton United defence. Gabriel Rogers and Myles Hippolyte were swapped around in an attempt to shake things up, but the Glovers were struggling to create direct chances, with the only chance being a Tom Bradbury header that went over the bar from the corner.
Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder James Tilley was brought on to replace Rogers just beyond the hour mark, and five minutes after that the breakthrough finally came. Courtney Duffus got the ball to the byline and pulled it back to Gold Omotayo. His initial shot was blocked on the line by Craig Eastmond, but the loose ball fell well to Tom Bradbury who fired home from close range for a 1-0 lead, and a bit of relief around the ground.
With Yeovil having their noses in front, they got a bit more room behind the Sutton defence to get further goals. A Charlie Lee header went over the crossbar, and then Myles Hippolyte had a strong pair of chances. One saw goalkeeper Jamie Butler block his shot at the near post and out for a corner, and then a defender got his body in the way of a second Hippolyte effort and yet another corner kick.
Sutton United never particularly looked like they were going to get back into it, despite them bringing on all three of their remaining outfield players. The match itself wasn't a classic, but it relied on a bit of patience to make the breakthrough. Once Yeovil got it, the three points looked relatively comfortable, lifting them up to 9th in the table, and a much more comfortable looking position than they'd had just eight days ago.
Link: 2019-20 Latest National League Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Sutton United 0.
Scorers: Tom Bradbury (68 mins, 1-0)
Yeovil Town: (4-1-3-2)
27. Liam O'Brien
24. Remeao Hutton 6. Luke Wilkinson 19. Tom Bradbury 3. Carl Dickinson (Capt)
7. Matt Worthington 26. Charlie Lee 16. Gabriel Rogers
11. Myles Hippolyte
10. Gold Omotayo 14. Courtney Duffus
12. Marcin Brzozowski 2. Craig Alcock (90 mins for Remeao Hutton) 18. Albi Skendi (90 mins for Myles Hippolyte) 23. Tom Whelan 28. James Tilley (63 mins for Gabriel Rogers)
26 Jamie Butler 5 Ben Goodliffe 22 Ben Wyatt 4 Jonathan Barden 15 Craig Eastmond 8 Kenny Davis 6 Jamie Collins 10 Harry Beautyman 17 David Ajiboye 27 Aaron Jarvis 21 George Tuson-Firth
1 Ben Dudzinski 11 Dylan Kearney (89 mins for David Ajiboye) 14 Craig Dundas (84 mins for Aaron Jarvis) 20 Tommy Wright (78 mins for George Tuson-Firth)
Yeovil Bookings: Tom Bradbury (25 mins, foul), Myles Hippolyte (62 mins, foul), Courtney Duffus (71 mins, foul)
Sutton United Bookings: Aaron Jarvis (42 mins, foul), Craig Eastmond (71 mins, retaliation), Kenny Davis (90 mins, foul)
Yeovil Town Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots on Target: 2; Off Target: 11; Corners: 9.
Sutton United Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots on Target: 2; Off Target: 1; Corners: 1.
Referee: Matthew Russell (Hampshire). Assistants: Craig Scriven (Somerset) and Daniel Flynn (Bristol). Fourth Official: Richard Lawrence (Devon).
Attendance: 2,279 (with 82 Sutton United supporters)