Match Details: 07/09/2019
Halifax Town 0-2 Yeovil Town
Yeovil Goals: Gold Omotayo (4), Gold Omotayo (66)
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Carl Dickinson, 6. Luke Wilkinson, 7. Matt Worthington, 10. Gold Omotayo, 11. Myles Hippolyte, 14. Courtney Duffus, 18. Tom Bradbury, 18. Albi Skendi, 24. Remeao Hutton, 26. Charlie Lee, 27. Liam O'Brien,
Subs: 2. Craig Alcock, 16. Gabriel Rogers, 22. Olly McCoy, 23. Tom Whelan, 28. James Tilley
Substitutes Used: James Tilley for Charlie Lee (47 mins), Craig Alcock for Remeao Hutton (62 mins), Olly McCoy for Courtney Duffus (81 mins)
Bookings: Matt Worthington (Foul, 37), Remeao Hutton (Foul, 43), Gold Omotayo (Foul, 77)
Yeovil Town picked up their third win in a row with a 2-0 victory over National League leaders Halifax Town on Saturday. Two goals from former Bury striker Gold Omotayo set his Glovers career on its way, with the first coming after he lashed the ball into the roof of the net, with just four minutes on the clock. The home side twice hit the woodwork during the second period as they tried to get an equalising goal, but Omotayo got his second with 24 minutes remaining when he hit a loose ball inside the box to double Yeovil's lead, ultimately lifting his new side up to 6th place in the National League table.
The Glovers went into the match making one change to their starting line-up compared to the team that had beaten Sutton United in midweek. In came Albi Skendi, replacing Gabriel Rogers, which allowed the chance for a formation, with the 3-4-1-2 line-up being restored. There was a pre-match blow, with goalkeeper Marcin Brzozowski dropping out through injury, leaving no substitute keeper on the bench.
The match got off to a perfect start from Yeovil Town's point of view as they took the lead four minutes into the match. Myles Hippolyte's shot from the edge of the box took a deflection off a Halifax player and rebounded off the post and back out into play. In the chaos that caused, Gold Omotayo managed to get some room on the left side of the area, firing off an angled drive that flew into the roof of the net past the Halifax keeper. 1-0 up.
Halifax keeper Sam Johnson was rather busy during the first half, as he saved a long range Matt Worthington attempt, with his one handed parry over the crossbar from a Courtney Duffus shot particularly impressive. Halifax did try to force their way back into the game with Liam Nolan forcing Liam O'Brien to tip over for a corner, with Josh Staunton finding his header going wide from the resultant corner.
However, Yeovil looked superior going forward, with Remeao Hutton's overlapping runs on the right flank particularly effective. He produced one curling cross that Gold Omotayo had turned over the crossbar by Sam Johnson as he headed towards goal. Johnson denied Yeovil again, as Carl Dickinson's cleverly chipped free kick was nudged around the post for a corner. But Yeovil really should have been further ahead before the break, particularly when Matt Worthington was unmarked inside the six yard box with a Hutton ball put into the box towards him. Anywhere away from Johnson and it was a guaranteed goal, but the keeper got a reflex arm out to spoon it away. A long range Myles Hippolyte attempt saw Johnson scrambling just before the break, in a highly impressive half for the Glovers.
Halifax brought on top goalscorer Liam McAlinden at the break, and appeared to be fired up, noticeably when Tobi Sho-Silva forced the match referee to restart the second half four times as the striker encroached before Yeovil could kick off. Sho-Silva's enthusiasm was channelled in a better way for Halifax when he slammed a 20 yard strike off the foot of the post a couple of minutes into the half - a reminder for Yeovil that they hadn't won the match yet.
Midfielder Charlie Lee picked up a dead leg five minutes before the half time whistle and his attempts to continue were in vain, as James Tilley replaced him in midfield. That change seemed to lose Yeovil a bit of tempo, and Halifax's improved start to the second period was again emphasised when Jeff King struck a shot from the edge of the box off the crossbar as they caught Yeovil on the break.
Yeovil though had the perfect answer in terms of how to shut up Halifax's improved showing. On 66 minutes, a Matt Worthington shot wasn't held by Sam Johnson, and inside a crowded box, Gold Omotayo was able to react to slam the ball into the back of the net from around 10 yards out. 2-0 up, and finally a buffer to shield their lead.
That goal seemed to take the wind out of Halifax's sails somewhat, and they got a bit tetchy about the situation, with Halifax manager Pete Wild being cautioned for dissent to one of the occasions when referee Joe Hull didn't award his side a free kick. Yeovil's passage through the final minutes was a comfortable one, despite Courtney Duffus limping off near the end. In fact they could have had a third goal on 90 minutes when Gold Omotayo ended up clean through on goal. He ended up in a face-off with keeper Sam Johnson, and the Halifax's staring contest won on that occasion, with Omotayo being denied the match ball by the keeper's block. However, the three points were the main thing that mattered and with Yeovil lifting themselves into sixth position after ten games, this is exactly the sort of start to the new season they would have hoped for.
Link: 2019-20 Latest National League Table.
Final Score: Halifax Town 0 Yeovil Town 2.
Scorers: Gold Omotayo (0-1, 4 mins), Gold Omotayo (0-2, 66 mins)
1 Sam Johnson 2 Michael Duckworth 3 Jerome Binnom-Williams 6 Liam Nolan 4 Nathan Clarke 14 Josh Staunton 8 Jack Earing 10 Cameron King 20 Jeff King 7
Jamie Allen 11 Tobi Sho-Silva
12 Will Appleyard 15 Liam McAlinden (46 mins for Jack Earing) 16 Jacob Hanson 17 Josh MacDonald (87 mins for Jeff King) 21 Danny Williams (75 mins for Cameron King)
Yeovil Town: (3-4-1-2)
27. Liam O'Brien
18. Albi Skendi 6. Luke Wilkinson 19. Tom Bradbury
24. Remeao Hutton 7. Matt Worthington 26. Charlie Lee 3. Carl Dickinson (Capt)
11. Myles Hippolyte
10. Gold Omotayo 14. Courtney Duffus
2. Craig Alcock (62 mins for Remeao Hutton) 16. Gabriel Rogers 22. Olly McCoy (81 mins for Courtney Duffus) 23. Tom Whelan 28. James Tilley (47 mins for Charlie Lee)
Halifax Town Bookings: Jack Earing (28 mins, foul), Pete Wild (dissent)
Yeovil Bookings: Matt Worthington (37 mins, foul), Remeao Hutton (43 mins, foul), Gold Omotayo (77 mins, foul)
Halifax Town Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots On Target: 7; Shots Off Target: 6; Corners: 5.
Yeovil Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots On Target: 8; Shots Off Target: 6; Corners: 7.
Referee: Joe Hull (Cheshire). Assistants: Martin Chester (Lincolnshire) and Christopher Reeson (Lincolnshire). Fourth Official: Darren Brown (Manchester).
Attendance: 2,341 (with 153 Yeovil Town supporters)