Match Details: 21/09/2019
Solihull Moors 0-1 Yeovil Town
Yeovil Goals: Luke Wilkinson (57)
Yeovil Line-Up: 2. Craig Alcock, 3. Carl Dickinson, 4. Lee Collins, 5. Jimmy Smith, 6. Luke Wilkinson, 7. Matt Worthington, 9. Rhys Murphy, 10. Gold Omotayo, 11. Myles Hippolyte, 26. Charlie Lee, 27. Liam O'Brien,
Subs: 8. Lawson D'Ath, 18. Albi Skendi, 19. Tom Bradbury, 22. Olly McCoy, 28. James Tilley
Substitutes Used: James Tilley for Myles Hippolyte (55 mins), Albi Skendi for Jimmy Smith (66 mins), Lawson D'Ath for Charlie Lee (79 mins)
Bookings: Charlie Lee (Foul, 20), Myles Hippolyte (Foul, 45), Albi Skendi (Foul, 69), Luke Wilkinson (Foul, 88), Rhys Murphy (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 90)
Yeovil Town secured their fifth National League win in a row on Saturday afternoon, with a single goal victory against Solihull Moors. The 1-0 win at Damson Park came just short of the hour mark in a tough physical game, as former Stevenage defender Luke Wilkinson scored his second goal of the 2019-20 season. But that wasn't the end of Wilko's afternoon as in the 90th minute he had to go in goal, with Liam O'Brien suffering a leg injury that saw the Glovers have to play out that period with ten men. With the signalled seven minutes being extended to eleven, Wilkinson forced a 97th minute Danny Wright header onto the post to ensure his goal at the other end won the match, and to keep his side in 4th place in the table.
The Glovers went into the match making two changes to the side that beat AFC Fylde on the previous weekend. Remeao Hutton had picked up a training ground injury during the week and his position was taken by Craig Alcock. Meanwhile a tactical switch saw Jimmy Smith make his first start for the club, displacing Brighton and Hove Albion loanee James Tilley.
The first half was a slightly scrappy physical affair during which neither side really developed a strong pattern of play to justify taking the lead at any stage. Adi Yussuf, who was returning to Solihull on loan from Blackpool, saw his header come off the crossbar early on but a linesman's flag quickly afterwards suggested that would not have counted if it had gone in. The same striker produced a low save which Liam O'Brien easily saved.
Yeovil took a while to get going with Rhys Murphy seeing his free kick deflect off a defender for a corner around the midpoint of the half. But as with the 2016 FA Cup tie, Jamey Osborne was Solihull's most dangerous creative player, and after he induced a foul that saw Charlie Lee pick up a booking, his free kick curled over the wall and over the crossbar. The same player drove a shot wide for Moors minutes later.
Myles Hippolyte struck a shot over the bar after a long Craig Alcock throw-in dropped in his direction, with Matt Worthington doing the same five minutes later. Then came Yeovil's best chance of the half, as Gold Omotayo produced an acrobatic volleyed effort, but he was denied by Ryan Boot. Overall it was a physical half of football, demonstrated by Charlie Lee needing lengthy treatment for a head injury. Solihull finished the half by forcing Liam O'Brien into a parried save for a corner from a Lee Vaughan strike but neither side could force a breakthrough.
The second half opened with what seemed to be more of the same, with Gold Omotayo having an early shot saved by Ryan Boot. But just short of the hour mark, the Glovers got their noses in front. A corner in from the right side bobbled around the box with Solihull not clearing their lines. Omotayo had a shot blocked and it rebounded out towards the penalty spot where Luke Wilkinson was lurking. He fired in a first time shot that flew into the net for a 0-1 advantage, and in such a tight game a lead that was likely to be crucial.
Unsurprisingly, Solihull tried to force the issue, with Adi Yussuf doing well to get in behind the Yeovil defence, but with the narrow angle defeating him as he shot into the side netting. Daniel Wright forced Liam O'Brien into a save, before the Glovers keeper produced a superb bit of blocking to stop an equalising goal. A long range strike from Lee Vaughan was parried by O'Brien, but when Daniel Wright tried to convert the rebound, O'Brien had recovered well enough to turn the shot around the post for a corner.
A back injury for Charlie Lee meant he had to be withdrawn, meaning that fellow substitute Albi Skendi - who replaced a tiring Jimmy Smith - went to occupy the defensive slot in the midfield quartet. With five minutes remaining, Luke Wilkinson also suffered an injury when he appeared to be elbowed by Daniel Wright, with the Yeovil defender remonstrating with match referee Adrian Quelch, having been left covered in blood, so much that he needed to change both his shirt and shorts.
It was just as well that Wilkinson could continue, given Yeovil had used all three substitutes. Even more so, when Liam O'Brien needed treatment for a leg injury just as the clock struck 90. His attempt to carry on was proven as fruitless a minute later when he attempted to jump for a cross, and went down a second time, leaving Yeovil down to ten men. That meant Luke Wilkinson - goalscorer, and almost certainly with a broken nose - donned the goalkeeper shirt for the signalled seven minutes of injury time. He perhaps got his revenge on Danny Wright, deep into injury time, as he flung himself at a Wright header, colliding with the goalpost as he saved the attempt for a corner. That might have hurt, but pnce the eleven minutes of elapsed injury time were finally over, he could celebrate having kept a clean sheet during that period, with Yeovil Town stretching their run to five consecutive wins - their best run of form since the 2012-13 season.
Link: 2019-20 Latest National League Table.
Final Score: Solihull Moors 0 Yeovil Town 1.
Scorers: Luke Wilkinson (0-1, 57 mins)
1 Ryan Boot 3 Jamie Reckord 6 Alex Gudger 5 Liam Daly 22 Lee Vaughan 24 Callum Howe 4 Kyle Storer 11 Terry Hawkridge 7 Jamey Osborne 19 Daniel Wright 29 Adi Yussuf
8 Darren Carter (71 mins for Terry Hawkridge) 10 Mitch Hancox 14 Alex Nicholls (85 mins for Jamie Reckord) 16 Josh Neufville (81 mins for Lee Vaughan) 28 Shaun Rowley
Yeovil Town: (4-3-1-2)
27. Liam O'Brien
2. Craig Alcock 6. Luke Wilkinson 4. Lee Collins (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
7. Matt Worthington 26. Charlie Lee 5. Jimmy Smith
11. Myles Hippolyte
10. Gold Omotayo 9. Rhys Murphy
8. Lawson D'Ath (79 mins for Charlie Lee) 18. Albi Skendi (66 mins for Jimmy Smith) 19. Tom Bradbury 22. Olly McCoy 28. James Tilley (55 mins for Myles Hippolyte)
Solihull Moors Bookings: Jamie Reckord (foul, 33 mins)
Yeovil Bookings: Charlie Lee (foul, 20 mins), Myles Hippolyte (foul, 45 mins), Albi Skendi (foul, 69 mins), Luke Wilkinson (foul, 88 mins), Rhys Murphy (timewasting, 90 mins)
Solihull Moors Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots On Target: 4; Shots Off Target: 12; Corners: 9.
Yeovil Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots On Target: 3; Shots Off Target: 6; Corners: 3.
Referee: Adrian Quelch (Dorset). Assistants: Robin Cox (Oxfordshire) and Steve Durnall (Birmingham). Fourth Official: Mark Billingham (West Midlands).
Attendance: 1,525 (game unsegregated but with approx 400 Yeovil fans).