Match Details: 24/09/2019
Aldershot 1-3 Yeovil Town
Yeovil Goals: Myles Hippolyte (8), Jimmy Smith (38), Rhys Murphy (59)
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, 18. Albi Skendi, 31. Adam Smith
Subs: 8. Lawson D'Ath, 19. Tom Bradbury, 22. Olly McCoy, 24. Remeao Hutton, 28. James Tilley,
Substitutes Used: Lawson D'Ath for Matt Worthington (61 mins), James Tilley for Jimmy Smith (79 mins), Olly McCoy for Rhys Murphy (90 mins)
Bookings: Myles Hippolyte (Foul, 68), Adam Smith (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 88), Rhys Murphy (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 89)
Yeovil Town gained their sixth consecutive National League victory on Tuesday night, with a 1-3 away victory over Aldershot Town. The Glovers held the upper hand for the majority of the match, with Myles Hippolyte's early strike setting them on their way. A header from Max Hunt pulled Aldershot level midway through the half, but Crawley Town loanee Jimmy Smith restored the lead by half time. The match was sealed with Rhys Murphy's fourth goal of the season as he delivered a looping shot into the top of the net on the hour mark, to keep Yeovil in fourth place, but now breathing down the neck of Woking and Halifax above them.
The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their side, with both enforced. Goalkeeper Adam Smith came in to make his debut in place of the injured Liam O'Brien. Meanwhile Albi Skendi came in to fill the space vacated by Charlie Lee, who had a back injury. The visitors lined up with two midfielders with Glovers connections, with Alefe Santos having left Huish Park over the summer, whilst Harry Panayiotou was a former trialist.
Yeovil got themselves off to a perfect start just eight minutes into the match. A loose ball in the box dropped nicely to Myles Hippolyte after Aldershot only half cleared a cross, and he struck it with his right foot, with the ball taking a slight deflection as it flew past Mitchell Walker and into the back of the net for an early 0-1 lead.
It was the visitors who enjoyed most of the opening 20 minutes play, with Rhys Murphy having his shot saved inside the box. Yeovil were stretching the Aldershot defence persistently, which made Aldershot's equalising goal a rather frustrating one. The home side's first shot of any kind came from Ethan Chislett and it took a deflection for a corner. From that Jack Powell set piece, Max Hunt managed to out-jump Luke Wilkinson and the ball flew into the back of the net via his header.
That perked up the home side for what would be their best spell of the game, albeit without creating too many big chances. However, Yeovil were in a clinical mood, and they retook the lead seven minutes before the break. A flowing team move saw Matt Worthington and Myles Hippolyte exchange passes that cut open the Aldershot defence, meaning that when the ball was played across to Jimmy Smith their marking had gone astray, allowing the midfielder a chance to sweep the ball home for a 1-2 lead.
Aldershot continued to get their best efforts from set pieces, as George Fowler headed over the crossbar from a Jack Powell corner, with the half ending with Ethan Chislett once again finding his shot deflected out for one of Aldershot's many corners on the night.
Early in the second period, Yeovil should have been further ahead when Gold Omotayo was put clean through by Jimmy Smith, but he didn't strike the ball well, instead slicing his shot wide of the target. That miss didn't matter though, as on the hour mark Yeovil gained a two goal advantage thanks to a bit of magic from Rhys Murphy. Switching his feet twice, he gained himself room to strike a looping shot with his left foot that flew into the roof of the net for a 1-3 lead.
Murphy could have quickly had another when he intercepted on an Aldershot defensive error, but his shot was parried by Mitchell Walker, with the Shots keeper doing well to recover to stop Jimmy Smith following up the rebound. For all of the home side's endeavour, they couldn't get past Yeovil's back four who were bloxking the ball well as Harry Panayiotou and Ethan Chislett had further goal attempts deflected out for corners. As such, the Glovers were able to defend their lead fairly comfortably in the closing stages of the match, giving them their sixth win in a row, and to now put themselves behind Woking and Halifax Town. It may still be very early in the season, but suddenly Saturday's home match against league leaders Bromley - four points ahead at the top - looks a little bit big.
Link: 2019-20 Latest National League Table.
Final Score: Aldershot Town 1 Yeovil Town 3.
Scorers: Myles Hippolyte (0-1, 8 mins), Max Hunt (1-1, 19 mins), Jimmy Smith (1-2, 38 mins), Rhys Murphy (1-3, 59 mins)
1 Mitchell Walker 3 Lewis Kinsella 6 Kodi Lyons-Foster 16 George Fowler 25 Max Hunt 14 Aaron Eyoma 7 Alefe Santos 20 Ethan Chislett 34 Jack Powell 10 Connor Shields 11 Harry Panayiotou
2 Robbie Tinkler 9 Shamir Mullings (69 mins for Alefe Santos) 12 Alfie Whittingham 21 Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong (65 mins for Connor Shields) 29 Alex Fletcher (69 mins for Aaron Eyoma)
Yeovil Town: (4-3-1-2)
31. Adam Smith
2. Craig Alcock 6. Luke Wilkinson 4. Lee Collins (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
7. Matt Worthington 18. Albi Skendi 5. Jimmy Smith
11. Myles Hippolyte
10. Gold Omotayo 9. Rhys Murphy
8. Lawson D'Ath (61 mins for Matt Worthington) 19. Tom Bradbury 22. Olly McCoy (90 mins for Rhys Murphy) 24. Remeao Hutton 28. James Tilley (79 mins for Jimmy Smith)
Aldershot Town Bookings: George Fowler (foul, 90 mins)
Yeovil Bookings: Myles Hippolyte (foul, 68 mins), Adam Smith (timewasting, 88 mins), Rhys Murphy (dissent, 89 mins)
Referee: Gary Parsons (Hampshire). Assistants: Paul Evans (Northamptonshire) and Andy Bennett (Surrey). Fourth Official: Shelby Elson (Surrey).
Attendance: 1,684 (with 379 Yeovil fans).