Match Details: 05/10/2019
Hartlepool United 2-1 Yeovil Town
Yeovil Goals: Rhys Murphy (90)
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Carl Dickinson, 4. Lee Collins, 5. Jimmy Smith, 6. Luke Wilkinson, 8. Lawson D'Ath, 9. Rhys Murphy, 10. Gold Omotayo, 11. Myles Hippolyte, 24. Remeao Hutton, 26. Charlie Lee, 31. Adam Smith
Subs: 7. Matt Worthington, 18. Albi Skendi, 19. Tom Bradbury, 22. Olly McCoy, 28. James Tilley,
Substitutes Used: James Tilley for Lawson D'Ath (55 mins), Albi Skendi for Myles Hippolyte (55 mins), Olly McCoy for Gold Omotayo (71 mins)
Bookings: James Tilley (Foul, 82), Carl Dickinson (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 90)
Yeovil Town's seven match winning run was brought to an end on Saturday afternoon, as Hartlepool United managed a 92nd minute goal to gain a 2-1 victory at Victoria Park. The Glovers had been trailing for much of the second half when Gime Toure convered from close range, but they thought they had a lifeline on the stroke of 90 minutes when Rhys Murphy's header pulled a goal back. Unfortunately that joy lasted only a minute, as Jason Kennedy restored Hartlepool's lead to send Yeovil to a defeat that sees them remain in third place in the National League table, but ends the club's best run of form since the 2012-13 season.
The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up. Both of those involved the right side of the pitch, with Craig Alcock's back injury forcing him to drop out of the squad, with Remeao Hutton getting back into the starting line-up as a result. The other change saw Matt Worthington - who had started all fourteen matches this season - drop to the bench, with Lawson D'Ath coming into his position on the right side of midfield. Alcock's absence meant that Olly McCoy got onto the bench.
Hartlepool started the match in a confident mood, with striker Gime Toure particularly dangerous. He created the opening chance of the match, which saw Adam Smith get a palm on the ball to turn it around for a corner. That was quickly followed by Fraser Kerr's attempt from the resultant set piece, that Smith had to claim. Although Jimmy Smith shot over the bar from distance for Yeovil's first effort, Toure's quick play was causing the greater danger, with him cleverly looping the ball just over the crossbar as Hartlepool held the upper hand.
That was emphasised more as the half wore on. Fraser Kerr put a header wide from a Ryan Donaldson corner, before Donaldson went close with a low drive across the box that doubled as a shot and a cross that just needed a touch to turn it in - thankfully it disappeared out the other side without a connection. Toure's efforts on goal continued, with a free kick that went over the crossbar, with Luke James also adding to the home side's goal attempts - the major criticism of them was that few had troubled Adam Smith, but the Glovers went in at the break knowing they were fairly fortunate to be level on the balance of play.
Two minutes into the second half and they hadn't heeded that warning. Peter Kioso's cross took a couple of deflections across the face of the Yeovil penalty box, and the ball fell to Gime Toure, who was able to finish from close range, for a 1-0 lead that Hartlepool had deserved across the 47 minutes that had passed. They could have had another shortly after, as another Kioso cross found Ryan Donaldson in free space inside the box, but his header went over the crossbar.
Darren Sarll responded to the pattern of play continuing by bringing on Albi Skendi and James Tilley for Myles Hippolyte and Lawson D'Ath, with both players ending up in the centre of midfield in a like-for-like swap. That seemed to perk Yeovil up a notch as they enjoyed their best spell of the game, with a Charlie Lee run and shot going wide of goal, followed by a Rhys Murphy first time snap shot that was well saved by home keeper Ben Killip - the first on target attempt he'd needed to warm his hands to.
But Yeovil's problem was that Hartlepool had their noses in front and could stretch the play a bit - Ryan Donaldson cut inside from the wing to fire over the crossbar, whilst Mark Kitching perhaps went unintentionally close, as his cross into the box ended up bouncing off the top of the crossbar and out for a goal kick. Yeovil's final throw of the dice came with 20 minutes left to play, as Olly McCoy replaced Gold Omotayo, with the Birmingham City loanee even playing up front for a while before he was later swapped with Albi Skendi to give the front line a bit more presence.
Luke Wilkinson had a great opportunity to equalise when he headed wide of the target - kicking the advertising board in frustration, knowing he probably should have tested the keeper. It all began to look as though it was going to end in a single goal defeat right up until the Fourth Official signalled for five minutes of added time. At that point, it briefly looked like there was a twist - James Tilley's cross into the box found Rhys Murphy and the striker's header confirmed his fifth goal of the season for a 90th minute equaliser. At 1-1, surely a point was heading home now?
Actually, no. Hartlepool needed just one minute to restore their advantage. Substitute Nicky Featherstone put a cross into the box that was dangerous on its own, but Jason Kennedy got a touch on the ball to divert it into the back of the net for a 92nd minute 2-1 advantage to Hartlepool. Despite there still being three or four minutes of action left, Yeovil couldn't produce any more late drama, and so saw their seven game winning run ended in the North East with the first points dropped since August. Thankfully with Bromley losing for the second game in a row, the damage on that is not too great, with Halifax Town now taking top spot, whilst Yeovil go into Tuesday night's match against Woking with third and fourth place meeting each other in what will be a big game at Huish Park.
Link: 2019-20 Latest National League Table.
Final Score: Hartlepool United 2 Yeovil Town 1.
Scorers: Gime Toure (1-0, 47 mins), Rhys Murphy (1-1, 90 mins), Jason Kennedy (2-1, 90 mins)
1 Ben Killip 2 Peter Kioso 5 Fraser Kerr 4 Michael Raynes 3 Mark Kitching 15 Gus Mafuta 19 Kenton Richardson 28 Jason Kennedy 7 Ryan Donaldson 33 Luke James 23 Gime Toure
8 Nicky Featherstone (76 mins for Luke James) 9 Nicke Kabamba (88 mins for Gime Toure) 11 Josh Hawkes 14 Gavan Holohan 20 Aaron Cunningham
Yeovil Town: (4-3-1-2)
31. Adam Smith
24. Remeao Hutton 6. Luke Wilkinson 4. Lee Collins (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
8. Lawson D'Ath 26. Charlie Lee 11. Myles Hippolyte
5. Jimmy Smith
10. Gold Omotayo 9. Rhys Murphy
7. Matt Worthington 18. Albi Skendi (55 mins for Myles Hippolyte) 19. Tom Bradbury 22. Olly McCoy (71 mins for Gold Omotayo) 28. James Tilley (55 mins for Lawson D'Ath)
Hartlepool United Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: James Tilley (foul, 82 mins), Carl Dickinson (dissent, 90 mins)
Referee: Steven Copeland (Liverpool). Assistants: Alex Gray and Nicholas Hawksby (North Riding). Fourth Official: Joseph Goodwin (West Riding).
Attendance: 3,273 (with 138 Yeovil fans).