Match Details: 12/04/2011
Yeovil Town 2-1 Notts County
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: Dean Bowditch (32), Dean Bowditch (57)
Yeovil Line-Up: 5. Paul Huntington, 8. Luke Ayling, 10. Dean Bowditch, 11. Andy Welsh, 12. Oli Johnson, 13. Stephen Henderson, 14. Max Ehmer, 19. Adam Virgo, 20. Paul Wotton, 24. Shaun MacDonald, 29. Jonathan Obika
Subs: 2. Craig Alcock, 6. Nathan Smith, 9. Sam Williams, 15. Alex Russell, 16. Ed Upson, 22. Martin Gritton, 26. Gareth Stewart,
Substitutes Used: Craig Alcock for Oli Johnson (90 mins)
Bookings: Paul Huntington (Foul, 88)
Yeovil Town gained three priceless points, in a real six-pointer against Notts County at Huish Park tonight. Their 2-1 win was all thanks to the clinical goalscoring of Dean Bowditch, who bagged a goal in each half, despite John Spicer equalising for the Magpies early in the second period. In a tense game, the Glovers win put them up to a psychologically positive 50 points for the season, with still five games remaining.
The Glovers went into the game making four changes to Saturday's line-up at Hartlepool. The quartet of Luke Ayling, Andy Welsh, Paul Wotton and Oli Johnson were reintroduced to the starting line-up. Craig Alcock, Nathan Smith and Sam Williams dropped to the bench whilst Andrew Tutte became the sixth loanee sat in the stand. The 3-4-1-2 formation was maintained, with Ayling and Welsh acting as the wing-backs, whilst Johnson sat in the hole.
The early phase of the game was all about Notts County, and Yeovil had a bit of a let-off in the first minute of the game when Lee Hughes charged down a Stephen Henderson clearance, landing the ball in the net on the ricochet, only to find his 'goal' ruled out for handball. Neal Bishop fired wide, Hughes shot into the arms of Henderson, whilst the pace of Njogu Demba-Nyren allowed him to get in behind the Glovers back four, with Yeovil being rescued by a last ditch Max Ehmer tackle.
The Glovers looked edgy, often lumping long clearances out of defence, in a slight touch of panic, as County's three man attack put them under pressure. It took them around 15 to 20 minutes to gradually impose themselves on the game, as a Jonathan Obika flicked header put Oli Johnson through on goal, with Stuart Nelson doing well to narrow the angle and block out Johnson's shot. Andy Welsh stuck one well wide of the target, whilst Dean Bowditch shot over the bar.
Just past the half hour mark though, the Glovers got their noses in front, and again Jonathan Obika's ball winning skills won the day, as his knock-down fell into the path of Dean Bowditch. Yeovil Town's leading goalscorer took the ball on, and slotted home from 15 yards out to give the Glovers the lead - perhaps not on the greatest 30 minutes ever seen at Huish Park, but few were likely to care about that.
Now it was time for Notts County to look edgy, and with their physical approach looking on occasions like they were losing their composure - John Thompson's foul on Oli Johnson landed him in the book. But despite the Magpies going off the boil a little, they were still good enough to have Lee Hughes race through on goal, with a brilliant save by Stephen Henderson saving the day, and to take them through a goal to the good at the break.
The second period started with Notts County again the more dominant of the two teams, having made a half time substitution to switch from their opening 4-3-3 into a 4-4-2. That switch seemed to do the job, and it took them just six minutes to get an equalising goal. Ben Burgess won the ball inside the box and headed back across the box, and John Spicer was the first to react - volleying home first time for the equalising goal, and a worthy one given what they'd showed in the game up to that point.
However, County didn't hold on to parity for too long - six minutes in fact. A great run up field by Andy Welsh allowed him to run into plenty of space in the visitors half. He slipped the ball inside for Dean Bowditch and as the striker ran through, he slipped the ball under the body of the out-rushing Stuart Nelson, for his second goal of the evening, and more crucially to put the Glovers 2-1 up.
With Yeovil back in the lead, Notts County switched back to their 4-3-3 formation, but struggled to create good chances to get back into the match. They had a penalty appeal turned down when Paul Wotton and John Spicer grappled in the box, but referee Andy D'Urso thankfully wasn't interested. Substitute David Martin then threw himself to the floor in a less worthy attempt at creating a spot kick, and was lucky not to get a yellow for his troubles, with D'Urso in an oddly quiet mood.
As the game closed out, the Magpies changed again to try to shake the game up with former Glovers trialist Sam Sodje introduced as a third centre-back to allow them to play a 3-4-3 in the final 10 minutes. But despite Yeovil sitting back, and trying to be a bit too clever with retaining possession in the closing stages, the Magpies couldn't apply quite enough pressure to get themselves an equalising goal. The end result was that their bad run was extended to eight defeats in a row to leave them deep in trouble, whilst Yeovil's welcome three points lifted them up to the 50 points mark - not quite a guarantee of safety, but something very close to it. An additional point or two over the next five games ought to be enough to guarantee League One football for the 2011-12 season.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Notts County 1.
Scorers: Dean Bowditch (32 mins, 1-0), John Spicer (51 mins, 1-1), Dean Bowditch (57 mins, 2-1).
Yeovil Town: (3-5-2)
13. Stephen Henderson
5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 19. Adam Virgo
8. Luke Ayling 20. Paul Wotton 24. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
12. Oli Johnson
10. Dean Bowditch 29. Jonathan Obika
26. Gareth Stewart (GK) 2. Craig Alcock (90 mins for Oli Johnson) 6. Nathan Smith 9. Sam Williams 15. Alex Russell 16. Edward Upson 22. Martin Gritton
Notts County: (4-3-3)
17. Stuart Nelson
2. Stephen Darby 14. Liam Chilvers 4. Mike Edwards 26. Jon Harley
6. John Thompson 10. Neal Bishop 25. John Spicer
9. Lee Hughes 27. Ben Burgess 37. Njogu Demba-Nyren
1. Robert Burch (GK) 7. Kevin Smith 15. Karl Hawley 20. Craig Westcarr (62 mins for Ben Burgess) 21. David Martin (46 mins for Njogu Demba-Nyren) 24. Carl Regan 28. Sam Sodje (81 mins for Stephen Darby)
Yeovil Bookings: Paul Huntington (foul, 88 mins)
Notts County Bookings: John Thompson (foul, 38 mins), Neal Bishop (foul, 72 mins), Jon Harley (foul, 86 mins)
Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex). Assistants: William Bull (Hampshire) and Andy Turner (Devon). Fourth Official: Simon Knapp (Bristol).
Attendance: 3,533 (including 171 Notts County fans)