Match Details: 22/10/2011
Stevenage Borough 0-0 Yeovil Town
npower League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 2. Luke Ayling, 4. Bondz N'Gala, 8. Ed Upson, 9. Steve MacLean, 14. Max Ehmer, 16. Oli Johnson, 18. Kieran Agard, 20. Paul Wotton, 21. Gavin Massey, 25. Darren Purse, 30. Marek Stech
Subs: 6. Dominic Blizzard, 15. Kerrea Gilbert, 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown, 23. Billy Gibson, 24. Gareth Stewart,
Substitutes Used: Dominic Blizzard for Steve MacLean (46 mins), Billy Gibson for Oli Johnson (66 mins), Curtis Haynes-Brown for Gavin Massey (85 mins)
Bookings: Kieran Agard (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 29), Paul Wotton (Dissent, 35),
Yeovil Town picked up a valuable away point against Stevenage at Broadhall Way this afternoon - but that wasn't enough to prevent them slipping to the foot of League One. The Glovers were indebted to goalkeeper Marek Stech whose 85th minute penalty save from John Mousinho gave the Glovers a rare clean sheet. However, that came at a cost as right-back Luke Ayling received a straight red card for the handball offence that led to the spot kick.
The Glovers went into the match losing Nathan Jones and Flavien Belson to suspension and that meant that Darren Purse came into the heart of defence to make his debut. Kieran Agard was the other inclusion, as the Glovers switched to a 4-4-2 that saw two strikers deployed as wingers.
The game was a messy one throughout, punctuated by errors by both sides. Stevenage had the best chances of the first period, with Glovers keeper Marek Stech making two flying saves from Scott Laird and Byron Harrison when the home side fired in quick shots on his goal. At the other end, Gavin Massey was the main productive outlet early on, making several intelligent runs and even firing one cross that hit the crossbar on the angle. Kieran Agard really should have put Yeovil ahead midway through the half when he rounded keeper Chris Day, only to dither whether to shoot or play the ball across goal, thus giving the home defence a chance to block out the chance.
Agard got himself booked along with Stevenage's Ronnie Henry when the two got a little too physical with a ball that got blocked under their feet. That led to a 20 man game of handbags - and thankfully referee Iain Williamson decided to just issue yellows to the two participants who had kicked off the melee of players pushing and shoving each other, with play restarting with a drop ball.
The second period saw Steve MacLean replaced by Dominic Blizzard, with MacLean having hobbled about during the closing stages of the half. This was a wretched second half to watch, with both sides causing more danger to the corner flag than the goals - indeed the Glovers failed to put a single shot on target during the entire game, whilst Stevenage barely mustered one during the second half.
The key moment in the game came five minutes from time when a corner put into the box by Scott Laird saw Stevenage fire a shot in on goal. Luke Ayling had already cleared the ball off his own line legitimately with his boot earlier in the half from another corner. On this occasion he was judged to have handled on his own line, and referee Iain Williamson blew up for a penalty. Much to Stevenage's disgust, they'd converted the loose ball into the back of the net a fraction after play was stopped - that meant that Ayling had to walk for a professional handball, whilst John Mousinho had a penalty to take. Mercifully Marek Stech dived the right way, and kept the scoreline at 0-0.
Five minutes of injury time couldn't separate two poor sides on the day, although the home team undoubtedly did more to justify a win across the whole 90 minutes. The Glovers unconvincing play was summed up when with 95 minutes on the clock, they chose to run a free kick down the channels rather than put players into the box that might have snatched them an improbable win. The point in the circumstances, was no great disaster, although Exeter's 3-1 win over Rochdale meant that it was not enough to prevent Yeovil from slipping to the foot of League One.
Final Score: Stevenage 0 Yeovil Town 0.
16. Chris Day 2. Lawrie Wilson 3. Scott Laird 5. Jon Ashton 8. Stacy Long 10. Craig Reid 14. Mark Roberts 21. John Mousinho 24. Michael Bostwick 25. Ronnie Henry 26. Byron Harrison
1. Alan Julian (GK) 6. Phil Edwards 13. Joel Byrom 20. Chris Beardsley (74 mins for Byron Harrison) 32. Robin Shroot (57 mins for Stacy Long)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
30. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 4. Bondz N'Gala 25. Darren Purse 14. Max Ehmer
21. Gavin Massey 8. Edward Upson 20. Paul Wotton 18. Kieran Agard
9. Steven MacLean 16. Oli Johnson
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 6. Dominic Blizzard (46 mins for Steve MacLean) 15. Kerrea Gilbert 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown (85 mins for Gavin Massey) 23. Billy Gibson (66 mins for Oli Johnson)
Stevenage Bookings: Ronnie Henry (29 mins, off the ball incident), Mark Roberts (71 mins, foul), Michael Bostwick (90 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Kieran Agard (29 mins, off the ball incident), Paul Wotton (35 mins, kicking ball away). Red Card: Luke Ayling (84 mins, professional handball).
Referee: Iain Williamson (Berkshire). Assistants: Geoff Law (Leicestershire) and Stephen Rubery (Essex). Fourth Official: Lee Betts (Norfolk).