Match Details: 10/12/2011
Yeovil Town 1-0 Notts County
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: Andy Williams (88)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Rene Gilmartin, 2. Luke Ayling, 4. Bondz N'Gala, 5. Paul Huntington, 8. Ed Upson, 14. Max Ehmer, 18. Kieran Agard, 20. Paul Wotton, 21. Gavin Massey, 29. Jonathan Obika, 37. Conor Clifford
Subs: 7. Andy Williams, 9. Steve MacLean, 10. Gavin Williams, 15. Kerrea Gilbert, 17. Alan O'Brien,
Substitutes Used: Gavin Williams for Conor Clifford (58 mins), Andy Williams for Jonathan Obika (82 mins), Steve MacLean for Kieran Agard (83 mins)
Bookings: Paul Wotton (Foul, 60), Kieran Agard (Dissent, 65), Ed Upson (Foul, 68), Paul Huntington (Dissent, 74)
Yeovil Town climbed out of the relegation zone this afternoon, as a late goal from substitute Andy Williams grabbed all three points against promotion-chasing Notts County. In a scrappy low quality match, Williams converted a close-range header on 88 minutes to see the Glovers head up to 19th in the League One table and out of the bottom four for the first time in over two months.
Team selection saw three changes made to the Glovers side, with all three incoming players having been blocked from playing in last week's FA Cup match. Rene Gilmartin, Gavin Massey and Jonathan Obika were unable to play at Fleetwood, but they were included in the starting line-up with Gareth Stewart and Andy Williams being dropped, and Dominic Blizzard being left out due to a groin injury. Gavin Williams and Alan O'Brien were included on the bench following their comebacks from injury.
The game got off to an ultra-slow start, with just a Ben Burgess header going wide for the visitors. It took 25 minutes for anything worthy to happen in terms of anything endangering either goal, although when it happened it was a real ripper, with County midfielder Alan Judge's dipping volley crashing off the underside of the crossbar, and straight out. Rene Gilmartin, who was well-beaten from the initial shot was grateful to smother Neal Bishop's attempt to convert the rebound.
This was not a good half for the footballing purist, with Yeovil lacking movement up front - something of a surprise given the team that was selected, and bar a Paul Huntington slice wide of the target, it took until the final five minutes of the half before they started to look seriously dangerous, with Jonathan Obika's shot across the face of the box perhaps misguidedly finding Kieran Agard, whose close range shot was deflected out for a corner. All in all though it was poor fodder, and 0-0 firmly summed up the opening 45 minutes, with most of the match being played in or around the centre of the park.
The second period opened up with more of the same - a messy half, and it wasn't too surprising when substitutions had to be made - County's was forced with Neal Bishop coming off with a knee injury, seeing erratic winger Ishmel Demontagnac introduced to the fold. Yeovil's was designed to liven up their play, with Gavin Williams coming on for Conor Clifford to a huge roar of approval from the home crowd.
Williams created Yeovil's first attack of note, with his ball into the box seeing Jonathan Obika's close range shot cleared off the line by a combination of goalkeeper and defender. But again there was a lack of quality in the game, and the ability to build up momentum thwarted by referee Darren Sheldrake, who seemed to see things that players and supporters couldn't see - one ball-winning Max Ehmer sliding tackle particularly bemusing for the whistle it provoked. That said, Paul Wotton was lucky to stay on the pitch following a wild tackle, as Yeovil picked up four bookings in sixteen minutes as frustration began to show.
Steve MacLean and Andy Williams were introduced as late substitutions, and that was to prove to be a good pair of introductions to the field of play as the duo combined to set up a priceless late winner. A deep ball into the box took deflections and flick-ons, after a touch from MacLean, coming in at close range was Williams to head the ball home, colliding with the post as he won the match with just two minutes of time remaining. Four minutes of injury time saw Andy Williams almost grab a second, but that perhaps would have been flattering in a match where both sides struggled to create chances.
The result lifts Yeovil out of the relegation zone for the first time since October 1st, finishing the day in 19th place, with Scunthorpe United just below them, and pushing Rochdale into the bottom four along with Walsall, Wycombe Wanderers and Chesterfield. There's still plenty of work to do, with next week at Spotland a real six-pointer, but certainly the momentum is with the Glovers now at last.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Notts County 0.
Scorers: Andy Williams (1-0, 88 mins)
Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2)
1. Rene Gilmartin
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 4. Bondz N'Gala 14. Max Ehmer
20. Paul Wotton
37. Conor Clifford 8. Edward Upson
21. Gavin Massey
29. Jonathan Obika 18. Kieran Agard
7. Andrew Williams (82 mins for Jonathan Obika) 9. Steve MacLean (83 mins for Kieran Agard) 10. Gavin Williams (58 mins for Conor Clifford) 15. Kerrea Gilbert 17. Alan O'Brien
17. Stuart Nelson
2. Julian Kelly 5. Krystian Pearce 18. Sam Sodje 3. Alan Sheehan
14. Alan Judge 10. Neal Bishop 31. Gavin Mahon 11. Jeff Hughes
22. Ben Burgess 8. Karl Hawley
21. Liam Mitchell (GK) 4. Mike Edwards 6. Hamza Bencherif 7. Ishmel Demontagnac (53 mins for Neal Bishop) 19. Charlie Allen (79 mins for Alan Judge)
Yeovil Bookings: Paul Wotton (60 mins, foul), Kieran Agard (65 mins, dissent), Ed Upson (68 mins, foul), Paul Huntington (74 mins, dissent)
Notts County Bookings: Alan Judge (28 mins, foul), Krystian Pearce (40 mins, foul)
Referee: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey). Assistants: Simon Knapp (Bristol) and Michael Webb (Surrey). Fourth Official: Paul Rees (Bristol).
Attendance: 3,663 (including 287 Notts County fans)