Match Details: 05/11/2016
Yeovil Town 2-2 Solihull Moors
FA Cup First Round
Yeovil Goals: Ryan Hedges (8), Otis Khan (52)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 2. Liam Shephard, 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Matthew Dolan, 6. Alex Lacey, 7. Kevin Dawson, 9. Tom Eaves, 10. Otis Khan, 23. Ryan Hedges, 26. Darren Ward, 28. Ben Whitfield
Subs: 5. Bevis Mugabi, 11. Ryan Dickson, 12. Jonny Maddison, 13. Francois Zoko, 14. Josh Ezewele, 17. Omar Sowunmi, 19. Tahvon Campbell,
Substitutes Used: Bevis Mugabi for Ben Whitfield (59 mins), Francois Zoko for Otis Khan (69 mins)
Bookings: Kevin Dawson (Foul, 32), , Bevis Mugabi (Foul, 82), Liam Shephard (Foul, 90)
Yeovil Town were pegged back by a Jack Byrne double this afternoon, as National League side Solihull Moors came from 2-0 down to force the FA Cup First Round tie to a replay. The Glovers appeared to be cruising to a comfortable win after an early goal from Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges was followed up by a free kick from Otis Khan just seven minutes into the second half. Then came the drama - Kevin Dawson had already been given a 'final warning' by referee David Rock following an earlier caution, so when he committed a trivial but further foul three minutes after that goal, he was dismissed and that set up the cup tie. Byrne netted twice in six minutes, and for a while Yeovil were rocking. But they managed to stabilise and keep themselves in the hat for the Second Round draw, even if they may not appreciate the additional fixture and now what looks a much more tricky Replay to negotiate.
The Glovers went into the match making three changes to the starting line-up that took to the field against Grimsby Town. Tom Eaves came in for Tahvon Campbell who had missed most of the training sessions last week due to an ankle injury picked up in that match. Meanwhile Bevis Mugabi was swapped out for Liam Shephard in the right-back position. Alex Lawless dropped off the teamsheet entirely and his position was taken by Ben Whitfield. Those changes allowed Omar Sowunmi and Josh Ezewele a chance to sit on the bench, with Izale McLeod absent through illness.
The opening goal didn't take too long to come after Ben Whitfield had stung the palm of the goalkeeper with an early attempt. Tom Eaves started off a move a couple of minutes later that saw Kevin Dawson pick up possession and when he threaded Ryan Hedges his initial shot was blocked but a second attempt was fired into the back of the net from 10 yards out for the perfect start to the match. Right up to the midway point of the first half it seemed as though Yeovil would be cruising - they almost netted with a Nathan Smith cross landing on top of the goal frame, and there was little coming from their non-league opponents.
As the half progressed though, the Midlands side grew into the match, as Yeovil seemed to take their foot off the accelerator. Jordan Gough shot from distance, forcing Artur Krysiak into his first save of the afternoon, whilst Andy Brown also provided another one for Krysiak to deal with. That said, the Glovers were still doing their bit at the other end - Ben Whitfield got in behind the Solihull defence for a one-v-one but found the legs of visiting keeper Daniel Lewis in the way.
Another significant side plot though was beginning to develop. Kevin Dawson has picked up a rather large share of bookings this season, as well as being dismissed during the club's EFL Trophy tie against Bristol Rovers. He picked up a 32nd minute booking for a sliding tackle, and around five minutes later committed another foul that had referee David Rock calling over captain Darren Ward for a chat. The message was plain and simple to all inside the ground that the Irishman would have to play around 55 minutes of the match without committing a further foul - a 'last warning' was what Ward was being told. More of that later.
The remainder of the first half passed off without too much drama, with the game having gradually become an even contest, bar that early Hedges goal. Early shots from Tom Eaves and Matt Dolan went close, but not close enough with visiting keeper Daniel Lewis parrying both out for a corner. Yeovil's early dominance to the second half period then reaped them a second goal after Ben Whitfield was fouled by Jamie Osborne. Matt Dolan appeared to be setting himself up for a repeat of his dead ball technique at Crewe Alexandra, but it appears there's more than one player in the line-up that can do that - Otis Khan ended up taking the dead ball and he curled the ball over the wall for a 2-0 lead.
That should have killed the game dead, but of course sometimes FA Cup games aren't always like that. Darren Way had chosen to keep Kevin Dawson on the pitch despite the 'final warning'. He committed a trivial 55th minute foul that in normal circumstances could have seen him let off. But last warnings are last warnings and when the Solihull players surrounded the referee to point this out, Mr Rock duly obliged and put Yeovil down to ten men, and leaving Dawson for an early bath for the second time this season.
Solihull now had their tails up. But they needed a goal quickly to liven up the tie. In the next move they managed to do just that, as Andy Brown fed Jack Byrne and he fired home from the edge of the box to pull the match back to a 2-1 scoreline and to turn what had been a coasting game into a proper cup tie. Darren Way's response was to reorganise his midfield by taking Ben Whitfield off, pushing Liam Shephard up, and pulling Otis Khan and Ryan Hedges into deeper positions.
Either that change, or the red card and the goal seemed to help Solihull more than it helped Yeovil, with them running over an exposed Yeovil midfield, and six minutes after Jack Byrne scored once, he scored again. Liam Daly won a challenge inside the box and the ball dropped lose to Bryne with no Yeovil player picking him up. He then struck again from the edge of the box, for a 2-2 equaliser and the fear now was that Yeovil might cave in entirely.
Yeovil reorganised again, as Francois Zoko came on, with Otis Khan making way by his obligatory substitution midway through the second half. That saw the Glovers reorganise to a 4-3-2. Solihull could have won the match as a Jamie Osborne cross saw Andy Brown get a free header inside the box but he put the ball wide of the post. Then Osborne fired a rising shot from distance that just cleared the crossbar. Yeovil almost snatched the tie in second half injury time as Matt Dolan's long range shot whistled just wide of the post, but in the end the match went for a replay at 2-2. What Yeovil will be ruing though, is what went on between the 52nd minute and the 63rd minute, when they went from a game in which they had total control,. into a match where they were clinging on a bit, with the feeling that they'd shot themselves in the foot somewhat.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Solihull Moors 2.
Scorers: Ryan Hedges (1-0, 8 mins), Otis Khan (2-0, 52 mins), Jack Byrne (2-1, 57 mins), Jack Byrne (2-2, 63 mins)
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 28. Ben Whitfield 4. Matt Dolan
10. Otis Khan 9. Tom Eaves 23. Ryan Hedges
Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi (59 mins for Ben Whitfield) 11. Ryan Dickson 13. Francois Zoko (69 mins for Otis Khan) 14. Josh Ezewele 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell
1. Daniel Lewis 4. Liam Daly 6. Jordan Gough 15. Jordan Fagbola 2. Shepherd Murombedzi 8. Jack Byrne 20. Jamie Osborne 3. Connor Franklin 12. Eddie Jones 9. Andy Brown 19. Harry White
7. Akwasi Asante (77 mins for Harry White) 14. Jean-Yves Koue Niate 22. Omari Sterling-James (76 mins for Eddie Jones) 23. Nathan Vaughan 24. Lewis Hayden 26. Joel Dielna
Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (foul, 32 mins), Bevis Mugabi (foul, 82 mins), Liam Shephard (foul, 90 mins). Red Card: Kevin Dawson (second bookable offence, 55 mins)
Solihull Moors Bookings: None.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 4; Fouls: 14.
Solihull Moors Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 11.
Referee: David Rock (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Louis Marks (Hampshire) and Christopher Husband (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire).
Attendance: 2,118 (with 195 Solihull Moors supporters).