Match Details: 17/08/2019
Barrow 1-0 Yeovil Town
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Stuart Nelson, 2. Craig Alcock, 3. Carl Dickinson, 7. Matt Worthington, 8. Lawson D'Ath, 11. Myles Hippolyte, 14. Courtney Duffus, 18. Albi Skendi, 19. Tom Bradbury, 23. Tom Whelan, 24. Remeao Hutton,
Subs: 12. Marcin Brzozowski, 15. Ryan Seager, 16. Gabriel Rogers, 22. Olly McCoy, 26. Charlie Lee
Substitutes Used: Ryan Seager for Remeao Hutton (56 mins), Charlie Lee for Matt Worthington (65 mins), Olly McCoy for Lawson D'Ath (80 mins)
Bookings: Albi Skendi (Foul, 18), Remeao Hutton (Foul, 30), Tom Bradbury (Foul, 37), Charlie Lee (Foul, 74)
Yeovil Town went down to defeat against Barrow at Holker Street in Saturday teatime's televised game. The BT Sport audience didn't witness a classic, with the home side having easily the best chances on the day. They took the lead one minute after half time when Scott Quigley turned inside the box from a long throw-in to slot the ball into the net from 12 yards. Yeovil offered almost nothing in an attacking sense, and had to be thankful that the Cumbrians missed a couple of other chances to extend their lead.
Team selection for the Glovers was based on how they started the second half at Ebbsfleet on Tuesday night. The hamstring injuries for Lee Collins and Rhys Murphy meant that Carl Dickinson was brought in as a defender, whilst Remeao Hutton was brought in as a left wing-back, to allow Myles Hippolyte to play as a front line striker. On the bench, Olly McCoy and Gabriel Rogers were brought onto the teamsheet.
The match was played in blustery conditions that saw merely a tiny scattering of Glovers fans on the away terrace during the first half, with a load of fans stranded on the M6 after their coach broke down. They missed very little in the opening 45 minutes, with the majority of that play coming from the home side. An early shot from Lawson D'Ath went into the keeper's arms to show a bit of promise, but Yeovil's attacking play wasn't on song at all.
Defensively they weren't helped by losing Craig Alcock for five minutes after he got an elbow in the face from a Barrow player that referee Peter Gibbons chose to see as innocent, but left the Glovers down to ten men for a lengthy period. Thankfully that didn't cost the visitors - it took Barrow until around midway through the first half to get into an attacking mode, with John Rooney getting a pair of chances to score. Firstly his free kick went through the questionable Yeovil wall but into the side netting, and a couple of minutes later, he sent a 20 yard strike just wide of the posts.
That was largely all that had happened during a forgettable 45 minute period as those stuck on the M6 made their way into the ground at the break. Just one minute into the second half and they probably felt like walking out again. A long Barrow throw-in saw Scott Quigley turn inside the box and wriggle his way clear of Carl Dickinson, with the Barrow player able to fire home from 12 yards and into the far corner for a poor start to the second half.
Ryan Seager was introduced as a substitute for Remeao Hutton, which meant that Myles Hippolyte moved into the left wing-back position to allow Seager a chance to go up front. But there was little or no creativity coming from midfield, and instead Barrow looked the most likely team to score. Olly Dyson was particularly dangerous and he dragged Stuart Nelson to his near post before passing to Dior Angus, who spooned the pass over the crossbar from six yards out.
Another Glovers change that tried to shake things up saw Charlie Lee replace Matt Worthington. Whilst that initially looked like a like-for-like swap, it saw Yeovil switch to a 4-3-3 formation, with Seager operating on the left side of a front three whilst Hippolyte operated on the right side, with Craig Alcock and Carl Dickinson now operating as full-backs.
But Yeovil couldn't find a spark, and once again Barrow went close through the quick feet of Olly Dyson, who was causing problems down that left side. He skipped through the penalty box and then pushed the ball through the six yard area, with it only needing a Scott Quigley touch to convert from a yard out. That was the way the game was - the home side were marginally more creative in what was a poor game overall. Yeovil offered next to nothing up front and never looked like equalising at any time. Fifteen hours on a motorway is a long way to travel for that little football. Yeovil slip down to 12th place, two points off the play-offs and three above relegation in the early National League table.
Link: 2019-20 Latest National League Table.
Final Score: Barrow 1 Yeovil Town 0.
Scorers: Scott Quigley (46 mins, 1-0)
1 Joel Dixon 27 Bradley Barry 6 Adrian Samuel Hird 2 Connor Brown 8 John Rooney 4 Jason Taylor 10 Lewis Hardcastle 14 Oliver Greaves 23 Olly Dyson 20 Dior Angus 9 Scott Quigley
5 Josh Granite 7 Jack Hindle (72 mins for Dior Angus) 12 Matty Elsdon 15 Mark Waddington (90 mins for Oliver Greaves) 17 Morgan Penfold
Yeovil Town: (3-4-1-2)
1. Stuart Nelson,
18. Albi Skendi, 19. Tom Bradbury, 3. Carl Dickinson (Capt)
2. Craig Alcock, 7. Matt Worthington, 23. Tom Whelan, 24. Remeao Hutton
8. Lawson D'Ath
11. Myles Hippolyte, 14. Courtney Duffus
12. Marcin Brzozowski 15. Ryan Seager (56 mins for Remeao Hutton) 16. Gabriel Rogers 22. Olly McCoy (80 mins for Lawson D'Ath) 26. Charlie Lee (65 mins for Matt Worthington)
Barrow Bookings: Jason Taylor (foul, 44 mins), Lewis Hardcastle (foul, 53 mins), Joel Dixon (timewasting, 90 mins)
Yeovil Bookings: Albi Skendi (foul, 18 mins), Remeao Hutton (foul, 30 mins), Tom Bradbury (foul, 37 mins), Charlie Lee (foul, 74 mins)
Barrow Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots On Target: 1; Shots Off Target: 6; Corners: 4.
Yeovil Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots On Target: 3; Shots Off Target: 3; Corners: 4.
Referee: Peter Gibbons (Cheshire). Assistants: Blake Antrobus (Shropshire) and Robert Wainwright (Cheshire). Fourth Official: Ed Duckworth (Cheshire).
Attendance: 1,218 (with approx 80 Yeovil Town supporters)