Match Details: 19/09/2015
Crawley Town 0-1 Yeovil Town
Skybet League Two
Yeovil Goals: Harry Cornick (28)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Matthew Dolan, 5. Stephen Arthurworrey, 6. Jakub Sokolík, 9. Ryan Bird, 23. Harry Cornick, 24. Connor Roberts, 25. Josh Wakefield, 26. Jake Howells, 28. Ollie Bassett
Subs: 12. Chris Weale, 15. Jordan Gibbons, 19. Iffy Allen, 22. Mark Beck, 27. Max Ehmer,
Substitutes Used: Jordan Gibbons for Ollie Bassett (73 mins)
Yeovil Town gained their first away win of the 2015-16 season this afternoon, as a single goal from AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick proved to be the winner. Cornick rifled home his third of his loan spell with the Glovers when he took advantage of a Matt Dolan pass to move forward and fire home from 25 yards out, and that was good enough to seal a strong away win and lift the club up into 20th position. Crawley created plenty of attacking chances, particularly in the second half, and they struck the woodwork via Lee Barnard and Sonny Bradley. But far too few of their efforts failed to directly trouble Artur Krysiak and the visitors held on to leapfrog their opponents.
The Glovers went into the match still very short of players, with ten injuries and one suspension meaning that they selected from just fourteen senior players. Omar Sowunmi's ankle injury meant that 17 year old Ollie Bassett - an attacking midfielder from the youth team - was given a surprise Football League debut - the first youth team player to get onto the field of play since the academy was reformed. Another youth-teamer Max Melanson was also on the bench to keep the squad numbers looking vaguely respectable.
Early chances saw Lee Barnard shoot wide, whilst Matt Dolan produced one of his typical long range drives after Josh Wakefield set him up. Then a Harry Cornick cross almost resulted in an own goal after a Crawley defender seemed to misjudge where he was, producing a header that came dangerously close to his own net. Then Ryan Bird really should have put Yeovil a goal up after a defensive error from Jon Ashton allowed a long clearance from Jakub Sokolik to bounce, leaving the striker clean through on goal but he shot wide. Ashton was again at fault when Harry Cornick was put through, but this time goalkeeper Freddie Woodman was forced into a save.
The opening goal that was to prove so crucial came 28 minutes into the match. Matt Dolan's pass found Harry Cornick, and the AFC Bournemouth loanee drove forward by a few yards before unleashing a terrific 25 yard shot that went all the way into the top corner - Cornick's third of the season showing the impact he has made since arriving on the opening day of the season. That goal was followed by youngster Ollie Bassett getting his first shot - wide of the target, but a positive sign for him to get room around the box.
Crawley's best spell of the half came in the closing stages when Lee Barnard hit the outside of the goalframe as he headed at goal following sloppy defending from a corner. Then Jimmy Smith fired just over the bar from the edge of the box. But what was telling was the amount of work Artur Krysiak had to do during the half. Crawley boss Mark Yates clearly wasn't impressed by that, and sent on former Glover Lewis Young into a right wing position, reshuffling his midfield into a more attacking formation. When a sluggish start to the second half still didn't improve things further, with Yeovil's defence comfortable, Roarie Deacon was replaced by Bobson Bawling.
Finally Crawley seemed to step up the gears and throw players forward, with centre-back Sonny Bradley striking the crossbar from a set piece, with Stephen Arthurworrey remonstrating with the match referee about some aspect of that set piece, that had caused him to lose his marker. Artur Krysiak then made a rare serious save - Bradley's header again showing Crawley were best placed to pressurise Yeovil from set pieces.
As Ollie Bassett was replaced by Jordan Gibbons with 17 minutes remaining, Crawley pressed the gamble button again with Ross Jenkins introduced as a third sub, meaning that Crawley often had four or five players in attacking positions during the closing stages. Luke Rooney put a free kick over the crossbar, but Crawley couldn't get their shots on target and that was ultimately why their pressure didn't tell in the end. Yeovi held on, jumping above their opponents in the League Table, and into a rather more comfortable 20th place position in the League Two table. That will give them a spot of welcome breathing space, as they produced a battling performance and a valuable three points on the day.
Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Crawley Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.
Scorers: Harry Cornick (28 mins, 0-1)
1. Freddie Woodman
23. Liam Donnelly 16. Jon Ashton 6. Sonny Bradley 3. Christian Scales
10. Luke Rooney 8. Jimmy Smith 4. Simon Walton 11. Conor Henderson
9. Lee Barnard 20. Roarie Deacon
12. Callum Preston 14. Lewis Young (46 mins for Conor Henderson) 17. Bobson Bawling (59 mins for Roarie Deacon) 22. Ross Jenkins (72 mins for Simon Walton)
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 6. Jakub Sololik 3. Nathan Smith (Captain)
23. Harry Cornick 25. Josh Wakefield 4. Matt Dolan 26. Jake Howells
9. Ryan Bird 28. Ollie Bassett
12. Chris Weale 15. Jordan Gibons (73 mins for Ollie Bassett) 19. Iffy Allen 22. Mark Beck 27. Max Melanson
Crawley Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Crawley Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 22; Shots On Target: 0; Corners: 6; Fouls: 6.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 2; Fouls: 15.
Referee: Ben Toner (Lancashire). Assistants: Anthony Da Costa (Cambridgeshire) and Dave Bushell (London). Fourth Official: Robert Whitton (Essex).
Attendance: 2,112 (with 287 Yeovil supporters).