Venue: Meadow Lane
Saturday 19th November, 3pm kick-off

Conditions: Cold but dry
Pitch: Slick

Attendance: 16511 (452 away supporters)



Yeovil Town: Reckord 70, Linton, 80
Notts County: 

Referee: Gary Parsons

Yeovil Town (4-3-3):

Substitutes: Will Buse, Lawson D’Ath, Malachi Linton (for Oluwabori 75), Anthony Georgiou, Louis Britton (for Fisher 90)

Notts County: Slocombe, Camerson, Baldwin, Brindley, Chicksen, Adebayo-Rowling, Palmer, Austin, Rodrigues, Scott, Langstaff.

Substitutes: Rawlinson, Bajrami, Francis, Castro, Mitchell.

Match Report

A record National League crowd witnessed a resilient Yeovil Town keep the League leaders out this afternoon in a 0-0 draw at Meadow Lane.

Mark Cooper’s Green and Whites held firm against Notts County despite being under pressure for the overwhelming majority of the game to take a point home to Somerset.

Here’s how Coatesie saw it…

First half

It took three minutes for Macauley Langstaff to get a sight of goal, a ball in from the right side landed to the Notts top scorer six yards out but his low effort was smothered by Grant Smith. The keeper will have been grateful the effort had power on it.

All the home sides play came down the right side in the opening stages with Jamie Reckord given a stern test, and it was a free-kick from that side which was volleyed over by hosts’ skipper Kyle Cameron after seven minutes.

The pre-match prediction of a compact formation from Yeovil proved correct, and for the first quarter-of-an-hour the home side prodded and proved without offering too much. At the other end, a run down the right side by Andrew Oluwabori after 14 minutes was about the only attacking effort at the other end.

There was certainly no lack of patience for the league leaders who played enjoyed ridiculous levels of possession and chance began to come. Smith was forced in to action to deny first Sam Austin and then Cedwyn Scott before Langstaff headed over.

It took until the 28th minute for Yeovil to have their first effort on goal, a slip in the middle of the part saw Oluwabori break away to the edge of the box bit his effort went over. Going forward the game plan seemed to be that, hope a mistake dropped to the on loan Peterborough man and he could outpace his marker. Is a 5-5-0 formation at thing?

The time it took Smith to take goal kicks seemed to infuriate those in the home end, who responded by throwing balled up pieces of paper at division’s best keeper (B.Barrett, 2022) leading to the referee to temporarily call a halt to proceedings to inform stewards.

Meanwhile, the rearguard action continue with Yeovil so deep they were almost sat in the Meadow Lane Kop at some points. Fortunately for them Langstaff was having an off day (or least an off 35 minutes) and his effort was blocked by Owen Bevan, and from the resulting corner Adam Chicksen’s long-range effort was turned over by Smith.

Smith was at it again three minutes from half-time when he dropped superbly to deny a low drive from Rodrigues before Morgan Williams hacked the ball away.

It wasn’t pretty but, for 45 minutes at least, it had been effective.

Half time: Notts County 0 Yeovil Town 0

Second half

On 47 minutes, Yeovil’s best piece of attacking play forced a save (yes, an actual save) out of Sam Slocombe in the hosts’ goal. Oluwabori put a ball in from the right and Fisher’s attempted flick at the near post was denied. Moments later, Oluwabori seized on a mistake in midfield and broke forward to play Chiori Johnson but he was denied by a fine tackle.

At the other end, Notts picked up where they left off patiently playing it around, hoping to find a gap in the Parma Violet wall. A ball in from Tobi Adebayo-Rowling was headed away as Williams before it found its way to Scott whose shot was weak and Chicksen’s follow up was over.

Rodrigues fizzed one over and substitute Quevin Castro had an effort deflected wide. If I hadn’t watched the same happen for 45 minutes, I would have been more worried. I was a little worried, but not as much as I would have been.

For every probing Rodrigues ball and long range effort from the home side, there was a block from Williams or a header from Max Hunt.

On 75 minutes, Smith was at it again, diving to his left to deny Cameron’s long ranger, before Worthington was in the right place on the back post to head Cameron’s goal bound header off the line.

Malachi Linton, on for the non-stop Oluwabori, was ruffling feathers at the other end. Picking up a booking for a soft foul, but almost finding himself through on goal.

A National League record crowd of 16,511 – including 452 away supporters – was announced and, even with discounted tickets, that is some achievement.

Probably the most inexplicable chance came with the last opportunity when Chicksen got ahead of Adebayo-Rowling but his header went over.

But, the roar from the away end at the final whistle told you everything about what that point meant.

Full time: Notts County 0 Yeovil Town 0

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malcolm simons
1 year ago

yeovil are a n embarrasement to national league football they are where they deserve to be

1 year ago

Yeovil certainly embarrassed County. In front of a huge home crowd 2nd in the table couldn’t break the determined defence of lower table travellers.