Venue: Edgeley Park
Saturday, September 11 2021, 3pm kick-off.
Conditions: Dry but dull
Scorers: Wakefield 26 (1-0), Quigley pen 53 (2-0), Yussuf 86 (3-0)
Attendance: 5,231 (207 away fans)
Referee: Scott Jackson
Yeovil: Knowles 8, Gorman 78, Smith 79
Stockport County: None
Stockport County: Palmer, 52
Yeovil Town : (4-4-1-1)
Dan Moss, Max Hunt, Luke Wilkinson, Jordan Barnett
Charlie Wakefield, Dale Gorman, Josh Staunton, Tom Knowles
Sonny Blu Lo-Everton
Subs: Alex Bradley (for Knowles, 76), Adi Yussuf (for Lo-Everton, 81), Toby Stephens (for Wakefield, 89) (for Wilkinson, 28), Max Evans (not used), Morgan Williams (not used).
Stockport County: Hinchcliffe, Hogan, Palmer, Barclay (for Fryers, 46), Southam-Hales, Rooney, Whitfield, Raikhy (for Walker, 32), Croasdale, Madden, Reid (for Dünnwald-Turan,66).
Substitutes (not used): Collar, Ross.
A complete performance saw Yeovil Town pull off the result of the as they cruised to a 3-0 win at one of the National League’s promotion favourites Stockport County.
Charlie Wakefield opened the scoring after 26 minutes before a second half penalty from Joe Quigley which led to the dismissal of defender Ash Palmer and a late third from substitute Adi Yussuf sealed the victory.
The performance was unquestionably the Glovers’ best of the season so far and one manager Darren Sarll described as “right up there” in the best during his time in charge.
It can be said that the expensively assembled Stockport side, boasting the likes of Paddy Madden, Ben Whitfield, John Rooney and last season’s top-scorer Alex Reid, did not look like a side worthy of their lofty credentials, credit must go to the visitors for nullifying their hosts.
Here’s how David Coates saw it from the away end…..
For the second weekend in a row, Darren Sarll was able to named an unchanged starting XI as he went with the same team that won 1-0 at home to FC Halifax Town seven days earlier.
We had been told to expect a Stockport side which dominated possession but did very little with it and that was how it proved to be with nothing that threatened the visitors’ back four of Moss, Hunt, Wilkinson and Barnett.
The game’s first meaningful opportunity fell to Wakefield who linked up with Sonny Blu Lo-Everton who was playing in the number 10 role behind Quigley for the third consecutive match. That set Wakefield away but his effort was turned around the post by Ben Hinchcliffe in the Stockport goal.
Following a performance which rather passed him by against Halifax, this was a very different Lo-Everton with the Watford loanee added a little more robustness to his undoubted quality on the ball.
Perhaps with opponents more akin to himself, he was not subjected to the rough and tumble he may experience against less cultured midfielder, but there was plenty to like about his performance.
That sparked a spell of pressure with Madden, who found himself playing almost permanently in midfield looking for the ball in the first half, having to scramble a corner wide before Josh Staunton‘s header called Hinchcliffe back in to action.
So when WAKEFIELD open the scoring on 26 minutes, there was no doubt it was a well-deserved advantage. Strong play for Quigley saw him find Lo-Everton whose lovely side-footed pass picked out Wakefield arriving on the right of the area to smash a superb angled drive in to the far corner.
Dale Gorman forced a flying stop out of Hinchliffe soon after before Stockport boss Simon Rusk made a tactical change to try with Tom Walker replacing Arjan Raikhy, who joined from Premier League Aston Villa where in the summer where he was a highly-rated member of the academy.
The move was testament to the tactics of Rusk’s opposite number whose tactics driven by the disciplined performances of Staunton and Gorman nullified their expensively-assembled opponents.
Half-time: Stockport County 0 Yeovil Town 1
As he and his team-mates celebrated in front of the 200 travelling supporters, the boos rang out around Edgeley Park.
Full time: Stockport County 0 Yeovil Town 3