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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
17:20 5th September 2010

GLOVERS SUFFER MEADOW MISERY

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A horror first half which saw Yeovil Town concede three times condemned them to a fifth defeat in six games against a physical Notts County side at Meadow Lane this afternoon.

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Two goals from the influential Ben Davies and one apiece from Craig Westcarr and Lee Hughes were enough to see off any threat from a Glovers side patched up in attack through the loss of the club's three main strikers.

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Boss Terry Skiverton was already ruing the loss of Sam Williams who started his three game ban after being dismissed against Exeter City on Tuesday night and his absence more than most was missed today.

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Dean Bowditch withdrew with a throat problem and Andy Williams failed to recover from the ankle injury sustained last weekend at Oldham leaving the manager to throw centre half Adam Virgo up front for some form of physical presence in attack.

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Before today, the only change in defence had been at left back where Nathan Smith had replaced Nathan Jones on occasion but the reshuffle brought Stefan Stam into the back four for the first time this season.

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This left the Glovers with only six subs and looking decidedly lightweight on the bench should anything go wrong, and go wrong it certainly did with Town letting three in before the half time cuppa.

The game's first quarter saw the Glovers hold their own territorially with five corners in the first fifteen minutes yet the first opportunity fell to Hughes who hit the post from an offside position on twelve minutes after being set up by the irrepressible Davies.

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Hughes, never one to shirk the physical side of the game, was booked on twenty minutes for almost ripping the shirt from Stefan Stam's back but the Glovers were having more trouble dealing with Davies.

The former Shrewsbury midfielder was a thorn in the Glovers side all afternoon and he ended the game with two goals and an assist.

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The first goal came on 24 minutes when a long ball over the top was pounced on after some defensive hesitation by Craig Westcarr and he nipped in to give County the lead.

Owain Tudur Jones was then booked for a late challenge on Ricky Ravenhill, a tackle that lacked finesse but wasn't worthy of five County players haranguing the referee to book the Welsh international.

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Six minutes after the first goal came the second. Davies hit a shot that Sullivan could only push on to the post and over the line before Kevin Smith finished it off.

Yeovil huffed and puffed to get back into the game with shots from Luke Freeman and Luke Ayling deflected away from goal and Tudur Jones effort on 43 minutes suffering the same fate.

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Suffering was indeed the word as two minutes into first half stoppage time, Davies made it three with a low sidefooted shot from the edge of the box after being given too much time and space.

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The second period just had to be better and so it proved but only marginally. Westcarr and Hughes had early chances to score for the Magpies while the Glovers rustled up half-hearted headers from Paul Huntington and Craig Alcock in reply.

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Luke Ayling, playing wide right of midfield was withdrawn on the hour mark in favour of Cameron Stewart and his ex-Arsenal colleague Freeman had the 316 Glovers off their seats minutes later when he cut inside and saw his shot saved by keeper Stuart Nelson before chasing the defender, regaining the ball and crossing again in a rare moment of inspiration from the away side.

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County still looked the most likely to score and number four duly arrived with seventeen minutes left; that man Davies yet again involved with a ball over the top for Hughes to race on to, chest down and slip past Sullivan in goal.

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Davies almost made it five with a free kick awarded after Jean-Paul Kalala fouled Jon Harley just outside the box but credit to Town, they kept things tighter in the last fifteen minutes and even had a silver lining to a very large cloud as striker Craig Calver came on for his full league debut and looked lively in his cameo appearance.

The final whistle blew not a minute too soon and County celebrated their century at Meadow Lane with a quality performance and four goals while Yeovil have a free week to prepare for a home match with Tranmere Rovers hoping that there are more striking options for the manager to choose from.

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