18th December 2023

The Glovers extended their unbeaten run at home but will feel a little frustrated, as missed opportunities denied them all three points. New signing Jay Foulston started for the Glovers, replacing the injured Alex Whittle, while Frank Nouble replaced Sonny Cox, who returned to Exeter City during the week.

Despite the full-time result, there were plenty of chances from both sides. The first opportunity fell to former Glover Jake Gray, who forced Joe Day to make a diving save on 6 minutes before Jay Foulston blocked the rebound well.

On 8 minutes, Rhys Murphy had the best chance of the game. He brought the ball down before shooting on the spin, but his effort was well saved by Adam Desbois in the Hampton goal. Despite the good save, Rhys Murphy was visibly frustrated for not putting the Glovers ahead.

The chances kept coming for the Glovers. Michael Smith played the ball through to Rhys Murphy, who dragged his low effort wide. Moments later, patient build-up saw the ball fall to Jordan Young, who drove in from the right before shooting over the bar.

The game then fell into a tense battle in midfield for about 20 minutes until Sam Deadfield managed to break through and shoot from range, but he put his effort wide of Joe Day’s goal. Frank Nouble then had a chance when he broke into the box on the left and tried to find the far corner of Adam Desbois’ goal, but he slotted his effort on the wrong side of the post.

The chances came and went for both sides without either keeper being too troubled as the halftime whistle went with the sides level.

The second half saw Hampton come out with a bit more energy. Ruaridh Donaldson managed to intercept play on 51 minutes before shooting from range, but his shot was saved by Joe Day. Mark Cooper then looked to the bench to try to attack slightly differently as they sought a breakthrough. Rhys Murphy was replaced by Alex Fisher, who made his first appearance at Huish Park since his double leg break against Southend United in April.

Moments after coming on, Alex Fisher was almost on the end of a delightful cross from Matt Worthington. The Yeovil captain put a cross into the six-yard box with the outside of his boot, but Fisher was unable to make a connection with the ball despite being fully stretched.

The physical presence of Alex Fisher and Frank Nouble almost paid off for the Glovers as Joe Day’s long free kick was flicked on by both Fisher and then Nouble before falling to Matt Worthington. However, Worthington could only poke the ball wide with Adam Desbois rushing out to close him down.

As we entered the final 10 minutes, Sam Dreyer had a big chance to give Hampton the lead. A quick, low corner was played into the box and to the feet of Dreyer, who was free to shoot but put his effort over the crossbar.

With time running out, Jordan Young had an opportunity to deliver a free kick and found the head of Frank Nouble. This was to be his last action as he was replaced by Will Dawes to add a bit of pace in the closing stages of the game.

The additional four minutes went by with very little to trouble either goal as Hampton cleared one final Jordan Young corner before the referee, Isaac Searle, brought an end to proceedings.