18th February 2024

The Glovers extended their impressive run of form at Huish Park with another victory, although it was far from easy against their opponents languishing in the relegation zone. Jake Wannell’s goal in the first half secured a hard-fought win for the home side.

Mark Cooper was able to keep faith in the same lineup that secured victory against Tonbridge Angels a week earlier, with no fresh injury concerns emerging from that game or during the week’s preparations.

Havant & Waterlooville threatened early on, with a dangerous cross finding former Glover Ryan Seager, whose header forced Joe Day into a fingertip save onto the crossbar before Morgan Williams cleared the danger.

However, the visitors soon found themselves under pressure as Yeovil piled on the corners, with Sonny Blu Lo-Everton and Jordan Young both trying their luck from distance, albeit without success.

A forced substitution saw Alex Whittle making way for Jay Foulston, prompting a brief reshuffle in the Yeovil lineup. The home side came close to breaking the deadlock as a ball into the box found Michael Smith, whose effort struck the woodwork before being cleared for a corner.

From the resulting corner, clever play between Sam Pearson and Sonny Blu Lo-Everton set up Jake Wannell to score his seventh goal of the season and give Yeovil the lead.

Despite the rain persisting throughout the first half, clear-cut chances were scarce, with the only notable incident being Jordan Young receiving his 10th yellow card of the season, resulting in a suspension for upcoming matches.

The second half saw Yeovil continuing to dominate proceedings, with Michael Smith and Jordan Young both testing the Havant goalkeeper, Ross Worner.

Yeovil had three excellent opportunities to extend their lead, with Sam Pearson, then Jordan Stevens, both being denied by Worner’s saves before Will Dawes replaced Pearson for the final stages of the game.

Despite late pressure from Havant as they searched for an equaliser, Yeovil held firm to secure all three points and maintain their 10-point lead at the top of the table.