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PREVIEW: GRIMSBY TOWN v YEOVIL TOWN

20 April 2017

All you need to know ahead of Town’s trip to Grimsby Town in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday 22nd April (3pm).


The Glovers travel to Lincolnshire with EFL safety virtually assured after the convincing 3-0 win over Crewe Alexandra at Huish Park on Easter Monday. 


Town sit seven points above the drop zone with three games remaining as well as boasting the best goal difference in the bottom eight. 


The win over Crewe earlier in the week was one of milestones, as Matty Dolan capped his 100th Yeovil appearance with a fine goal and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro netted his first goal in Green and White since joining on loan from Barnet. 


Having returned from injury at Portsmouth the week previous, Otis Khan marked his home return from a spell on the sidelines with a goal and two assists, as well as completing 90 minutes. 


Young stopper Jonny Maddison continued in place of Artur Krysiak keeping his first clean sheet against the Railwaymen, with the 22-year-old likely to deputise once again at Blundell Park. 


The Mariners have enjoyed mixed fortunes in the last 10 games, winning on four occasions and losing four times. 


Grimsby have also changed manager in that spell, with former Glovers boss Russell Slade returning to the club for a second tenure, marking his return with a 2-1 win over Cambridge United on Good Friday.


That result was followed up with a 2-1 defeat at Cheltenham Town on Easter Monday, continuing Grimsby's inconsistent form. 


Defeat leaves the Mariners 14th in the table on 58 points, making a late charge to the play-offs unlikely if not mathematically impossible. 


The stats certainly suggest goals in the encounter between Town and Slade's side, with Grimsby scoring 14 and conceding 17 in their last 10 outings. 


Having lost top scorer Omar Bogle to Wigan Athletic in January, Sam Jones leads the Mariners scoring charts with six goals. 


Head-to-head

Yeovil's trip to Lincolnshire will only be the fourth meeting between the two sides in the EFL.


Whoever comes out victorious will take the lead in the head-to-head standings, with both sides sharing a victory each and a draw from the three matches so far.


Strikes from Lee Johnson and Bartosz Tarachulski saw Yeovil win 2-1 at Huish Park back in 2004, before losing by the same scoreline at Blundell Park with Arron Davies on the score sheet.


This season's reverse fixture ended in stalemate. 


Referee

Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear) will take charge of proceedings at Blundell Park for his 18th game of the season.


The fixture will be the second time this campaign Mr Ilderton has officiated a game involving the Glovers, having overseen the 0-0 draw at Notts County which only saw two players go into the book.


Overall, the referee has issued 51 yellow and three red cards. 


Mr Ilderton will be assisted by Danny Gratton (Staffordshire) and Neil Sharp (Cleveland) with Mark Dwyer (West Yorkshire) acting as fourth official. 


Coverage

On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC's official Twitter account which can be found here, with additional updates available via YTFC's official Facebook page


If you’re unable to attend the game a full match report will follow on ytfc.net at full-time with post-match reaction from manager Darren Way and a member of the playing staff following soon after. 


Tickets

Fans can purchase tickets from the Huish Park ticket office until 3pm on Friday either in person or by calling 01935 847888. Tickets can also be purchased online, or at Blundell Park on the day of the match with a £2 matchday surcharge applying (excluding junior tickets).

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Match Reports

REPORT: GRIMSBY TOWN 4-2 YEOVIL TOWN

22 April 2017

Yeovil Town couldn’t continue their form from Easter Monday, slumping to a 4-2 defeat at Grimsby Town in Sky Bet League Two.

The Glovers fell behind with just seven minutes on the clock courtesy of Sam Jones’ penalty from what was the hosts first meaningful attack.

In a first period lacking in chances, the Mariners doubled their lead 10 minutes before the break when Chris Clements found the net to leave Town reflecting on a half of frustration. 

If the first-half was lacking in chances the second was drizzled with opportunity, as Alex Lawless netted for Town with just 47 minutes on the clock. 

Scott Vernon and Jamey Osborne scored twice in quick succession to make it 4-1 and seemingly put the result beyond doubt with almost half an hour left to play. 

Keen to salvage something Francois Zoko reduced the arrears on 75 minutes, but it served to be nothing but a consolation as the hosts closed the game out to earn all three points.

Darren Way was forced into one change from the side that impressively saw off Crewe Alexandra by a 3-0 scoreline on Easter Monday. 

A late dropout in the lead up to the trip to Lincolnshire, Kevin Dawson missed the lengthy trip through injury allowing Ben Whitfield straight back into the side having missed three games through suspension. 

Successful earlier in the week, the Glovers stuck with 4-4-2 as the Bournemouth loanee slotted into the right of a four-man midfield in a like-for-like swap with the Irish midfielder.

Bathed in Lincolnshire sunshine the Glovers started brightly with Otis Khan seeing plenty of the ball in the opening exchanges. 

But before Town could put their early possession to use, they were dealt a blow when the Mariners won a penalty with their first venture forward. 

The lively Jamey Osborne raced onto an angled through ball before being brought down by an advanced Jonny Maddison who had raced from his line.

Avoiding further punishment, Maddison took his spot on the goal line but couldn’t stop Jones converting from 12 yards.

The opener saw Russell Slade’s side settled into the game whilst Yeovil looked to regroup, as the half developed into one lacking in goal scoring opportunities. 

With the ball spending most of its time in the middle of the park, neither ‘keeper found themselves truly troubled as the Mariners slowly cranked up the pressure.

Having enjoyed a spell of possession the home side doubled their lead with the game’s first meaningful attempt since the early opener, courtesy of Clements. 

The midfield rode a challenge 20 yards from goal before picking out the bottom corner. 

In an attempt to get back into the game before the break Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro notched Town’s first efforts on goal, glancing a header wide before seeing a rasping effort from range smash into the advertising hoardings. 

As it was Way’s side headed in at half-time facing a two-goal deficit, needing to find a way to trouble home stopper James McKeown.

In a bid to do just that, Way switched to 3-4-3 at the break with Bevis Mugabi replacing Whitfield as Liam Shephard and Ryan Dickson pushed further forward. 

The change in tactics had the desired impact as the Glovers got one back just 90 seconds after the restart.

Good hold-up play from Akpa Akpro saw him tee up Lawless just inside the box, with the Welshman emphatically driving home an effort for his first Yeovil goal. 

The midfielder’s strike added to a bright start to the second half from Town, who were enjoying a sustained spell of pressure for the first time in the match. 

But as the game reached the hour-mark the visitors endured a devastating spell which saw them concede twice in three minutes.

From a Danny Andrew corner, Vernon reeled off celebrating to leave Maddison appealing for a foul as he tried to punch clear, before Osborne got in on the act following a swift counter-attack to make it 4-1.

With seemingly little to lose the Glovers introduced Shayon Harrison and threw caution to the wind, a bold move which reaped some reward with 15 minutes left.

From a Matty Dolan corner, Zoko picked up the scraps to lash a shot into the roof of the net as the Somerset outfit looked to mount an unlikely comeback.

But that was as good as it got for Town who failed to beat McKeown once again, instead suffering a disappointing defeat to prolong the search for mathematical safety, despite the drop seeming unlikely with just two games remaining. 

Grimsby Town: McKeown; Mills, Pearson, Collins, Andrew; Osborne (Bolarinwa 87’), Disley, Clements, Berrett (Vose 76’); Vernon (Dyson 71’), S. Jones.
Bookings:
Subs not used: Boyce, Davies, Comley, D. Jones.

Yeovil Town: Maddison; Shephard (Harrison 68’), Lacey, Smith, Dickson; Whitfield (Mugabi 45’), Lawless, Dolan, Khan; Zoko, Akpa Akpro.
Bookings:
Subs not used: James, Butcher, Goodship, Eaves, Sowunmi.

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