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PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN v CREWE ALEXANDRA

16 April 2017

All you need to know ahead of Town’s match against Crewe Alexandra on Easter Monday in Sky Bet League Two (3pm).

 

Easter Monday's clash with Crewe Alexandra provides an instant opportunity for the Glovers to once again pull away from the relegation zone.


With the gap now at four points after defeat to Newport County on Good Friday, Darren Way's side will be eager to take their points tally to 49, a step closer to the coveted 50-point mark.


Having missed the trip to Portsmouth a fortnight ago, Ryan Dickson and Shayon Harrison returned in Wales, whilst Otis Khan made his first start since returning from an ankle injury. 


Young 'keeper Jonny Maddison made his EFL debut in the absence of Artur Krysiak who picked up a training ground ankle injury in the lead up to the match against County. 


In difficult circumstances, Nathan Smith made his 250th Yeovil appearance whilst Matty Dolan moved on to 99 ahead of the visit of the Railwaymen.


David Artell's side have enjoyed mixed results in the last 10 games, winning on four occasions and losing five times. 


Good Friday's 2-2 draw with Notts County represented their only share of the spoils within that time, leaving them two places above Town with three extra points on the board.


Much like Yeovil, Alexandra flirted with the top seven spots in the opening months of the season before a disappointing slump in form towards the end of 2016 which saw manager Steve Davis replaced in early January. 


Goals have been a consistent part of Crewe's last 10 games, only failing to score on one occasion, with marksman Chris Dagnall their top scorer with 13 goals in all competitions having enjoyed an upturn in form in recent months. 


Head-to-head

Town have come up against Crewe on 11 occasions since entering the Football League, with 10 of those clashes coming in Sky Bet League Two. 


In fact, the Glovers 1-0 win at Gresty Road courtesy of Dolan's free-kick was the first League Two encounter between the two sides.


Overall, Yeovil have won six of the 11 meetings with Alexandra boasting four victories, leaving just one stalemate which came back in 2006 when Kieffer Moore's equaliser earned a point at Huish Park.


Referee

Lee Swabey (Devon) will take charge of proceedings at Huish Park for his 12th game of the season.


The Easter fixture will be the third occasion this season Mr Swabey has officiated a game involving Town, having overseen the 4-1 Checkatrade Trophy win against MK Dons and 3-0 home defeat to Doncaster Rovers. 


The referee has issued 40 yellow and three red cards so far this campaign, including one for Dons' Samir Carruthers against the Glovers back in December.


Mr Swabey will be assisted by Michael Webb and Daniel Leach (Oxfordshire) with Andrew Quin (Devon) 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

With the ticket office closed until Easter Monday, purchases can be made online only. Fans can buy tickets on the day from the Huish Park ticket office either in person or by calling 01935 847888, with no additional matchday charge until 12 midday.

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REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN 3-0 CREWE ALEXANDRA

17 April 2017

Yeovil Town emphatically saw off Crewe Alexandra with a ruthless 3-0 win at Huish Park in Sky Bet League Two.

In a free-flowing encounter, Town took the lead just before the half-hour mark courtesy of Matty Dolan’s expert free-kick, whilst keeping Alexandra contained at the other end. 

As the first-half ticked into additional time Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro made it 2-0 with a deft header, before the game was put beyond any doubt after the break.

With 20 minutes remaining Otis Khan netted from close range to round off an impressive Town performance, virtually ensuring the Glovers league status and making any real relegation fears short-lived. 

Darren Way made two changes to the side that came away empty handed from the Good Friday trip to Newport County. 

The experienced head of Alex Lawless came into the centre of a midfield four in place of Matt Butcher, whilst Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro replaced Omar Sowunmi upfront. 

On the bench, the Glovers continued without a substitute goalkeeper, with Jonny Maddison making his home league debut in place of the injured Artur Krysiak.

After an assured start from the visitors who were quick to settle on the ball, the Glovers grew into the match and began to trouble the Railwaymen. 

Francois Zoko’s first-time shot into the arms of Ben Garratt was the game’s first attempt on goal, whilst Alexandra failed to trouble Maddison despite working themselves into dangerous positions in the final third. 

In fact, it took David Artell’s side until almost the half-hour mark to cause the Yeovil stopper any issues, as Callum Cooke’s shot deflected causing Maddison to scramble to beat the lively Chris Dagnall to the ball. 

That warning from Crewe sparked Town into life, who took the lead with 29 minutes on the clock as Dolan marked his 100th appearance in style. 

Having won a free-kick 25 yards from goal, Khan laid the ball off for Dolan who picked out the top corner with a stunning curling effort, in a similar strike to the one that won the reverse fixture in Cheshire back in October. 

Having reeled off to celebrate with manager Way and with the home support in a more buoyant mood, the Railwaymen were continually frustrated by the offside flag to deny Dagnall a charge through on goal.

In an open and expansive encounter at Huish Park, Crewe had their best chance when Callum Ainley’s shot from the edge of the box ricocheted into the arms of a thankful Maddison, before the hosts doubled their lead. 

Clever work from captain Ryan Dickson won the Glovers a free-kick in first-half stoppage time, and from Khan’s pinpoint delivery wide on the left, Akpa Akpro rose highest to open his Yeovil account and end the opening 45 minutes on a high. 

With their League Two status already virtually assured, Crewe made two attacking changes at the break as they threw caution the wind in search of a way back into the match. 

Immediately from the restart Alexandra got numbers in the box and forced Town to be on their metal defensively, but martialled by an imperious Nathan Smith, the Glovers stood firm with Maddison remaining untroubled.

As the game ticked towards the final 20 minutes Yeovil looked to put their Cheshire counterparts to the sword and looked to have done so when Akpa Akpro bundled in a third, but his effort was ruled out for deliberate handball. 

The Glovers weren’t to be denied for long, however, as with 70 minutes on the clock Khan marked his home return after almost three months out through injury with a goal, following up Zoko’s header which cannoned back off the bar.

Akpa Akpro forced Garratt into a smart save from the angle as Yeovil brimmed with confidence and searched for a fourth, but Way’s side had to settle for 3-0 and a result which put real distance between the Glovers and the bottom two with only three games remaining.

Yeovil Town: Maddison; Shephard, Lacey, Smith, Dickson; Dawson, Lawless, Dolan, Khan; Akpa Akpro, Zoko.
Bookings: Zoko 24’, Akpa Akpro 65’
Subs not used: Mugabi, James, Butcher, Goodship, Harrison, Eaves, Sowunmi.

Crewe Alexandra: Garratt; Turton, Ray (Wintle 45’), Ng, Bakayogo; Jones, Cooke (Kiwomya 45’), Bingham; Bowery, Dagnall, Ainley (Cooper 59’).
Bookings: Cooper 81’
Subs not used: Dawber, Saunders, Udoh, Kirk. 

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