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29 April 2017 Venue Huish Park Attendance

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PREVIEW: YEOVIL TOWN v STEVENAGE

28 April 2017

All you need to know ahead of Town’s last home match of the season against Stevenage.


Darren Way’s side require just one more point to guarantee their place in Sky Bet League Two next season.


The Glovers sit six points ahead of the drop zone, eight goals better off than second from bottom Hartlepool United with two matches remaining.


Town will play in front of their home supporters for the final time this campaign on Saturday (3pm) and will be hoping for a similar performance to their last outing at Huish Park against Crewe Alexandra on Easter Monday.


Matty Dolan curled home an excellent free kick to set the ball rolling before Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro grabbed his first for the club.


Otis Khan assisted both goals before rounding off a perfect afternoon with an effort of his own.


While Town want points to finish off the job, Stevenage will be looking for three points in Somerset to strengthen their play-off ambitions.


After a run of just one loss in 13 games which saw them flirt with the automatic promotion spots, Darren Sarll’s outfit have suffered three defeats in four and have slipped to seventh in the table - a point above Mansfield Town who they lost to last Saturday.


Previously hot in front of goal, the Hertfordshire side have scored just twice this month.


Top goalscorer Matt Godden has missed the last two fixtures and failed to net in the four games previous.


However, the 25-year-old has 20 league goals to his name and will be the focal point to Stevenage’s attack if selected.


Northern Ireland Under-21 international Ben Kennedy will also prove a handful. The youngster netted twice against the Glovers last time out and has a total of nine for the season.


Head-to-head

Yeovil are unbeaten in their last five matches in all competitions against Stevenage (W2 D3).


The run stretches back to 2013 where the Glovers ran out 2-0 winners at Broadhall Way thanks to goals from Sam Foley and James Hayter.


Town’s most memorable victory over Boro came in the 2002 FA Trophy final. The Green and Whites took the lead at Villa Park through Carl Alford before Town legend Adam Stansfield grabbed a second to secure the club’s first ever triumph in the competition.


Last time out, Ben Whitfield’s last-gasp finish earned the Glovers a draw on the road.


Ryan Hedges’ second-half strike was cancelled out by Ben Kennedy and the Boro midfielder added a second before Whitfield rescued a point.


Referee

Graham Horwood will take charge of his 31st game of the season at Huish Park.


Mr Horwood has awarded 113 yellow cards this year and has issued six red cards.


The Bedfordshire-born has officiated two Town matches in League Two - the Glovers 3-0 home defeat to Blackpool and the recent away loss to Portsmouth.


He will be assisted by Adam Bromley (Devon) and Ravel Cheoslaua (Worcestershire) with John Farries (Oxfordshire) acting as fourth official. 


Coverage

Darren Way and Francois Zoko’s pre-match interviews can be viewed on YTFC's official YouTube account here.


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

Juniors can attend the match for FREE on Saturday! To claim a junior ticket free of charge or purchase any other ticket for Town’s final home game of the season, visit the ticket office or call 01935 847888. Fans who have already bought junior tickets will be reimbursed. Supporters can also buy tickets online.



                                                                       

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REPORT: YEOVIL TOWN 1-1 STEVENAGE

29 April 2017

Yeovil Town confirmed Sky Bet League Two safety with a 1-1 draw against play-off chasing Stevenage at Huish Park.

Having had the better first-half chances in an edgy encounter, Town broke the deadlock just before the break courtesy of a clinical Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro finish. 

The Glovers were worthy of their lead at the halfway mark but were pegged back on 53 minutes, courtesy of Josh McQuoid’s poachers finish. 

Both sides had chances to win it, but Stevenage’s hopes of a top seven finish were to be dealt a blow in Somerset as Yeovil quashed any fears of relegation with a game to spare. 

Darren Way gave the starting XI that disappointingly lost at Grimsby a week ago a chance to make amends, making no alterations within the 18-man matchday squad.  

That meant the Green and Whites continued without the services of Kevin Dawson (leg) and Artur Krysiak (ankle), with Darren Ward ruled out for the remainder of the season back in March. 

With both sides targeting three points for different reasons, it was a positive start to proceedings in Somerset with plenty of attacking intent – albeit without much fruition. 

Looking to make the unlikely event of relegation mathematically impossible, the Glovers were first to go close to opening the scoring, with Matty Dolan’s strike from range slamming into the side netting inside 10 minutes.

The positive start continued for Town when the lively Otis Khan cut inside from the left, before watching a curling effort drift just wide. 

That was as good as it got in terms of goal scoring opportunities inside the opening half an hour, as it became a cagey affair at Huish Park, with Jonny Maddison comfortably dealing with tame efforts from Tom Pett and Ben Kennedy. 

The potential consequences of defeat for both sides saw defensive solidity take priority, before Way’s side ended the opening 45 minutes on a high. 

After a spell of pressure saw the hosts entrench themselves in the Boro half, Akpa Akpro made it 1-0 after 44 minutes.

Good work and tenacity from Khan on the left saw a ball swung into the box, and the Barnet loanee was perfectly placed to expertly dispatch a first-time effort into the net for his second in three matches. 

Keen to secure their EFL status in style Yeovil ended the half with a succession of attacking corners, only for the referee’s half-time whistle to offer Darren Sarll’s side some respite. 

With results elsewhere hampering Stevenage’s play-off hopes the visitors needed to find an equaliser, and did so just eight minutes after the restart. 

A swift counter-attack won Boro a corner, and from the resultant set-piece McQuoid was picked out with a header back across goal to level the scores. 

If the goal was against the run of play it sparked a good spell for the Hertfordshire outfit, as Maddison had to be at his best to push a fierce Steve Schumacher shot around the post. 

The young stopper was called into action again before the hour mark to palm away Jobi McAnuff’s rasping strike from inside the box, before Town almost restored their lead as the game became an end-to-end affair. 

Good work from Akpa Akpro saw him beat Jack King before reaching the by-line, with his pullback being pushed just wide by Francois Zoko, under pressure from Dean Wells in the middle. 

As the chances continued to flow, Tom Pett enjoyed two in quick succession for Boro, seeing a well-hit effort stopped by Maddison before heading into the side netting moments later with 73 minutes on the clock. 

Chasing a second goal to keep their play-off spot, Stevenage made all three substitutions and threw centre-back Jack King upfront, as Yeovil looked to earn the point that would ensure their EFL safety. 

On course to do so, Maddison demonstrated his shot-stopping ability once again to brilliantly keep out Jamie Gray’s low strike, as the game ticked into the final few minutes. 

Keen to not drop points on the road, Sarll’s side threw numbers forward in the closing stages but couldn’t trouble Man of the Match Maddison further, meaning Town earned the point needed to retain their EFL status.

Yeovil Town: Maddison; Shephard, Lacey, Smith, Dickson; Whitfield (Butcher 90’), Lawless, Dolan, Khan; Akpa Akpro, Zoko. 
Bookings:
Subs not used: Mugabi, James, Goodship, Harrison, Eaves, Sowunmi.

Stevenage: Jones; Henry, Wells, King, Ogilvie; Lee (Gray 74’); Kennedy (Tonge 68’), Schumacher, Pett, McAnuff; McQuoid (Wilkinson 81’).
Bookings:
Subs not used: Franks, Day, Gorman, Ntlhe.

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