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MATCH PREVIEW | Notts County - Yeovil Town

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19 March 2021

Yeovil Town travel to Meadow Lane for the first time since returning to the National League on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

In what is the first of a double header against the Magpies, Darren Sarll will be hoping his side can bounce back from late defeat against Bromley on Tuesday evening.

The hosts will be hoping to hold onto their play-off spot, currently sitting in seventh place but with two games in hand on the teams around them.

 

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

The boss looked ahead to Saturday’s trip in his weekly press conference: “It’s been so long since we’ve played them. They brought in some good players in the Summer, Jake Reeves in particular who is a former apprentice of mine. He’s a Football League player really.

“They’re in a strong position and they’ll be hoping they can still catch the top two. It’s a proper ground with a big pitch and I’m hoping it’s going to be a game of football rather than the crash, bang, wallop that we’ve dealt with of late.”

 

Team News

Yeovil Town’s squad looks largely unchanged from Tuesday night’s side that faced Bromley.

Sarll recently confirmed that Luke Wilkinson will likely be out until April now whilst Josh Staunton and Lawson D’Ath continue their recoveries.

Emmanuel Sonupe is also getting closer to a return after his long-term absence due to injury.

 

A foot in the opposition camp

After play-off heartbreak last season, Neil Ardley has promotion aspirations once again for the Magpies. Ardley has been at the helm at Meadow Lane since November 2018 following a six-year spell with AFC Wimbledon where he guided The Dons to League Two play-off victory in the 15/16 season.

Reuben Rodrigues is the man to look out for within the County side. The 24-year-old Portuguese ventured to Nottingham in the Summer transfer window after plying his trade in The Netherlands. Clearly a talented player, Rodrigues has just three goals in the league so far this season but provides a creative outlet for the likes of Kyle Wootton to supply the finishing touch.

 

Coverage

Notts County will be live streaming the fixture, with passes available from HERE.

BBC Somerset & Three Valleys will provide live audio commentary as usual along with social media updates available across the Yeovil Town channels. 

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MATCH REPORT | Notts County - Yeovil Town

Defeat at Meadow Lane

20 March 2021

Yeovil Town suffered defeat on the road at Meadow Lane as Notts County were the 2-0 victors.

Two stunning strikes in the closing stages of each half separated the sides as the hosts managed the game effectively throughout.

For Town, the biggest worry will be the hamstring injury to Rhys Murphy who limped off during the second half.

There were three changes for Yeovil Town following Tuesday’s defeat to Bromley at Huish Park.

Alex Bradley, Charlie Lee and Joe Quigley made way for Tom Knowles, Jimmy Smith and Reuben Reid.

Bradley’s absence forced Josh Neufville into an unfamiliar right back role, alongside him in the defence started Max Hunt, Billy Sass Davies and Carl Dickinson who captained the side, Adam Smith began in goal behind them.

J.Smith returned to the base of the diamond with Knowles and Matt Worthington in the wider roles, Albi Skendi began at the tip of the diamond.

Reid returned to the starting line-up to partner Murphy.

It took both sides a while to get going in the fixture, with very few incisive attacks breaking down either defence throughout the fixture.

The game began in a rather scappy manner in truth, with that characterised by Knowles receiving a yellow card for getting an elbow to the face in the 10th minute.

It took until the 22nd minute for the first real opening of the afternoon, which fell to Notts County’s Jake Reeves. The ball dropped kindly for the Magpies number four at the edge of the box but A.Smith was equal to his effort, palming it over the bar.

Town’s best piece of play came in the 33rd minute; Skendi did excellently to beat two Notts County defenders, he then played the ball into Reid's path who couldn't quite get the ball out from under his feet to test Sam Slocombe, an attack which largely showcased the green and whites lack of cutting edge in Nottingham.

Comparatively, Notts seemed to have that extra bit of quality in front of goal which saw the hosts strike ahead on 40 minutes. Reeves’ free-kick from around 35-yards flew into the top corner to leave A.Smith stranded.

At the break, Notts may have felt a fortunate to be ahead with very little in terms of the ebb and flow of the game.

The second half was played in a similar manner to the first, with the Magpies midfield effectively dictating the tempo of the game in their favour.

An already disappointing afternoon became even worse as top scorer Murphy hobbled off with a hamstring injury.

On 78 minutes, the hosts were able to double their advantage in similarly spectacular style, a sublime first time strike from wide-man Jordan Barnett powered the ball through bodies and into the back of the net, essentially killing the game as a contest.

One final chance did fall to Town as the game entered stoppage time, with substitute Chris Dagnall firing into Slocombe’s gloves, but ultimately it was too little, too late with the Glovers falling to a defeat on the road.

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Dickinson (Kelly), Sass-Davies, Hunt, Worthington; J.Smith, Neufville, Knowles (Quigley), Skendi; Reid, Murphy (Dagnall).

Bookings: Knowles

Subs not used: Evans

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