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Glovers Reach Magic 50 Points

Dean at the double!

By Alex O'Loughlin
April 13 2011

Yeovil Town should have secured League One status for another season after a 2-1 victory over Notts County at Huish Park on Tuesday evening, earning three points which see them reach the 50 point mark. 

Terry Skiverton made four changes to the side which lost 3-1 to Hartlepool United on Saturday, with Luke Ayling, Andy Welsh, Paul Wotton and Oli Johnson coming into the side at the expense of Craig Alcock, Nathan Smith, Andrew Tutte and Sam Williams. 

Despite the personal changes they stayed with the 3-4-1-2 formation with Andy Welsh and Luke Ayling acting as wing-backs whilst Oli Johnson operated in the hole. 

Things almost got off to a disastrous start when Lee Hughes closed down a Stephen Henderson clearance with the ball flying into the net, but his 'goal' was ruled out for handball with the Yeovil players breathing a sigh of relief. 

But County continued to dominate the early stages of the game with Neal Bishop and Lee Hughes both having efforts at goal, before Njogu Demba-Nyren was played through on goal only to be denied by a last minute challenge from Max Ehmer. 

The fixture was a game the Glovers had to win, and perhaps the pressure of that was getting to them as they struggled to impose themselves on the game often opting for aimless long balls resulting in an agitated crowd getting on their backs.

It took Yeovil twenty minutes before their first real effort on goal when Jon Obika's flick header put through Oli Johnson whose shot was blocked well by 'keeper Stuart Nelson. 

Dean Bowditch then had a snap shot fly just over the bar, whilst Andy Welsh fired wide after cutting in off of his left wing, which was causing County some problems. 

Just past the half hour mark and the Glovers took the lead, when Jon Obika did well to keep the ball before it deflected up into the path of Dean Bowditch who volleyed home from fifteen yards, a real poacher's goal. 1-0.

Although after taking the lead Yeovil looked the more comfortable of the two sides Lee Hughes almost drew the scores level when he was played through on goal. Fortunately for the Green and Whites Stephen Henderson was on hand to save his effort. 

Half Time: Yeovil Town 1-0 Notts County

Notts County made a tactical change at half time, changing to a 4-4-2 formation as well as introducing David Martin for Demba-Nyren. 

And the change worked almost immediately when a deep free-kick found Ben Burgess who headed back across goal to a completely unmarked John Spicer who side footed home to draw the scores level. 1-1.

But it wasn't long before Yeovil were back in front again, with a goal owing most of its thanks to Andy Welsh, whose excellent run allowed him to cut inside once more before slipping in a brilliant reverse pass to Dean Bowditch who prodded the ball home under Stuart Nelson to grab his 13th of the season. 2-1.

The remainder of the game saw County dominate the possession but fail to create any chances in the final quarter of the game, although the final few minutes were rather nervy as the Glovers looked to hang on for an invaluable three points. 

Although the 50 points they have earned do not guarantee them safety, it should do the job, but an extra one or two points will make sure they stave off relegation for this season. 

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