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Preview: Yeovil (A)

18 January 2019

Notts County visit Yeovil Town on Saturday in another big Sky Bet League Two clash.

Both sides are embroiled in a battle to beat the drop and the Glovers could move nine points clear of the Magpies with a win.

Neal Ardley is under no illusions that a change of fortune is needed quickly if Notts are to stave off the threat of relegation.

He picked up his first away point in the dramatic draw at Colchester a fortnight ago and will hope to go one better by recording a win in Somerset.

Yeovil, meanwhile, had been in the midst of a dreadful run themselves before ending their sequence of 10 games without a victory by beating Mansfield 1-0 at One Call Stadium last week.

The Glovers had last won a game at the end of October and had free-fallen toward the dropzone but will hope their win over the Stags is the first sign of recovery.

Notts could move to within three points of safety with victory, while Yeovil could climb four places to 18th with a win.

Ardley says...

“We’ve worked hard to be better without the ball and now have to make sure we get the balance right – when we’ve done that in matches we’ve been good.

“We don’t want to chase the game. It’s hard to do that and we need to try and get our noses in front.

“Yeovil have a lot of pace, energy, trickery and athleticism in their team and we have make sure we are ready to deal with that because it’s an opportunity for three points.

“They’ve had a tough time in recent weeks but they were superb against Mansfield last time out.”

Yeovil boss Darren Way says…

“We can’t underestimate Notts County because, as we’ve seen over the years, any team at the bottom will be a dangerous animal.

“It’s important we don’t go into the game complacent and we’ve been working on our performance all week.

“With players leaving and one or two coming in with quality, the new environment we have has been good – it puts pressure on other players to make sure they put in a good display.

“It’s important that this football club maintains its EFL status and stays strong and sticks together.”

Team news

Enzio Boldewijn returned to training this week after a long spell on the sidelines and Ardley has suggested he could feature.

Andy Kellett and David Vaughan both missed out against Cambridge last week but could return in Somerset.

Yeovil will be without Omar Sowunmi, James Bailey and Alex Pattison who are all nursing injuries, but Korrey Henry is expected to return following a groin problem.

New signings Josh Grant and Mihai-Alexandru Dobre made their debuts at Mansfield last week while former Notts players Carl Dickinson and Francois Zoko are likely starters.

We’ve met before

Yeovil won the most recent meeting of the two sides in August when Alex Fisher scored a hat-trick and former Notts man Yoann Arquinn grabbed the other in their 4-0 success.

The Magpies took four points from the Glovers in 2017-18 with a 4-1 victory at Meadow Lane in April 2018 and a 1-1 draw the last time they visited Huish Park.

Zoko’s late penalty denied Notts the win after Jonathan Forte had opened the scoring shortly before half-time in November 2017.

Elsewhere in League Two

23rd-placed Macclesfield host Oldham on Saturday, who remain unbeaten under caretaker boss Pete Wild.

Morecambe welcome Stevenage to the Globe Arena looking for their first win since 22 December, while Cheltenham visit Carlisle who appointed Steven Pressley as manager this week.

Port Vale travel to Crawley hoping to end a seven-game run without victory while Cambridge host near neighbours Northampton as they seek a third straight win.

The afternoon’s officials

Referee: Stephen Martin

Assistants: Darren Blunden and Dean Treleaven

Fourth official - John Flynn

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Match Reports

Yeovil 2-0 Notts

19 January 2019

Notts County were beaten 2-0 by Yeovil Town at Huish Park.

The Magpies' Achilles heel was exploited once more as Tom James' eighth-minute header from a corner gave the hosts the dream start.

And they wrapped up the points in second-half injury time through Alex Dobre, leaving Notts rooted to the bottom of the Sky Bet League Two table.

Neal Ardley made two changes to the side that were beaten by Cambridge United last weekend.

One was forced as new goalkeeper Ryan Schofield was left at home due to illness. Ross Fitzsimons regained his place between the sticks.

The other saw David Vaughan replace the bench-bound Kristian Dennis, leaving Lewis Alessandra to partner Jon Stead up front.

Enzio Boldewijn was back on the bench after his long-awaited return from a knee injury.

Notts had the first glimmer of goal when Town keeper Nathan Baxter came out of his area to clear the ball, only to present it to Cedric Evina down the left 40 yards out. The wing back couldn't find the empty net with a speculative effort.

Minutes later, Yeovil had the lead when James met a corner at the near post to loop a header into the far corner of Fitzsimons' net.

Notts wanted a quick response and could have had one when Alessandra received the ball in space just inside the area. He had time to think about his cross, aiming for Stead with a drilled delivery. The angles were against the forward, however, and he directed his diving header well wide.

Alessandra was also involved in Notts' next chance, picking up the scraps from Rob Milsom's header to send a shot at goal on the spin from the edge of the box. It was straight at Baxter, however, who held on to the ball low down.

Despite the scoreline the Magpies were having the lion's share of the play and Elliott Hewitt had two opportunities to equalise before the referee called time on the first half.

First the Welshman saw a shot blocked at the back post before, seven minutes later, he sent a close-range half-volley over the bar after Stead had challenged Baxter to meet Evina's cross.

There were no changes at the break and Notts began the second half on the front foot, winning a succession of corners but failing to test Baxter.

The pressure on Yeovil's defence was relieved when Vaughan was booked for a foul on Rhys Browne as he led a speedy counter attack.

And there was a yellow card for James shortly afterwards after he cynically pulled back Cedric Evina as he made strides down the left.

Alessandra was just underneath a delicious Stead cross and Vaughan sent a 20-yard effort wide as Notts continued their pursuit of a much-needed equaliser.

Chances for the hosts had been few and far between but they carved out a good opening shortly after the hour when Dobre led a counter-attack down the left. He rolled the ball into the middle for the onrushing Sessi D'Almeida but Richard Duffy was on hand to make a vital intervention.

Notts then went agonisingly close at the other end when Stead's giant leap at the back post kept a corner alive, presenting Pierce Bird with a chance to nod the ball home from close range. The young defender couldn't climb high enough to get the ball under the bar, however, nodding it against the woodwork.

Boldewijn and Kristian Dennis replaced Alessandra and Evina as the game entered its final throes.

And Yeovil could have made it 2-0 with their first real chance of the second half when substitute Alex Fisher strode into the area and drew a save from Fitzsimons with an effort he had tried to curl into the far corner.

Ardley's final throw of the dice saw Nathan Thomas replace Bird as the manager injected more attacking intent.

But Yeovil could have wrapped it up just before six minutes of added time when Gary Warren miscued a volley at the back post, inadvertantly presenting the ball to D'Almeida just outside the area. He skied his shot.

It wasn't to matter for the hosts, though, as Dobre pounced on a loose ball behind the Magpies' defence to round Fitzsimons and make it 2-0.

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Ticket News

Tickets and travel: Yeovil (A)

17 January 2019

Tickets for Notts County's trip to Yeovil on Saturday 19 January (3pm kick-off) are available from Huish Park on matchday.

Notts have been allocated 340 reserved, covered seats along the side of the pitch in the Screwfix Community Stand.

Advance-price tickets can no longer be purchased but those remaining from the initial allocation will be returned to Yeovil to be sold on matchday.

Matchday prices

Adult: £24

65 and over: £20

16-21: £12

Under 16: £3

Disabled Supporters

In line with Yeovil’s policy, tickets for supporters with a disability and their personal assistants are available to those on the middle or high level of PIPS or DLA from the DWP.

Ambulant disabled supporters should obtain tickets in advance from Notts. They are priced £17 for the disabled supporter with a personal assistant ticket issued free of charge.

Notts have been allocated 5 pairs of wheelchair disabled and personal assistant tickets charged at £17 for the disabled supporter with a personal assistant ticket issued free of charge.

Official away travel - now available online

Official away travel will depart from near the club shop on Meadow Lane at 9.30am.

Prices are as follows:

General adult/senior: £27

General under 18: £14

Season ticket holders/Lifeline members/NCFCOSA members: £26

Season ticket holder under 18: £13

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