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Preview: Yeovil Town (A)

Notts head to Somerset with new addition in their ranks

30 August 2019

Notts County travel to Yeovil this afternoon looking to extend their four-match unbeaten run in the Vanarama National League.

Both sides were relegated from League Two last season and will harbour hopes of an immediate return to the EFL.

Notts head into the clash on the back of their most impressive result of the campaign so far – a 5-1 victory over Chorley on bank holiday Monday, when Wes Thomas and Nathan Tyson opened their accounts for the club.

That followed draws with Ebbsfleet and Wrexham and a win at Harrogate, so the Magpies will be looking to pick up three points on the road for the second time this season.

Yeovil, meanwhile, are looking to avoid a fourth successive defeat after losing to Barrow, Maidenhead and Dagenham and Redbridge on their most recent outings.

They’ve picked up seven points from their first seven games and are just three places above the relegation zone in 18th.

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Notts boss Neal Ardley says…

“The mood’s good – four games without defeat gives the whole place a lift but we can’t rest on our laurels because we’ve got two really tough games coming up.

“Yeovil are a good footballing team with pace in their side. I know they’ve had a couple of bad results, but they’ll be at it.

“They’ve mixed up their systems, playing three or four at the back, and what we’ve tried to do in training is prepare for various scenarios so whatever shape they pick, we’re equipped for it.”

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Yeovil boss Darren Sarll says…

"The best thing about the first seven games is that we’ve seen evidence of a really good team.

"There will be times in the season where everyone is fit. We’ll have that for 15-20 games and we will sail through them no problem.

“This is the first time for me as a National League manager and I think good runs of form, those peaks and troughs, can come at any time this campaign."

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Team news

Ardley is spoilt for choice up front with Kristian Dennis joining Thomas and Tyson in finding the target against Chorley on Monday.

Kyle Wootton signed on loan from Scunthorpe on Friday to add another option to the attack, giving the Magpies’ boss the right kind of selection headache.

Sarll has admitted the opening weeks of the campaign have taken their toll on his side and several players are short of fitness.

Swiss striker Gold Omotayo is in line to make his debut for the Glovers, however, after receiving clearance from the league following his move from Bury.

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Head to head

The Magpies haven’t won away to Yeovil since 2005, when Stefan Oakes, Glynn Hurst and Mark Stallard were on target in a 3-1 victory. Phil Jevons netted from the spot for the Glovers.

Notts lost both meetings between the sides last season, going down 4-0 at Meadow Lane last August and 2-0 at Huish Park in January.

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The officials

Referee: Paul Howard

Assistants: Christopher Myatt and Matthew Scholes

Fourth official: Martin Peters

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Match Reports

Yeovil 3-1 Notts

Magpies spurn host of chances as clinical hosts take the points

31 August 2019

Notts County suffered their first defeat in five matches as they were beaten 3-1 by Yeovil Town at Huish Park.

On an afternoon packed with golden opportunities and near misses for the Magpies, they were agonisingly left to rue goals from Courtney Duffus, Luke Wilkinson and Miles Hippolyte.

Kristian Dennis' penalty in second-half injury time provided little consolation on a hugely frustrating afternoon.

Neal Ardley made three changes to the side that beat Chorley on bank holiday Monday.

Nathan Tyson and Mitch Rose were both absent from the squad, while Zoumana Bakayago had to settle for a spot on the bench.

Sam Graham returned to the heart of defence, Regan Booty came into central midfield and Wes Thomas started up front alongside Dennis as Ardley opted for a 4-4-2 formation.

Yeovil had a couple of half-chances in the early exchanges as Tom Bradbury’s header was blocked by Ben Turner moments before Duffus bent a shot narrowly wide of Sam Slocombe’s post.

Notts responded with their first shot on 11 minutes when Booty flashed an effort a yard or so off-target after taking a free-kick short with Enzio Boldewijn.

And the Magpies forced a golden opportunity for themselves shortly afterwards when Thomas was quick to prevent the hosts passing the ball out from the back from a goal kick, catching midfielder Charlie Lee off guard to win the ball on the corner of the six-yard box. The forward could only send the ball over the bar.

Lee almost made the Magpies pay at the other end when his acrobatic effort from Carl Dickinson’s free-kick resulted in the ball cannoning off the crossbar and away to safety.

It was proving to be an end-to-end period of the game as, minutes later, Boldewijn stung the palms of Marcin Brzozowski in the Glovers’ net. The ball came back out to Thomas on the edge of the area but he couldn’t connect properly with his shot.

The match then entered something of a lull, with both sides nullifying one another’s threat before Yeovil took the lead out of nowhere as half-time neared.

Notts failed to deal with Gold Omotayo’s flick-on in the area and Duffus was able to lift the ball over Slocombe to secure his side a narrow lead at the break.

The Magpies returned for the second half unchanged and soon launched an assault on the Yeovil goal.

Booty played a delightful dinked pass to find the run of O’Brien in the area. The Scot spotted Thomas’ emergence and tried to supply him with a first-time flick but a Yeovil defender had positioned himself perfectly to cut it out.

Chaos reigned at the resultant corner as Turner’s header struck the post, McCrory’s follow-up effort was blocked on the line and Booty’s goalbound shot was deflected behind for a corner.

And Turner was denied again moments later when a Yeovil defender cleared his header off the line before McCrory worked the ball to O’Brien on the edge of the box. He struck the ball sweetly but it was straight at Brzozowksi.

Notts kept up their pressure and, shortly after sending an effort wide after cutting in from the right, Dennis had penalty appeals waved away when he appeared to be brought down as he raced to get to a loose ball in the area.

And Dennis was involved again just after the hour when his blocked effort presented Dion Kelly-Evans with a chance to score his first goal for the club. The full-back’s shot was inadvertently diverted away from goal by his team-mate Thomas, however, and Yeovil breathed yet another sigh of relief.

Notts’ first booking of the game came on 68 minutes when Boldewijn was penalised for a foul on Hippolyte.

Booty made way for debutant Kyle Wootton shortly afterwards and the big forward’s first involvement saw him win a corner which led to another big chance for Thomas. McCrory did well to nod the ball down into the six-yard box but Thomas could only cannon his shot against the crossbar.

Still Notts pressed forward, Dennis forcing his way into the area only to be pushed wide by the onrushing keeper as the visitors settled for a corner.

But Ardley's men were hit with the ultimate sucker punch with nine minutes to play when a Yeovil free-kick resulted in Lee nodding the ball across goal for Wilkinson to power a header beyond Slocombe.

Graham, who needed treatment for what looked like a facial injury in the aftermath, then made way for Connell Rawlinson.

But there was nothing the substitute could do to prevent the Glovers extending their lead further as Hippolyte's low effort from just outside the area squeezed under Slocombe and into the net.

Four minutes were added on at the end, during which Brzozowski made a good save to deny Wootton and Boldewijn won a penalty following a strong run into the Yeovil area.

Dennis duly dispatched the spotkick but it was of little consolation to Notts, who will feel they created enough to win the game.

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Ticket News

Tickets, travel and tips: Yeovil (A)

30 August 2019

Tickets for Notts County’s Vanarama National League trip to Yeovil Town are now on sale from Yeovil only.

Supporters wishing to take advantage of advance prices can do so before 12pm on Saturday by choosing one of the following options:

Buy online from Yeovil

Click here and select seats in blocks PP, P or N, which are in red and labelled 'visiting supporters'.

Buy over the phone from Yeovil

Please call 01935 847 888.

Tickets will also be available from Yeovil's Main Stand ticket office on matchday but any purchases made after 12pm will be subject to a price increase of £3 for adults and seniors and £2 for young adults.

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Category Advance After 12pm Sat
Adult £13 £16
65 and over £11 £14
16-21 £10 £12
Under 16 £3 £3



Online: Click here

Phone: 01935 847 888

In store: From Yeovil's Main Stand ticket office from opening on Saturday

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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 £13 for the disabled supporter with a personal assistant ticket issued free of charge.

Notts have been allocated five pairs of wheelchair disabled and personal assistant tickets charged at £13 for the disabled supporter with a personal assistant ticket issued free of charge.

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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


Yeovil Town's press officer, Alex O'Loughlin, has provided the following guidance to Notts fans making the trip...

Nearby pubs

  • The Arrow (0.8 miles)
  • Airfield Tavern (1.1 miles)
  • The Bell Inn (1.3 miles)

Town centre pubs

  • Wetherspoons (c. 3 miles)
  • The Globe (c. 3 miles)

Things to do

  • Ninesprings Park (3 miles from the ground in town) – a nice country park
  • Ham Hill (3 miles away in Stoke-sub-Hamdon) – great views over Somerset and a nice pub as well
  • Fleet Air Arm Museum (6 miles away in Ilchester)
  • Haynes Motor Museum (12 miles away in Sparkford)

Places to eat

  • Tamburinos (an Italian in town)
  • Kazbar (cocktails and tapas in town)
  • Viceroy (Indian in town)
  • Half Moon Inn (best pub grub around – 2/3 miles outside of Yeovil in Mudford)

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