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Kick off 15:00 (UK)

08 February 2020 Venue Huish Park Attendance

Kick off 15:00 (UK)

Yeovil Town
1 - 2
Notts County
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Match Previews

Trophy preview: Yeovil (A)

All the build-up to our last 16 tie at Huish Park

7 February 2020

We head to Huish Park this weekend with a place in the quarter-finals of the Buildbase FA Trophy up for grabs.

Victories against Chesterfield and Dagenham in previous rounds have left us just three wins from Wembley and we’ll hope to go a step closer on Saturday.

We’re in good form, too, with just one defeat in our last 11 games in all competitions and we're fighting on all fronts as we sit sixth in the Vanarama National League.

The same goes for the Glovers, though, who are four points and two positions ahead of us in the league table and also have their eyes on an instant return to the EFL.

Their form has been sketchier of late, however, with just two wins from their last seven in all competitions – one of which against Hampton and Richmond in the last round of the Trophy.

They’ll be looking for a return to form with victory against us, much like earlier this season when our loss at Huish Park proved to be the first of seven consecutive Yeovil league wins.

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Neal Ardley says…

“As you get closer to Wembley it gets more exciting but we’re still a little way from that and have an extremely tough game away from home.

“Their system can cause you a lot of problems and we’ve done work on the training field to try and make sure we’re ready for that.

“They’re attacking and free-scoring so I don’t really need to say that it won’t be easy.

“In August we were both finding our feet and are better teams now – there’s not much between us.”

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Yeovil boss Darren Sarll says…

“We want to win things – we’re thirsty for that and know we’ve got to improve lots of aspects of our performance.

“It’ll be a proper game against a proper football club that will come here and trade blows with us punch for punch.

“It brings us back to the days in the EFL and I’m glad we’ve drawn someone like Notts County in this competition.

“The first game could have gone either way and was far from comfortable so it should be another good one this weekend.”

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Team news

Ardley revealed on Thursday we’ve got a limited number of players to choose from this weekend, so he won’t be able to rotate things as much as he might have liked.

Injuries continue to keep Sam Slocombe, Ben Turner, Zoumana Bakayogo and Regan Booty out, while Pierce Bird and Cal Roberts are cup-tied and Michael Doyle serves the second match of his suspension.

Damien McCrory has returned to training, though, and it’s hoped he’ll be fit, with new goalkeeper Joe McDonnell set to make his debut.

With a league game against second-placed Harrogate on Tuesday night, Sarll says he’ll have to manage his squad intelligently.

Charlie Lee is one who might be rested but the Yeovil boss says he’ll select as strong a side as he can providing it’s not detrimental to their midweek game.  

Gold Omotayo and Lawson D’Ath will miss out through injury but goalkeeper Stuart Nelson may be fit to return.

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Head to head

Huish Park hasn’t been the happiest hunting ground for us over the years and we’ve not won there since 2005.

By all accounts, the eight-game streak should have come to an end in our league visit back in August when we dominated and created several excellent opportunities but, somewhat surprisingly, were beaten 3-1.

The officials

Referee: Thomas Parsons

Assistants: Ciaran Barlow and Michael D'Aguilar

Fourth official: Harry Scott

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Match Reports

Yeovil 1-2 Notts

We make it through with nine men!

8 February 2020

We recorded a remarkable win with nine men to secure our passage to the quarter-finals of the Buildbase FA Trophy at Yeovil Town's expense.

A hugely eventful afternoon at Huish Park began with Connell Rawlinson opening the scoring before Wes Thomas was dismissed for raising his hands to an opponent shortly before half-time.

Kyle Wootton came off the bench to double our lead after the break before Courtney Duffus pulled one back at the end of a move which saw Damien McCrory sustain an injury which left us with nine men on the field for the closing exchanges.

But for all their pressure our hosts failed to break us down as we hung on for a brilliant win.

Neal Ardley made six changes to the side that breezed past Chesterfield last weekend, as new signing Joe McDonnell took his place between the sticks.

McCrory returned from injury to take his place at left back, with former Yeovil man Alex Lacey lining up alongside Rawlinson in the heart of defence.

Dion Kelly Evans returnded to his more familiar right-back slot, playing behind Sam Osborne, while Sean Shields was handed a start down the left.

Tom Crawford partnered skipper Jim O'Brien in central midfield, with Kristian Dennis and Thomas up top.

A lively first half began with two early tests for McDonnell, who caught a powerful Chris Dagnell header and pushed away Charlie Lee’s long shot inside the opening four minutes.

But it was his opposite number, our former trialist Liam O’Brien, who was picking the ball out of his net on eight minutes.

Dennis must have thought he’d scored when he sent a looping effort towards the far top corner, only for a defender to nod the ball off the line. The danger was far from over, though, as Rawlinson met the loose ball with a header firm enough to cross the line despite the best efforts of a Town man.

Within a minute of the restart it should have been 1-1 when James Smith’s cross-goal header presented Marc Richards with a simple-looking finish at the back stick. Somehow the winger put the ball past the post and we breathed a sigh of relief.

We almost made our hosts pay for their missed opportunity when Osborne linked up brilliantly with Dennis to worm his way into a one-on-one situation with Liam O’Brien. The keeper stood firm and managed to block the young winger’s effort at close quarters.

Thomas’ flicked header was easily saved by Liam O’Brien moments before former Magpie Carl Dickinson sent a free kick narrowly over the bar after Jim O’Brien had picked up a booking for a trip on Lee on the edge of the area.

The chances were showing no sign of drying up as, on 21 minutes, a cross from the right dropped behind Rawlinson and on to the foot of Caleb Richards, who side-footed his volley over from six yards out.

Lee fired a speculative half-volley over the bar and Dagnall bobbled an effort wide on the turn as our hosts continued their pursuit of an equaliser.

And they squandered a golden opportunity to get it on 25 minutes when Smith put too much fizz on his ball across the box, meaning Richards couldn’t reach it in time to turn it into an empty net from close range.

An exhausting first half entered a brief lull before a Lee booking for a late challenge on McCrory set the tone for a feisty last 10 minutes of the opening period.

Luke Wilkinson, who had been booked for arguing with the referee earlier in the half, tussled for the ball with Thomas near the dugouts. The latter appeared to raise his hands and Wilkinson went down, prompting the referee to brandish a straight red card.

Dennis was the next Notts man to have his name taken after a push on Smith, while Kelly-Evans and Dickinson both received a talking to after clashing near the corner flag in the dying embers of the half.

Ardley saw fit to change things at the break, replacing Shields with Richard Brindley and switching to a back five with McCrory in the middle of defence.

And there was very little to report until shortly after the hour mark, when substitute Myles Hippolyte fired two efforts wide from outside the area.

A double substitution followed as Ardley sent on Mitch Rose and Wootton for Osborne and Dennis.

And that proved to be a masterstroke as, four minutes following his introduction, Wootton doubled our lead with a shot which crashed off the underneath of the crossbar and over the line after Rawlinson had done brilliantly to keep our attack alive following a corner.

We then had penalty appeals waved away after Wootton held the ball up well on halfway before playing a teasing pass behind Yeovil's defence for Crawford to run on to. The midfielder appeared to have been bundled over by a defender as they reached the ball inside the box but the referee was unmoved.

It looked like we were on course for victory despite being down to 10 but Yeovil substitute Courtney Duffus had other ideas.

Just as Wootton had, the Glovers forward made an immediate impact by finding the net with an instinctive finish shortly after coming off the bench.

What's more, McCrory sustained an injury in the build-up to the goal and was unable to continue, leaving us down to nine men.

It was very much a backs-to-the-wall job now and McDonnell made a good save from Duffus at his near post moments before Wilkinson struck the crossbar.

Rhys Murphy, another sub, was the next man to have a go, chesting the ball down in the area and seeing his deflected effort go wide of McDonnell's post.

Six minutes were added on at the end of the match and the Glovers kept up their pressure with a succession of corners.

But they didn't have enough to breach our resilient defence as we moved to within two wins of Wembley.

As a result of the victory our upcoming home match against Aldershot on Sunday 1 March will need to be rearranged. Further details will be announced in due course.

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Ticket News

Tickets: Yeovil Town (A)

Details confirmed for Trophy trip

7 February 2020

Tickets are available directly from Yeovil for Saturday's Buildbase FA Trophy trip to Huish Park (kick-off 3pm).

Until midday on Saturday, tickets can be purchased online by clicking here and selecting the red visiting supporter areas on the stadium map, or by calling 01935 847 888.

After midday, tickets will be available from Yeovil's ticket office until the time of kick-off. 

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Adult: £15

65 and over: £13

Armed Forces*: £13

Under 24: £9

Under 16: £3

*Valid ID must be shown at the turnstiles

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Advance tickets are available to purchase online, in person or by calling 0115 955 7210.

Due to the potential for matchday queues you are advised to purchase your ticket in advance, however if you choose to purchase yours from Yeovil on the day, please visit the main ticket office.

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Ambulant disabled supporters should obtain tickets in advance from Notts County. They are priced at the appropriate age-related price for the disabled supporter with a personal assistant ticket issued free of charge.

Yeovil have also allocated five wheelchair disabled tickets for our supporters.

Please note - tickets for disabled supporters are not available online.

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

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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