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Notts County 0-0 Yeovil

Stalemate at the Lane

19 November 2022

Match Reports

Notts County 0-0 Yeovil

Stalemate at the Lane

19 November 2022

We suffered a frustrating afternoon in front of another record-breaking attendance at Meadow Lane as we shared the spoils with Yeovil Town after a 0-0 draw.

In front of a National League record crowd of 16,511, smashing the previous record of 12,843 we set in November last year, when Solihull Moors were the visitors, we dominated from start to finish but were unable to find a breakthrough.

The best chance of the game came in the 90th minute, when Adam Chicksen headed over from close range, meaning we failed to score at home for the first time in 39 games, since losing to Eastleigh in April last year.

The result meant we slipped off top spot in the league after Wrexham’s victory over Aldershot.

Head coach Luke Williams, who was this week named National League manager of the month for October, made two changes to the team which secured an impressive 2-0 at Eastleigh last weekend. Aden Baldwin and Cedwyn Scott were restored to the starting line up, with Connell Rawlinson and Ed Francis dropping to the bench.

Recently-appointed Yeovil manager Mark Cooper secured his first win in charge when his side beat bottom club Gateshead 3-1 at home last weekend and the experienced boss, who had a short spell in charge at Meadow Lane in 2016, was always going to do his best to spoil our party.

It started by Yeovil winning the toss and making us kick towards the Kop and continued with them playing almost the entire game with ten men behind the ball.

The tactic allowed us to attack at will and we almost took the lead in the second minute when Richard Brindley’s shot was deflected for a corner.

Macaulay Langstaff had the next chance three minutes later when Tobi Adebayo-Rowling made the first of numerous raids down the right and his low cross found our 18-goal striker, but his scuffed shot was straight at keeper Grant Smith.

It was one-way traffic and after Kyle Cameron fired over the bar, Sam Austin saw his close-range effort blocked, then Scott swivelled on the edge of the area but his shot was saved.

With only Alex Fisher up front Yeovil could find no way out and further half chances fell to Langstaff and Scott before Chicksen saw a superb half-volley tipped over by Smith.

Ruben Rodrigues, who was pulling all the strings in midfield, had a go himself from 20 yards, only to see Smith parry the ball clear as the visitors somehow held out until the interval.

Our Football for a Fiver offer encouraged 452 Glovers fans to make the long trip from Somerset and they were at last given something to cheer as their team started the second half on the front foot, Sam Slocombe forced into a save at the feet of Andrew Oluwabori.

But after that normal service resumed, with Notts attacking on both flanks but unable to find the killer pass and finish.

As the half ticked by shots rained in from Matty Palmer, Aden Baldwin and substitute Quevin Castro but none found the target and Yeovil defended stoically until the last minute, when Chicksen dived in to meet Adebayo-Rowling’s superb cross ahead of Smith in the middle of the goal but couldn’t find the net.

 

STARTING XI: Slocombe; Cameron, Baldwin, Brindley; Chicksen, Adebayo-Rowling; Palmer, Rodrigues,  Austin (Castro 65), Scott (Mitchell 75); Langstaff

UNUSED SUBS: Rawlinson, Bajrami, Francis

ATTENDANCE: 16,511 (452)


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