Match Report - Weymouth v Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town made it three wins on the spin as they beat local rivals Weymouth 3-0 at the Bob Lucas Stadium tonight. First half goals from Josh Nuefville and Albi Skendi gave Yeovil a deserved 2-0 lead inside twenty minutes. A late Joe Quigley penalty capped off the win which also saw Jake McCarthy get sent off for conceding the penalty to seal a good night for The Glovers.

Darren Sarll made two changes to the side that beat Torquay United at the weekend, Charlie Lee was replaced by returning loanee Rueben Reid while Courtney Duffus was replaced by Joe Quigley.

Yeovil opted for a 4-4-2 formation with Alex Bradley, Max Hunt, Matt Worthington and Carl Dickinson in front of Adam Smith. Luke Wilkinson, Lawson D'Ath, Albi Skendi and Joe Quigley made up the midfield while Josh Nuefville and Rueben Reid lead the attack.

On the bench was Matt Warburton, Tom Knowles, Harry Palmer, Emmanuel Sonupe and Chris Dagnall.

Yeovil kicked the game off shooting towards the home terrace.

Yeovil stated their intent right from the start of the match as they were putting Weymouth under immediate pressure.

Just two minutes into the match Yeovil had the ball in the back of the net as a cross into the far post was headed in by Rueben Reid but the goal was disallowed for an apparent foul on the Weymouth defender.

Yeovil won their first corner of the game on six minutes which was crossed to the near post but defended away.

Town continued to be the better side and continued to put Weymouth under pressure and force them into mistakes. They almost caught Weymouth on the break on a few occasions inside the first 15 minutes and Reuben Reid saw a shot sail over the bar after driving forward with the Weymouth defenders racing to get back.

On 14 minutes the early pressure was to finally pay dividends for Yeovil as they took a deserved lead. A 20 yard strike from Josh Nuefville beat Weymouth keeper Ethan Ross at the near post to put Yeovil 1-0 to the good.

On 17 minutes Weymouth won their first corner of the game which was taken quickly but in the end was well defended.

Just one minute later Yeovil increased their lead with a goal that was pretty much identical to the first. A free kick from the halfway line eventually found Albi Skendi who fired the ball into the bottom corner which once again beat Ethan Ross at the near post.

Yeovil were firmly in control of this game and with a 2-0 advantage were looking very comfortable which gave them further confidence to continue playing positive football.

On 27 minutes Yeovil had a good chance to make it 3-0 as a throw in found Rueben Reid in the box who had a great chance to stab the ball home but the defender just got a touch at the last moment to clear the ball.

As the half ticked away Yeovil were still the much better side and were searching for a third goal and created some half chances.

Two minutes of time was added at the end of the half and Yeovil went in at the break with a 2-0 lead.

Half Time: Weymouth 0-2 Yeovil Town

The second half started with Yeovil again applying early pressure and a shot from inside the box was parried away to safety.

On 51 minutes Weymouth were awarded a free kick in a dangerous area. Josh Wakefield appeared to have gone down way too easily but he won the free kick just outside the box and central to goal but the shot hit the wall and the danger was cleared.

As the half hour approached Yeovil weren't looking quite as dangerous as they were in the first half but they were still pressing their opponents and not giving them much space to play which was limiting their options from both an attacking and defensive point of view.

On the hour mark Weymouth had two penalty appeals turned down in quick succession which ended up with Josh McQuoid being booked for diving.

On 64 minutes Yeovil made their first substitution as Albi Skendi had to be replaced as an injury he sustained in the first half finally forced him to retire from the match. Emmanuel Sonupe came on to replace him.

Yeovil made their second substitute on 78 minutes as Rueben Reid made way for Chris Dagnall.

Weymouth made their only substitute of the game on 81 minutes, replacing Cameron Murry with former Glover Alefe Santos.

The final 10 minutes were now a matter of seeing the game out and ensuring that Weymouth didn't set up a nervy finish to the game.

Yeovil made their final substitution on 82 minutes as Josh Nuefville was replaced by Tom Knowles.

As the clock ticked down it looked likely that Yeovil would see this out 2-0 but on 86 minutes Yeovil were awarded a penalty as Jake McCarthy committed a last man foul inside the box who was then shown a straight red card.

Joe Quigley stepped up and calmly sent Ethan Ross the wrong way to cap off a fine performance from Town and to ensure that Weymouth would have to wait another day to inflict defeat on The Glovers.

Five minutes of time was added on but with the game way out of reach for Weymouth the added minutes passed without incident and Yeovil made the short trip home with a well deserved three points.

Full Time: Weymouth 0-3 Yeovil Town

Games against local rivals are always impossible to predict and with there being so much anticipation on the build up to the fixture the players had to ensure they kept a cool head and produced a professional performance. They didn't let us down and the 3-0 win was thoroughly deserved thanks to a great first half performance and constant pressure all over the pitch.

The win sees us remain in 19th place but we are now 8 points above the drop zone and only 6 points from the play offs. If Yeovil can continue putting in good performances like the ones we have seen against Aldershot, Torquay and now Weymouth it won't be long until we start to climb the table.

Man of the match voting for this result against Weymouth is now open. You can cast your vote here.

Weymouth

29 - Ethan Ross, 2 - Brennan Camp, 4 - Josh Wakefield, 6 - Jordan Ngalo, 8 - Jake McCarthy, 10 - Josh McQuoid, 17 - Calvin Brooks, 20 - Cody Cooke, 23 - Cameron Murray (replaced by 23 - Alefe Santos on 81 minutes), 26 - Ollie Harfield, 32 - Sean Shields

Substitutes

1 - Gerard Benfield, 7 - Alefe Santos, 11 - Jack Dickson, 16 - Andy Robinson, 19 - Jack Hoey

Yeovil Town

1 - Adam Smith, 27 - Alex Bradley, 26 - Max Hunt, 6 - Luke Wilkinson, 3 - Carl Dickinson, 8 - Lawson D'Ath, 7 - Matt Worthington, 18 - Albi Skendi (replaced by 25 - Emmanuel Sonupe on 65 minutes), 19 - Joe Quigley, 24 - Josh Nuefville (replaced by 21 - Tom Knowles on 83 minutes), 33 - Reuben Reid (replaced by 34 - Chris Dagnall on 77 minutes

Substitutes

11 - Matt Warburton, 21 - Tom Knowles, 25 - Emmanuel Sonupe, 34 - Chris Dagnall, 23 - Harry Palmer

Next Fixture

Wrexham v Yeovil Town

Date: 08/05/2021
Competition: National League
Venue: Racecourse Ground
Kick Off: 15:00

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National League Table

Last Updated: 03/05/2021

Pos
Team
Pld
GD
Pts

1
Torquay United
38
+29
76

2
Sutton United
36
+30
72

3
Stockport County
38
+36
71

4
Hartlepool United
38
+22
70

5
Halifax Town
38
+13
62

6
Wrexham
37
+16
58

7
Bromley
37
+7
58

8
Chesterfield
37
+9
56

9
Eastleigh
37
+5
56

10
Notts County
35
+10
54

11
Dagenham & Redbridge
37
-2
52

12
Maidenhead United
35
+7
49

13
Boreham Wood
37
+6
49

14
Solihull Moors
36
+2
48

15
Aldershot Town
37
-4
48

16
Yeovil Town
36
-5
48

17
Altrincham
38
-14
42

18
Weymouth
36
-15
36

19
Wealdstone
37
-43
33

20
Woking
37
-20
32

21
King's Lynn Town
37
-41
29

22
Barnet
36
-48
24