Match Report: Yeovil Town v Woking

Yeovil Town got back to winning ways this afternoon as they made it seven home wins in a row thanks to a 2-1 win over Woking. Two goals from Rhys Murphy in either half gave Yeovil a 2-0 lead but Max Kretzschmar pulled one back for Woking to set up a close finish to the match.

Darren Sarll made three changes to the starting XI that was beaten 2-1 at Sutton United in midweek. Michael Kelly, Jimmy Smith and Matt Worthington all dropped to the bench as Carl Dickinson, Josh Neufville and Tom Knowles took their places.

Yeovil Town lined up in their normal 4-4-2 formation with Carl Dickinson, Alex Bradley, Max Hunt and Billy Sass-Davies in front of Adam Smith. Charlie Lee, Tom Knowles, Josh Neufville and Albi Skendi made up the midfield while Rhys Murphy and Reuben Reid lead the attack.

On the bench was Jimmy Smith, Michael Kelly, Joe Quigley, Chris Dagnall and Matt Worthington.

Before kick off a one minute silence was observed for the passing of Glen Roder before Woking kicked off towards the home terrace.

The opening 15 minutes of this game was quite slow and neither side were able to put any free flowing passes together.

Woking made the better start of the game and right from the first minute were putting Yeovil under pressure. They won their first corner in the first minute as a free kick into the box had to be headed away by Rhys Murphy.

The cross came in from the left hand side and Josh Nuefville headed the ball away but Woking win the ball back and deliver another cross which Adam Smith dropped but he was able to re-collect and the danger was averted.

Woking pressed further and on four minutes a good run from Kyran Lofthouse had to be saved by Adam Smith as Yeovil were struggling to assert themselves early on.

10 minutes into the game Yeovil looked like they would have to make an enforced substitution as Alex Bradley had to receive treatment but fortunately he was deemed OK to play on.

Woking won another corner on 19 minutes on the left hand side which was crossed into the box but headed behind by Charlie Lee for another corner on the opposite side. Sam Ashford took the corner short who received the ball back and delivered a cross but it came to nothing.

On 29 minutes once again Woking won a corner on the left hand side and Sam Ashford played the ball low to the edge of the box and Charlie Cooper unleashes a shot that goes just over the target

Out of nowhere Yeovil took the lead on the counter-attack as a good quick run by Josh Neufville allowed him to play the ball to Rhys Murphy who continued the run and unleashed a cracking shot that flew past Craig Ross and give Yeovil an un-expected lead.

Yeovil were able to settle into the game a bit better now they had the lead and won their first corner on 37 minutes which was taken by Carl Dickinson but it was easily cleared away.

Two minutes of time was added on at the end of the half and Yeovil went into the break with a slim 1-0 lead which they would be hoping to build upon in the second half.

Half Time: Yeovil Town 1-0 Woking

The second half started very slowly for both teams and it took a while for either side to start threatening the others goal.

Woking made their first substitution on 48 minutes as Jack Cook was replaced by Josh Casey.

Woking continued to win a lot of corners in the second half and they had four in a row on 54 minutes as the crosses that came in were headed away for another corner. Eventually Yeovil managed to get a hold of the ball and were able to clear the danger away.

Yeovil then increased their lead unexpectedly as they won a free kick near the goal line. Alex Bradley delivered a cross to the near post which Rhys Murphy was able to get to quickest and he flicked the ball with his first touch past Craig Ross to double Yeovil's advantage.

Woking made their second substitution on 61 minutes as Niko Muir was replaced by Jayden Wareham.

Yeovil's 2-0 advantage was halved just eight minutes after they had scored their second as Woking got a goal back as a cross into the box found Max Kretzschmar who was unmarked and he was able to head the ball past Adam Smith and bring Woking back into the game.

Yeovil made their first substitution following the goal as Alex Bradley was replaced by Matt Worthington.

Woking knew they had a good chance to take something away from Huish Park and on 68 minutes they won another corner on the right hand side. The corner was taken short and eventually crossed into the box but Woking fouled a Yeovil player in the box and a free kick was given.

Woking made their final substitution on 75 minutes as Sam Ashford was replaced by Malachi Napa.

The final 10 minutes would be an interesting affair as Woking were trying to draw the game level but Yeovil were wanting to ensure the points were theirs and only time could tell what the outcome would be.

Woking won another corner on 81 minutes which was crossed into the center of the box. Adam Smith came to collect it but the ball went through him and a shot at goal was blocked by Matt Worthington. Woking appealed for a penalty as the ball struck Worthington's hand but the referee deemed nothing wrong as the shot was at point-blank range.

Yeovil made their second substitution on 82 minutes as Rueben Reid was replaced by Chris Dagnall.

Yeovil also showed their intent to increase their lead and make the points secure and had a good chance to do so as Rhys Murphy was unleashed down the right hand side and was charging at goal but Moussa Diara fouled him and Yeovil had to settle for a free kick but the chance was wasted.

Five minutes of time was added on and Yeovil survived a Woking free kick just outside the area before Tom Knowles unleashed a good shot that had to be pushed behind for a corner.

Yeovil made their final substitution on 92 minutes as Rhys Murphy was replaced by Joe Quigley.

In the end though Woking weren't able to find the goal they needed to rescue a point and Yeovil ran out with a welcome three points and the excellent home winning run continues.

Full Time: Yeovil Town 2-1 Woking

After suffering two successive defeats it was good to see that the team had picked themselves back up and got back to winning ways on home soil. The game was a bit scrappy at times but two very well taken goals from Rhys Murphy was great to see and we can now look forward to another home game on Tuesday night as we face Bromley.

The win sees us move up into 11th place and now only two points from the play off positions.

Man of the match voting for this win over Woking is now open. You can cast your vote here.

Yeovil Town

1 - Adam Smith, 27 - Alex Bradley (replaced by 7 - Matt Worthington on 65 minutes), 26 - Max Hunt, 35 - Billy Sass-Davies, 3 - Carl Dickinson, 22 - Charlie Lee, 21 - Tom Knowles, 24 - Josh Neufville, 18 - Albi Skendi, 9 - Rhys Murphy (replaced by19 - Joe Quigley on 92 minutes), 33 - Reuben Reid (replaced by 34 - Chris Dagnall on 82 minutes)

Substitutes

10 - Jimmy Smith, 14 - Michael Kelly, 19 - Joe Quigley, 34 - Chris Dagnall, 7 - Matt Worthington

Woking

13 - Craig Ross, 2 - Jack Cook (replaced by 3 - Josh Casey on 48 minutes), 4 - Charlie Cooper, 5 - Ben Gerring, 6 - Moussa Diarra, 10 - Max Kretzschmar, 16 - Kyran Lofthouse, 18 - Ben Dempsey, 19 - Niko Muir (replaced by 23 - Jayden Wareham on 61 minutes), 25 - Sam Ashford (replaced by 20 - Malachi Napa on 75 minutes), 26 - Jamar Loza

Substitutes

3 - Josh Casey, 8 - Kane Ferdinand, 11 - Matt Jarvis, 20 - Malachi Napa, 23 - Jayden Wareham

Next Fixture

Aldershot Town v Yeovil Town

Date: 11/05/2021
Competition: National League
Venue: The EBB Stadium
Kick Off: 19:00

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71

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39
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70

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39
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62

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59

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59

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37
+5
56

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38
+3
55

12
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36
+9
52

13
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38
+7
52

14
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+2
48

15
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37
-4
48

16
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37
-8
48

17
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38
-14
42

18
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37
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36

19
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38
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33

20
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38
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32

21
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37
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29

22
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24