Match Report - Yeovil Town v Halifax Town

Yeovil Town fell to a 3-0 defeat to Halifax Town at Huish Park this afternoon. A Luke Summerfield penalty in the first half put the away side in front and despite Yeovil coming back into the game in the second half late goals from Keiran Green and Jake Hyde ensured Halifax Town made the long trip home with all three points.

Darren Sarll made one change to the side that beat Wealdstone 2-0 on Saturday. Charlie Lee was dropped from the side as Reuben Reid regained his place in the starting XI.

Yeovil lined up in a 4-4-2 formation with Carl Dickinson, Albi Skendi, Billy Sass-Davies and Michael Kelly in front of Adam Smith. Jimmy Smith, Tom Knowles, Josh Neufville and Chris Dagnall made up the midfield while Reuben Reid and Joe Quigley lead the attack.

On the bench was Alex Bradley, Max Evans, Max Hunt, Emmanuel Sonupe and Toby Stephens.

Halifax Town kicked off towards the home terrace.

Yeovil made the livelier start to the game which was aided by the strong wind being behind them in the first half. Halifax struggled to get up field and Yeovil were hoping to take full advantage of the conditions in the first 45 minutes.

Yeovil won the first corner of the game on 8 minutes on the right hand side. Carl Dickinson crossed the ball to the near post but Halifax could clear the danger.

Despite Yeovil making the better start Halifax were awarded a penalty on 14 minutes as Albi Skendi fouled Billy Chadwick in the box. Luke Summerfield stepped up and fired the ball into the bottom right hand corner as Adam Smith dived the opposite way.

As the half progressed the game was becoming a much more even affair as Yeovil weren't able to keep up their early momentum and Halifax were creating chances themselves.

Yeovil won their second corner on 23 minutes again on the right hand side but Carl Dickinson's cross was caught by the wind and sailed out for a goal kick.

Yeovil won another corner on 34 minutes this time on the left hand side. Chris Dagnall crossed the ball to the far post where Billy Sass-Davies had a decent chance with a free header but he skewed it wide.

2 minutes was added at the end of the half and Yeovil Town had work to do in the second half to get back into the game.

Half Time: Yeovil Town 0-1 Halifax Town

Yeovil started the second half with some urgency as they were putting Halifax under pressure right from the start hoping to level up the game as soon as possible.

Yeovil almost levelled the game up inside the first two minutes of the second half as a Reuben Reid shot from 25 yards rebounded back off the post and the keeper was able to smother the ball.

Yeovil had another decent chance a few minutes later as a free kick from Tom Knowles ended up just wide of the target.

Yeovil then won a corner a minute later on the left hand side. Tom Knowles crossed the ball to the near post but Tom Bradbury was able to head the ball clear.

On 56 minutes Yeovil were awarded another free kick in a good position just on the edge of the area. Tom Knowles stepped up and produced a decent shot at goal but Sam Jonson was able to make the save.

Three minutes later a golden chance went begging for Yeovil as Joe Quigley flicked the ball onto Chris Dagnall who was right in front of goal but Dagnall seemed to mis-hit the ball and after a slight scramble play had to be stopped for an injury to the Halifax defender and goalkeeper.

On 67 minutes Halifax made their first substitution as Tom Bradbury was replaced by Jake Hyde.

On 74 minutes Yeovil were awarded a free kick by the goal line on the right hand side just outside the box. Before the free kick was taken Yeovil made their first substitution as Jimmy Smith was replaced by Alex Bradley.

Carl Dickinson took the free kick and put in a low cross to the near post which the keeper had to push behind for a corner. The corner was delivered to the center of the box and it looked like Yeovil would have another corner as the Halifax defender toe poked the ball behind but the referee gave a goal kick instead.

On 78 minutes Halifax made their second substitution as Billy Chadwick was replaced by Darren Stephenson.

On 83 minutes Yeovil had a penalty shout waved away as Reuben Reid seemed to be pulled down in the area but the referee was un-moved by the Yeovil appeals.

Just one minute later Halifax Town increased their lead as a shot from Luke Summerfield was saved by Adam Smith but Keiran Green was there to fire the ball home off the post.

Yeovil made their second and final substitutions following the goal as Chris Dagnall was replaced by Emmanuel Sonupe and Albi Skendi was replaced by Max Hunt

With Halifax Town's second goal coming so late in the game there was very little time for Yeovil to respond and Halifax could slow the game down to protect the three points.

6 minutes of time was added on and in the first minute of injury time Halifax Town made it three as Jake Hyde was put through and slotted past Adam Smith. The goal was initially ruled out for offside but the goal stood as the ball came off a Yeovil defender and into the path of Jake Hyde.

Full Time: Yeovil Town 0-3 Halifax Town

A disappointing result today but the scoreline was perhaps a bit harsh on Yeovil. They played well today - particularly in the second half but couldn't make the most of the chances they created and they will also feel hard done by with the penalty decision going against them when the game was at 0-1.

The defeat sees us slip into 16th place in a tightly congested mid-table where just 1 point separates us in 16th to Maidenhead United in 12th. Our season continues on Saturday afternoon where Yeovil made the trip to face Wrexham at the Racecourse Ground with a 3PM kick off.

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Yeovil Town

1 - Adam Smith, 3 - Carl Dickinson, 35 - Billy Sass-Davies, 14 - Michael Kelly, 18 - Albi Skendi (replaced by 26 - Max Hunt on 85 minutes), 10 - Jimmy Smith (replaced by 2721 - Tom Knowles, 24 - Josh Neufville, 19 - Joe Quigley, 34 - Chris Dagnall (replaced by 25 - Emmanuel Sonupe on 85 minutes), 33 - Reuben Reid

Substitutes

25 - Emmanuel Sonupe, 26 - Max Hunt, 27 - Alex Bradley, 31 - Max Evans, 36 - Toby Stephens

Kit

Outfield- Green Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks with Green Hoop
Goalkeeper - Light Blue

Halifax Town

1 - Sam Johnson, 2 - Jeff King, 6 - Tom Bradbury (replaced by 9 - Jake Hyde on 67 minutes), 5 - Neill Byrne, 4 - Nathan Clarke, 31 - Niall Maher, 8 - Keiran Green, 26 - Martin Woods, 19 - Luke Summerfield, 36 - Billy Chadwick (replaced by 28 - Darren Stephenson on 78 minutes), 14 - Danny Williams

Substitutes

12 - Harrison Davison-Hale, 9 - Jake Hyde, 3 - Jack Senior, 30 - Kian Spence, 28 - Darren Stephenson

Kit

Outfield - Pink Shirts, Black Shorts with Pink Detail, Black Socks
Goalkeeper - All Yellow

Next Fixture

Wrexham v Yeovil Town

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

Latest Result

Yeovil Town

0-3

Halifax Town

Attendance: 0 (0 from Halifax Town)

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