SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Saturday December 22nd, 3.00pm
YEOVIL TOWN 1
Yoann Arquin 89
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
Andy Williams 87
Attendance: 3,193 (276 Cobblers fans)
Yeovil: Stuart Nelson, Adel Gafaiti, Carl Dickinson, Gary Warren, Rhys Browne (sub Yoann Arquin 82), Alex Fisher, Jordan Green, Francois Zoko (sub Olufela Olomola 79), Sessi D’Almeida, Tom James, Alfie Santos D’Abadia
Subs not used: Omari Patrick, Jake Gray, Nathan Baxter, Devon Arnold, Shaun Donnellan
Cobblers: David Cornell, Shay Facey, Ash Taylor, Jordan Turnbull, Aaron Pierre, David Buchanan, Shaun McWilliams, Sam Foley (sub Billy Waters 74), Dean Bowditch, Matt Crooks (sub Andy Williams 66), Kevin van Veen (sub Junior Morias 88)
Subs not used: Luke Coddington, Jack Bridge, Daniel Powell, Sam Hoskins
Referee: Robert Lewis
Yeovil: Adel Gafaiti (10), Sessi D'Almeida (63), Gary Warren (69)
Cobblers: Sam Foley (63, 2nd of the season), Ash Taylor (65, 3rd), Kevin van Veen (71, 5th)
5 cautions on or before 19 games; 1 match suspension
10 cautions on or before 37 games; 2 match suspension
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension
Sendings off: 2 cautions in one game; 1 match suspension but cautions do not count towards above totals. Other sendings off; 1 or 3 match suspension. Extra match ban for additional sendings off.
Matt Crooks returned to the starting line-up as the Cobblers kicked off their festive schedule with a trip to Yeovil.
After a quiet opening to the game Kevin van Veen went close from an acute angle and a deflected Ash Taylor header landed on the roof of the net as the Cobblers stepped things up a gear. Tom James curled a free-kick over the bar for the hosts as the first half reached the midway point.
The Cobblers continued to press with some neat build-up play but the final ball wasn’t quite there and the first half ended goalless with both goalkeepers relatively untroubled.
Yeovil started the second half slightly on top but it was the Cobblers who nearly made the breakthrough on the hour mark, van Veen seeing a shot deflected just wide. David Cornell then made a superb save to deny Jordan Green after Rhys Browne lead a quick counter-attack.
Alfie Santos D’Abadia curled a shot narrowly wide either side of Andy Williams and Billy Waters replacing Matt Crooks and Sam Foley.
It had been a quiet game on the whole but there was to be late drama when the Cobblers took the lead on 88 minutes, Shaun McWilliams with a delicious through ball to Andy Williams who kept his cool to finish one-on-one with Stuart Nelson.
The lead didn’t last long though and Yeovil were soon back on level terms, substitute Yoann Arquin with a cracker of a strike from distance that went in off the underside of the cross bar. Six minutes of stoppage time followed and the points were shared.
YEOVIL MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 6
CORNERS: (2) 4
FOULS: (7) 10
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 1
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 5
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 4
CORNERS: (4) 7
FOULS: (4) 14
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 1