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Yeovil Town: Match Report

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sat 18 Mar 2023
Posted in Match Report

FC Halifax Town were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Yeovil Town this afternoon thanks to controversy in the last couple of minutes.

Town were looking to build on their 2-0 win over Aldershot Town in the FA Trophy last weekend and nearly left the Shay with three points as Matt Warburton put the Shaymen ahead in the second half but Malachi Linton equalised with just a couple of minutes remaining with massive appeals for offside but the goal was given and Yeovil earnt a 9th draw of the campaign away from Huish Park.

The Shaymen started quickly, a Gilmour freekick into the penalty area was cleared away before Milli Alli had an opportunity to find Matt Warburton in the box but under pressure he was unable to get his effort on target.

Yeovil hit Town on the counterattack on 17 minutes, the ball found it’s way to Yeovil forward Jordan Maguire-Drew but his header was straight at Sam Johnson.

The visitors were forced into an early substitution with the injured Lawson D’Ath replaced by Malachi Linton.

Alli got himself to the by-line and picked out Matt Warburton, but Grant Smith was able to smother the ball inside the six yard box as the Town attacker looked to pull the trigger and denied Town the opening goal.

Warburton had another effort which curled away from Smith but narrowly over the bar, before Alli raced through on goal but a good challenge from a Yeovil defender stopped him getting a shot in on goal.

In the second half, former Town midfielder Charlie Cooper had a strike straight at Johnson, Alli and Dieseruvwe both had efforts over the bar.

Dieseruvwe went down in the box on 55 minutes but was turned down by referee Jamie O’Connor for a penalty.

The Shaymen broke the deadlock on 61 minutes, Alli was able to find Warburton and he slotted the ball coolly past Grant Smith for the opening goal.

The visitors lost Edwin Agbaje with injury and was stretchered off to a round of applause from both fans and had to be replaced by Chiori Johnson.

Yeovil earnt a point in the final minutes, a shot from the visitors was going wide from Oluwabori but was fired home by Malachi Linton from close range. The linesman put his flag up and then down straight away. Town players argued which saw Johnson booked but the goal stood.

Town are back in action next Saturday with the trip to Chesterfield in the Vanarama National League, 3pm kick-off.

FC Halifax Town

1 Sam Johnson, 2 Tylor Golden, 3 Jack Senior ©, 5 Jesse Debrah, 27 Adam Senior, 6 Jamie Stott (18 Angelo Cappello 61), 14 Jack Hunter, 20 Harvey Gilmour, 21 Milli Alli, 10 Matt Warburton (19 Jamie Cooke 67), 9 Mani Dieseruvwe (17 Rob Harker 79)

Subs: 4 Luke Summerfield, 22 Festus Arthur

Yeovil Town

1 Grant Smith, 7 Matt Worthington, 8 Lawson D’Ath (14 Malachi Linton 25), 9 Alex fisher (3 Jamie Reckord 90), 10 Jordan Maguire-Drew, 16 Ryan Law, 24 Charlie Cooper, 27 Andrew Oluwabori, 32 Josh Staunton, 39 Edwin Agbaje (17 Chiori Johnson 73) , 26 Owen Bevan

Subs: 20 Will Buse

Referee: Jamie O’Connor

Goals: Warburton 61, Oluwabori 88

Yellow Cards Bevan 27, Stott 41, Cooper 52, Linton 58, Worthington 85, Johnson 89

Red Cards: None

Attendance: 1623 (103 away)

FC Halifax Town 1 Yeovil Town 1

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