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PREVIEW | Yeovil Town next up at Rodney Parade

7 October 2017

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Yeovil Town will be the next team heading to Rodney Parade looking to end County’s unbeaten home start to the season. The Glovers have failed to win any of their previous visits to South Wales, but do have some credible away victories thus far this campaign. They will be looking to finish higher than the 20th position secured last season, which saw them finish two points clear of County and just four above relegation.

Here, you can find all the facts and statistics ahead of this League 2 encounter.


Last six league games

The Glovers have picked up six points out of the last 18 available following one win, three draws and two defeats from their previous six league outings.

Three of those points have come on the road while the other three have come at their home Huish Park.

Six games ago, the Glovers were held to a 0-0 home draw vs Cheltenham Town, their second successive game without a goal.

Francois Zoko and Sam Surridge made sure that unwanted streak didn’t continue for a further game, although their goals were only enough for another home draw, 2-2 vs Morecambe.

Zoko scored again in their next game, but it turned out to be in vain as they lost 2-1 to Grimsby, before a third consecutive home draw against Port Vale.

At this point, the Glovers had gone five games without a league win, and that could have been extended had it not been for captain James Bailey’s 90th minute winner against Chesterfield.

Olufela Olomola and Otis Khan also scored at the ProAct Stadium in the 3-2 success, as they rose to 14th place with a stunning away victory.

But defeat in their last fixture, 1-0 at home to Colchester United, saw them slip three places to 17th ahead of their visit to Rodney Parade.



The Glovers virtually have a clean bill of health ahead of their visit to South Wales.

A late decision will be made over defender Bevis Mugabi, who has been missing since 16th September through injury. However, Darren Way confirmed he has made great strides on a potential return, so he may make an appearance at Rodney Parade.

For the Colchester game last week, Way made one change to his starting team, as Omar Sowunmi replaced the suspended Nathan Smith. And although Smith’s suspension is now over, Sowunmi may continue in the starting team after impressing during the game.

That saw them line-up in a 4-4-2 formation, a style they have employed throughout the current campaign.


Yeovil Town (4-4-2): Krysiak, James, Nelson, Sowunmi, Dickson, Gray (Green 53), Bailey, Worthington, Khan, Olomola (Surridge 66), Zoko (Browne 75).


One to Watch – Olufela Olomola

Age: 20

Position: Striker

Goals this season: 5

Previous Clubs: Arsenal (Youth), Southampton

A product of the Arsenal youth academy, Olomola moved to the Southampton development system in preparation of the 2014/15 season.

He scored five goals in 26 appearances that season, being appointed captain of the U18s side ahead of the next season. But so good were Olomola’s performances for the side that he was promoted to the U23s before the end of the campaign.

Named as an unused substitute in March 2016, Olomola made his competitive debut for Southampton on 26th October 2016. He came on for Jay Rodriguez in the 26th minute of the EFL Cup victory over Sunderland, his only first-team appearance to date.

He was sent to Yeovil over the summer to experience more first-team football, his loan running until January. But it looks like the Glovers will look for an extension after Olomola’s scintillating start.

He currently has five goals from 11 appearances, scoring in four different games.

A double from Olomola saw them secure a 3-2 home victory against Accrington Stanley, before he made it three goals in two games with a strike at Forest Green Rovers.

The other goals came in successes over Coventry and Chesterfield, as the 20-year old seems to have formed a formidable partnership with Francois Zoko, who himself has five goals thus far.


Manager – Darren Way


Way’s visit to Rodney Parade will be a significant milestone for the 37-year-old, with our encounter being his 100th competitive game in charge of Yeovil Town.

He has been in the dugout with the Huish Park outfit since December 2015, having also spent the majority of his playing career with the club.

Having retired in 2010, Way took the role of first-team coach at the club. He had a spell as assistant manager to Terry Skiverton in 2015, before taking the reins himself later that year.

Of his 99 previous games in charge, Way has secured 30 victories at a win percentage of 30.3%. He has suffered defeat on 34 occasions, with the other 35 matches being draws.

Before management, Way began his playing career at Norwich City. He never actually made a first-team appearance at Carrow Road, however, and went on trial with Yeovil Town in 2000.

He spent six successful seasons at the club, winning three trophies. He won the Conference and League 2 titles, along with the FA Trophy.

He moved to Swansea City for £150,000 in 2006, winning another promotion title, this time in League One, but found his spell in South Wales hampered through injury.

A return to Yeovil then came before retirement in 2010, with Way working through the coaching positions before being appointed manager.


Previous Meetings

Remarkably, the two sides have only met on four previous occasions following Yeovil’s relegation in 2015. The Glovers have the superior past record with two wins, while County have one success and one draw.

Interestingly, this is one of the lowest scoring fixtures in EFL history, as from the four previous encounters, only three goals have been scored.  

And the first meeting ended goalless at Rodney Parade on 21st November 2015. At the time, it extended County’s unbeaten run to five games, while it meant Yeovil were winless in 12 games.

The return meeting at Huish Park on 2nd April 2016 saw the first goal between the two teams, although it fell the way of the home side, as Ex-Exile Jack Compton netted a penalty in a 1-0 win.

They made it back-to-back 1-0 home wins on 15th October 2016. It happened to be Graham Westley’s first game in charge of County, as Dan Butler unfortunately skewed a clearance into his own net with nine minutes to go.

But the Exiles made up for the two defeats in the most recent meeting, with their own 1-0 victory on 14th April 2017. Mickey Demetriou’s second-half free-kick was enough on the day to secure victory, in what was another step towards the Great Escape, as the three-points put County just a solitary point from safety.  




Referee: Nicholas Kinseley  

Assistant Referee 1: Robert Dabbs

Assistant Referee 2: Christopher Kidd

Fourth Official: John Farries

Kinseley is currently embarking on his 3rd season as a Football League referee.

So far this season, he has refereed on eight occasions, the last of which came on Tuesday night as MK Dons and Stevenage drew 0-0 in the CheckaTrade Trophy. He gave out three yellow cards in that game, taking his season total to 35 yellow cards and a further three red cards.

During the last campaign, Kinseley officiated on a further 31 matches. His total card count for that season ended up at 113 yellow cards and six red cards.


County Connection

Kinseley has refereed County on seven previous occasions, three times at Rodney Parade.

Last season, he took charge of two games, both of which ended in defeat for the Exiles.

Three yellow cards were distributed to both sides as Cambridge won 2-1 at Rodney Parade, Reece Grego-Cox, Ben Tozer, and Rhys Healey booked for County during the game.

The second game produced a remarkable 13 yellow cards, eight of which went to the Exiles. It came as County lost 3-1 at Crawley, in the final game before Christmas last season.

In the 2015/16 season, a further three County games were presided over by Kinseley.

The first was County’s opening home fixture, as Stevenage picked up two bookings in the 2-2 draw.

Next, was one of the highlights of the season from a County perspective. Medy Elito was the only man booked from either side as County stunned Bristol Rovers with a 4-1 away win.

Kinseley’s final game of that season came at the closing home fixture. Notts County won 1-0 at Rodney Parade, Dean Morgan booked for the Exiles.

The other two games came in County’s promotion season. The first ended in defeat, as Jamille Matt scored an all-header hat-trick as the Exiles suffered a 3-2 reverse to Kidderminster Harriers.

A place at Wembley was secured in the final game, as Kinseley was the man in the middle for County’s second-leg play-off tie against Grimsby Town, which the Exiles won 1-0.


Other League 2 fixtures that day (All 3pm kick-offs unless stated)

Barnet vs Coventry City (12:30pm – Sky Sports Football)

Accrington Stanley vs Luton Town

Cambridge United vs Wycombe Wanderers

Carlisle United vs Exeter City

Cheltenham Town vs Swindon Town

Colchester United vs Mansfield Town

Crewe Alexandra vs Stevenage

Lincoln City vs Chesterfield

Morecambe vs Crawley Town

Notts County vs Forest Green Rovers

Port Vale vs Grimsby Town


Can’t make the match?

You can follow along on social media using @NCAFCLive on Twitter, or via the Club’s official Facebook and Instagram pages.

Don’t forget – if you reside outside of the UK, you can watch the game live by subscribing to County’s iFollow service. Commentary by Charlie Brown and Richard Sheppard can also be found at the Match Centre.

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REPORT| Amond and Labadie fire Exiles to victory over Yeovil Town

7 October 2017

Padraig Amond scored for the third consecutive game at Rodney Parade with Joss Labadie also scoring as the Exiles eased to a 2-0 victory over Yeovil Town.

And both goals were the product of Matty Dolan corners. Amond headed home on 44 minutes from six-yards, before Labadie secured the win with his own header from a little further out on 55 minutes.

The result means the Exiles spoilt Darren Way’s 100th game in charge of the visitors, moving up to 8th in the process.

Mike Flynn elected to make three changes to the side that lost to Luton Town 3-1 last weekend. Two of those were enforced and one was tactical.

In defence, Mark O’Brien failed a late fitness test and was replaced by Dan Butler, with Robbie Willmott also absent through a suspected knee injury, Matty Dolan returning to face his former employer.

The final change also came in midfield, as Sean Rigg made way for Scot Bennett. That meant the Exiles reverted back to their usual 3-5-2 formation, with Frank Nouble and Padraig Amond continuing up-front.

Glovers manager Darren Way chose to make two changes to his side that suffered their first home defeat of the season last weekend.

Nathan Smith returned from his suspension to replace Omar Sowunmi, while Connor Smith also came into the side in place of Jake Gray.

That saw them line-up in a 5-2-3 formation with Francois Zoko through the middle.

And Dolan, who spent two years with the Glovers before joining County in the summer, had the opening opportunity within 30 seconds.

The ball fell invitingly to the midfielder on the edge-of-the-area after Nouble burst down the right-side, but the Yeovil defence stifled the opportunity to clear.

Glovers fans didn’t have to wait too much longer for their first chance, Francois Zoko seeing a shot blocked wide, as it would be fair to say that the visitors were putting together some intricate passing moves in the early stages.

Amond headed over as the game approached the 10-minute mark, both sides starting brightly and causing each other problems.  

And just two minutes later, the Exiles really should have been in-front.

The chance came as the product of a well-constructed 15 pass move, with David Pipe playing a cross-field ball to Butler to split the Yeovil defence apart. A one-two with Nouble saw Butler in down the left, with the full back unselfishly squaring for Labadie, who skied the ball over the top from all of five yards.

And County could have been punished for that missed opportunity on 20 minutes, had Joe Day not pulled off one of the saves of the season. Zoko tried what looked to be a speculative attempt from 30 yards, only for the ball to ricochet off Mickey Demetriou.

But even though Day had originally gone the wrong way, he somehow managed to get a hand to it to clip it past the post.

It took until the 27th minute for referee Nicholas Kinseley to give out the game’s first yellow-card, Labadie the offender, for a leading arm when competing in an aerial duel with Matt Worthington.

As the game approached the half-hour mark, it would be fair to say that both sides had made positive starts to the game. The quality of the passing from both sides was superb, the two midfields looking particularly menacing.

County had the ball in the net on 34 minutes, only for the linesman’s flag to rule out Labadie’s attempt, after the County captain had reacted quickest to a fine save from Artur Krysiak to deny Amond’s headed attempt.

A fine punched clearance from Krysiak kept County at bay again with five minutes of the half to go, the Exiles clearly commanding the game in terms of aerial duels.

The first yellow card for the visitors arrived on 44 minutes, after Ex-Exile Sid Nelson was adjudged to have pulled down Dolan about 30-yards out.

And from the resulting free-kick, County almost took the lead as Bennett saw a header just tipped around the post from Krysiak.

But Krysiak couldn’t do anything to stop County finally taking the lead from the following corner, as Amond powered home a header from just outside the six-yard area for his third goal in as many games at Rodney Parade.

The celebration of the goal elapsed the indication of additional time, three added on at the end of the first-half.

Dolan was booked as the half came to a close, with both sides having bright spells in the opening 45 minutes.

County and especially Demetriou were controlling the aerial duels, although Yeovil were putting together some intricate passing moves when in possession.

Labadie had a glorious chance to double the County advantage just a minute into the second-half, unlucky to see his header palmed away by the goalkeeper.

It was one-way traffic at this point for the Exiles, Amond unlucky to not connect to a Nouble cross, before Labadie came close again with a strike that clipped the crossbar.

But it wouldn’t require another chance for the County captain to finally get his deserved goal. And it was another assist for Dolan, with Labadie coolly dispatching a header that Nelson couldn’t clear off the line.

That came on 55 minutes, and County were unlucky to not extend the lead even further with Demetriou twice coming close from headers.

Tom James had a chance to give the visitors some rest bite on 65 minutes, only to blast over his free-kick as the Exiles continued to press the visitors.

County’s first substitution of the game came in the 71st minute, Dolan replaced to a standing ovation from both sets of fans, as Sean Rigg came on.

A late-ditch clearance from Nathan Smith prevented Amond from getting his second on 75 minutes, before Krysiak denied the Irishman two minutes later with a decent stop.

Demetriou came close with a free-kick as the game entered the final five minutes, Tozer also unlucky to see a header saved.

Lamar Reynolds came on for the second County replacement, Amond withdrawing, and it only took 20 seconds for Reynolds to have an impact.

His waltzing run forced a corner, which Labadie couldn’t convert from. That was his final involvement of the game, as Tom Owen-Evans replaced his captain, Labadie awarded the man-of-the-match award for his display.

The indication of four additional minutes gave the visitors license to really try and rescue something from the game, Olomola smacking one off the crossbar right at the start of the added time.

But if anything, after that opportunity, it was the Exiles that ended the game strongest. Reynolds had a shot saved by Krysiak at the death, as the Exiles continued their unbeaten record at Rodney Parade with a convincing display.


County: Day, Pipe, Butler, White, Demetriou, Bennett, Tozer, Dolan (Rigg 71'), Labadie (Owen-Evans 90’), Nouble, Amond (Reynolds 86’)

Subs not used: Bittner, Barnum-Bobb, McCoulsky, Jahraldo


Yeovil: Krysiak, N Smith, Nelson, Bailey (C), Worthington (Santos 80’), Khan (Surridge 51’), C Smith (Browne 58’), Dickson, James, Zoko, Olomola

Subs not used: Mugabi, Davies, Gray, Maddison


Referee: Nicholas Kinseley

Attendance: 3,689 (291 away)

Next up for County: Swansea City U23s (10th October) CheckaTrade Trophy 7:30pm HOME

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