Rodrigues Double Helps Magpies Win

Yeovil Town 0-2 Notts County (National League) 09.10.21

Notts have finally put to bed their winless run of form courtesy of a brace from the inform Ruben Rodrigues.

Coming into the fixture, it was evident that both sides could do with the victory. However, this wasn’t so evident in the first fifteen minutes of the game as both sides failed to register a clear goal scoring opportunity.

When the first real goal scoring opportunity was created, it was emphatically taken by Notts’ playmaker Ruben Rodrigues. The goal resulted from a break-away from the visitors which saw winger play a fair advantage after winger Aaron Nemane was axed down inside the hosts’ half. The ball was retrieved by Matty Palmer, who later an inch-perfect ball into the feet of the goal-scorer. After he received the ball, Rodrigues darted into Yeovil’s penalty area before dispatching a low strike towards goal, which resulted in the Portuguese midfielder putting the magpies ahead.

Shortly after the restart from the opener, Notts had a big chance to increase their advantage to two. Wideman Cal Roberts came inside from the far left of the pitch before sending an effort goal bound. The shot was saved by goalkeeper Grant Smith before falling to the forever threatening Aaron Nemane, who’s first touch ultimately let him down and the danger was cleared by the hosts.

As half time loomed, Notts created another glorious chance of increasing their advantage. A counter-attack formed by trio Kyle Wootton, Ruben Rodrigues and Matty Palmer looked destined to send Notts into the break two goals to the good. However, when the goal was there for the taking, striker Kyle Wootton’s attempt was well blocked, and the hosts once again cleared the danger.

The second half began seeing one change being made by the hosts, as Tom Knowles was replaced by Charlie Wakefield. Hoping that the substitution swayed the game for in their favour, it was Notts who yet again had the first big chance to score again. Cal Roberts broke in behind of the Yeovil backline before firing towards goal. however, his effort went wide of the far post meaning the scoreboard still read 0-1.

After this chance, the home side shown signs of life and looked more and more likely to find their equaliser. Their best opportunity to do so was wasted by Ben Seymour. The chance came via incredible footwork from substitute Charlie Wakefield, beating three Notts players in the process. His success resulted in the midfielder attempting to find the equaliser himself, but the shot was well saved by loanee Anthony Patterson.

Just two minutes later, it seemed that the hosts were clean through on goal. Matthew Worthington looked destine to equalise for Darren Sarll’s side and fashioned an opening which created what could’ve been a 1v1. However, retreating midfielder Jim O’Brien managed to claw the ball away from the feet of Worthington as he looked poised to shoot towards goal. As a result of a quite heroic last ditched tackle, Notts cleared their lines and the danger passed.

Yeovil were then left to woe their missed opportunities as Notts finally doubled their advantage. An in-swinging corner from midfielder Matty Palmer was firmly met once again by Ruben Rodrigues, who’s header flew beyond Grant Smith and into the back of Town’s net. This most certainly felt like the insurance goal despite past problems beyond the seventieth minute in previous games, and this was made evident by the jubilation that was shared between the Notts side and travelling away supporters during the celebration for the goal.

An onslaught of Yeovil attacks followed as response for going two goals down. However, all attacks were defended well by the visitors who left Somerset as 0-2 winners.

After a short run of winless form, Notts County manager Ian Burchnall expressed his relief for the result after the final whistle describing his side’s display as a ‘good footballing performance and a very spirited, fighting performance.’ When questioned if he worried about the previous results affecting today’s performance, Burchnall firmly responded with the impression that no worries ever crossed his mind. He explained that he and his side spoke through why the late disappointed occurred last Tuesday at FC Halifax Town, ensuring that history did not repeat itself against Yeovil. To the delight of all involved with the football club, history evidently did not repeat itself.

As for the home side, manager Darren Sarll emphasised his disappointment over his team’s performance and resulted in admitting that it may be time for him to give over players an opportunity to see if it improves his side’s fortunes. Everyone connected with Yeovil Town Football Club will be hoping their fortunes changed rapidly, considering they’ve showed in a fine number on two separate occasions in the same week at Huish Park and on both occasions, the home side failed to score.

What’s next for both sides?

The Vanarama National league now enters a break for the magpies to fulfil their FA Cup fourth round qualifier against Tamworth. The win this past Saturday came at a good time for Ian Burchnall’s side as they resume in the Vanarama National League next weekend, in a big game against Stockport County. The victory at Huish Park injects a fresh lease of confidence into the magpies as they now enter a challenging end to October.

As for Yeovil Town, they once again return to Huish Park to welcome Altrincham in another Vanarama National League fixture. The Town faithful are undoubtedly optimistic for a positive response to this weekend’s defeat in which they can build momentum within their camp ahead of their fourth-round qualifier next weekend against neighbours Weymouth.

Yeovil Town: Smith, Moss, Staunton, Hunt, Robinson, Worthington, Gorman (Rose 65), Pereira, Knowles (Wakefield 46), Lo-Everton (Seymour 56), Quigley.  

Notts County: Patterson, Chicksen (Kelly-Evans 70), Brennan, Cameron, Brindley, O’Brien, Palmer, Nemane (Mitchell 80), Rodrigues, Roberts, Wootton (Francis 88).  

Venue: Huish Park (2,438)

*Article provided by K-Ci Rennicks (Notts County Correspondent).

*Main image @Official_NCFC two goals from Ruben Rodrigues helping Notts to a winning return.

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