A record National League crowd endured a frustrating afternoon at Meadow Lane as The Pies were held to a 0-0 stalemate by strugglers Yeovil Town.
“Football For a Fiver” brought a bumper crowd of 16,500 fans to the match between Notts County and Yeovil Town, a side who despite their lowly position, had already taken points off promotion hopefuls Wrexham and Chesterfield.
Notts started the game brightly and should have gone ahead as early as the 3rd minute. Macaulay Langstaff atypically blundered a gilt-edged chance on the six-yard line straight into the grateful arms of the Yeovil keeper.
However, despite the early promise of a breakthrough, the first half proved largely uneventful. While dominating with the Lion’s share of possession, The Magpies lacked any kind of cutting edge as the ball was largely passed sideways and overplayed. This pedestrian pace and lack of creativity made for a pretty comfortable opening 45 minutes for the Glovers.
The second half followed a familiar pattern until a late futile flurry in the last 10 minutes.
Aiden Baldwin saw a speculative effort flash inches wide of the post whilst Kyle Cameron’s header was cleared off the line.
It was the first time Notts had drawn a blank in front of goal, at home since April 2021 and the goalless draw sees them swap the top spot yet again with Wrexham who beat Aldershot 2-0.
With three draws in their last four league games, The Pies will be keen to return to winning ways as soon as possible to maintain their promotion challenge.
Meanwhile, that’s a valuable four points from Mark Cooper’s first two games in charge of Yeovil Town as they inch further away from the relegation zone.
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