Martin Allen tasted defeat in his first game in charge of Notts County as Yeovil consigned the Magpies to an eighth consecutive loss.

Magpies' Lee Hughes had a goal ruled off for handball before Dean Bowditch slid home a cross from Shaun MacDonald to give the hosts the lead.

John Spicer lashed home Ben Burgess' flick-on to make it 1-1.

But Bowditch beat keeper Stuart Nelson to the ball to poke home the winner just five minutes later.

Notts County, who Allen controversially took charge of this week after spending just 19 days with League Two outfit Barnet, slip one place to 22nd in the League One table, one point and one game behind Bristol Rovers and Walsall.

Any lingering fears Yeovil may have had regarding relegation should now be fully dispelled - they remain in 17th position but have moved seven points clear of the drop zone.

POST-MATCH REACTION

Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton told BBC Points West:

"I'm really pleased, not so much with the peformance, but we really needed to win this game.

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Still work to be done for Yeovil - Skiverton

"We've done it and got ourselves that much closer to safety, but we still want to kick on. Fifty one points and you can still go down, and our goal difference isn't very good, so there's still work to be done."

Notts County manager Martin Allen told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"I thought they done OK, they had a good go. The energy, effort and commitment from the players, the squad and the staff was good.

"They weren't weak, they had a go - but could've done with a bit of quality at times.

"We had some many chances in the first half to have gone ahead. The lads had a go but we have got to improve."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Yeovil Town

  • 13 Henderson
  • 05 Huntington Booked
  • 08 Ayling
  • 19 Virgo
  • 11 Welsh
  • 12 Johnson (Alcock - 90' )
  • 14 Ehmer
  • 20 Wotton
  • 24 MacDonald
  • 10 Bowditch
  • 29 Obika

Substitutes

  • 26 Stewart
  • 02 Alcock
  • 06 Smith
  • 15 Russell
  • 16 Upson
  • 09 Williams
  • 22 Gritton

Notts County

  • 17 Nelson
  • 02 Darby (Sodje - 81' )
  • 04 Edwards
  • 06 Thompson Booked
  • 14 Chilvers
  • 26 Harley Booked
  • 10 Bishop Booked
  • 25 Spicer
  • 09 L Hughes
  • 27 Burgess (Westcarr - 62' )
  • 37 Demba-Nyren (Martin - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Burch
  • 24 Regan
  • 28 Sodje
  • 21 Martin
  • 07 Smith
  • 15 Hawley
  • 20 Westcarr
Ref: D'Urso
Att: 3,533

Match Stats

Shots

6 6

On target

3 4

Corners

1 2

Fouls

7 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:07 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +3:22

The ball is crossed by David Martin, Paul Huntington manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +2:41 Substitution

Substitution Craig Alcock joins the action as a substitute, replacing Oli Johnson.

87:40

Strike on goal comes in from David Martin from the free kick.

87:40 Booking

Booking The referee shows Paul Huntington a yellow card.

87:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Huntington on Craig Westcarr.

86:55

Dean Bowditch takes the direct free kick.

86:55 Booking

Booking Booking for Jon Harley for unsporting behaviour.

86:46

Jon Harley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Bowditch.

83:12

The assistant referee flags for offside against Lee Hughes. Stephen Henderson restarts play with the free kick.

81:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shaun MacDonald on David Martin. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Craig Westcarr from right channel, Stephen Henderson makes a save.

80:27

Stephen Henderson restarts play with the free kick.

80:27 Substitution

Substitution Sam Sodje joins the action as a substitute, replacing Stephen Darby.

80:27

Unfair challenge on Shaun MacDonald by Jon Harley results in a free kick.

77:25

Jonathan Obika concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Chilvers. Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

74:40

Neal Bishop challenges Jonathan Obika unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.

71:06

Free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.

71:06 Booking

Booking Booking for Neal Bishop for unsporting behaviour.

70:53

Neal Bishop concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Obika.

70:19

Unfair challenge on Luke Ayling by David Martin results in a free kick. Stephen Henderson takes the direct free kick.

67:11

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by John Spicer from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Paul Huntington.

65:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Westcarr by Adam Virgo. David Martin restarts play with the free kick.

63:52

Shot from just outside the box by Luke Ayling goes over the target.

63:08

Long range shot by Shaun MacDonald goes wide right of the target.

61:19

Stephen Henderson takes the indirect free kick.

61:19 Substitution

Substitution Ben Burgess leaves the field to be replaced by Craig Westcarr.

61:19

Lee Hughes is ruled offside.

60:11

Stephen Darby delivers the ball, clearance made by Luke Ayling.

59:39

The referee blows for offside against Dean Bowditch. Stuart Nelson takes the indirect free kick.

58:58

Lee Hughes is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.

58:20

Lee Hughes fouled by Paul Wotton, the ref awards a free kick. John Spicer takes the free kick.

57:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ben Burgess on Jonathan Obika. Free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.

56:06

Assist by Andrew Welsh.

56:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Dean Bowditch - Yeovil 2 - 1 Notts Co Goal scored by Dean Bowditch from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Yeovil 2-1 Notts County.

54:58

Jon Harley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Bowditch. Direct free kick taken by Dean Bowditch.

52:38

Jon Harley takes a shot. Save by Stephen Henderson.

50:34

Assist by Ben Burgess.

50:34 Goal scored

Goal! - John Spicer - Yeovil 1 - 1 Notts Co John Spicer scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Yeovil 1-1 Notts County.

48:46

Inswinging corner taken by John Spicer, save by Stephen Henderson.

47:08

The ball is crossed by Jon Harley, Paul Huntington manages to make a clearance.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution David Martin on for Njogu Demba-Nyren.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +0:37

Paul Wotton fouled by John Spicer, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Henderson takes the direct free kick.

43:49

Lee Hughes takes a shot. Save made by Stephen Henderson.

41:06

Max Ehmer fouled by Lee Hughes, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Henderson takes the direct free kick.

38:58

Oli Johnson delivers the ball.

37:13

Direct free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.

37:13 Booking

Booking John Thompson shown a yellow card.

37:02

John Thompson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Oli Johnson.

34:48

Luke Ayling challenges John Spicer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Thompson.

31:36

Jonathan Obika provided the assist for the goal.

31:36 Goal scored

Goal! - Dean Bowditch - Yeovil 1 - 0 Notts Co A goal is scored by Dean Bowditch from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Yeovil 1-0 Notts County.

28:39

A cross is delivered by Jon Harley, Adam Virgo makes a clearance.

26:54

Shot from just outside the box by Dean Bowditch goes over the target.

22:54

Andrew Welsh delivers a pass corner to short, save by Stuart Nelson.

22:31

Oli Johnson takes a shot. Save by Stuart Nelson.

21:56

Foul by Lee Hughes on Paul Wotton, free kick awarded. Adam Virgo takes the free kick.

21:10

The referee gives a free kick against Dean Bowditch for handball. Stuart Nelson takes the direct free kick.

14:47

Neal Bishop produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

13:54

Andrew Welsh is caught offside. Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

13:39

The ball is swung over by Andrew Welsh, Mike Edwards makes a clearance.

12:54

Shaun MacDonald fouled by John Thompson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Wotton.

12:07

Neal Bishop has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

9:43

Unfair challenge on Oli Johnson by Njogu Demba-Nyren results in a free kick. Stephen Henderson restarts play with the free kick.

8:09

Oli Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Thompson. Free kick taken by John Spicer.

7:43

The ball is crossed by Lee Hughes, Adam Virgo makes a clearance.

6:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Darby on Andrew Welsh. Andrew Welsh restarts play with the free kick.

4:52

Jon Harley crosses the ball, save by Stephen Henderson.

2:03

Jon Harley challenges Oli Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andrew Welsh restarts play with the free kick.

0:52

Neal Bishop is penalised for a handball. Stephen Henderson takes the direct free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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