Kevin Nolan made one change to the side that faced Cheltenham Town last weekend. Shola Ameobi was left out, with Lewis Alessandra replacing him in the starting line-up.
The first real chance of the match fell to imposing Glovers frontman Olufela Olomola, who turned the ball over the bar on the volley from a corner. Notts’ response came six minutes later when Yates stung Artur Krysiak’s palms with a sweetly-struck effort. The keeper palmed the ball straight to Duffy, who could only fire it over from 12 yards. Shaun Brisley nodded the ball wide and Stead sent a tricky header straight at the keeper as Notts upped their pursuit of the opening goal. That proved to be Stead’s final action of note, however, as he hobbled off on 35 minutes following a collision with Yeovil defender Omar Sowumni. Forte was the man to replace him and, within six minutes of entering the fray, Forte fired Notts ahead. Brisley nodded the ball down for the forward, who took a touch before sending the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot from the edge of the area. Olomola flashed an effort narrowly over as the half neared its conclusion but 1-0 was how it stayed going into the break.
The Magpies reemerged for the second half unchanged and quickly set about attempting to double their lead. Rob Milsom flashed an effort across goal and wide before Grant spun neatly in the area and struck the ball inches past the top corner. Notts were looking comfortable and had handball appeals waved away when a Yeovil defender blocked Alessandra’s goalbound flick on the ground. The referee was unmoved and play continued. The Magpies were unrelenting and their high pressing bore fruit with 15 minutes to play when they forced a defensive error to win possession in the hosts’ final third. Alessandra released Forte but his shot was diverted wide by a Yeovil man. But a shock was in the offing as, five minutes later, a rare Yeovil attack resulted in Duffy tripping Zoko in the penalty area. The former Notts man swept the ball home from the spot to restore parity. Grant was booked for a foul on Rhys Browne and Elliott Hewitt replaced Milsom as the clock ticked down. And there was still time for some late drama when Nelson was red-carded following an off-the-ball clash with Ryan Yates, who was left holding his head. Four minutes were added on but Notts were unable to capitalise on their man advantage and had to settle for a point.
Yeovil Town: Krysiak, James, Nelson, Sowunmi, N.Smith, Bailey (C.Smith 76), Worthington, Khan (Green 76), Olomola, Surridge (Browne 53), Zoko.
Sent Off: Nelson.
Notts County: Fitzsimons, Tootle, Duffy, Brisley, Dickinson, Hawkridge, Yates, Milsom (Hewitt 87), Grant, Stead (Forte 35), Alessandra.
Booked: Grant 83.