Decent performance from Town against promotion chasing Yeovil
Town: Chris Weale, Joe Jacobson, Luke Summerfield, Matt Richards (c ), Marvin Morgan (Akwasi Asante), Jon Taylor, Steve McGinn, Connor Goldson, Yado Mambo, Tom Eaves, James Hurst ( Rob Purdie)
Subs: Joe Anyon, Jermaine Grandison, Paul Parry, Dave McAllister, Aaron Wildig,
Yeovil Town: Marek Stech, Luke Ayling, Byron Webster (c ), Edwards Upson, James Hayter (Richard Hinds), Paddy Madden, Daniel Burn, Joseph Edwards, Kevin Dawson (Sam Foley), Matthew Dolan (Gavin Williams), Angelo Balanta
Subs: Gareth Stewart, Vitalijs Maksimenko, Nathan Ralph, Ben Gordon
Ref: Oliver Langford
Assistants: Darren Blunden and Steve Rubery
Fourth Official: Andrew Laver
Attendance: 4473 (376)
It's same again for Town as Graham Turner sticks with the same starting eleven who started in the 3-0 win over Crawley Town. On the bench Mark Wright is missing after picking up a slight hip injury in training, there is some good news though with Jermaine Grandison returning to the squad for the first time since January.
There were half chances for both sides in the opening minute or so, Yeovil fired one into Weale and then a Matt Richards corner just beat the head of Connor Goldson, it then fell to Tom Eaves in front of goal but he couldn't connect in time and Webster cleared for another Town corner.
Town created a lovely opening on the 5 minute mark when Steve McGinn showed good tenacity to close down a Yeovil break, he came away with the ball and then played a great ball down the line to Morgan, a Yeovil player looked to have it covered but let the ball slip and Morgan was away down the wing, he had Jon Taylor breaking down the left and Eaves down the middle, Morgan played it to the left for Taylor, he collected but it was slightly under-hit and this meant Taylor had to check, he then turned the defender and drilled in a shot but Stech in the Yeovil goal was equal to it.
The ref was Oliver Langford who wrongly sent off Dave McAllister against Doncaster earlier in the year and again he was making big decisions. This time a Yeovil corner seemed to go behind harmless for a Town goal-kick, but ref Langford pointed to the spot having seen what he thought was the ball hit Tom Eaves arm in the box, there was little in the way of appeals from any of the Yeovil players but many for the Town players who didn't agree. James Hayter placed the ball and calmly placed the ball past Chris Weale to give Yeovil the lead.
The goal didn't dampen Town's spirits and they kept going and pushing to get on level terms, and on the 20th minute they did that. It came from a good attacking move from Town that saw Richards and Jacobson combine well down the left with Richards playing Jacobson in behind the home defence, he delivered a lovely cross that was just behind Morgan, the ball was cleared to the edge of the box and there was McGinn to stroke in a right footed shot that left Stech rooted to the spot and rolled into to the net to make it 1-1.
Yeovil had been starting to build some pressure and on the half hour mark the home side got their noses in front again. It came pretty much from nothing, Yeovil had the ball down the left handside and gave it to Paddy Madden, he looked up and drove forward and then from about 25 yards out Madden drove in a vicious low shot that flew in at Weale's nearpost to make it 2-1 to Yeovil.
As the half wore on it was the home side who were looking the better of the sides but Town were doing their best at times to help them. Town were finding it hard to string a number of passes together and their ball delivery wasn't good at times and this was allowing Yeovil a lot more of the possession. The chances were coming for the home side but Town had a good chance at the end of the half when a lovely ball over the Yeovil defence saw Jon Taylor in on goal, he had to get his shot off with his weaker right foot and it was an easy block for Stech.
Half-time: Town 1 Yeovil 2
Town started the half with Graham Turner making his first change of the afternoon with rob Purdie coming on to replace James Hurst in a straight switch.
Town started the half brightly with first Marvin Morgan doing well to get in behind the Yeovil defence and drive an inviting ball across the face of the Yeovil goal but no one was there to connect. Then moments later more good work from Morgan saw him win a free-kick from Town, which Richards looped into the box. The best was on the 5 minute mark when Summerfield and Richards combined well with Richards coming in field before driving in a low shot from 20 yards out that flew inches wide of the target.
Town were making a real good go of it after the restart and they were looking the more likely to add to the score sheet. The front two of Morgan and Eaves had not looked too dangerous in the first half but in the second whenever either got the ball Town looked dangerous. Eaves once again showed good strength to hold of several challenges and then run in on goal before driving in a shot that flew just wide. Morgan did well on the halfway line to collect the ball, then hold off his markers before turning nicely and sending a lovely ball down the centre for Jon Taylor but the defender was alert and took no chances smashing the ball into the stands.
Town were forced into a change on the 70 minute mark after Marvin Morgan was given a little shove and ended up sliding into where the ball boy was sitting and then the advertising hoardings. He didn't look good and after treatment from physio Chris Skitt it was clear he couldn't carry on and was replaced by Akwasi Asante.
Town very much still in the game and were putting some good attacking pressure onto the home sides goal. There were a number of chances but the best was after good work round the box saw the ball come to McGinn, he controlled it well and found space to hit in a low shot that Stech did well to get down and block, he couldn't hold onto it but there was no Town player there to pounce.
With over 10 minutes of the game remaining Yeovil were already getting the ball into the corners to try and run the clock down and take a break from Town's attacking pressure. They even managed to get a quick substitution in to run even more of the clock down.