Match Details: 25/11/2008
Colchester United 1-0 Yeovil Town
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 4. Terry Skiverton, 6. Terrell Forbes, 10. Gavin Tomlin, 11. Danny Schofield, 12. Craig Alcock, 13. Josh Wagenaar, 16. Gary Roberts, 17. Aidan Downes, 25. Gifton Noel-Williams, 27. Lee Peltier, 28. Nathan Smith
Subs: 3. Nathan Jones, 9. Andy Welsh, 14. Paul Warne, 15. Luke Rodgers, 23. Aaron Brown,
Substitutes Used: Aaron Brown for Terry Skiverton (35 mins), Luke Rodgers for Gavin Tomlin (59 mins), Andy Welsh for Aidan Downes (71 mins)
Bookings: Terrell Forbes (Foul, 80), Lee Peltier (Foul, 90)
Yeovil Town lost by a narrow 1-0 scoreline tonight against a Colchester United side who leapfrogged over them by virtue of a superior goal difference in the League One table. On a bitterly freezing night in Essex, there was little for either side's supporters to get excited about in a scrappy game punctuated by some overfussy officiating, but it was on loan striker Jermaine Easter who sealed the points for the home side 10 minutes into the second period after accepting a Clive Platt knockdown. The Glovers evening was made worse by a knee injury to captain Terry Skiverton after he collided with U's keeper Dean Gerken. With Gareth Owen now at Port Vale, the prognosis on Skiverton's injury will be crucial for Yeovil.
The Glovers made just one change to Saturday's starting line-up with Paul Warne making way for Lee Peltier, whose return from suspension allowed Danny Schofield to move out wide into Warne's position. Otherwise Yeovil remained in an orthodox 4-4-2, as per Saturday's home match against Tranmere Rovers.
The whole match was one of few chances, with neither side really getting a grip on play, and a far cry from the expansive flowing football that had taken place at Huish Park three days earlier. Colchester closed down any attempts for Yeovil to get the ball out onto the wings, whilst Terry Skiverton's tight marking of U's target man Clive Platt meant that the home side's main aerial outlet struggled to get into the game.
Josh Wagenaar had to be at full stretch from Jermaine Easter early on, after Yeovil had given the ball away cheaply in midfield, allowing the on loan Plymouth striker a chance to break straight through the middle of the Yeovil defence. Then Yeovil had the ball in the back of the net as Terry Skiverton challenged U's goalkeeper Dean Gerken for the ball from a Gary Roberts free kick. It looked as though Skivo was the one who had been flattened, given that he won the ball and ended up under the goalkeeper before the ball landed in the back of the net, but match referee David Phillips, along with his two linesmen, was having an odd night, and he decided Skivo was the one at fault. Skivo survived another 15 minutes before coming off - a knee injury from his awkward landing being the eventual diagnosis, although he had also taken a whack to the head in going for the 'goal'. Aaron Brown was the early substitution for Yeovil.
The last seconds of a largely uneventful half almost seemed to flicker into life at the end, with a lovely flowing move seeing Aidan Downes set free on the right wing, but referee Phillips was having none of that and promptly blew for the half time whistle, despite being short of the three minutes that had been signalled.
The second half saw the Glovers 'score' again early on, after Gifton Noel-Williams cleverly put through Gavin Tomlin, but up went a linesman's flag, with perhaps Noel-Williams guilty of not having taken a pot at goal himself earlier in the move. Tomlin was perpetually offside during the match, although it was hard to tell at times if this was down to the incompetance of the linesman, or whether Tomlin was moving off too early. At one stage the referee overruled a second half offside flag - perhaps even he was getting fed up with the stop-start nature of the game.
However, 10 minutes into the half, the deadlock was broken. Once again the move appeared to come from a defensive slip - possibly two of them. The Glovers lost possession in midfield, and when Clive Platt knocked the ball down in the penalty box, Jermaine Easter evaded his marker and slotted the ball home to put Colchester 1-0 up.
In such a scrappy disjointed game, it was no surprise to find Colchester concentrating on defending their lead by withdrawing Platt and bringing on Scott Vernon. Nor was it a surprise to find Russell Slade giving Luke Rodgers his debut directly after the goal with Gavin Tomlin making way. Rodgers looked instantly lively, catching a ball on the volley with an angled shot that dipped just over the bar. Rodgers also provided the opportunity for Yeovil's best other chance - an Andy Welsh free kick following a foul on the striker, and the direct strike went just wide of Gerken's right hand upright.
However, all in all there was not too much to get excited about. As Yeovil pushed up in numbers, it was Colchester who almost grabbed the next goal, with Josh Wagenaar doing well to smother Scott Vernon's breakaway attempt by diving at his feet inside the box. Once again, a single goal and a single error was all it took to divide two League One sides that on the night had little to choose between them - the main disappointment of the final whistle was knowing that Colchester's win, and another for Leyton Orient would see Yeovil drop back into the bottom four on goal difference just days after clawing their way out of the drop zone.
Full Time: Colchester United 1 Yeovil Town 0.
Scorer: Jermaine Easter (55 mins, 1-0).
Colchester United: (4-4-2)
1. Dean Gerken 18. Philip Ifil 12. Pat Baldwin 5. Chris Coyne 4. Johnnie Jackson 11. Mark Yeates 10. Kemal Izzet 8. Dean Hammond 17. David Perkins 26. Jermaine Easter 9. Clive Platt
23. Mark Cousins (GK) 6. Paul Reid (46 mins for Philip Ifil) 14. Akanni-Sunday Wasiu 24. Scott Vernon (66 mins for Clive Platt) 27. Anthony Wordsworth (46 mins for Kemal Izzet)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
13. Josh Wagenaar
12. Craig Alcock 6. Terrell Forbes 4. Terry Skiverton (35) 28. Nathan Smith
17. Aidan Downes (71) 16. Gary Roberts 27. Lee Peltier 11. Danny Schofield
10. Gavin Tomlin (59) 25. Gifton Noel-Williams
3. Nathan Jones 9. Andrew Welsh (71 mins for Aidan Downes) 14. Paul Warne 23. Aaron Brown (35 mins for Terry Skiverton) 15. Luke Rodgers (59 mins for Gavin Tomlin)
Colchester Bookings: Dean Hammond (foul, 71 mins), Jermaine Easter (dissent, 73 mins)
Yeovil Bookings: Terrell Forbes (foul, 80 mins), Lee Peltier (foul, 90 mins)
Referee: David Phillips (West Sussex). Assistants: Ian Crouch (London) and Ray Lee (Essex). Fourth Official: Adrian Sannerude (Suffolk).
Attendance: 3,214 (including approx 120 Glovers supporters)