Match Details: 08/10/2011
Colchester United 2-2 Yeovil Town
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: Gavin Massey (1), Gavin Massey (63)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Jed Steer, 2. Luke Ayling, 3. Nathan Jones, 4. Bondz N'Gala, 5. Paul Huntington, 8. Ed Upson, 9. Steve MacLean, 14. Max Ehmer, 16. Oli Johnson, 20. Paul Wotton, 21. Gavin Massey,
Subs: 17. Alan O'Brien, 18. Kieran Agard, 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown, 23. Billy Gibson, 24. Gareth Stewart
Substitutes Used: Kieran Agard for Oli Johnson (82 mins)
Bookings: Oli Johnson (Foul, 30), Gavin Massey (Foul, 37), Nathan Jones (Foul, 80), Bondz N'Gala (Foul, 90)
Yeovil Town snatched a point from the Community Stadium this afternoon as they managed a 2-2 against Colchester United. They had Gavin Massey to thank for that, with the Watford loan striker netting his first two goals for the club in a game where the Glovers had few chances. An Andy Bond strike and a Michail Antonio header appeared to have the U's on their way until Massey's second, and Kieran Agard could even have committed daylight robbery when he hit the crossbar in the final minute.
The Glovers went into the match making four changes to the side that lost in the Football League Trophy during midweek. Included in those changes was also a formation change, as suspended pair Luke Ayling and Ed Upson returned, lining up in a three man midfield. At left-back Nathan Jones was recalled, whilst Steve MacLean came into the starting line-up as the most advanced of a three pronged attack.
Having lost their last four matches, Yeovil got off to a dream start when they netted with just 40 seconds on the clock. Steve MacLean put the ball into the path of Oli Johnson who drove forward, firing in a shot on goal. Colchester keeper Ben Williams could only parry the ball into the path of Gavin Massey and he put the rebound home for a 1-0 lead and an incredible start to the game.
The next 44 minutes and 20 seconds all went with one side, and it wasn't Yeovil. They were not to have a single shot during the remainder of a half that Colchester dominated and Yeovil defended deep as if it was part of a training ground 'defenders vs attackers' routine - Steve MacLean often a lonesome figure on the halfway line. Andy Bond and Ian Henderson had wild attempts wide of goal, whilst Kayode Odejayi nearly score as he saw the ball ricochet off his shins from a Jed Steer parry of a better Henderson shot.
Strikers Oli Johnson and Gavin Massey were booked as they attempted to provide defensive capabilities, and it was from the latter foul that Colchester got their equaliser, as a free kick was pushed sideways, and no-one closed down Andy Bond, whose long range shot appeared to wrong-foot Jed Steer via a deflection. On the balance of play, little more than the home side deserved, and giving a 1-1 half time score.
The second period opened up with more of the same, and Colchester took the lead nine minutes into the second period - an Antony Wordsworth cross into the box was in danger of going in direct, but a close range Michail Antonio header put the Essex side 2-1 up, and with Yeovil not having shown any sort of attacking intent, it was looking like they were slipping to another defeat.
Not quite. The goal forced the Glovers to force a slightly more positive outlook, and nine minutes after Antonio's goal, Max Ehmer made a run from a right-back position and his shot was parried by Ben Williams. In the space where the ball fell was Gavin Massey - right place, right time and he was able to sweep the loose ball home. Two shots and two goals, but an all important 2-2 equalising goal.
Colchester thought they had the lead back with five minutes left when substitute Steven Gillespie got the ball in the back of the net, but they were frustrated by the whistle of referee Chris Sarginson, who blew up, and promptly booked the striker for a foul on Jed Steer. Then defender Magnus Okuonghae shot over the bar from close range in a crowded box as the home side turned the screw in the closing minutes. Yet improbably, Yeovil could have snatched all three points, as Glovers substitute Kieran Agard struck the crossbar in the 90th minute - pretty much only Yeovil's third shot on goal of the day. But in the end both sides had to settle for the point.
The result keeps Yeovil in 21st place in the League One table, and two points adrift of safety, but on the plus side, at least the run of four consecutive defeats has been ended. Colchester was where the great 2010-11 turnaround started - they will be hoping today also acts as the spark for something better, even if the balance of the game suggests that there is still rather a lot to work on.
Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Colchester United 2 Yeovil Town 2.
Scorers: Gavin Massey (0-1, 1 min), Andy Bond (1-1, 38 mins), Michail Antonio (2-1, 54 mins), Gavin Massey (2-2, 63 mins)
1. Ben Williams
20. Brian Wilson 5. Pat Baldwin 4. Magnus Okuonghae 24. Ben Coker
14. Andy Bond 10. Kemal Izzet 22. Anthony Wordsworth 16. Ian Henderson
15. Kayode Odejayi 11. Michail Antonio
6. Matt Heath 8. John-Joe O'Toole 9. Steven Gillespie (74 mins for Anthony Wordsworth) 23. Lloyd James 27. Karl Duguid
Yeovil Town: (4-3-3/4-3-2-1):
1. Jed Steer
14. Max Ehmer 4. Bondz N'Gala 5. Paul Huntington 3. Nathan Jones
2. Luke Ayling 20. Paul Wotton 8. Ed Upson
21. Gavin Massey 9. Steven MacLean 16. Oli Johnson
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 17. Alan O'Brien 18. Kieran Agard (82 mins for Oli Johnson) 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown 23. Billy Gibson
Colchester Bookings: Steven Gillespie (85 mins, foul), Kemal Izzet (88 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Oli Johnson (30 mins, foul), Gavin Massey (37 mins, foul), Nathan Jones (80 mins, foul), Bondz N'Gala (90 mins, foul)
Referee: Chris Sarginson (Staffordshire). Assistants: Barry Holderness (Essex) and Oleksandr Saliy (Middlesex). Fourth Official: Nigel Lugg (Surrey).