Match Details: 07/05/2016
Yeovil Town 0-1 Leyton Orient
Skybet League Two
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Matthew Dolan, 8. Marc Laird, 11. Ryan Dickson, 21. Alex Lacey, 23. Harry Cornick, 24. Connor Roberts, 25. Liam Walsh, 32. Liam Shephard, 39. Francois Zoko
Subs: 9. Ryan Bird, 10. Shaun Jeffers, 12. Chris Weale, 14. Jack Compton, 17. Omar Sowunmi, 19. Brandon Goodship, 38. Leroy Lita,
Substitutes Used: Brandon Goodship for Marc Laird (63 mins), Jack Compton for Harry Cornick (67 mins), Omar Sowunmi for Francois Zoko (83 mins)
Yeovil Town went down to a late defeat this afternoon in their final match of the 2015-16 season. An 87th minute Ollie Palmer goal saw Leyton Orient grab all three points at Huish Park, despite the Glovers creating the glut of chances, demonstrating why they have been the division's lowest scorers this season. Many of the home side's best chances fell to players who might not be so well known for their goalscoring abilities, with defender Nathan Smith twice threatening to add to last weekend's rare goal, whilst Swansea City loanee Liam Shephard forced Leyton reserve keeper Sam Sargeant into an excellent first half save. But Palmer stole the points three minutes from time, leaving the Glovers in 19th place at the end of the 2015-16 season, having reached 48 points - a turnaround that looked a little unlikely halfway through the campaign.
For the final game of the 2015-16 season, Yeovil Town made one change to their starting line-up with Harry Cornick coming in for Leroy Lita, as the 4-3-1-2 line-up was preserved. On the bench there was a welcome return for Omar Sowunmi - last seen in mid-November after a serious ankle injury put him under the knife. Tahvon Campbell became the club's 'sixth loan' for the final match with Brandon Goodship getting onto the bench.
Pretty much all of the first half efforts on goal went in Yeovil's direction. Francois Zoko struck the ball over the crossbar from 20 yards out and then Nathan Smith went close from a corner when he put a header over the framework from close range. Swansea loanee Liam Shephard forced a strong save out of Sam Sargeant midway through the half as his shot was deflected out for a corner. At the other end, Artur Krysiak was pretty much a spectator, with Orient conjuring up just one off target shot throughout the first period, with not a single corner being forced. However, as a game it became increasingly stop-start with a number of Orient injuries breaking up the play significantly, and the end result was both sides went in level at the break.
Orient finally got their first meaningful shot on goal in shortly after the game restarted, with Sean Clohessy being used as a winger for the Londoners - he cut in and fired a shot on goal, but Artur Krysiak was able to easily save. At the other end, Yeovil took ten or fifteen minutes to get going, but once they did, chances came for loan trio Liam Walsh, Connor Roberts and Harry Cornick, but to no avail - Orient's Sam Sargeant was having a strong game and blocked all their efforts.
Darren Way switched his formation partway through the half, as Marc Laird was withdrawn and his more usual 4-3-3 line-up was reestablished, with Harry Cornick and Laird's replacement Brandon Goodship put wide. Cornick unfortunately didn't last there too long as an injury saw him replaced by Jack Compton. But Yeovil's problem throughout the game was that they couldn't carve out the chance they needed to win the game. Nathan Smith again got one of the picks of the second half chances, but he put the ball over the bar from inside the box. In the closing stages even Omar Sowunmi was put back onto the field of play - as a striker - as he replaced Francois Zoko.
Then came the sucker punch - with three minutes remaining, a loose ball fell to Ollie Palmer , and his sweetly struck shot flew into the back of the net, helped by the inside of a goalpost. A good old-fashioned away team smash'n'grab by anyone's definition. There was enough time for a Jack Compton header to be saved, and even for Artur Krysiak to run the length of the pitch for a corner during second half injury time to try to provoke an equaliser, but nothing fell Yeovil's way. It's glaringly obvious, but the big area of the pitch that Darren Way will need to sort out for next season is his side's goalscoring. The rest serves the club well, but they need to spend the summer working out how they can turn possession and territory into clearcut chances and goals, if they are to improve even further on the way their second half of the season has progressed.
Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Leyton Orient 1.
Scorers: Ollie Palmer (0-1, 87 mins)
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 21. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
32. Liam Shephard 25. Liam Walsh 4. Matt Dolan
8. Marc Laird
39. Francois Zoko 23. Harry Cornick
12. Chris Weale (GK) 9. Ryan Bird 10. Shaun Jeffers 14. Jack Compton (67 mins for Harry Cornick) 17. Omar Sowunmi (83 mins for Francois Zoko) 19. Brandon Goodship (63 mins for Marc Laird) 38. Leroy Lita
29. Sam Sargeant
34. Nicky Hunt 31. Aron Pollock 16. Shaun Brisley 36. Peter Ramage
2. Sean Clohessy 8. Lloyd James 14. Sammy Moore 22. Sandro Semedo
9. Oliver Palmer 27. Jay Simpson
1. Alex Cisak 10. Paul McCallum (73 mins for Jay Simpson) 17. Blair Turgott (22 mins for Shaun Brisley) 19. Scott Kashket 23. Freddy Moncur 28. Myles Judd 37. Josh Koroma (56 mins for Aron Pollock)
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Leyton Orient Bookings: None.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 8; Fouls: 9.
Leyton Orient Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 1; Fouls: 14.
Referee: Philip Gibbs (West Midlands). Assistants: Robert Massey-Ellis (West Midlands) and Mark Howes (Birmingham). Fourth Official: Kevin Morris (Herefordshire).
Attendance: 4,163 (with 317 Leyton Orient supporters).