Match Details: 27/09/2016
Cambridge United 1-0 Yeovil Town
EFL League Two
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 2. Liam Shephard, 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Matthew Dolan, 6. Alex Lacey, 7. Kevin Dawson, 9. Tom Eaves, 10. Otis Khan, 16. Matt Butcher, 23. Ryan Hedges, 26. Darren Ward,
Subs: 6. Bevis Mugabi, 8. Alex Lawless, 12. Jonny Maddison, 14. Josh Ezewele, 17. Omar Sowunmi, 19. Tahvon Campbell, 28. Ben Whitfield
Substitutes Used: Bevis Mugabi for Liam Shephard (67 mins), Alex Lawless for Darren Ward (73 mins), Ben Whitfield for Otis Khan (79 mins)
Bookings: Alex Lacey (Foul, 35), Liam Shephard (Foul, 54), Kevin Dawson (Foul, 73)
Yeovil Town went down to defeat tonight against Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium, as a single goal divided the teams. In a match that had few chances, with the majority going to the home side, the three points were settled when Mark Roberts converted from close range after Artur Krysiak had pulled off a save from a corner. At the other end, the Glovers struggled badly to create chances, with home keeper Will Norris untested throughout the night, and despite Matt Butcher having two late attempts during second half injury time, both went over the bar to send his side home with a 1-0 defeat.
The Glovers went into the match making one change from the side that beat Cheltenham Town 4-2 on the weekend. Kevin Dawson had served his one match suspension and thus displaced Ben Whitfield who had been drafted in for that match. That meant Kyle Copp who had been sat on the bench, shuffled back out again, bringing the team sheet back to where it was two games ago. Joe Lea was the one other fit player to sit the game out, with Ryan Dickson, Izale McLeod and Francois Zoko still not ready for returns.
The first half was one that entirely lacked any shots that would force both goalkeepers into saves of note, with both largely collecting crosses. That was not to say that there weren't moments of drama, with Adam McGurk almost intercepting an Artur Krysiak attempt to clear his lines. Then Alex Lacey had to block an attempt by Ben Williamson for a corner. Otherwise, most of the half was about players putting the ball over the crossbar - Ryan Hedges at one end after he stretched for a Matty Dolan cross, and then Luke Berry at the other end.
Adam McGurk's free kick curled around a defensive wall but wide of the posts, whilst Cambridge had appeals for a penalty turned down after Nathan Smith's challenge was deemed to be worthy of a corner for Cambridge, but nothing more from referee Mark Haywood. Instead the referee dished out a yellow card to Luke Berry with him unimpressed by the midfielder's persistent moaning about the decision. Not that everything Mr Haywood did was perfect - he seemed to be allowing play to slow down significantly during the half, particularly by his decision to allow lengthy on-pitch treatment for Max Clark for a head injury that led to five minutes of injury time when he could have told the player to leave the pitch. During that injury time Leon Legge connected with the goal frame instead of the ball as he stretched for a Jake Gosling cross, leading to another delay, but both sides went in goalless at the break.
It said a lot about the match at the Abbey Stadium that it took until the 65th minute for either side to produce a shot on target. Unfortunately for Yeovil Town, it also was the moment that a goal was scored. Harrison Dunk's corner was headed towards goal by Adam McGurk. Artur Krysiak produced an excellent save to keep the ball out, but he couldn't do a lot about the rebound which fell to Mark Roberts who fired home from close range. 1-0 down.
Liam Shephard had picked up a knock just prior to that goal and wasn't on the pitch for that corner, and he had to be replaced immediately afterwards, with Bevis Mugabi replacing him. Then Darren Ward's legs started to tire due to his lack of match play, and he was also replaced by Alex Lawless, with Matt Butcher dropping into the back four, and playing as a right-back, whilst Mugabi switched centrally. That meant that two of the substitutions went on defensive reshuffles, rather than what Yeovil really needed to do to change the game, which was at the other end, where Yeovil's front three were being efficiently snuffed out, with only a Tom Eaves header over the bar representing an opportunity.
In reality, Cambridge looked the more likely to extend their lead with substitute Uche Ikpeazu forcing Alex Lacey to clear off his goal line. Then Artur Krysiak produced a terrific save to stop Mark Roberts getting another goal, as he palmed the ball around the post for a corner. During injury time, with men being pushed up, Yeovil did manage to get two decent chances, with Matt Butcher firing over at the far post from a Ryan Hedges cross, and then another attempt minutes later that went over the bar. But during the whole 90 minutes, Yeovil had failed to test home keeper Will Norris - a far cry from Saturday's goalfest at Huish Park. Cambridge deservedly won, and after two consecutive wins, the Glovers were brought firmly back down to earth with an inert attacking performance.
Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Cambridge United 1 Yeovil Town 0.
Scorers: Mark Roberts (65 mins, 1-0)
1. Will Norris
28. Brad Halliday 5. Mark Roberts 6. Leon Legge 2. Greg Taylor
19. Jake Gosling 8. Luke Berry 20. Max Clark 11. Harrison Dunk
10. Ben Williamson 17. Adam McGurk
13. David Gregory 14. Josh Coulson 15. Sean Long 16. Thomas Dallison-Lisbon 24. Conor Newton (75 mins for Adam McGurk) 26. Uche Ikpeazu (60 mins for Uche Ikpeazu) 29. Matthew Foy
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson, 16. Matt Butcher, 4. Matt Dolan,
23. Ryan Hedges 9. Tom Eaves 10. Otis Khan.
Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 6. Bevis Mugabi (67 mins for Liam Shephard) 8. Alex Lawless (73 mins for Darren Ward) 14. Josh Ezewele 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell 28. Ben Whitfield (79 mins for Otis Khan)
Cambridge United Bookings: Luke Berry (dissent, 38 mins)
Yeovil Bookings: Alex Lacey (foul, 35 mins), Liam Shephard (foul, 54 mins), Kevin Dawson (foul, 73 mins)
Cambridge United Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 11; Fouls: 9.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 0; Corners: 2; Fouls: 10.
Referee: Mark Haywood (West Yorkshire). Assistants: George Warren (London) and Graham Kane (East Sussex). Fourth Official: Robert Massey-Ellis (West Midlands).
Attendance: 3,556 (with 98 Yeovil supporters).