Match Details: 19/11/2016
Yeovil Town 2-1 Colchester United
EFL League Two
Yeovil Goals: Francois Zoko (86), Tahvon Campbell (89)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 2. Liam Shephard, 4. Matthew Dolan, 6. Alex Lacey, 7. Kevin Dawson, 9. Tom Eaves, 10. Otis Khan, 11. Ryan Dickson, 16. Matt Butcher, 23. Ryan Hedges, 26. Darren Ward,
Subs: 5. Bevis Mugabi, 12. Jonny Maddison, 13. Francois Zoko, 14. Josh Ezewele, 18. Omar Sowunmi, 19. Tahvon Campbell, 28. Ben Whitfield
Substitutes Used: Ben Whitfield for Matthew Dolan (42 mins), Francois Zoko for Otis Khan (53 mins), Tahvon Campbell for Kevin Dawson (68 mins)
Bookings: Kevin Dawson (Foul, 19), Matt Butcher (Foul, 61), Alex Lacey (Foul, 64), Ryan Hedges (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 90)
Yeovil Town grabbed a late late comeback this afternoon, as they came from 1-0 down to beat struggling Colchester United by a 2-1 scoreline. The Glovers looked as though their improved League Two form was going out of the window when Kurtis Guthrie gave Colchester a close range headed lead early in the second half. But Yeovil needed two substitutes to claw the game back, as Francois Zoko netted his third goal in four games - all from the bench - with four minutes remaining, whilst the three points were won as West Bromwich Albion loanee Tahvon Campbell netted his first goal of the season, to lift the Glovers into eighth place in the table.
The Glovers went into the match making just one change to the team that turned out at Solihull Moors on Tuesday night. Matt Butcher returned, displacing his AFC Bournemouth teammate Ben Whitfield, allowing the chance to establish a clear holding midfielder in the line-up. On the bench, there was a spot of confusion as to whether Nathan Smith was there or not - initially not named, but then appearing on the teamsheet and warming up. He turned out to be available, with the club reported to have awaited late clearance from the FA over medication he had been using before fielding him. Josh Ezewele turned out to be the substitute that never was. In the opposition, goalkeeper Sam Walker was a familiar face between the sticks.
The first half was one of clear dominance in favour of the Glovers, with Artur Krysiak a near spectator until the half began to close. Otis Khan had a shot saved by Sam Walker, before a couple of Matt Dolan free kicks were a bit too tame to worry the former Chelsea keeper. It took a while for Yeovil to get fully into their stride, but once they did they were very clearly on top - except that they couldn't find the back of the net. A Kevin Dawson attack down the flank fed Tom Eaves, but he shot wide, and then Otis Khan tested Walker from inside the box, with a shot that was a bit too easy for the position the wide man was in.
Then came the killer chance of the half, as Liam Shephard's low cross into the box was zipped across the six yard line, only for a stretching Tom Eaves to spoon his attempt over the crossbar, when he should have buried it. Shephard and Eaves tried the same again, a few minutes later but on that occasion Eaves couldn't quite connect. It was only in the closing five minutes that Colchester showed any kind of attacking intent, with Denny Johnstone putting one wide, before Brennan Dickenson forced Artur Krysiak into his one and only true save of the entire half. Yeovil were instead left kicking themselves as to how they didn't hold a half time lead, with Walker denying Ryan Hedges after he got in behind the Colchester back line. 0-0 it was, but it shouldn't have been.
Five minutes into the second half, and that level of wastefulness in front of goal appeared costly when Colchester took the lead with only their second meaningful effort on goal. A Brennan Dickenson cross seemed to wrong-foot Artur Krysiak when it took a deflection, and when Kurtis Guthrie found his initial effort coming off the crossbar, the Colchester player seemed to be the only man in the box looking to react, and he headed home the rebound from a few yards out. 0-1 down.
Inevitably, the great Colchester slowdown of play began. Francois Zoko came on for Otis Khan, with the latter player's withdrawal being booed by fans as the wide man headed off the field - fans presumably frustrated at how many occasions Khan has been taken off. Initially that saw the team switch to a Diamond formation, with Zoko and Tom Eaves up front, as Ben Whitfield provided the most attacking outlet whilst Matt Butcher sat at the base of the diamond. Drey Wright almost doubled Colchester's lead as he flashed the ball narrowly across the face of the box, with Guthrie again having provided the spark.
The formation change didn't really do anything to change the match, and so fifteen minutes later it changed again, with Kevin Dawson being withdrawn for Tahvon Campbell. That took the team back to a 4-3-3 with Campbell joining Eaves and Zoko up front, whilst Ryan Hedges dropped deeper into midfield. A lot of fouls and a lot of bookings appeared to suit Colchester more than it suited Yeovil, and with Darren Ward heading over the crossbar from a Ryan Hedges free kick, it all seemed to point to a 0-1 defeat.
However, with five minutes remaining, Yeovil Town got the breakthrough they needed. A Ryan Hedges corner was only partly cleared, and when the ball dropped to Francois Zoko deep inside the box, he turned and fired home from a narrow angle for the equalising goal. Zoko has now scored three times in four matches - all after coming on as a substitute, and looks to be establishing the goalscoring form he had last season, having missed the first few months due to injury.
Better was to come with a minute of normal time remaining. Ryan Hedges fed the ball through to Ben Whitfield, and he found Tahvon Campbell inside the box. The West Bromwich Albion player fired home at the empty Copse Road End to sink Colchester - just four minutes after they thought they were going back to Essex with all three points, they were going home with nothing. There was no late comeback, despite five minutes worth of injury time, and with the ultra-tight League Two table, what would have been a 14th placed finish to the day saw Yeovil end up in 8th place, and outside the play-offs on goal difference. Conversely for Colchester, they could have ended the day in 16th place, but instead they are facing up to life inside the relegation zone - all through four minutes worth of a single game. Expect more of the same over the next 29 matches of the season.
Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Colchester United 1.
Scorers: Kurtis Guthrie (0-1, 50 mins), Francois Zoko (1-1, 86 mins), Tahvon Campbell (2-1, 89 mins)
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
7. Kevin Dawson 16. Matt Butcher 4. Matt Dolan
10. Otis Khan 9. Tom Eaves 23. Ryan Hedges
Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 13. Francois Zoko (53 mins for Otis Khan) 14. Josh Ezewele 18. Omar Sowumni 19. Tahvon Campbell (68 mins for Kevin Dawson) 28. Ben Whitfield (42 mins for Matt Dolan)
1. Sam Walker
2. Richard Brindley 18. Tom Eastman 14. Alex Wynter 12. Kane Vincent-Young
4. Tom Lapslie 24. Craig Slater
7. Drey Wright 28. Kurtis Guthrie 11. Brennan Dickenson
17. Denny Johnstone
6. Frankie Kent 19. Macauley Bonne (87 mins for Denny Johnstone) 21. Dion Sembie-Ferris (77 mins for Drey Wright) 25. Dillon Barnes 31. Tariqe Fosu (90 mins for Tom Lapslie) 32. Glen Kamara 41. Louis Dunne
Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (19 mins, foul), Matt Butcher (foul, 61 mins), Alex Lacey (foul, 64 mins), Ryan Hedges (kicking ball away, 90 mins)
Colchester United Bookings: Tom Eastman (foul, 73 mins), Drey Wright (dissent, 75 mins), Tom Lapslie (foul)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.
Colchester United Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 3; Fouls: 14.
Referee: Brett Huxtable (Devon). Assistants: Brian Durie (Gloucestershire) and Matt Eva (Surrey). Fourth Official: Simon Knapp (Bristol).
Attendance: 2,985 (with 143 Colchester supporters).