Match Details: 06/05/2017
Colchester United 2-0 Yeovil Town
EFL League Two
Yeovil Line-Up: 2. Liam Shephard, 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Matthew Dolan, 6. Alex Lacey, 8. Alex Lawless, 10. Otis Khan, 11. Ryan Dickson, 12. Jonny Maddison, 28. Ben Whitfield, 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, 39. Shayon Harrison
Subs: 5. Bevis Mugabi, 9. Tom Eaves, 14. Joe Tomlinson, 16. Matt Butcher, 17. Omar Sowunmi, 19. Brandon Goodship, 32. Tom James,
Substitutes Used: Tom Eaves for Shayon Harrison (68 mins), Matt Butcher for Alex Lawless (81 mins), Brandon Goodship for Ben Whitfield (84 mins)
Bookings: Alex Lawless (Foul, 24)
Yeovil Town's 2016-17 season ended in disappointment as they lost 2-0 against a Colchester United side that couldn't secure a play-off place on the final day, despite their victory. The difference on the day was Tarique Fosu-Henry, who produced a 25 yard low strike during the first half to separate the sides, and then took advantage of defensive miscommunication towards the end of the second half when a corner wasn't cleared allowing him to finish inside the box. The defeat meant the Glovers finish the season in 20th place in the table - down one place from last season.
The match saw Yeovil make one change to their starting line-up for the final match. Francois Zoko had jarred his back in the previous weekend's match against Stevenage and so didn't make the squad, with Darren Ward, Artur Krysiak and Kevin Dawson's seasons having also ended due to injury. That meant that Zoko made way for Shayon Harrison, with a change to the formation as a 4-3-3 was restored. On the bench, there was a surprise as Under-18s left-back Joe Tomlinson was given a No.14 shirt ahead of Ollie Bassett and Joe Lea, in what was the eighteen's only inclusion on the day. In the Colchester line-up, former Glovers loanee Sam Walker started in goal.
The Glovers had two early chances, as a Matt Dolan free kick deflected off the top of a defensive wall and out for a corner. Then a Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro move set away Ben Whitfield, whose cross into the box found Otis Khan, only for the ball to go over the bar. Despite needing the win to threaten the play-offs, Colchester started slowly and it took them around 20 minutes to get themselves out of second gear.
When they did, the home team began to look the better side. Drey Wright fired well wide for the first. Then two Richaed Brindley set pieces saw Matthew Briggs get headers as he evaded his marker. The first went wide, whilst the second was well directed but fortunately straight into the arms of Maddison. Briggs wasn't being tracked at all down his left flank and he broke clear for another chance on goal as he fired a long range shot just wide.
Colchester took the lead ten minutes before the break. Tarique Fosu-Henry got a bit too much room to control the ball in the final third after he was set up by Chris Porter. He fired a low skidding 25 yard strike into the bottom left hand corner, giving Jonny Maddison not too much hope of getting to it. 1-0 down. That lifted the home crowd significantly and their side were nearly two up as Briggs pulled a shot across the face of goal. Colchester weren't brilliant, but they were better than their opponents and deserved their half time lead.
Apart from an early Chris Porter header and a Drey Wright curler that went wide, the start to the second half was rather inert. Wright managed to get in behind Nathan Smith and Ryan Dickson for one further chance, but put it over the bar. At the other end Yeovil were doing nothing to suggest they were going to get back into the match, and so it wasn't too surprising that Darren Way decided to make a change, swapping Tom Eaves for Shayon Harrison.
The arrival of Eaves at least gave Colchester something new to think about. A Matt Dolan corner produced their first effort on goal of the second period when Nathan Smith headed directly at Sam Walker. Then Eaves was involved when he cut back the ball for Ben Whitfield but the shot fired over the bar. Perhaps that allowed Colchester to wake up and remind themselves that 1-0 might not be enough for them. With 13 minutes remaining they grabbed their second crucial goal as a corner kick was recycled by Tom Eastman. Alex Lacey and Alex Lawless seemed to get in each others way, and Tarique Fosu-Henry was on hand to get the loose ball and fire it from inside the box and into the bottom right hand corner.
Results elsewhere for Colchester weren't going the way they wanted though. Defeat for Exeter against Carlisle United meant themselves and Blackpool were still holding onto their play-off spots, and with Yeovil not really showing much firepower on the day, really all the home side could do was to control the game out for the 2-0 win that they needed, which they did without too much trouble. That wasn't enough to give them a play-off position, whilst for Yeovil their possession was okay, but as with much of the 2016-17 season when it came to the final third, they struggled to create too much. Hopefully the final position of 20th, and three wins in 27 matches will be scrutinised over the summer carefully - the Glovers cannot afford to go into next season with that sort of form in place.
Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Colchester United 2 Yeovil Town 0.
Scorers: Tarique Fosu-Henry (36 mins, 1-0), Tarique Fosu-Henry (77 mins, 2-0)
1 Sam Walker
18 Tom Eastman 14 Alex Wynter 15 George Elokobi
2 Richard Brindley 4 Tom Lapslie 23 Sean Murray 3 Matthew Briggs
31 Tarique Fosu-Henry
7 Drey Wright 9 Chris Porter
8 Doug Loft (82 mins for Tom Lapslie) 19 Macauley Bonne (86 mins for Chris Porter) 27 Rekeil Pyke 29 Dean Brill 32 Tommy O'Sullivan (88 mins for Drey Wright) 33 Lewis Kinsella 35 Cameron James
12. Johnny Maddison
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
28. Ben Whitfield 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan
39. Shayon Harrison 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 10. Otis Khan
Substitutes: 5. Bevis Mugabi 9. Tom Eaves (68 mins for Shayon Harrison) 14. Joe Tomlinson 16. Matt Butcher (81 mins for Alex Lawless) 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship (84 mins for Ben Whitfield) 32. Tom James
Colchester United Bookings: Tom Lapslie (foul, 27 mins)
Yeovil Bookings: Alex Lawless (foul, 24 mins)
Colchester United Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 4; Fouls: 8.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 5; Fouls: 10.
Referee: Robert Jones (Merseyside). Assistants: Joe Simpson (Manchester) and Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Nigel Lugg (Surrey).
Attendance: 6,565 (with 231 Yeovil Town supporters).