Match Details: 16/09/2017
Grimsby Town 2-1 Yeovil Town
EFL League Two
Yeovil Goals: Francois Zoko (21)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 3. Nathan Smith, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 10. Jake Gray, 11. Ryan Dickson, 13. Francois Zoko, 14. Sam Surridge, 16. James Bailey, 23. Tom James, 25. Sid Nelson, 30. Alefe Santos
Subs: 2. Daniel Alfei, 4. Matt Worthington, 7. Otis Khan, 8. Connor Smith, 9. Rhys Browne, 12. Jonny Maddison, 15. Jordan Green,
Substitutes Used: Jordan Green for Alefe Santos (68 mins), Otis Khan for Tom James (73 mins), Rhys Browne for Sam Surridge (81 mins)
Bookings: Nathan Smith (Foul, 40)
Yeovil Town went down to their fourth consecutive defeat on their travels, as two set pieces saw them lose 2-1 against Grimsby Town. Trailing early on, after a Danny Collins header from a corner, the Glovers managed to get a foothold into the match when Sam Surridge set up Francois Zoko for his fifth goal of the season, scored from the edge of the box. But another set piece saw them come home pointless when former Blackpool striker Scott Vernon came on as a substitute and headed home the winning goal from a free kick, leaving the Glovers sliding down to 19th place.
The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their side although it was a complex one. Otis Khan surprisingly dropped to the bench, with Tom James coming in as an extra defensively minded player. That led to a formation change, with the flat 4-2-2 being replaced by a midfield diamond, with James operating in front of the back four, whilst Alefe Santos as the most advanced midfielder. In the opposition line-up James Berrett came up against his old club and Rhys Browne sat on the bench against the side he left over the summer.
Yeovil conceded early on at Blundell Park back in April, and they did it again in the 8th minute of the match, with a set piece once again the problem. Former Glover James Bennett swung in a deep corner that was close enough to goal for Artur Krysiak to have a bite at it. His faint punch put him out of position which meant that Danny Collins got a free back post header that he angled home for a 1-0 lead for the home side.
That was a lead they deserved with Krysiak having already saved from a Collins header, whilst he parried away a Martyn Woolford shot from outside the box. However, midway through the half, the Glovers got an equaliser with their first shot of the match, after AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge got possession on the left side of the box. He squared the ball across to Francois Zoko and he lashed home a left-footed curler from the edge of the box into the bottom corner for a 1-1 scoreline.
The Glovers really only had one other first half attempt - a Tom James free kick that went straight into the arms of James McKeown. Grimsby were still on top, as Nathan Clarke headed narrowly wide of the target from a corner, whilst another Krysiak save was needed to stop Martyn Woolford from squeezing the ball at the near post. Thankfully the final 10 or 15 minute period of the first half levelled out, with Grimsby's chances drying up a bit, meaning the two clubs went in level at the break.
An early attempt by Siriki Dembele after the second half commenced was matched by a Sam Surridge shot after Alefe Santos put him through. The home side had a penalty appeal turned down after Sid Nelson attempted to shield the ball back to Artur Krysiak, with Jamille Matt trying to squeeze in the middle. He went down in the box, leading to appeals, but referee Graham Horwood wasn't interested, leading to the game heating up in terms of the home crowd's animation, and some of the tackles going on out there.
Actual clearcut chances weren't really there, except when Grimsby got their set pieces. With 20 minutes remaining, that was crucial for them as Paul Dixon's free kick sparked a second home goal. The ball was headed back across the box by Nathan Clarke, and substitute Scott Vernon was able to win the second ball to head home for a 2-1 scoreline - the fourth goal in five days that Yeovil have conceded from set pieces.
Inevitably that was the time to introduce Otis Khan, and to lose the diamond formation, with Khan and Jordan Green lining up on opposite flanks. In the closing stages former Grimsby winger Rhys Browne came on to take the right wing slot as Green went up front but Yeovil couldn't really create anything of note that would worry the Grimsby defence. The end result was a fair one - but the Glovers do need to sort out what they do on the training ground to defend set pieces, because it is accounting for far too many of the goals they're conceding at present.
Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Grimsby Town 2 Yeovil Town 1.
Scorers: Danny Collins (8 mins, 1-0), Francois Zoko (21 mins, 1-1), Scott Vernon (71 mins, 2-1)
1 James McKeown
2 Ben Davies 6 Danny Collins 5 Nathan Clarke 3 Paul Dixon
27 Siriki Dembele 19 Luke Summerfield 7 James Berrett 25 Martyn Woolford
10 Sam Jones 29 Jamille Matt
9 JJ Hooper 11 Sam Kelly (82 mins for Siriki Dembele) 14 Karleigh Osborne 17 Harry Cardwell (90 mins for Sam Jones) 20 Diallang Jaiyesimi 21 Scott Vernon (66 mins for Jamille Matt) 30 Ben Killip
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 25. Sid Nelson 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
23. Tom James
10. Jake Gray 16. James Bailey (Capt)
30. Alefe Santos
13. Francois Zoko 14. Sam Surridge
12. Jonny Maddison 2. Daniel Alfei 4. Matt Worthington 7. Otis Khan (73 mins for Tom James) 8. Connor Smith 9. Rhys Browne (81 mins for Sam Surridge) 15. Jordan Green (68 mins for Alefe Santos)
Grimsby Town Bookings: Sam Jones (foul, 26 mins)
Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Smith (foul, 40 mins)
Grimsby Town Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 7; Fouls: 13.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 3; Fouls: 15.
Referee: Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire). Assistants: Andrew Newbold (Leicestershire) and Nigel Smith (Derbyshire). Fourth Official: Mark Dwyer (West Yorkshire).
Attendance: 3,945 (with 60 Yeovil Town supporters).