Match Details: 17/10/2017
Cambridge United 2-1 Yeovil Town
EFL League Two
Yeovil Goals: Bevis Mugabi (60)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 3. Nathan Smith, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 7. Otis Khan, 8. Connor Smith, 9. Rhys Browne, 11. Ryan Dickson, 14. Sam Surridge, 16. James Bailey, 17. Omar Sowunmi, 24. Olufela Olomola,
Subs: 4. Matt Worthington, 6. Keston Davies, 10. Jake Gray, 12. Jonny Maddison, 23. Tom James, 25. Sid Nelson, 30. Alefe Santos
Substitutes Used: Jake Gray for Connor Smith (51 mins), Alefe Santos for James Bailey (81 mins)
Bookings: Ryan Dickson (Dissent, 20)
Yeovil Town went down to defeat on Tuesday night, as two quick first half goals condemned them against Cambridge United. The home side opened their account when Uche Ikpeazu latched onto a through ball that beat the offside trap, and that was added to six minutes later when George Maris headed home a cross into the box. The Glovers performed better in the second period, and pulled a goal back on the hour mark when Bevis Mugabi headed home a Ryan Dickson cross, but despite throwing men forward late on, they couldn't force an equalising goal, going down to a 2-1 defeat.
The Glovers went into the match making one change to their starting line-up as the suspended Francois Zoko sat out the night, with Sam Surridge coming into his position. The only other change was on the bench as Sid Nelson was brought back following an operation he'd had on a broken nose last week. Cambridge United's line-up featured arch-villan Jabo Ibehre, who moved down from Carlisle United over the summer to sign for the U's.
Yeovil could have been a goal ahead after just 30 seconds. Straight from Olufela Olomola's kick-off, Cambridge hadn't touched the ball before it was threaded to Rhys Browne. His shot was parried by David Forde, but as soon as Forde saved Sam Surridge's follow-up shot, the offside flag went up meaning that Olomola's third rebound shot into the back of the net happened in dead play.
The home side thereafter created all of the remaining first half chances. Jabo Ibehre's shot was saved by Artur Krysiak, and the same player had another attempt blocked out by Bevis Mugabi for a corner. Cambridge's opening goal came 20 minutes into the match with a long ball through the middle from Jeavani Brown was met by Uche Ikepeazu, who confidently rounded Krysiak and slotted home for a 1-0 lead. Yeovil's defenders pleaded in vain for an offside flag that didn't come, with Ryan Dickson being booked for his protests.
Six minutes later, and Cambridge doubled their lead on their next major attack. Brad Halliday's cross into the box found Yeovil's defence had gone missing, and George Maris was available to take advantage of that, planting a six yard unmarked header past Krysiak for a 2-0 lead. They could have extended their lead further when Ikpeazu shot over the bar, but thankfully went in at the break only two goals ahead.
Yeovil tried switching their formation around towards the end of the first half, switching to a 4-3-3, and later a diamond during the second period. Jake Gray was introduced as an early second half substitute. Oddly it was the two full-backs who hadn't been switching positions that fashioned out a goal for the Glovers on the hour mark. Ryan Dickson got his second assist in two matches as he produced a cross for Bevis Mugabi, who had bombed forward in open play to plant a header past David Forde for a 2-1 scoreline.
That made the final 30 minutes of the match a stretched affair, as Yeovil threatened a draw, whilst Cambridge also threatened to extend their lead. George Maris hit the outside of the post from a Piero Mingoia cross for Cambridge. Then Otis Khan put over the crossbar, before Jeavani Brown curled a shot narrowly over after Uche Ikpeazu put him through.
Yeovil's problem was that for all of their attempts to throw people forward - emphasised when Alefe Santos came on for James Bailey late on - they couldn't quite deliver the big chances. Their best of the lot by a mile came when a recycled corner fell at the feet of Otis Khan, with his shot being cleared off the line by Jabo Ibehre - the thorn in Yeovil's side this time round for legitimate reasons. Four minutes of injury time couldn't produce another killer chance, and the end result was Yeovil's sixth away defeat in seven matches, and a slip to 18th in the League Two table.
Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Cambridge United 2 Yeovil Town 1.
Scorers: Uche Ikpeazu (1-0, 20 mins), George Maris (2-0, 26 mins), Bevis Mugabi (2-1, 60 mins)
1 David Forde
2 Brad Halliday 6 Leon Legge 5 Greg Taylor 3 Jake Carroll
7 Piero Mingoia 4 Gary Deegan 20 Jeavani Brown 18 George Maris
9 Uche Ikpeazu 14 Jabo Ibehre
11 Harrison Dunk 12 George Taft 13 Dimitar Mitov 16 Liam O'Neil (90 mins for Uche Ikpeazu) 21 Medy Elito (87 mins for George Maris) 26 Matthew Foy 27 Kyle Howkins
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
9. Rhys Browne 8. Connor Smith 16. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
24. Olufela Olomola 14. Sam Surridge
12. Jonny Maddison 4. Matt Worthington 6. Keston Davies 10. Jake Gray (51 mins for Connor Smith) 23. Tom James 25. Sid Nelson 30. Alefe Santos (81 mins for James Bailey)
Cambridge United Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Ryan Dickson (dissent, 20 mins)
Cambridge United Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 20; Shots On Target: 12; Corners: 6; Fouls: 12.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 8; Fouls: 9.
Referee: Andy Haines (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: Rob Smith (Hertfordshire) and Callum Walchester (Suffolk). Fourth Official: Daniel Cook (Essex).
Attendance: 3,328 (with 91 Yeovil Town supporters).