Match Details: 25/10/2017
Yeovil Town 1-1 Chelsea Under-21s
Checkatrade Trophy Group Stage
Yeovil Goals: Rhys Browne (22)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Matt Worthington, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 7. Otis Khan, 9. Rhys Browne, 10. Jake Gray, 14. Sam Surridge, 23. Tom James, 25. Sid Nelson, 30. Alefe Santos
Subs: 6. Keston Davies, 8. Connor Smith, 12. Jonny Maddison, 13. Francois Zoko, 16. James Bailey, 17. Omar Sowunmi, 24. Olufela Olomola,
Substitutes Used: Olufela Olomola for Rhys Browne (64 mins), Keston Davies for Nathan Smith (67 mins), Francois Zoko for Jake Gray (83 mins)
Bookings: Alefe Santos (Foul, 42), Rhys Browne (Foul, 52)
Yeovil Town won a penalty shoot-out against a Chelsea Under-21 side at Huish Park in the EFL Trophy tonight. Their second Group Stage match saw them draw 1-1, with a first half goal initially credited to Sam Surridge (but may see Rhys Browne given the final touch) coming from an Otis Khan corner, before Luke McCormick levelled the scores 12 minutes. The two sides couldn't be separated in the 90 minutes, which resulted in spot kicks for a bonus point. Yeovil managed a perfect five, holding the advantage as McCormick had Chelsea's first penalty saved. That allowed Francois Zoko the chance to net the crucial fifth spot kick, to give the Glovers two points, as Chelsea's youthful side picked up one.
The Glovers went into the match making six changes to their starting line-up from Saturday's match against Barnet. Only one of those changes was forced, with Ryan Dickson suffering concussion in Saturday's game, with his place taken by Tom James. The other significant change saw James Bailey sit the night out, as Nathan Smith took the captaincy, whilst there were starting places for Sid Nelson, Matt Worthington, Alefe Santos, Rhys Browne and Sam Surridge. With Chelsea's first team co-opting a number of youngsters into their League Cup game at Stamford Bridge, they faced an Under-21 side that had nine teenagers starting for them.
That perhaps explained why the visitors got off to a very slow start, and one in which they failed to threaten at all. Not that Yeovil were exactly pressuring at the other end but they did manage a few shots, with Tom James and Matt Worthington firing well wide of the target, whilst Otis Khan's free kick was more accurate, but still went a foot or two wide of the post.
Midway through the half, Yeovil got their noses in front. Otis Khan's corner into the box was met by a header from AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge who powered the ball towards the net. Both the tannoy annoucer and the PA/Opta score feeds gave him as the official scorer, but with a question mark over whether Rhys Browne touched the ball on its way over the line. Regardless of who ends up with it, the important thing was that it was a 1-0 lead.
It was rather frustrating when Chelsea equalised with their first shot of the evening. A Reece James cross was dangerous and was spilt by Artur Krysiak, but only into the path of Luke McCormick. One attempt, one goal, and from a team that had done very little in the preceding 33 minutes to suspect they could get the game back at 1-1. However, they could have stolen the lead right on half time when Jacob Maddox intercepted the ball on the halfway line, and ran through, only to find his shot touched by Krysiak wide of the post.
The second half saw little in the way of goalmouth action apart from one critical burst. Rhys Browne shot over the bar early on but the game fizzled out a bit, with a series of substitutions breaking up play - one of which saw Sid Nelson take the captain's armband when Nathan Smith came off. Yeovil's two best efforts came within a minute of each other, as Jake Gray's turn and shot from the edge of the area was saved for a corner, followed by Bevis Mugabi's header which was tipped onto the top of the bar from the resulting set piece. Then Otis Khan found his drive five minutes later parried for another corner.
But the two teams couldn't be separated across the 90 minutes. A penalty shoot-out needed to settle who got the bonus point, and in front of an empty Yeovil home terrace it was the Glovers who took advantage early on, particularly as goalscorer Luke McCormick had his attempt saved by Artur Krysiak who stood his ground on a penalty down the middle. Then came a series of perfect penalties from both teams under the new ABBA penalty system, which allowed Francois Zoko a chance to step up and take the fifth. He did so confidently, giving Yeovil Town an extra bonus point from the evening, whilst Chelsea Under-21s took one. That leaves them needing just to draw to guarantee qualification from the Group Stages, and with Plymouth as their next opponents, that result would also guarantee winning their mini-table. Chelsea and Exeter will have to rely on a positive result for one team to progress themselves.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Chelsea Under-21s 1 (Yeovil win 5-3 on penalties).
Scorers: Rhys Browne (1-0, 22 mins), Luke McCormick (1-1, 34 mins)
Penalties: Alefe Santos (1-0, SCORED), Luke McCormick (1-0, SAVED), Martell Taylor-Crossdale (1-1, SCORED), Sam Surridge (2-1, SCORED), Otis Khan (3-1, SCORED), Harvey St Clair (3-2, SCORED), Trevoh Chalobah (3-3, SCORED), Olufela Olomola (4-3, SCORED), Francoid Zoko (5-3, SCORED).
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 25. Sid Nelson 3. Nathan Smith (Capt) 23. Tom James
10. Jake Gray 4. Matt Worthington 30. Alefe Santos
9. Rhys Browne 14. Sam Surridge 7. Otis Khan
12. Jonny Maddison 6. Keston Davies (67 mins for Nathan Smith) 8. Connor Smith 13. Francois Zoko (83 mins for Jake Gray) 16. James Bailey 17. Omar Sowunmi 24. Olufela Olomola (64 mins for Rhys Browne)
61. Jamie Cumming 51. Joseph Colley 56. Richard Nartey 50. Trevoh Chalobah 53. Josh Grant 54. Jacob Maddox 46. Ruben Sammut (Capt) 55. Luke McCormick 64. Reece James 48. Kylian Hazard 67. Martell Taylor-Crossdale
57. Harvey St Clair (62 mins for Kylian Hazard) 72. Nicholas Tie 52. Cole Dasilva (77 mins for Richard Nartey) 45. Miro Muheim (90 mins for Reece James) 60. Juan Castillo 58. Charlie Brown 68. Tariq Uwakwa.
Yeovil Bookings: Alefe Santos (42 mins, foul), Rhys Browne (52 mins, foul)
Chelsea Under-21s Bookings: Luke McCormick (80 mins, foul)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 10; Fouls: 15.
Chelsea Under-21s Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 1; Fouls: 9.
Referee: Kevin Johnson (Somerset). Assistants: Matt Eva (Surrey) and Justin Amey (Dorset). Fourth Official: Brett Huxtable (Devon).
Attendance: 1,896 (with 145 Chelsea Under-21s supporters).
NOTE: The question over whether Rhys Browne or Sam Surridge scored Yeovil's goal is disputed. At the time of the game, Opta gave it to Sam Surridge. The football club awarded it to Rhys Browne. Although some websites have stated Browne as the scorer, the Football League's Checkatrade Trophy subsection still lists Surridge as the scorer, with no amendment in their Dubious Goals Panel section.