Match Details: 02/10/2018
Colchester United 3-1 Yeovil Town
EFL League Two
Yeovil Goals: Tom James (90)
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Carl Dickinson, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 9. Alex Fisher, 11. Jordan Green, 12. Nathan Baxter, 17. Alex Pattison, 18. Yoann Arquin, 20. Sessi D'Almeida, 23. Tom James, 24. Olufela Olomola, 27. Shaun Donnellan,
Subs: 7. Rhys Browne, 8. Omari Patrick, 10. Jake Gray, 15. Gabriel Rogers, 22. Tyrique Spencer-Clarke, 25. Steve Phillips, 29. Enes Mahmutovic
Substitutes Used: Jake Gray for Alex Fisher (60 mins), Omari Patrick for Yoann Arquin (69 mins), Rhys Browne for Sessi D'Almeida (79 mins)
Bookings: Carl Dickinson (Foul, 52)
Yeovil Town went down to a 3-1 defeat against Colchester United at the Community Stadium on Tuesday night. In what was a comfortable win for the Essex side, they took the lead midway through the first half when Tom Eastman fired home a loose ball from a corner kick that Yeovil failed to clear. Frank Nouble doubled Colchester's lead on the hour mark with a 25 yard strike, and the same player wrapped up the points with his second of the match with six minutes remaining as he fired in off the underside of the bar. Glovers defender Tom James scored a free kick with the final kick of the match, but that was definitively a consolation goal on a night where his side dropped down to 15th place in the table, having picked up one point out of their last four matches.
The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their starting line-up compared to the trip to Crawley Town. Bevis Mugabi replaced Enes Mahmutovic as a centre-back. Meanwhile both wingers were displaced, with Jake Gray and Rhys Browne dropping to the bench. Yoann Arquin took the left flank, whilst Jordan Green went deeper to take the right flank. That allowed Alex Fisher to come in as a front line striker. In the Colchester side, Rene Gilmartin sat on the bench as a substitute goalkeeper.
Colchester started on the front foot, by forcing a couple of early corners, one of which resulted from Sammie Szmodics forcing Nathan Baxter down low to his left to push the ball around the post. Ryan Jackson was then set up by Luke Norris, with a similar outcome as Baxter's goalkeeping kept the scoreline blank, but ensured that the home side had the pressure. All Yeovil had to show for their efforts were two Olufela Olomola efforts - one a tame shot into the home keeper's arms, and another that was dragged well wide.
The home side deservedly took the lead from one of their many corners, 25 minutes into the game. Courtney Senior's set piece was headed onwards by Harry Pell, and as Yeovil failed to clear their lines, Tom Eastman picked up the loose ball and shot into the back of the net inside the crowded penalty box for a 1-0 lead.
Colchester continued to hold the cards, with Luke Norris keeping Nathan Baxter's hands warm with a well driven shot. Then Harry Pell fired wide for the Essex side. Yeovil had tried to build things up patiently with their passing following the goal, but couldn't really deliver a killer through ball against a Colchester side that were keeping themselves well organised at the back. Instead at the other end, they could have grabbed a second, with a Shaun Donnellan backpass just before the break letting in Luke Norris. As the striker tried to toe-poke the ball past Baxter, the keeper got enough on it to slow the ball down, and Bevis Mugabi cleared off the line to keep the score down to one goal at the break.
Yeovil had struggled to get in behind the Colchester back line throughout the first half, so it was pleasing to see the second period opening up with Jordan Green breaking down the flank and getting himself room enough to put in Alex Fisher. But the shot at the near post went wide of the target, and it was to be a bit of a false dawn, with normality resumed after that with the home side getting back on the front foot. Yeovil's cause wasn't helped by Carl Dickinson getting booked for bringing down Courtney Senior who was on a dominant run, and then a minute later fouling the same player again, which put him on a last warning from referee Craig Hicks.
On the hour mark, Colchester increased their lead, thanks to Frank Nouble. The former Newport County player gave himself room to unleash a dipping 25 yard shot that flew into the back of the net for a crucial 2-0 lead, and again one that on the balance of play was hard to argue with. Yeovil responded by introducing Jake Gray as a substitute, with Alex Fisher's withdrawl seeing Yoann Arquin go up front, with Gray playing an unusual left-wing slot.
With that change not having the desired effect, Omari Patrick was introduced just nine minutes later, with Arquin getting just nine minutes as a striker before making way. That was the signal to change formations, with 4-3-3 being adopted for the final 20 minutes, as Jordan Green and Patrick played as wide forwards, with Olufela Olomola operating in the centre. Apart from an Olomola shot that went well wide, nothing much changed, with even Colchester doing little to attack themselves. That meant that Rhys Browne came on for the final ten minutes for Sessi D'Almeida, with Carl Dickinson assuming the captaincy.
With six minutes remaining, Colchester briefly increased their tempo and that was good enough for them to extend their lead to 3-0. Shortly after Sammie Szmodics had forced Nathan Baxter into yet another save, Luke Norris put a fierce shot just over the bar from a corner. But another defensive error was to prove costly, as Shaun Donnellan lost possession to Szmodics, and when he squared the ball to Frank Nouble, he was able to fire in off the underside of the bar for the home side's third of the night.
Deep into second half injury time, Yeovil Town got themselves a consolation goal. Having never looked as though they were going to score in open play, Tom Eastman's foul on Olufela Olomola allowed the Glovers a rare set piece. Tom James stepped up to take it, and he rifled a 20 yard free kick into the back of the net, via the top left corner. Too little too late though, as kick-off was barely allowed to take place before the final whistle blew, and Yeovil Town had to reflect on a night in which they had been firmly second best, and had slipped down to 15th in the League Two table, albeit still only three points off the play-off positions. They might for the first time this season though need to be aware that the bottom two spots are now only seven points away. They need to pick things back up as soon as possible.
Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Colchester United 3 Yeovil Town 1.
Scorers: Tom Eastman (1-0, 25 mins), Frank Nouble (2-0, 59 mins), Frank Nouble (3-0, 84 mins), Tom James (3-1, 90 mins)
1 Dillon Barnes
2 Ryan Jackson 18 Tom Eastman 5 Luke Prosser 22 Kane Vincent-Young
4 Tom Lapslie 8 Harry Pell
7 Courtney Senior 10 Sammie Szmodics 45 Frank Nouble
9 Luke Norris
11 Brennan Dickenson (81 mins for Courtney Senior) 14 Brandon Comley 16 Diaz Wright (88 mins for Tom Lapslie) 19 Mikael Mandron (89 mins for Luke Norris) 25 Rene Gilmartin (GK) 35 Ollie Kensdale 39 Aaron Collins
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 27. Shaun Donnellan, 3. Carl Dickinson
11. Jordan Green, 20. Sessi D'Almeida (Capt), 17. Alex Pattison, 18. Yoann Arquin
9. Alex Fisher, 24. Olufela Olomola
25. Steve Phillips 8. Omari Patrick (69 mins for Yoann Arquin) 7. Rhys Browne (79 mins for Sessi D'Almeida) 10. Jake Gray (60 mins for Alex Fisher) 15. Gabriel Rogers, 22. Tyrique Spencer-Clarke 29. Enes Mahmutovic
Colchester United Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Carl Dickinson (foul, 52 mins)
Colchester United Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 20; Shots On Target: 10; Corners: 8; Fouls: 9.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 14.
Referee: Craig Hicks (Surrey). Assistants: Carl Fitch-Jackson (Suffolk) and Callum Walchester (Suffolk). Fourth Official: Graham Kane (East Sussex).
Attendance: 2,435 (with 93 Yeovil Town supporters)