Match Details: 22/04/2019
Yeovil Town 1-1 Colchester United
EFL League Two
Yeovil Goals: Jake Gray (53)
Yeovil Line-Up: 5. Bevis Mugabi, 6. Omar Sowunmi, 7. Rhys Browne, 10. Jake Gray, 11. Courtney Duffus, 12. Nathan Baxter, 16. Tristan Abrahams, 17. Alex Pattison, 20. Sessi D'Almeida, 23. Tom James, 25. Alex Dobre,
Subs: 1. Stuart Nelson, 8. Matt Worthington, 9. Alex Fisher, 13. Francois Zoko, 15. Gabriel Rogers, 18. Yoann Arquin, 26. Daniel Ojo
Substitutes Used: Daniel Ojo for Rhys Browne (35 mins), Yoann Arquin for Alex Pattison (76 mins), Alex Fisher for Courtney Duffus (86 mins)
Bookings: Omar Sowunmi (Foul, 57)
Yeovil Town were forced to settle for a draw against Colchester United on Easter Monday, despite being a goal up with a man advantage. The Glovers appeared to be in the ascendancy ten minutes into the second period, when Jake Gray fired home for his first goal of the 2018-19 season. That opener led to a moment of madness from visiting keeper Dillon Barnes, who kicked out at Tristan Abrahams during the celebrations and was sent off. But despite being down to ten men, the Essex side equalised when Tom Eastman slotted home from a corner with 15 minutes remaining to produce a 1-1 scoreline that probably didn't suit either side, leaving Yeovil still two points from safety.
The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their starting line-up. The three match suspension for Adel Gafaiti meant that his place in the side needed filling, and that was done by putting Rhys Browne into the back four as a right-back, after his seven week lay-off, with Bevis Mugabi shuffling into a central role. On the right-wing Jake Gray came in for his first match under Neale Marmon, as Tristan Abrahams swapped flanks and Alex Dobre moved into the forward line. That vacancy was due to Ryan Seager dropping out of the side with a knee injury, whilst Courtney Duffus was preferred to Alex Fisher alongside Dobre.
Nathan Baxter had to be alert to save a Brennan Dickinson header from an early Colchester corner, before Yeovil created what was to be their best chance of the half. Tristan Abrahams put a cross into the box that found Bevis Mugabi, but the defender found his header saved onto the goalpost, leaving the Glovers inches away from finding the lead. In general, Colchester created slightly more chances, with Abo Eisa forcing Baxter to parry his shot, before Frank Nouble put the loose ball wide. But overall the Glovers attacked brightly - a Jake Gray attempt after a Tom James free kick was knocked down inside the box was smothered by Dillon Barnes, but did the job of keeping the game lively.
Unfortunately for Rhys Browne, his return to the team was to only last 35 minutes. He had to go chasing an Abo Eisa run down his flank that ended with Nathan Baxter saving the shot. But in doing so, it was clear that his hamstring had gone again, pretty much guaranteeing an end to a bit of a stop-start season for him, and resulting in Daniel Ojo coming into the back four as his replacement, as Tom James moved to the right-back slot.
Yeovil's second half opened with them taking the lead just eight minutes after the restart. Alex Pattison fed a long ball down the right flank that was nodded into the path of Jake Gray by Courtney Duffus. Gray took the ball in from the sideline before firing a left-footed drive from the edge of the area that bobbled into the far corner of the net. 1-0 up, and Huish Park erupted.
That wasn't the end of the drama concerning the goal. As Tristan Abrahams celebrated by scooping the ball out of the net, Colchester keeper Dillon Barnes took a kick at the winger, and referee Peter Wright caught it within his line of sight. Out came a red card, and that meant that the visitors were down to ten men, with Ethan Ross coming on as the substitute keeper, as Sam Saunders was sacrificed.
With Colchester lying just outside the play-offs, they couldn't let that red card dampen their ambitions, and they gave a sharp reminder of that as a Brennan Dickinson free kick saw Frankie Kent strike the crossbar for the opposition. Yeovil were having to rely upon the counter-attack but they still showed great interplay when they did, with Tristan Abrahams and Courtney Duffus exchanging passes with Alex Dobre, whose final shot went wide of the post. Then Tom James saw one of his trademark free kicks pushed over the bar by replacement keeper Ethan Ross.
As Colchester brought on further firepower, despite the numerical disadvantage, they managed to get their equaliser in a disappointing manner. A corner kick into the box was flicked onwards, and far too many Yeovil players were found guilty of ball-watching. As the flick-on gave it a different direction, Tom Eastman was neatly placed to fire home a 75th minute equalising goal at 1-1.
Yoann Arquin and Alex Fisher were brought on as late substitutes following the equaliser, but Yeovil couldn't find themselves a winning goal. Apart from one Tristan Abrahams corner that flew across the box, the Glovers looked a little lost in the final 10 minutes, with the home crowd calling on them for more urgency in their play to find a winning goal. They never really built up the head of steam that would have allowed them to do that, which meant that with Macclesfield Town and Notts County also drawing, once again the bottom three positions are exactly how they've stayed for the past fortnight. Unfortunately that suits Macclesfield more than it does the other pair at present.
Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Colchester United 1.
Scorers: Jake Gray (1-0, 53 mins), Tom Eastman (1-1, 75 mins)
12. Nathan Baxter
7. Rhys Browne 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt) 23. Tom James
10. Jake Gray 17. Alex Pattison 20. Sessi D'Almeida 16. Tristan Abrahams
11. Courtney Duffus 25. Alex Dobre
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 8. Matt Worthington 9. Alex Fisher (86 mins for Courtney Duffus) 13. Francois Zoko 15. Gabriel Rogers 18. Yoann Arquin (76 mins for Alex Pattison) 26. Daniel Ojo (35 mins for Rhys Browne)
1 Dillon Barnes
2 Ryan Jackson 6 Frankie Kent 18 Tom Eastman 11 Brennan Dickenson
7 Courtney Senior 4 Tom Lapslie 10 Sammie Szmodics 39 Abobaker Eisa
36 Sam Saunders 45 Frank Nouble
9 Luke Norris (80 mins for Courtney Senior) 16 Diaz Wright 19 Mikael Mandron (67 mins for Abobaker Eisa) 24 Ben Stevenson 27 Noah Chilvers 29 Ethan Ross (GK) (56 mins for Sam Saunders) 35 Ollie Kensdale
Yeovil Bookings: Omar Sowunmi (57 mins, foul)
Colchester United Bookings: Tom Lapslie (71 mins, foul). Red Card: Dillon Barnes (violent conduct, 55 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 4; Fouls: 7.
Colchester United Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 3; Fouls: 11.
Referee: Peter Wright (Liverpool). Assistants: Paul Graham (Manchester) and Christopher Wade (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Dean Treleaven (West Sussex).
Attendance: 3,370 (with 155 Colchester United supporters).