“Weak” Yeovil disappoint Gary – A fans view
FT score: Colchester United 2 – 0 Yeovil Town (Npower league one)
Stadium: Colchester Community Stadium, Colchester
Colchester United goalscorer/s: Clifford 45', Sears 62'
Yeovil Town goalscorer/s: none
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My Man of the Match: Bradley Garmston (Colchester United) – He exploited the flanks to full effect and at times the Glovers could not handle him. The teenager also grabbed a second-half assist as he ran from his own half, weaving in and out of Yeovil players, to the byline before laying the ball into the box for Sears to tuck home.
Referee: Rushton 7/10 – A solid performance where the football took precedence as the game was allowed to flow.
Yeovil's unbeaten run in 2013 finally ended on Tuesday night when they lost 2-0 at league strugglers Colchester United, in a somewhat chilly Colchester Community Stadium.
The Glovers never really seemed to get going in this match and were possibly guilty of a little complacency, against a side that had been thrashed last time out on their own patch 5-1 by promotion-chasing Tranmere (who coincidentally are the Somerset side's next opponents as they look to welcome Ronnie Moore's men to Huish Park on Saturday).
Yeovil were hoping to strengthen their own promotion credentials in Essex but unfortunately, with the loss of two influential and experienced players to injury (in Hayter and club-captain McAllister), they seemed to rather fade against the U's.
This was, without doubt, the Greens worst performance (not including the JPT defeat to Leyton Orient) in 2013 and they did not give their hard-core travelling Green & White contingent much to shout about.
Billy Clifford and Freddy Sears did the damage; with the former smashing in an unstoppable long-range strike on the stroke of half-time while the latter finished well after being set up by U's youngster Garmston.
The Glovers did have chances, with Ed Upson and Dan Burn coming close to scoring but to no avail.
It was Yeovil's first blank for quite some time and I am sure some stern words would have been issued by the gaffer after the final whistle.
Overall it was an opportunity missed, but with most teams around the Glovers also dropping points (the most surprising being Swindon, who were humbled 1-0 at home by relegation-threatened Bury) they are still present in the play-off places, even if it is now just by goal difference.
Latest loan update:
Yeovil have signed former Rotherham striker Wes Fletcher on an initial one-month loan deal from high-flying Barnsley. The 22-year-old is expected to start against Tranmere on Saturday, subject to Football League paperwork.
Yeovil striker Reuben Reid has extended his loan spell with league two outfit Plymouth after dropping down the pecking order in Somerset while a decision will soon be made on the future of forward Kwesi Appiah, currently on loan from parent club Crystal Palace after his temporary deal with Gary Johnson's men is set to expire in the coming days.
Written by: Josh Wilde, Age 14 (YTFC season ticket holder - Screen name: Josh98).