Late last month, Exeter City inflicted a 1-3 home defeat upon Yeovil Town in the Football League Trophy. This afternoon in League One, the Glovers succumbed to the same scoreline, another Exeter player bagging a brace as Richard Logan netted for the Grecians on either side of a Sam Williams header. The pattern of the game was repeated again in that Yeovil's equalising goal stood for 60 seconds before Logan's second gave the Devon side the lead back, and once again the game was polished off through midfielder Ryan Harley to make the Glovers fans present feel as though they'd seen it all before.
Yeovil went into the match without John Sullivan (shoulder) and Jean-Paul Kalala (knee) but maybe didn't expect to be without captain Craig Alcock, who was left out with a back injury. That meant that Adam Virgo again was shuffled to an unusual position, with the right-back slot becoming his third position in the Glovers side of the season. Stefan Stam came in as a centre-back, whilst Sam Williams returned from suspension to sit on the bench.
The first half took an age to warm up, with neither side managing a chance of any description, with the ball spending almost more time being sent out for throw-ins than it spent on the pitch. Just before the 20 minute mark though, the Glovers created two great chances to take the lead. Dean Bowditch was put through and rounded Exeter keeper Paul Jones to leave a gaping goal for him to slot into. But a brilliant piece of last ditch defending by Exeter centre-back Troy Archibald-Henville saw Bowditch's shot blocked out for a corner. Straight from that set piece, Paul Huntington saw his header cleared off the line.
At that point it looked as though Yeovil were finally getting the upper hand, but a cute bit of improvisation was to give the Grecians the lead. A Scott Golbourne ball into the box looked to be harmless enough, but Richard Logan's cheeky backheel caught the Glovers out and gave keeper Stephen Henderson no chance of anticipating the ball landing in the back of the net. 0-1 down and slightly against the run of play.
Either side of that, Owain Tudur Jones fired wide, whilst Nathan Smith produced a weaving run through three Exeter players that ended with a shot that went just over the bar. Dean Bowditch even landed the ball in the back of the net, although a linesman's flag had already gone up for offside. The Glovers were dominating, but in an oddly flat half, which would occasionally burst into life, then go back to sleep again for five or ten minute phases.
The Glovers had a bit of a let-off when Exeter's Steve Tully went down in the box under a challenge with Andy Welsh but referee Iain Williamson gave kick the other way much to Tully's disgust. At the other end, Gavin Williams hit the crossbar from distance, but Exeter took the ball straight down other end from Scott Golbourne and Jamie Cureton lifted the ball over the bar, with Exeter inches from doubling their lead, and Andy Welsh booked for his unsuccessful attempts to take out Golbourne as he breezed through.
The first half fizzled out somewhat with too much sideways and backward passing, and not enough off the ball movement. However right on half time, Richard Duffy cleared off the line from a Gavin Williams free kick, back-peddling to head the ball clear, showing that they were capable of still getting back into the game.
The second period continued the general level of flatness in both sides play. A couple of Andy Williams headers went wide of the target in an inert period. However, the game was brought to life by the substitution that introduced Sam Williams into the game. He had been on the pitch for less than two minutes. A Gavin Williams cross into the box was met by the head of Big Sam, with possibly his first touch since coming onto the field of play, and suddenly the Glovers were back into the game.
One of Yeovil's failings this season though has been their tendency to switch off - particularly after a goal has been scored, or at the tail end of halves. That was seen in the Football League Trophy last month against Exeter where they held parity for 60 seconds, and the same thing happened once again. As the Glovers patted each other on the back, Grecians midfielder Bertrand Cozic had other plans, and his ball into the box was met by Richard Logan in free space and his shot gave Exeter the lead back for a soft soft goal.
Thereafter the Glovers play disintegrated somewhat, and with 16 minutes left on the clock, Exeter went further ahead. Jamie Cureton's cross into the box was glanced in by Ryan Harley to put the game out of sight. The Grecians could have got another when Cureton hit the woodwork in the closing stages, with the Glovers looking a touch ragged, and too many players shuffling in their shoes in the closing stages.
Too many goals are being conceded by the Glovers, with the worst defensive record in League One, and this afternoon gave no signs that this statistic is likely to change in the near future. Overloaded by loan signings, at times the team look like individuals who have never played together before, and some statuesque defending and forward play made it far too easy for Exeter to both attack the Glovers penalty box, and to soak it up whenever the Glovers regained possession. Some odd sparks out of the blue threatened to give Yeovil hope, but these features of the Glovers play are becoming far too repetitive, and with poor play now creeping into Yeovil's home games that is of great concern.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Exeter City 3.
Scorers: Richard Logan (23 mins, 0-1), Sam Williams (57 mins, 1-1), Richard Logan (58 mins, 1-2), Ryan Harley (75 mins, 1-3)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
13. Stephen Henderson
19. Adam Virgo 4. Stefan Stam 5. Paul Huntington (Capt) 6. Nathan Smith
7. Andrew Williams 20. Owain Tudur Jones 25. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
24. Gavin Williams
10. Dean Bowditch
22. Ben Roberts 8. Luke Ayling (79 mins for Shaun MacDonald) 9. Sam Williams (55 mins for Andy Williams) 16. Ed Upson 17. Craig Calver 18. Luke Freeman (73 mins for Andy Welsh) 23. Billy Gibson
27. Paul Jones
3. Richard Duffy 5. Troy Archibald-Henville 18. Billy Jones
2. Steve Tully 7. Ryan Harley 8. David Noble (Capt) 14. Bertrand Cozic 11. Scott Golbourne
12. Jamie Cureton 20. Richard Logan
30. Artur Krysiak (GK) 4. James Dunne (67 mins for David Noble) 10. Daniel Nardiello 15. Rob Edwards 16. Marcus Stewart 21. Jake Thomson 22. Liam Sercombe (61 mins for Bertrand Cozic)
Yeovil Bookings: Andy Welsh (foul, 40 mins), Gavin Williams (foul, 78 mins)
Exeter Bookings: David Noble (foul, 62 mins), Ryan Harley (foul, 65 mins)
Referee: Iain Williamson (Berkshire). Assistants: Carl Berry (Surrey) and Tim Robinson (West Sussex). Fourth Official: William Bull (Hampshire).
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