Yeovil Town's Under-18s gained a shock 3-2 win over Swindon Town yesterday, as they ended the reigning champions' 100 percent league record. The Glovers grabbed their win thanks to a Rob Clowes brace, whilst the winning goal was scored when a dangerous Lloyd Matthews cross was turned into his own net by a Robins defender. Late on the home side were reduced to ten men, but the Glovers were already on their way to three points.
Coach Scott Green employed a new formation that had been used in Yeovil's midweek 3-0 friendly win over Reading, with a nested 4-3-3 formation seeing Rob Clowes at the top of a three-pronged attack, as Tyler Sheppard and Lloyd Matthews sat in just behind him.
The game started in dramatic fashion with with both teams playing a really high tempo and chances at both ends. Five minutes into the game, Swindon took the lead with a controversial goal. Their left winger crossed the ball into the box, and as Glovers keeper Steve Boore went to gather the ball, the inrushing forward put everything into the net in the style of Nat Lofthouse's 1958 FA Cup winning goal, and to the amazement of all the spectators the referee allowed the goal to stand.
It only took two minutes for the Glovers to hit back. Joe Grimstead supplied a crossfield ball to Lloyd Matthews who beat his man and supplied a lovely pass to Rob Clowes who put it in the back of the net for the equalising goal.
Three minutes later, the same combination of Joe Grimstead and Lloyd Matthews repeated the exercise down the right hand side and once again Rob Clowes was on hand to score and give the Glovers the lead with just 10 minutes gone and an impressive turnaround.
Swindon's next attack cut through the Yeovil defence but the forward shot over. The game was robust, to say the least, with no quarter asked and none given which resulted in a series of free kicks and culminated in the booking of Will Gordon for a foul on a Swindon player. Eventually the players settled down and the play flowed end to end with no clear cut chances but a lot of good football played. Jonny Kaye had been given the task of marking Swindon's star player and kept him under wraps and stopped him controlling the game. The Glovers went in at the break with a 2-1 advantage.
Two minutes into the second period though, Swindon drew level. The home side had started the half well and their equalising goal came when a good low fast cross from their left hit Nick Lyskov on the leg and fell to a Swindon forward who tapped it into the net for a 2-2 scoreline.
Yeovil immediately went on the attack following the goal, as Will Gordon had a shot saved, followed by a Rob Clowes header from a superb cross from Lewis Clarke. Then a corner from Josh Doyle was headed over the bar by Rhys Baggridge. Just as it seemed that Yeovil pressure would end with nothing to show for it, Tyler Sheppard hit a peach of a crossfield pass to the right wing and Lloyd Matthews hit a low hard cross which was turned into his own net by a Swindon defender under pressure from Sheppard, who was following up for the return pass. 3-2 and the Glovers had their noses in front for the second time in the game.
Swindon poured forward for the equaliser and brought two saves out of Steve Boore, the second of which was a top quality save, diverting the ball as it headed to the top left corner. Late on, Boore was fouled after he had saved the ball and the bad feeling spilt over. When Swindon's No.7 playmaker kicked out at Nick Lyskov whilst he was on the ground, the red card that followed was inevitable, taking the home side down to 10 men. As the minutes ticked out, Jonny Kaye became Yeovil's only substitution of the day, having done his job well throughout, allowing George Coward to take over for the final four minutes of a frenetic feisty game.
Final Score: Swindon Town U18s 2 Yeovil Town U18s 3.
Scorers: Swindon Goalscorer (5 mins, 1-0), Rob Clowes (7 mins, 1-1), Rob Clowes (10 mins, 1-2), Swindon Scorer (47 mins, 2-2), Own Goal (70 mins, 2-3)
Yeovil Town Under-18s:
1.Steve Boore 2. Josh Doyle 3. Joe Grimstead 4. Jonny Kaye 5. Rhys Baggridge (capt) 6. Nick Lyskov 7. Lewis Clarke 8. Tyler Sheppard 9. Rob Clowes 10. Lloyd Matthews 11. Will Gordon
George Coward (86 mins for Jonny Kaye), Sonni Lavell, Elliot Nelson (U15s side), Adam Cleary.
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