Yeovil Town Under-18s went down to a home defeat against current Youth Alliance league champions Swindon Town this morning. The Glovers were undone by a hat-trick from Robins striker Miles Storey, in a match where the home side struggled to create clear-cut chances against a side looking for their fourth consecutive Youth Alliance title this year.
The Glovers recalled Matt Cafer in goal after his dislocated finger caused him to miss last weekend's match at Torquay. Despite the eventual outcome of the game, Yeovil had the first opening chance - a cross into the box seeing Lloyd Matthews hit the crossbar in their first attacking move.
However, that was to be their best chance of the game, with Swindon immediately putting pressure on the Yeovil goal, as Melchi Emanuel-Williamson's sliced clearance almost resulted in an open goal as the striker was put under pressure from a corner. However, almost immediately, Taran Singh Jheeta's interception of the ball inside the box, as he tried to cut out a ball, fell nicely to Miles Storey, who passed the ball into the net from around 13 yards out for an early lead.
Midway through the half, Swindon doubled their lead, when Johnny Kaye sliced a defensive clearance, and once again Miles Storey was stood in the right place at the right time to pick up the ball. Pressure from defenders and keeper Matt Cafer ensured that Storey was dragged wide, but the striker was still able to chip the ball home from a narrow angle to make it 2-0. It could even have been three soon afterwards were it not for Lee Sweet clearing the ball off his own goal line.
In the run-up to the break, the Glovers managed the odd bit of pressure, although mainly by going longer in their style of play. Swindon's play was stronger, and the best that the Glovers managed was when Lloyd Matthews went into a 50:50 ball with the Robins goalkeeper - both players coming out of it somewhat the worse for wear, although thankfully able to continue.
A minute into the second half, the game was done'n'dusted as Swindon grabbed their third. A long ball down the middle was latched onto by Miles Storey and the Robins striker got his hat-trick with a comfortable finish into the back of the net. 3-0 and game over.
The Glovers managed to stop any further damage being done during the remainder of the match, and passed the ball reasonably well, although without getting into the final third with any particular intent. Once again, Swindon appear to be the team that all would-be title challengers will need to beat if they are to take away the Youth Alliance silverware from the County Ground.
Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 0 Swindon Town Under-18s 3.
Scorers: Miles Storey (0-1, 2 mins), Miles Storey (0-2, 20 mins), Miles Storey (0-3, 46 mins).
Yeovil Town Under-18s:
Matt Cafer, Taran Singh Jheeta, Josh Doyle, Mitch Brundle, Lee Sweet, Will Agbo, Johnny Kaye, Aidan Chainey, Melchi Emanuel-Williamson, Will Gordon, Lloyd Matthews
Substitutes: Charlie Ledger (GK), Adam Cleary (for Melchi Emanuel-Williamson), Elliot Nelson (for Will Agbo), Rainford, Andy Venning.
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