Yeovil Town served up a near replica of Tuesday night's 3-2 away win over Wycombe Wanderers, by conjuring up almost the same match again for their home supporters against Colchester United. Trailing to a first half Stephen Gillespie strike, the Glovers roared back with three quick second half goals, as Dean Parrett and Lawson D'Ath turned the game around, and Andy Williams grabbed his 10th goal of the season to put the game out of sight.
But like the midweeker at Adams Park, the Glovers made it interesting in the final minutes as Martin Rowlands pulled the game back to 3-2, shortly after Kieran Agard had been red carded for a two-footed tackle. Nathan Jones was a late hero, clearing the ball off the line during injury time, to keep Yeovil in 18th place in the League One table.
The Glovers named an unchanged line-up from Tuesday night's 3-2 win over Wycombe Wanderers, with Luke Ayling retaining the captaincy in Paul Huntington's absence due to suspension. Kelly Youga was still absent with an Achilles injury, whilst Joe Edwards had returned to Bristol City after his one month loan spell ended. They started well, putting Colchester under immediate pressure, with Nathan Jones, Lawson D'Ath and Gavin Williams all firing wide of the target, although the latter chance came the closest as the Welshman struck the outside of the post.
However, as with the midweek match, they fell behind against the run of play, as Colchester sprung the offside trap. A through ball by Freddie Sears allowed Steven Gillespie to race through, and he had plenty of time to compose himself and fire home to stun the Glovers players and supporters. 0-1 down once again.
Thereafter, matters went a little bit pearshaped, with Yeovil still having the odd chance, but fired wide of the target. Having started the game confidently, suddenly everything was a bit too tentative, with Colchester managing to catch the home side on the break on a few occasions. Steven Gillespie fired wide after the Glovers defence had been dispossessed in midfield, then Tom Eastman shot just wide from a corner, as they threatened to double their lead. Yeovil nearly found an equalising goal when Andy Williams drove through on goal, but referee Steve Rushton upset the home crowd by blowing his whistle for half time just as Willo was threatening to deliver the final product.
As with Tuesday night's game, things took a while to warm up during the second half, but when they did, the game exploded. Ten minutes into the second period, Reading loanee Lawson D'Ath brilliantly slipped the ball through to Spurs loanee Dean Parrett and the midfielder finished confidently for the equalising goal that brought what had been a rather pensive Huish Park crowd to life. 1-1 and game on!
Parrett had damaged something around his foot or ankle sometime around his goal, and he limped around on his right foot, being substituted with an injury that seems likely to rule him out of contention for a fortnight or so. His place was taken by Dominic Blizzard, and Parrett barely had time to sit in the dugout before seeing his side take the lead. Jonathan Obika was put through one-on-one with the Colchester goalkeeper Ben Williams, and he parried the ball right into the path of Lawson D'Ath who struck the rebound home, and then ran to celebrate his first ever Football League goal with his family in the crowd.
Two minutes later and 2-1 became 3-1, as Ed Upson's corner was flicked on by Richard Hinds, and Andy Williams was on hand to hook the ball home for his 10th goal of the season, and his sixth goal since Gary Johnson became manager and stuck him up front as a centre-forward. Williams could have had another when his namesake Gavin put him through, but this time goalkeeper Ben Williams saved to stop the game turning into a rout.
Somehow, Yeovil made the game difficult for themselves in the dying minutes. Cruising on 88 minutes, matters began to get a little more nervy, after Lawson D'Ath came off to a standing ovation, replaced by Kieran Agard. The striker was to last just two minutes - penalised for one of those two footed tackles that are currently deemed to be red card offences, even though there were signs that Agard won the ball. His victim Martin Rowlands picked himself up, and from the resultant free kick, fired home into the top left hand corner.
Suddenly at 3-2, and down to ten men, and with four minutes of injury time to play, Yeovil went into panic mode, as Colchester forced a number of corners. From one such piece of pressure, Nathan Jones ensured the Glovers kept all three points, as his goal-line clearance stopped Kayode Odejayi from fashioning an improbable last ditch equalising goal. Most importantly, with Rochdale, Exeter, Chesterfield, Scunthorpe and Walsall incredibly all winning, it conserved their 18th place position in the League One table, and stretched the gap to five points between them and the bottom four in Yeovil's first back-to-back win of the 2011-12 season.
Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Colchester United 2.
Scorers: Steven Gillespie (0-1, 19 mins), Dean Parrett (1-1, 55 mins), Lawson D'Ath (2-1, 70 mins), Andy Williams (3-1, 72 mins), Martin Rowlands (3-2, 90 mins)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
2. Luke Ayling (C) 28. Richard Hinds 4. Bondz N'Gala 3. Nathan Jones
14. Lawson D'Ath 8. Ed Upson 22. Dean Parrett 10. Gavin Williams
7. Andy Williams 29. Jon Obika
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 6. Dominic Blizzard (69 mins for Dean Parrett) 9. Steven MacLean 18. Kieran Agard (88 mins for Lawson D'Ath) 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown
1. Ben Williams 20. Brian Wilson 18. Tom Eastman 4. Magnus Okuonghae 25. John White 27. Karl Duguid 17. Martin Rowlands 22. Anthony Wordsworth 16. Ian Henderson 11. Freddie Sears 9. Steven Gillespie
14. Andy Bond (86 mins for Freddie Sears) 15. Kayode Odejayi (77 mins for Ian Henderson) 23. Lloyd James 6. Matt Heath 24. Ben Coker
Yeovil Bookings: Lawson D'Ath (foul, 44 mins). Red Card: Kieran Agard (serious foul play, 90 mins).
Colchester Bookings: Brian Wilson (foul, 52 mins), Steven Gillespie (foul, 81 mins)
Referee: Steve Rushton (Staffordshire). Assistants: Dean Treleaven (West Sussex) and Mark Russell (Bristol). Fourth Official: Simon Knapp (Bristol).
Attendance: 3,442 (including 119 Colchester fans)
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