Yeovil Town Under-18s gained their first win of 2012 on Saturday, as they gained a 2-1 win over Cheltenham Town Under-18s. Dead ball moves from Jonny Kaye and Adam Cleary put the Glovers in the driving seat, and although the Robins came back into the game during the second half, the home side held on for all three points.
The Glovers went into the match operating with a midfield diamond in a rough 4-4-2. Playing Melchi Emanuel-Williamson and Taran Singh Jhetta up front. In midfield Mitch Brundle occupied the base of the diamond, with George Russell as the most advanced, leaving Jonny Kaye and Aidan Chainey on the flanks.
They took the lead midway through the first half, when a Jonny Kaye free kick from a narrow angle took a deflection and beat the Robins keeper, to put them 1-0 up. Overall, Yeovil were playing some nice football at the back, with a tendency to fire the ball down the channels for their players to run onto once their lines needed to be cleared. Cheltenham were competing well, but had little to offer up front during the first period.
At the other end Melchi Emanuel-Williamson nearly doubled Yeovil's lead when he hit the post. Even the early substitution of Taran Singh Jheeta didn't disturb their domination of the half. He was replaced by an unidentified trialist - tall powerful striker identified as having the first name Nicholas.
Yeovil doubled their lead in controversial circumstances before the break. They were awarded a free kick just by the edge of the 'D' outside the penalty area, and Adam Cleary's shot slipped past the Robins keeper, with the custodian's palm just failing to keep the ball out of the net. There was nothing wrong with Cleary's strike, but the Robins players and spectators appeared to be fuming about the awarding of the set piece, leading to a somewhat feisty period of the game, where tackles flew in and those in red on the pitch and on the sidelines turned the air blue with plenty of colourful language.
Half time saw Yeovil make a double substitution, with a second trialist and Curtis Hansford coming on for Melchi Emanuel-Williamson and George Russell, meaning that all three forward players had been replaced by the second half. Chances continued with an Adam Cleary free kick taking a deflection and hitting the crossbar, whilst both trialists combined to have a shot cleared off the line.
In the closing stages, Cheltenham got their noses back into the game, with a decent back post cross being met by an excellent finish to pull the score back to 2-1. That goal gave them a lift to enjoy their best spell of the game, with Matt Cafer being forced into two great saves, first palming a shot outside the box onto the bar, then getting to the other side of his goal to deny the Robins on the rebound.
As Cheltenham pushed men up in numbers, Yeovil could even have made it 3-1, when Josh Doyle hit the crossbar - the third time the woodwork had been struck by the Glovers in a busy game. But neither side could find the net in the closing stages, and Yeovil ran out narrow winners - deserved on the balance of play, despite the late pressure from the visitors.
Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 2 Cheltenham Town Under-18s 1.
Scorers: Jonny Kaye (1-0), Adam Cleary (2-0), Cheltenham Scorer (2-1)
Yeovil Town Under-18s:
Matt Cafer, Oakley Hanger, Josh Doyle, Lee Sweet, Adam Cleary, George Russell, Aidan Chainey, Taran Singh Jheeta, Mitch Brundle, Johnny Kaye, Melchi Emanuel-Williamson.
Will Agbo, Curtis Hansford (46 mins for Melchi Emanuel-Williamson), Corey King, Trialist 1 (Nicholas) (25 mins for Taran Singh Jheeta), Trialist 2 (46 mins for George Russell).
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