Yeovil Town ran out comfortable winners tonight at Stebonheath Park, as they saw off Welsh Premier League side Llanelli by a 5-3 scoreline. The five goals came from four different goalscorers, with Rohan Ince, Sam Foley and James Hayter all netting during the first period, whilst Reading loanee Gozie Ugwu got his second from the club after the break. Hayter got his second late on, with the Welsh side grabbing their goals through a brace from James Bowen plus one from Geoff Kellaway.
The Glovers went into the match without Luke Ayling and Gavin Williams in the side, with both players carrying knocks that meant they joined Dominic Blizzard on the treatment table. As a result Lewis Young deputised at right-back, whilst Sam Foley slotted into the midfield. On the bench, James Clarke made his return to the squad after the trialist recovered from an injury.
Both sides hit the post during the early stages, albeit with Glovers players providing the final touch on both occasions. Lewis Young, who was deputising for Luke Ayling in the right-back slot, headed against his own upright early on. Then at the other end Gozie Ugwu flicked on Keanu Marsh-Brown's cross with the ball coming off the crossbar.
It was also two quick goals that saw the ball land in the back of the net from both sides. Firstly Rohan Ince let fly from 20 yards out for his second goal in two games - again firing in from distance. But the Glovers didn't hold onto the lead, getting caught out at the back as Geoff Kellaway broke clear of Byron Webster, racing on to lift the ball over the advancing Marek Stech for an equaliser midway through the half.
The Glovers regained their lead ten minutes from the break, as James Hayter's drive towards goal took a big deflection, and Keanu Marsh-Brown's challenge on the goalkeeper caused the ball to drop loose. Sam Foley took advantage, sweeping the ball into the net. Two minutes later and a two goal advantage was opened up as James Hayter coolly slotted home with a composed finish to give Yeovil a half time 3-1 lead.
Byron Webster had taken a knock just before the break, so it wasn't too surprising to find Oxford City trialist James Clarke replacing him at the break, with Clarke himself having only just recovered from a knock that had caused him to miss the last four friendlies. Four minutes after his arrival though, the Glovers conceded a penalty - Sam Foley upending Jason Bowen in the box, who converted from the spot to pull the score back to 3-2.
The goals kept on flowing though - Gozie Ugwu became Yeovil's fourth goalscorer of the night just short of the hour mark, after he took advantage of a great pass from Sam Foley, controlling it well before shaping himself and finishing confidently past the Llanelli keeper to restore the two goal advantage.
In the final minutes, James Hayter grabbed his second of the night and Yeovil's fifth and final goal when he took advantage of a loose ball following a Reuben Reid shot that got blocked. But there was still time for another one, with Llanelli's James Bowen getting his second of the night on the final whistle.
The tally gave Yeovil Town their 17th goal across six pre-season friendlies - typical of Gary Johnson's style of attacking football and with eight different players finding the scoresheet across those games. Some caution must be given though to the fact that all six teams are below League One standard, with tonight's opponents obviously harder to judge where they would sit in the English pyramid system. However, goals breed confidence, so another decent haul will do them no harm at all.
Final Score: Llanelli 3 Yeovil Town 5.
Scorers: Rohan Ince (0-1, 15 mins), Geoff Kellaway (1-1, 20 mins), Sam Foley (1-2, 35 mins), James Hayter (1-3, 37 mins), Jason Bowen (2-3, pen, 49 mins), Gozie Ugwu (2-4, 57 mins), James Hayter (2-5, 89 mins), James Bowen (3-5, 90 mins).
1. Marek Stech
15. Lewis Young, 5. Byron Webster, 4. Richard Hinds, 3. Jamie McAllister (C)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown, 8. Ed Upson, 17. Rohan Ince, 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter, 19. Gozie Ugwu
12. Gareth Stewart, 11. Reuben Reid (69 mins for Gozie Ugwu), 16. Nathan Ralph (69 mins for Sam Foley), 18. James Clarke (46 mins for Byron Webster), 20. Curtis Haynes-Brown (79 mins for Lewis Young).
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