Yeovil Town fell at the first hurdle of the LDV Vans Trophy last night, beaten 2-0 at League Two Leyton Orient in a disappointing display. To add, er, injury to insult, defender Efe Sodje sustained medial ligament damage 10 minutes from the end of the game and will now miss Saturday's league match against Nottingham Forest.
Orient made 7 changes from the team that drew 1-1 with Lincoln on Saturday, manager Martin Ling giving opportunities to some reservists and fringe payers in the O's squad. In contrast Glovers boss Steve Thompson made one enforced switch, Arron Davies coming in for the injured Darren Way - this was very much a full-strength Yeovil side. Unfortunately the O's seemed more up for it on the night than the Glovers and the 2-0 win was fully deserved with Yeovil beginning the match poorly and becoming more disjointed as the evening wore on. Goals in each half from non-contract debutant Christian Hanson and the more familiar Gary Alexander emphasised the Londoners superiority and it could even have been worse, Chris Weale saving an Alexander penalty in the second half. The loss of Sodje at the end and after all substitutes had already been made capped a disappointing night for the club, one that all concerned will be keen to bounce back from against Nottingham Forest on Saturday. As it happens Forest themselves will also be keen to get their season going again - they lost 3-2 at Conference side Woking last night.
Final score: Leyton Orient 2 - 0 Yeovil Town. A match report will be online later.
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