Yeovil Town went down to their first defeat in pre-season, as a strong Bristol City side got the rub of the green from some odd refereeing decisions to come away with a 3-0 win that on the balance of play flattered them a touch. The Glovers went into the game missing a number of players with Nathan Smith, Scott Guyett, Andy Kirk and Terrell Forbes all missing, but with the same formation and close to the same line-up that had defeated Barnsley.
Based upon tonight's showing, City and Barnsley should be at different ends of the table this coming season - tonight's visitors putting up a far stronger test than Saturday's opponents. The Robins held the balance of play and the greater possession, but the Glovers still carved open the better chances - that was until Dele Adebola was left unmarked in the box from a cross, allowing City to go a goal up midway through the first half. The Glovers defence had been less than stable with Craig Alcock only starting to look comfortable when he moved out wide, surprisingly replacing Lee Peltier, who trotted off the pitch fairly easily, but presumably has picked up a knock of some kind.
Before that Paul Warne had a shot saved superbly by former Glover Chris Weale, whilst the dangerous looking Gavin Tomlin had got on the end of two half chances. Yeovil's endeavour was not being helped by referee Roger East, who was enhancing his already significant Huish Park reputation with some controversial decisions, including yellow cards for Nathan Jones and Marc Bircham but a lack of consistency towards similar City infringements.
That magnified itself early in the second period when City were awarded a penalty, supposedly for a push on Adebola in the box, and up stepped everyone's villain Michael McIndoe to score from the spot. City got more luck out of the officials later in the half when a ricochet put Adebola in a clear offside position, but the Cowlin Stand linesman was way off the pace and failed to stick the flag up, allowing the visitors to score their final goal of the evening.
The Glovers pitted themselves well though against their more wealthy opponents, and it was only when the expected second half substitutions came that Yeovil's impressive first 60 minutes play began to fizzle out into nothingness. The latter period of the game continued to see them create chances, but poor finishing such as a near post effort from Lloyd Owusu, failed to give them the goal that their efforts deserved.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Bristol City 3.
Scorers: Dele Adebola (22 mins, 0-1), Michael McIndoe (55 mins, pen, 0-2), Dele Adebola (75 mins, 0-3)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
1. Joshua Wagenaar
2. Lee Peltier 12. Craig Alcock 4. Terry Skiverton 3. Nathan Jones
22. Stéphane Robinet 8. Darren Way 7. Marc Bircham 11. Danny Schofield
10. Gavin Tomlin
14. Paul Warne
5. Aaron Brown (for Lee Peltier, 20 mins)
9. Lloyd Owusu (for Paul Warne, 46 mins)
18. Kieran Murtagh (for Marc Bircham, 46 mins)
23. Owen Irish (for Terry Skiverton, 62 mins)
21. Conrad Smith (for Stephane Robinet, 62 mins)
17. Aidan Downes (for Danny Schofield, 62 mins)
13. Corrin Brooks-Meade (for Joshua Wagenaar, 62 mins)
20. Hayden Tinto (for Darren Way, 67 mins)
24. Troy Hewitt (for Gavin Tomlin, 73 mins)
25. Jordan Street (for Nathan Jones, 81 mins)
26. Ren Turnock (for Craig Alcock, 81 mins)
Bookings: Nathan Jones (foul), Marc Bircham (dissent).
Referee: Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)
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