Ten-man Stanley too cute for Yeovil


AFTER taking four points from their last two away matches to spark the thought of a Yeovil Town revival, the Glovers failed to turn their numerical advantage into goals on Saturday after Scott Brown was sent off midway through the first half for a horrific tackle on Francois Zoko.

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IN fact Yeovil played better football against 11 than they did with the advantage, as Accrington Stanley shut up shop and dug in for a point writes Stuart Broom.

Although it looked like they might break through just before half time; Ben Whitfield denied by a superb one-on-one save by keeper Marek Rodak before missing a free header from six yards from a corner; when Stanley took the lead with a simple headed goal from Omar Beckles six minutes after the resumption, it was all uphill for the Glovers.

All credit to manager John Coleman who made a decisive decision immediately following Brown’s straight red card dismissal, by replacing his two wingers with midfielders, a ploy that worked well particularly after their goal. A hapless Yeovil, devoid of any creativity in midfield except for Whitfield, just couldn’t break down the visitors defence in which Matty Pearson was outstanding, and it wasn’t until the 74th minute that Zoko touched on Matt Dolan’s corner that they got level.

To be fair Yeovil were denied what appeared three good shouts for penalties for fouls on Zoko, the last one 10 minutes from time appearing pretty obvious. Although they bombarded the visiting defence in the final minutes looking for the winner, Stanley stood firm to extend their unbeaten run to eight games and stay above the Glovers on goal difference.

In midweek Yeovil claimed a welcome point at Barnet with an added time goal from Liam Shephard, his first for the club, and with both Leyton Orient and Newport County both losing again, the gap is now thirteen points between the relegation places.

With five of Newport’s final nine games against top seven sides looking for promotion, their chances of escaping look thin, and whilst the O’s run-in is much kinder, five of the eight are away, and they have lost nine of their 11 games since the New Year; their only successes being taking a point at Huish Park and a win at Plymouth three days later. However, inevitably each season one team in the EFL makes a heroic last gasp run for survival, so Darren Way needs to be alert.

I recently mentioned Kabongo Tshimanga, signed by Way on transfer deadline day in January, and the fact that none of the supporters around me had heard of his whereabouts or seen him, and that he hasn’t certainly appeared on any team sheet since signing.

There is a rumour he may no longer be at the club. He still appears on the club website as a Yeovil player, but not in the MK Dons player’s profiles, and I cannot find any official news in the media. So what has happened to him?

Yeovil Town have confirmed that their season ticket prices will be frozen for the 2017-18 season (early bird discount is available until April 30th.)

Sports Editor | Covering the whole of the Pulman's/View From group of titles. Howard has been covering sport in the East Devon, South Somerset and West Dorset region since 2007.