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15:57 16th August 2009



Yeovil slipped to their second defeat in five days with a 2-1 loss at Colchester this afternoon. Ryan Mason's late free kick breathed life into a game that seemingly looked dead and buried after two Colchester goals inside twenty minutes but it was to no avail.

Yeovil had the first half-chance, falling to Gavin Tomlin, but the rest of the first half belonged firmly to Colchester, culminating in their two goal lead.


Ashley Vincent set himself up well and shot only to see Stefan Stam put in a block. The ball rebounded to David Fox who volleyed in, the ball taking a deflection off a defender on the way in.

The goal inspired the U's who pressed forward in waves, Kevin Lisbie getting caught offside twice in quick succession.


The second goal seemed inevitable and on seventeen minutes it arrived. Simon Hackney's cross was met by Vincent who beat two defenders to the ball and headed home.

There was little respite for the Glovers except for a brief moment when winger Andrew Welsh over-hit his free kick from outside the box. The hosts continued pressing and forced two quick corners with the impressive Vincent forcing a save from Yeovil keeper Alex McCarthy.


Finally, Yeovil created a chance when Gavin Tomlin was fouled just outside the box but Scott Murray's free kick was blocked and the Scotsman sent the rebound over.

McCarthy kept his team in the game when he produced a double save from Lisbie and as the game opened up more, Sam Williams created himself an opportunity but shot over.


The last action of the first period saw Scott Vernon send a header over the bar from Hackney's cross.

After the break, Colchester continued where they had left off with Lisbie looking dangerous. The striker should have put the game out of reach when he was set up but McCarthy recovered well.


Ryan Mason had Yeovil's best chance but he headed wide from ten yards out as Yeovil finally started pushing further forward.

Terry Skiverton made two changes around the hour mark with Jon Obika and Nathan Smith replacing Tomlin and Welsh.


The move seemed to inject more energy into Yeovil's game, Smith in particular threatening down the left wing and going close with an effort into the side netting.

With eight minutes left, Yeovil finally got the goal their pressure deserved. Williams was fouled outside the box and Mason (pictured) curled the free kick around the wall and into the corner of the net.


Yeovil piled forward and nearly got caught at the back but McCarthy again saved his team with a smart save from Vincent.




Despite the much improved final half hour, it now means no away win now since February, a statistic that the management team will be keen to erase when they visit Exeter on Tuesday night.



    Data provided by Press Association


    For the first 50 years of their existence, England played their home matches all around the country.