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11:45 3th May 2011



Yeovil Town secured a final home win of the season in a fascinating six goal thriller at Huish Park.

Three first half goals and a fourth in the second period were enough to see off the two replies from the visitors as the game ended 4-2 in the Glovers' favour.

Andrew Welsh, Andrew Tutte, Dean Bowditch all joined a collector's item from Craig Alcock on the score sheet.

The Glovers made a slight switch to the formation that had brought three draws on the bounce as Luke Ayling joined Max Ehmer and Nathan Smith in a 3-5-2 formation.

Nathan Jones was the unfortunate man who dropped to the bench to allow for Ayling's return after suspension.


Paul Wotton once again led the side out in the absence of Paul Huntington but it was his midfield partner Andrew Tutte who was causing the early problems with two chances to cross in the first five minutes.

Most of the early exchanges were taking place in the midfield, John Joe O'Toole the catalyst for Colchester and Shaun MacDonald the attacking force for the Glovers.

On 12 minutes, referee Oliver Langford award the home side a free kick in what has become known as 'Paul Wotton territory' the former Plymouth man stung the hands of Ben Williams in the away goal without really testing him.

It wasn't long after that when Andy Welsh launched another set piece forward, the ball set up nicely for Craig Alcock who calmly slotted home from 14 yards with his left foot.

With Yeovil a goal to the good, the home side were playing with a relaxed feeling, Dean Bowditch was cut down on the half way line after some nice passing and Jon Obika was holding up the play well.

It was the Spurs loanee who would be the architect for Yeovil's second goal, on 21 minutes, his strength and composure gave Andrew Tutte the chance score his second goal in as many games, a lovely right footed strike curled around a despairing Williams.


The second goal woke the away side up; Ashley Vincent had a penalty claim turned away before O'Toole flashed a long range effort wide.

Yeovil could have sat off, but Andy Welsh was a man on a mission down the left wing, it was Obika on the end of another cross, but the header wasn't strong enough.

As the half drew to a close, the Glovers faithful were beginning to enjoy themselves, if it wasn't 'Yeovil True' ringing around the Blackthorn Stand then it was the 'Ole' of appreciation every time a pass found it's target.

They soon got their chance to shout again as Dean Bowditch managed to stab an effort on goal following good work by Obika, Williams in the U's goal managed to get enough on it to see it hit the post rather than creep inside it.

Just before the break, the U's made their impression on the game, good work by David Mooney saw an inch perfect ball laid through to Vincent who remained on his feet long enough to slide the ball past the on rushing Stephen Henderson.

The comeback was instant, another Andy Welsh delivery found its target, as Bowditch bundled the ball home to make it 3-1.

An exciting 45 minutes of football, especially for a game with very little riding on it.

The second half showed no sign of slowing down, Colchester had the ball in the net within 30 seconds of the restart, but O'Toole was deemed to have fouled Henderson before the goal was scored.

From one end to the other as with barely two minutes since the restart it was Jon Obika's turn to be denied as his turn and shot was blocked by an outstretched leg.

Colchester were becoming more and more involved as an attacking force, Henderson was forced into a smart save from Kemal Izzet as the Glovers switched to a 4-4-2.

The change in formation wasn't bringing about a change in fortunes, O' Toole was given too much time in the penalty area but his effort was weak and off target.

The Glovers were living dangerously, their two-goal lead looked fragile, first Stephen Henderson denied a header from his name sake Ian before an excellent save at the feet of Mooney.


But the pressure from the home side paid off as with just over an hour gone, Mooney swivelled and squeezed a shot past the flailing keeper.

But, as seems the pattern with this game, Yeovil hit back immediately as Andy Welsh was on hand to slam home a Tutte cross to restore the two goal advantage.

Four should have been five within minutes, Welsh again in the action as his cross couldn't be converted by Obika, Alcock or Tutte who all had a go and finding the net.

Obika had another chance to increase the lead before Colchester hit the bar from a cross-come-shot all within 60seconds, Henderson and Alcock scrambled the ball away much to the home fans' relief.

With time beginning to tick away Yeovil were starting to look tired, passes were becoming loose and possession was proving harder to keep, Shaun MacDonald was still spraying balls all over the midfield in an attempt to create a chance but they weren't forthcoming.

The U's brought Kayode Odejayi to try and salvage something; his aerial presence was being dealt with by Smith and Ayling well.

The final exchanges were becoming a pass and move exhibition with one final chance falling to either side, Vincent was once again denied by Henderson shortly after Obika failed to hit the target when he looked favourite to score.

Obika will be wondering how he hasn't scored as on 85 minutes, when through on goal, he was chopped down by Lee Beevers who was only booked for his foul despite the forward's clean run on goal.

The game ended 4 - 2 to the Glovers, the 3797 inside Huish Park were treated to an entertaining end to the League One season at Huish Park.

Report by Ben Barrett of Barrett Sports Writing.

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