13th March 2022

Yeovil Town fell to a second straight defeat at the hands of Grimsby Town on Saturday afternoon.

Goals in either half separated the two sides, but it was an improved performance from the Glovers who will be frustrated at the manner of the defeat.

With goals hard to come by, Town did continue to create right until the death, but it wasn’t to be for Darren Sarll’s side.

Darren Sarll made three changes to the side which was defeated by Dagenham & Redbridge. Grant Smith remained in goal, but Mark Little returned to the back four, he was alongside skipper Luke Wilkinson, Ben Barclay and Morgan Williams.

Both Lawson D’Ath and Matt Worthington returned to the midfield as Town reverted to the diamond system. Josh Staunton began at the base, with Dale Gorman further in front of him.

Charlie Wakefield partnered Oluefela Olomola in attack.

The game started in polarising fashion to the midweek defeat against Dagenham & Redbridge, with Town the early aggressors. Wakefield forced a save from an acute angle in the first minute after being released in the right flank.

However, in the tenth minute, the Glovers were made to rue their bright start as Grimsby took the lead through the retiring Sean Scannell with ten minutes on the clock.

This didn’t dishearten Yeovil, who enjoyed far more of the ball than Grimsby, but like weeks gone by, struggled to find any openings.

Set-pieces were a continued threat for Sarll’s side, and that’s where their best change came from in the 40th minute. Ben Barclay drifted to the back-post but saw his glancing header crash against the post.

It was a similar story in the second half, as Town once again enjoyed a lot of the ball, but just didn’t do enough with it.

With 57 minutes on the clock, Grimsby landed the killer blow through Manu Dieseruvwe who turned home a corner at the back post.

Adding salt to the wounds, club captain Luke Wilkinson was forced off with twenty to play, and will now be a doubt for the Glovers’ upcoming fixtures.

Not lying down, Yeovil did look to find a way back into the game, with Jordan Barnett going closest, seeing his effort blocked on the line in injury time.

Ultimately it wasn’t to be for Yeovil who turn their attentions to bottom of the league Dover.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Little, Barclay, Wilkinson (Barnett), Williams; Staunton, Gorman (Lo-Everton), Worthington, D’Ath (Knowles); Olomola, Wakefield

Subs not used: Yussuf, Bradley