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PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Colchester United

Glovers are looking to extend their unbeaten home run to six this weekend

29 September 2017

Players mob midfielder James Bailey after scoring PPAUK

The YTFC camp are in high spirits after picking up their first win on the road of the season in dramatic fashion at Chesterfield on Tuesday.

Town led 2-0 at the break but were pegged back by the Spireites and looked like they may have to settle for a point.

However, captain James Bailey had other ideas; scampering into the box to head home Sam Surridge’s cross for just the fourth goal of his career to date.

It was an important one too as Yeovil broke their away day hoodoo – and deservedly so.

Bailey’s header was the first goal scored this term by a Green and White player not regarded as a forward.

Turning their attention straight to this weekend’s match against Colchester United at Huish Park, Town are hoping to extend their unbeaten home run to six, matching that of their best ever start to an EFL season in Somerset.

The U’s are yet to register a victory away from Essex in 2017/18 and won only five last year – a record that ultimately cost them a play-off place.

Key attacker Sammie Szmodics suffered an ankle injury in midweek and will be a loss for the U’s.

Former West Ham United man Kyel Reid, on loan from Coventry City, netted twice in Colchester’s last game, while Mikael Mandron will provide another attacking threat.

Ex-Glovers loanees Sam Walker and Ryan Inniss are likely to be involved.

Head-to-head
Town and Colchester shared one win each last season – both sides winning their respective home fixture.

Tahvon Campbell and Francois Zoko earned the Glovers a 2-1 victory at Huish Park last November.

In all, Yeovil have won six out of 11 home matches against the U’s since 2000 (D2 L3).

Officials
Antony Coggins will be the man in the middle this weekend. 

The Oxfordshire-born official has refereed eight games this season, dishing out just 13 yellow cards.

He is in his second campaign of refereeing at a professional level – this his first in the EFL – and has never previously refereed a Yeovil match.

He will be assisted by Justin Amey (Dorset) and Christopher Wade (Hampshire) with Ben Cobb (Dorset) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage
Darren Way and Olufela Olomola's pre-match interviews can be watched in full for free on iFollow Glovers.

On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC's official Twitter account and live matchday centre.

If you’re unable to attend the game, live audio commentary is available via the iFollow Glovers service, with the monthly and season subscriptions offering full-match replays from Sunday. 

A full match report will follow on YTFC.net at full-time with post-match reaction from the manager and a member of the playing staff following soon after. 

Tickets
Kids can watch for just £1 this Saturday! Fans can still buy tickets in advance in person at the ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888. Tickets are available on the day of the game. 

Sponsors
Match – Old Mill Chartered Accountants and business advisors
Programme – Sondico
Ball – Colin Perrett

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REPORT | Yeovil Town 0-1 Colchester United

Glovers suffer first home defeat of the season

30 September 2017

Otis Khan on the ball v Colchester United PPAUK

Yeovil suffered their first home defeat of the season in Sky Bet League Two at the hands of Colchester United.

Olufela Olomola had an effort ruled out for a foul prior to Sean Murray grabbing the game’s only goal with a driven attempt from 20 yards.

Nathan Smith was absent for the Glovers after picking up his fifth booking of the campaign in the midweek win at Chesterfield.

Omar Sowunmi replaced the 30-year-old in the heart of the Town defence for his first appearance since August 19th.

Other than Kyel Reid’s speculative 25-yard strike which went wide, chances were few and far between in the opening 10 minutes.

Colchester opted for the more direct approach early on, whereas Yeovil aimed to get the ball down on the deck to create an opportunity. 

Their first came when Matt Worthington’s shot was neatly controlled by Olomola and the Southampton loanee’s effort on the turn would have tested keeper Sam Walker if not for a deflection.

The hosts went close again seconds later through Otis Khan. A slick Town move led to Jake Gray skipping down the wing; he cut back for Khan who, in search of his sixth goal of the campaign, curled just past the post.

Glovers supporters might have thought Khan would have his second chance of the contest from a free kick following a foul on Francois Zoko. 

Instead, Tom James stepped up and his knuckle-ball technique forced Walker into a strong punch to prevent the first goal of the afternoon.

The Green and Whites thought they had a deserved opener in the 25th minute as Olomola netted. 

Dickson’s deep cross was volleyed home expertly by the young forward but his finish was disallowed because of a foul by Sowunmi in the six-yard box.

Despite being on the front foot, Darren Way’s side almost fell behind on the half-hour mark.

Drey Wright used good footwork to scamper to the byeline. His cross met Mikael Mandron and the ex-Eastleigh man’s header looked destined for the back of the net until James intervened to clear off the line.

Midfielder Murray followed up with two warnings which were well blocked but made no mistake just before half-time.

Teed up just outside the 18-yard line, the Republic of Ireland youth international got over the ball and dispatched low into the corner past a helpless Artur Krysiak.

Yeovil almost found a leveller in first-half stoppage time as Olomola fired over via a deflection and the proceeding corner was headed over by Sis Nelson. 

Captain James Bailey saw a left-footed shot go wide before he hit over with the same foot early in the second period.

And that was all of note, bar a glancing Sowunmi header, in a shot-shy half as Colchester held on for three points.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, James, Nelson, Sowunmi, Dickson, Gray (Green 53), Bailey, Worthington, Khan, Olomola (Surridge 66), Zoko (Browne 75).
Bookings: Zoko 68.
Subs not used: Maddison, Davies, C.Smith, Santos.

Colchester United: Walker, Jackson, Kent, Inniss, Vincent-Young, Wright, Loft (Comley 69), Murray, Reid, Mandron, Hanlan (Guthrie 90).
Bookings:
Subs not used: Gilmartin, Lapslie, Kpekawa, Kabamba, Odelusi.

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Ticket News

TICKETS | Kids for a Quid against Colchester United

Young Glovers can enjoy the match for just £1

18 September 2017

Kids can watch Town's clash with Colchester United at Huish Park on Saturday September 30th (3pm) for just £1!

The Glovers host the U's at the end of the month with juniors (under-16) able to enjoy the encounter for £1 as the popular Kids for a Quid initiative returns to Huish Park.

Tickets are already on sale for the clash and can be bought online by clicking here, in person via the ticket office or by calling 01935 847888.

Supporters who have already purchased a junior ticket are advised to contact the ticket office to arrange a refund.

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