4th February 2023

Yeovil Town were dealt late heartbreak against Maidstone United in a topsy-turvey 2-2 draw at Huish Park.

After going behind during a poor first half performance, a goal from Alex Fisher and an own goal turned the game on its head.

However late in stoppage time, the Glovers switched off as Maidstone struck a late leveller to steal a point for the second time this season.

With a number of suspensions, Mark Cooper was forced into a change of system for the Glovers. Grant Smith began in goal, with a back three of Morgan Williams, Josh Staunton and Ben Richards-Everton in front of him.

The midfield consisted of Edwin Agbaje, Lawson D’Ath, Charlie Cooper, Matt Worthington & Jordan Maguire-Drew, whilst Clarke and Oluwabori operating in attacking roles.

In truth, the change of system didn’t quite work for Yeovil, who struggled to create chances in the first half as Maidstone were the more incisive for the two sides.

The visitors positivity paid dividends with twenty minutes played. Sha’mar Lawson was picked out in the box and provided the finishing touch to hand Maidstone the lead.

It took until thew half an hour mark for Yeovil to register a shot, Oluwabori fired over the bar from the edge of the box after being found by Worthington.

At the break, there could be no complaints after Yeovil had been off the pace in the first half. This forced M.Cooper’s hand, as he brought on both Fisher and Chiori Johnson.

The changes proved effective, with the Glovers creating far more chances in the second half. Fisher began to provide a focal point for Yeovil, allowing supporting players to get further forward.

In the 55th minute, Worthington forced a save from Yusuf Mersin. After the ball was dinked into his path, he poked the ball goalbound, but the Maidstone stopper was equal to his effort.

Crosses continued to cause problems for the Maidstone defence, as some last ditch defending crowded Fisher out seven minutes later.

With 67 minutes on the clock, Yeovil’s pressure told. Williams’ deep delivery was met first-time by Fisher, who sent a sweet volley beyond Mersin to level the National League clash.

Just two minutes later, the Glovers found themselves in front. Worthington drove into the box and sent a cross across the six-yard box, this took a heavy deflection off Jack Cawley who sent the ball beyond the stranded Mersin.

After an enjoyable spell, the mood was damped after Johnson was forced off with an injury after overly extending when attempting to bring the ball down.

As the half wore on, Yeovil began to set up shop, but this ultimately was what led to the equaliser. After losing the ball in the corner, the visitors broke quickly and won free-kick in a dangerous area. This was sent into the box and met by Jerome Binnon-William who headed beyond Smith.

Despite a late flurry forward, level was how it finished. M.Cooper and his side will now have two weeks to stew on the result before their next league game against Notts County.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Williams, Staunton, Richards-Everton (Johnson, (Wakefield)); Agbaje, D’Ath, Cooper, Maguire-Drew, Worthington, Clarke (Fisher); Oluwabori.

Bookings: Williams, M.Cooper

Subs not used: Young, Buse.