April 2023 (Page 9)

Venue: Huish Park
Saturday, 1st April, 5.20pm kick-off

Pitch: Green
Conditions:  Dry and sunny

Scorers: Jake Hyde 24 (0-1), Rhys Murphy 90+2 (0-2),


Yeovil Town: Miguel Freckleton 34, Malachi Linton 78
Southend United: Cav Miley 44, Nathan Ralph 45, Harry Cardwell 74

Sendings off:

Yeovil Town: Miguel Freckleton 84

Referee: Ed Duckworthj

Yeovil Town (5-2-3)

Alex Fisher (for Jack Clarke, 46), Max Hunt (for Alex Fisher, 58), Malachi Linton (for Jordan Young, 73), Reckord, Johnson.

Southend United: Andeng-Ndi, Ralph, Taylor, Scott-Morriss, Lomas, Hobson, Kensdale, Benton (for Fonguck, 70), Miley, Hyde (for Powell, 70), Cardwell (for Rhys Murphy, 90). Substitutes:  Mooney, Bridge.

Match Report

Yeovil Town’s relegation woes deepened with a 2-0 home defeat against Southend United – but the result was only part of the story of the day at Huish Park.

A first half strike from Jake Hyde and a late second from former Glover Rhys Murphy did the damage, but just five minutes after coming on at half-time top scorer Alex Fisher suffered a horrific injury after a collision with visiting keeper Collin Andeng-Ndi.

Then with seven minutes of the game remaining defender Miguel Freckleton was given a second yellow card and a the corresponding red. That rules the Sheffield United loanee out for Tuesday night’s trip to Gateshead. Lucky him.

We’ll not blame you if you don’t want to read this latest tale of woe…..


First half

Following a one-minute applause to mark the second anniversary of the passing of ex-Glovers’ captain Lee Collins, Yeovil attacked the away end in the first half.

The first chance fell to Scott Pollock, getting his first start for Yeovil, inside the opening two minutes as Yeovil got in down the left side, but the midfielder could not angle a shot past Collin Andeng-Ndi in the visitors’ goal. Squaring the ball to Maguire-Drew was perhaps a better option although he was shadowed by a Southend defender.

It was a bright opening five minutes for Yeovil and Andrew Oluwabori tested Andeng-Ndi from distance and at the other end a long ball forward almost found Harry Cardwell after eight minutes, but Owen Bevan did well to put him off his shot with only Grant Smith to beat.

With 21 minutes played, Maguire-Drew picked up the ball in the middle of the pitch and fed Jordan Young, but his effort was not troubling Andeng-Ndi from distance. A minute later, a corner came to Lomas who was found at the back post and his effort was stopped by the feet of Smith.

Three minutes later, the visitors were ahead. The Yeovil defence switched off from a throw and a ball in to the box from Nathan Ralph was nodded down by Gus Scott-Morriss in to a crowded penalty area. Cardwell reacted and got the ball back to Jake HYDE who lashed in the opener.

That gave the visitors a lift and on 28 minutes Scott-Morriss’ cross from the right found Cardwell at the back post, but he couldn’t angle his header on target.

After a bright start, the home side had started to quieten down and the goal and, other than a couple of runs forward by Oluwabori, there was little in the way of a response. Huish Park has fallen deathly quiet.

A deep cross to the back post from Maguire-Drew went towards Oluwabori at the back post with five minutes of the first half remaining, but as far as quality balls in to the box were concerned they were few and far between.

Another came from the same source as Maguire-Drew’s free-kick found Pollock inside the box and his header thumped against the base of the post and away for a corner. That’s a chance to book end the half from the midfielder, who had a reputation from scoring from his days at Boston United…..you can do the rest.

One or two boos met the half-time whistle. It certainly was not as bad as the previous performance against Bromley – but a lack of attacking intent barely even worth mentioning these days. Big second half required, but we seem to say that every week as well.

Half time: Yeovil Town 0 Southend United 1


Second half

Alex Fisher replaced Jack Clarke at the half-time interval and it was the club’s joint top-scorer – with just five goals, of course – who was involved in the first incident. A totally innocuous coming together between Fisher and Andeng-Ndi saw the striker go down with what was instantly obvious was a broken ankle. The television coverage caught Fisher scream in pain, a heartbreaking thing to see.

Just when you thought things could not get any worse – they did. All the best, Fish.

Max Hunt replaced him in the target man role, but having a centre half playing as centre forward perhaps summarises the attacking issues which have riddled us for the entire season – and last season!

Ironically, it was another defender, captain Staunton, who had a glorious chance in the 64th minute. A superb corner from Maguire-Drew saw the skipper get ahead of his opponent Nathan Ralph and Andeng-Ndi did superbly to make a one-handed save and turn it around the post.

A mistake by Pollock on the edge of his box gifted Southend a big opportunity after 69 minutes. His attempted forward pass was blocked and broke to Cardwell, but he lifted his shot over the bar.

On 74 minutes, Malachi Linton, who scored on his last appearance in the 1-1 draw at FC Halifax Town a fortnight ago, replaced Young. Difficult to see where the spark of inspiration was going to come from for the home side.

Bevan put a header over from a corner, won by some good play from Oluwabori, another good ball in from Maguire-Drew on a day when quality balls in to the box were sadly lacking.

Remember when we said about things not getting any worse? Well, on 84 minutes substitute Callum Powell’s burst forward and was checked by Freckleton, who had already been booked in the first half. Two yellows make a red. On first inspection it did not look like a bookable offence to me, on re-inspection (via television replay) it still didn’t. Sigh.

Three minutes from time, Pollock broke in to the box and got a shot in on goal which was stopped on the line by Harry Taylor. Pollock has looked lively, but sadly from his three efforts on goal, he has not converted any of them.

As the 11 minutes of injury time came up, Rhys Murphy replaced Harry Cardwell. You know what’s coming here, don’t you? Scott-Morriss’ ball in from the right hand side and Powell was completely unmarked in the middle of the box, inexplicably his effort came off the bar. The ball broke to MURPHY who showed the type of striker’s instinct so sadly lacking from his former club to smash home the second.

Two goals from two clinical strikers. That was the difference.

Full time: Yeovil Town 0 Southend United 2

Striker Jordan Young returns to the Yeovil Town starting XI after a hamstring injury to face Southend United in front of the BT Sport cameras (5.20pm kick-off).

He is expected to be in a three-man attack alongside Jordan Maguire-Drew and Scott Pollock. On loan midfielder Jack Clarke, who has also been missing through injury, is also back and seems likely to pair with Charlie Cooper.

There is no place for recent arrivals winger Callum Harriott, who has a thigh injury, midfielder Zanda Siziba or striker Reo Griffiths.

For the visitors, ex-Glovers’ striker Rhys Murphy is on the substitutes’ bench with another former Yeovil Town man Nathan Ralph in the starting XI.