A bad day at the office for Yeovil Town at Chelmsford City yesterday as they went down 1-0 to a side now sat (12 points behind them) in second place in National League South. Dave made the trip to Essex and here’s his conclusions from him trip to the athletics stadium.

This is nothing to panic about:
First things first, our lead at the top of National League South is still 12 points. Yes, it could have more, but it is far from anything to lose our heads over. 
There is not a team in this division that would not swap places with us in a heartbeat. Chelmsford quite rightly celebrated their win and good luck to them for the rest of the season. I see they have Worthing next weekend, a draw from that one would be lovely.

Jake Wannell wins a header in the first half.

We never got going: Second things second, this was a bad day at the office for us and Chelmsford deserved their win. Was it the worst performance I’ve seen this season? I don’t know about that, Welling might take that prize, but we certainly did not show up in the way we know we can. It was not until we went more direct when Alex Fisher came on that we were did much to lay a glove on Chelmsford. I still don’t understand the logic of playing Sam Pearson through the middle, he was expected to win aerial duels against a defender who was at least a foot-and-a-half taller than him. So much more effective in wide positions in the second half. Olly Thomas back for Farnborough would be wonderful.

Come on, lino!: I know Rule #1 of the Gloverscast (if it still exists) is not to complain about referees, but what about assistants? If so, whichever of Nathan Briggs or Simon Parberry was running the right-hand line gave us absolutely nothing. There were blatant corners that were goal kicks and I look forward to seeing Fisher’s ‘goal’ from a better angle because I would trust that guy as far as I could throw him – which ain’t far! Don’t get me wrong, we were poor and Chelmsford deserved their win, but that guy was hopeless.

Joe Day pulled off some great saves to keep the scoreline down.
Picture courtesy of Gary Brown.

Super Joe Day is in goal: And thank goodness he was, because without him this could have been a more comprehensive defeat. The perils of changing ends is you never get to see what good saves he made, but I fully expect the highlights to show he made a couple of good ones. A lot more class than his opposite number in every sense of the word, as well.

Time for some bouncebackability: Was it Iain Dowie who coined the phrase ‘bouncebackability’? Whatever happened to him by the way? Anyway, excuse a typical Gloverscast tangent. But, every time we’ve had a blip (and that is all this is) this season we have bounced back and Farnborough seems a good place to do exactly that. If we can get more training in to the likes of Charlie Cooper and Alex Whittle, get Olly Thomas back again and give a couple of players a rest, that would be lovely.

On your marks! Yeovil Town fans Dom Maine and Tim Lancaster enjoyed the surroundings of the Melbourne Stadium.
Picture courtesy of Andy Craig.


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