Monday, 10 October 2011

Massey rescues a point for Yeovil

Two goals from Gavin Massey helped strugglers Yeovil gain a creditable 2-2 away draw with Colchester United.

Massey opened the scoring inside the first minute after Steve McLean's shot was deflected into the path of the on-loan striker. Andy Bond levelled the scorings with half time approaching as his long range effort swerved in the air, however Jed Steer in the Yeovil goal probably should have done better.

Michael Antonio's back post header gave Colchester the lead their dominance deserved, yet Massey against the run of play levelled with his second after Max Ehmer's effort was only parried by Ben Williams.

Yeovil nearly stole all three points in the last minute when Kieran Agard headed against a post. Defeat would've been unfair on Colchester whose patient football was pleasing on the eye, if not clinical.

Coming into the game on the back of four consecutive defeats, Yeovil stunned the Weston Home Stadium as Massey beat Williams through the keeper's legs to give the Glovers an early lead. McLean collected the long ball well and his shot was superbly blocked by Pat Baldwin, only for the ball to find its way out wide for Massey who when one-on-one with Williams finished superbly.

A quick response from Colchester nearly saw the Essex side level the scorings when Brian Wilson's cross found Anthony Wordsworth, whose on target effort was blocked by his own team-mate in Kayode Odejayi.

Despite the miss Colchester were dominating the game, as Yeovil sat back with ten men behind every wave of Colchester attacks.

Ian Henderson, playing on the left of an attacking three forwards, cut inside Ehmer brilliantly and his curling effort was well saved by Steer, however the keeper's parry hit Odejayi only to bounce wide after hitting the post.

It wasn't long however until Colchester opened their account for the afternoon as Bond smashed home from distance. A Colchester short free-kick wasn't noticed by Yeovil and Bond made them pay as his effort swerved in the air, beating Steer in the Yeovil goal.

The leveller was deserved and Ben Coker nearly turned the game on its head before half-time as his curling effort went marginally wide after nice hold up play from Odejayi.

The full-back made up for his miss shortly after the break, as his cross was headed home by Antonio for his second goal in as many games. Henderson and Coker did well done the Colchester left, before the latter's back post cross was headed home by the on-loan Reading winger for a 2-1 lead. Despite the goal being announced as Wordsworth's, replays clearly show Antonio headed home.

Yeovil equalised shortly after as Ehmer was left with too much space and his shot parried right into the path of Massey who slotted home for his second.

Frustration was clearly evident amongst the Colchester fans, as it appeared they would drop two points from a game they merited three.

With time running out substitute Steven Gillespie thought he had won the game for the U's only to see his strike disallowed. The former Cheltenham man went it for a challenge with Steer, however the goal was struck off as Gillespie went in too hard with the keeper and was subsequently booked for the foul.

Undeservedly Yeovil nearly stole all three points as Agard headed against a post from a late free-kick. The miss brought an end to the game, as Colchester missed the chance to close in on the play-offs, whereas Yeovil stay in the relegation zone.

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