Five draws that Yeovil could have turned into wins

Yeovil Town’s capitulation in the final five minutes at Exeter City effectively sums up the Glovers’ season.

Darren Way’s side had got themselves into a fantastic position when they went 3 – 0 up thanks to second-half goals from Francois Zoko, Shayon Harrison and Alex Lacey.

But what followed was nothing short of a disaster, as the Grecians completed an unlikely comeback with the help of a few lapses in concentration from Yeovil’s defence.

The match will go down as another missed opportunity to gain three points, something that has happened far too often this season.

Yeovil have drawn a total of 16 league games so far this, with nine of those ties coming from the past 15 matches.

Here are five of the most notable instances where the Glovers dropped two points where they really should have sealed a victory.

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Yeovil Town 1 – 1 Accrington Stanley

While Accrington have never been easy to beat, they are not the team they were last season. Despite being involved in last year’s play-offs, they have stuttered this campaign.

And Yeovil must have fancied their chances against the Lancashire side when Scott Brown was sent off for Stanley for an ugly challenge on Zoko.

However, despite having a man advantage for 70 minutes, the Glovers could only manage a draw, and even had to fight back from 1 – 0 down after 10-man Accrington took the lead.

Notts County 0 – 0 Yeovil Town

The Notts County game was another match that Yeovil should have been confident going into; the Magpies have struggled all season and even went on a 10-game losing streak from November to January.

In fairness, they had shown signs of revitalisation under new boss Kevin Nolan, but even that’s not too much of an excuse for the drab encounter that followed.

Yeovil showed very little attacking intent – in contrast to the fantastic football they played against County on the opening day of the season – and never really looked like scoring until the final minute of the match.

Yeovil Town 1 – 1 Cambridge United

Darren Way’s side were at least more positive going forward when Cambridge United travelled to Huish Park.

Overall, Yeovil dominated throughout the game and took the lead on 78 minutes thanks to a Ben Whitfield shot that was tapped into the net by Zoko.

However, after finally getting their deserved goal, Yeovil threw it away with just one minute remaining. Substitute Barry Corr was the man who claimed Cambridge’s late equaliser.

Yeovil Town 1 – 1 Leyton Orient

Yeovil’s home match against Leyton Orient, three days prior to the Cambridge game, was a similar story.

After taking the lead, again from Zoko who struck in first half added time, they conceded a late equaliser.

However, there were two things that made this result even more painful than the Cambridge draw: Orient are almost certain to be relegated, and former Glover Gavin Massey got their goal.

Blackpool 2 – 2 Yeovil Town

Yet another occasion where Yeovil let a lead slip came when the Glovers travelled to Blackpool.

All seemed to be going well when Darren Ward put his side 2 – 1 up with just ten minutes remaining, but Nathan Delfouneso pulled the Tangerines level in the 95th minute.

Tom Eaves could have made more last-gasp drama but it just wasn’t to be, as his fantastic turn and strike cannoned back off the crossbar.

Shockingly, if Yeovil had managed to win the above five games and hold on at Exeter, they would be just one point off the play-off places.

It’s clear that holding onto leads has been a big problem for the Glovers this season. If they were able to see out games successfully, we would have a much different end-of-season run-in on our hands…


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