Yeovil held to draw at home after blowing two goal lead

Yeovil’s indifferent league form continues after missing the chance to secure three much needed points at home to lowly Morecambe, last night (September 12th).

The Glovers could have secured their third home win of the season after going two goals ahead thanks to Francois Zoko and Sam Surridge, however, in blustery condition that favoured the side attacking the away end, Morecambe grabbed two goals in 11 minutes and in the end could’ve nicked all three points with a flurry of late chances.

Yeovil, in front of the lowest ever league crowd of 2,205, were the better of the two sides in the first half, with conditions in their favour and Otis Khan tested The Shrimps early on with a couple of incisive runs and teasing crosses.

Yeovil’s first meaningful chance came just a after the half hour mark when a neat bit of play between Bournemouth loanee Surridge and Zoko, lead to Zoko turning on the edge of the box and crashing a curling effort against the bar.

And it was few minutes later that Zoko capitalised on a mix up between Morecambe defender Dean Winnard and his goalkeeper Barry Roche, that allowed the Ivorian to round the keeper and calmly slot the ball into an empty net.

The second half started in a similar vein as the first, with Morecambe lacking quality to really test Yeovil’s back five, which included the outstanding Sid Nelson, who headed and kicked everything that entered his orbit.

And it was Yeovil’s resolute defending that led to their second. The defence cleared their lines from a dangerous Morecambe attack and Jake Gray broke down the wing and his lung busting run produced an excellent cross, which Sam Surridge slotted home for his second goal since arriving in Somerset.

Yeovil had already begun to waste time attempting to take precious minutes away from the visitors, but the away side wasted no time in halving the deficit as almost straight from the kick-off Morecambe won a throw in deep in Yeovil’s half and launched the ball to the penalty spot, where an unmarked Adam McGurk volleyed smartly into the top corner.

The goal knocked the wind out of Yeovil’s sails and the quality from their attack as wave after wave of Morecambe pressure eventually paid off. Another set piece was delivered into the box and veteran Kevin Ellison nodded home the winner to delight the travelling 38 fans from Lancashire.

And the 38-year-old Ellison nearly won the match with five minutes to go as he broke through the defence but fired over Artur Krysiak’s goal.

The Glovers now find themselves 17th in the league and while it’s too early to be looking over there shoulder, Yeovil cannot afford to throw away home wins like this again.

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