GLOVERS NEWS: Yeovil Town’s Wembley dream falls at the final hurdle
YEOVIL Town missed out on a place in a final at Wembley Stadium by the smallest of margins on Tuesday (March 6, 2018) night with a 1-0 defeat at Shrewsbury Town in the Checkatrade Trophy.
The semi-final – which had been played following the previous week’s postponement due to bad weather – was a cagey affair at Shrewsbury’s New Meadow as the League One high-flying hosts looked to overcome the challenge of League Two strugglers Yeovil.
The home side bossed the opening period, but could not find a breakthrough while Yeovil failed to threaten at the other end.
Sam Surridge came on for Yeovil as a half-time substitute and he partnered Francois Zoko up front as the Glovers went to a more familiar 4-4-2 formation.
Otis Khan nearly gave Yeovil the lead on 55 minutes, but his effort was comfortably saved by the Shrewsbury keeper and then Zoko also had an attempt on goal moments later.
And just as it looked as if Yeovil might have been getting an edge on the game, Shrewsbury found the all-important opening goal which would, eventually, send them on their way to Wembley Stadium and a place in the final on Sunday, April 8, 2018, against Lincoln City.
Carlton Morris found himself the hero for Shrewsbury on the night as he found room inside the box on 63 minutes to head home from a corner.
Yeovil huffed and puffed in search of an equaliser, but failed to get that telling moment although Khan came close to drawing level in time added-on, but could only see his shot parried by the Shrewsbury keeper.
While at the other end Shrewsbury nearly doubled their lead when Nathan Thomas saw an effort come back off the post.
It was disappointment for the Yeovil team and their 299 travelling supporters who had made the trip, but the Glovers could look back on a successful run in the Checkatrade Trophy.
But now the Glovers can totally concentrate on the most important mission of all – maintaining their place in the Football League.
They are back in action on Saturday (March 10, 2018) with the visit of Newport County to Huish Park in a 3pm kick-off.
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