Believe it or not, Yeovil Town are fifth in League Two. I know what you’re thinking, we’ve only had six games, but this is a team that have been in a relegation battle in each of their last three seasons, and the two previous to that were relegations.
Saturday saw the Glovers take on Grimsby, and win their first ever points at Blundell Park. Omari Patrick was the match winner, netting just 10-minutes after coming off the bench for his debut, less than a week after joining the club on loan from Bradford. He was one of two recent signings to come off the bench for Yeovil, with Olufela Olomola, returning to the club on loan from Scunthorpe, making his second debut for the Glovers.
Yeovil have played better this season, and they will play better in the future. This was a win they had to grind out, in ugly fashion, but they say that is a sign of a top side. It was an ugly game. The standard of the football was pretty low, and there weren’t too many clear cut chances for either side.
But this is the sort of game that Yeovil have lost in past seasons. They didn’t allow Grimsby to take control in the middle of the park, and the energy of Sessi D’Almeida and Alex Pattison, was key to that. They also reacted well to the pace of Charles Vernam up front. After he ran in behind the back four a couple of times, they dropped deep, and didn’t allow too much room in behind, so when the ball was played long, it came through to Nathan Baxter in the Yeovil goal.
The experienced pair of Gary Warren and Carl Dickinson seem to be having a positive effect in the squad, and particularly on Omar Sowumni, who finally looks like a solid defender.
There were a couple of issues going forward that may need to be addressed. Diallang Jaiyesimi, even though he looks a threat, sometimes takes too long on the ball, and his decision making isn’t quite as good as it could be. They will also hope that Wes McDonald can return to full fitness soon, because Jordan Green didn’t seem to have the final product on Saturday afternoon.
It is important not to get swept up in all the optimism at Huish Park at the moment. This is the best side that Yeovil have had in League Two since their relegation three years ago, so there is promise. However it is only six games, so we can get into all the talk about aiming for the play-off places in a few weeks’ time.