Sturrock turns his attention upwards
YEOVIL manager Paul Sturrock hopes the Glovers are finally ready to climb up the League Two table after they fought back from two goals down to claim their first victory of the season.
Following relegation, Yeovil had struggled to adjust to the fourth tier, losing their first three games of the campaign.
That run looked set to continue when goals from Craig Mackail-Smith and Paul Benson put Luton 2-0 up inside the first 19 minutes.
But Stephen Arthurworrey’s header reduced the deficit before half-time and two goals from substitute striker Ryan Bird lifted the Glovers to an unlikely victory.
Sturrock said: “I’m feeling a lot better than the last couple of weeks and we’ve got to be pleased with that win after trailing 2-0.
“We conceded a crazy goal for their second, a goal we should have stopped, and that makes you start to worry.
“But we showed great grit and determination to get back into the game and the boys showed great energy in the second half to keep going. I felt we were well worth the win.
“We’ve got a young side and they are still improving. This win will do great things for their confidence because I think we are competitive at this level, it’s just that things haven’t gone our way.
“I think the young lads understand what this league is all about now and I hope we can kick on and climb the table.”
The Hatters went ahead on four minutes when Mackail-Smith latched on to a Benson flick-on and smashed a brilliant dipping volley over home ‘keeper Artur Krysiak.
They doubled their lead 15 minutes later when Yeovil failed to clear a corner and left Benson unmarked to tap in from close range.
Arthurworrey made it 2-1 when he headed in from Connor Roberts’ cross and then turned provider after the break when he set up Bird to level on 62 minutes.
The sub then settled the game with 18 minutes left when he ran through unchallenged to fire past Luton goalkeeper Mark Tyler from 20 yards.
Defeat saw Luton, one of the pre-season promotion favourites, slip to third bottom of the League Two table, with just a pair of draws to their name from the opening four games.
Boss John Still said: “It was difficult to take, having been 2-0 up but if I look at it and I’m being really honest, in the end Yeovil deserved to win.
“I’ve got no complaints. We were in a good position and reasonably well in control before their scored their first goal against the run of play.
“That gave them a boost and they came out in the second half and had a real go at it. All credit to them for that and we didn’t match them in that second half if I’m honest.”
STAR MAN RYAN BIRD Yeovil