Stur­rock turns his at­ten­tion up­wards

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Chris Spit­tles

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

Town

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