Chairman Fry feels the Huish Park heat
YEOVIL Town’s fans spent most of the game calling for chairman John Fry to stand down as they watched the Glovers suffer a third straight loss.
Cambridge wrapped up victory before halftime as calamitous defending from the home side saw a double from Rory Gaffney and a Luke Berry strike put them 3-0 ahead.
Yeovil scored through Ryan Bird and Josh Sheehan to make it 3-2, but defeat sees them remain in the League Two relegation zone and without a win in seven games.
And while manager Paul Sturrock’s future is open to question, it was chairman Fry who was the main object of supporters’ frustrations.
Sturrock said: “At 3-0 down it’s very difficult for fans to back their football team but I don’t think the chairman deserves those comments.
“He’s done a fantastic job at this football club.To take them into the Championship is unbelievable and he’s currently working hard to bring more finance into the club.
“We’re in a difficult situation but the chairman works so hard for this football club and I find the criticism a bit harsh.
“I still believe we have the players here to climb up the table and I still believe we will be away from the bottom of the table by Easter, quite comfortably. I’ve never been relegated after starting the season with a football team and I’m not going to start now.”
Cambridge went ahead in the fourth minute when Alex Lacey’s poor defensive header fell perfectly for Gaffney to volley in.
On 26 minutes the Irish striker made it 2-0 as he pounced at the back post after Yeovil failed to clear a Ryan Donaldson corner.
It was 3-0 in the 35th minute, this time Berry firing in from the edge of the area after the Glovers didn’t deal with a cross from Harrison Dunk.
The hosts pulled a goal back just before half-time when former Cambridge striker Bird latched on to a pass from Jakub Sokolik before slotting past Sam Beasant.
With 11 minutes left they set up a grandstand finish, when Sheehan scored from a tight angle after Sokolik flicked on a Ryan Dickson corner, but the leveller never arrived.
U’s boss Richard Money said: “For 40 minutes we showed everyone what we are capable of and how good we can be. Gaffney will score goals and he can develop a good partnership up there with Barry Corr.
“Now we need to get some of our defenders back quickly because we missed the players that we’ve got ruled out.
“To be without Leon Legge, Josh Coulson and Mark Roberts and then get George Taft injured so early in the game has affected us.”