Derry not giv­ing up on bid for play-offs

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

BEN Wil­liamson's dou­ble brought ten-man Yeovil's win­ning run to an end and fu­elled Cam­bridge's hopes of a late run into the League Two play-offs.

Two first-half goals from Wil­liamson and a late strike from Jimmy Spencer main­tained the home side’s pur­suit of pro­mo­tion in Shaun Derry’s first sea­son as man­ager.

The re­sult also halted the Glovers’ four-game win­ning streak as they saw mid­fielder Liam Walsh sent off af­ter just ten min­utes for strik­ing out at James Dunne.

Cam­bridge are five points out­side the play-offs with nine games left to play and face a big Easter week­end with matches against pro­mo­tion hope­fuls Bris­tol Rovers and Ox­ford United.

Derry said: “To still be in it with nine games to go is a fan­tas­tic ac­co­lade for ev­ery­one at the club and we’re look­ing for­ward to the Easter games.

“It's been an almighty ef­fort to get to where we are and I still stress that we are at a tran­si­tional stage for this foot­ball club.

“But it’s great to have that tran­si­tion when you are in and around the top ten.We are still in the mix.

“I want to be play­ing for some­thing at the end of the sea­son, I don’t want it to peter out and have noth­ing rid­ing on the games.

“Yeovil have been on a good run un­der Dar­ren Way and have got a good be­lief so I knew they would make it hard for us and we had to be clin­i­cal. We’ve won both halves, so I'm very pleased.”

Yeovil re­main 11 points above the rel­e­ga­tion zone de­spite de­feat but boss Dar­ren Way ad­mit­ted they fell short of their re­cent stan­dards.

He said:“The send­ing off didn’t help us but we just couldn’t get go­ing here from start to fin­ish and didn't de­serve any­thing.

“Th­ese things hap­pen some­times. It’s never nice los­ing but it does bring you back down to earth and we’ve still got a lot of hard work to do.

“We have been de­fend­ing very well but con­ceded poor goals here and as a man­ager you have to ac­cept you won't win ev­ery game.

“The per­for­mance dis­ap­pointed me as did the man­ner in which we lost the game. We have to get back on track now to make sure we keep this club in the Foot­ball League.”

Cam­bridge went ahead on four min­utes when Har­ri­son Dunk’s cross from the left was flicked on by Josh Coul­son and tapped in from close range by Wil­liamson.

Walsh then saw red for strik­ing Dunne and on the stroke of half-time United made it 2-0 as Wil­liamson again slot­ted.

Sub Spencer made the game safe with three min­utes left, with Dunk again the cre­ator.

STAR MAN BEN WIL­LIA

MSON Cambr

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