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The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Chris Spit­tles PIC­TURES: An­thony Thomp­son/ProS­ports

YEOVIL TOWN en­sured for­mer boss Gary John­son made a los­ing re­turn to Huish Park as their best per­for­mance of the sea­son led to a de­served win over his Chel­tenham side.

John­son won three pro­mo­tions dur­ing two spells with the Glovers and also led the Robins to the Na­tional League ti­tle last sea­son.

But it was his for­mer as­sis­tant Dar­ren Way who came out on top as Yeovil took con­trol of the game in the first half, lead­ing 3-1 at the break through goals from Otis Khan, Dar­ren Ward and Matt Dolan.

Strikes from Aaron Downes and Billy Wa­ters kept Chel­tenham in the game, but Tom Eaves set­tled mat­ters in Yeovil’s favour in the 90th minute.

Way said: “Our first-half per­for­mance blew me away. We were bril­liant in that spell and could have scored more goals.

“Otis Khan had a great game and had been un­be­liev­able in train­ing all week. I tried to give him con­fi­dence to take on his marker and he cer­tainly showed that.

“Our young group of play­ers are grow­ing stronger with each game and I’m see­ing im­prove­ments all the time.

“I saw a dom­i­nant per­for­mance from play­ers that I trust and we de­served our vic­tory, which makes it back-to-back wins for us.”

John­son’s Chel­tenham are find­ing life tough on their re­turn to the Foot­ball League and he ad­mits his play­ers are low on con­fi­dence.

He said: “We lost the game be­cause the op­po­si­tion wanted to win it more. I had to make early changes be­cause it wasn’t hap­pen­ing for us and we im­proved for a bit, but it wasn’t enough.

“It looks like we are strug­gling at this level at the mo­ment so we’ve got to work hard with the play­ers to turn round their con­fi­dence. It’s hit the con­fi­dence of the play­ers, es­pe­cially the ones who haven’t played at this level be­fore, and we have to work with them in that.

“We are let­ting in too many goals and we have to stop that or we a go­ing to be down near the bottom of the ta­ble for a long time.”

Yeovil went ahead on five min­utes as vis­it­ing goal­keeper Rus­sell Grif­fiths spilled a cross from Eaves and Khan tapped in from close range. Khan then turned provider as his cor­ner was headed in at the near post by Yeovil cap­tain Ward to make it 2-0 on 16 min­utes.

Af­ter John­son made a dou­ble sub­sti­tu­tion, Chel­tenham re­duced the deficit through Downes’ header from Jack Munns’ cor­ner, only for Matt Dolan’s header to make it 3-1 on the stroke of half-time.

Af­ter the break the Robins again man­aged to pull a goal back, Wa­ters con­vert­ing Rob Dickie’s cross af­ter Ar­tur Krysiak had saved Danny Wright’s penalty.

But in the 90th minute, Eaves sprinted clear of Downes and rounded Grif­fiths be­fore net­ting from close range to seal Yeovil’s win.

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