Yeovil Town 0-1 Fleetwood TownFleetwood Town’s wait for an away win ended at Huish Park this afternoon thanks to Jeff Hughes’ bullet header at the back post on 87 minutes.
The Cod Army last enjoyed success on the road at Scunthorpe United at the end of August, and had gone seven games without victory away from Highbury until today’s win.
After cup disappointment at Cambridge United last weekend, manager Graham Alexander made four changes to his starting eleven in Somerset.
Tyler Forbes was handed his first ever Fleetwood start due to Conor McLaughlin’s unavailability, while Mark Roberts was drafted into central defence at the expense of Nathan Pond.
Winger Josh Morris, who was cup-tied seven days ago, was recalled in place of Keith Southern, and Martin Paterson made his Fleetwood debut after joining on-loan from Huddersfield Thursday.
Paterson made an early impression on the Town faithful with his pace, and when unleashed down the right after five minutes, he played an inviting low cross which just evaded Stephen Dobbie in the box.
Yeovil’s A Jay Leitch-Smith rattled the post with a powering header soon after, as he got above his marker to head Kevin Dawson’s cross against the woodwork.
The Glovers were proving a threat in the air from set-pieces, and Ben Nugent was the next to go close when he headed wide of Chris Maxwell’s goal.
Dobbie then turned Nugent inside the box at the other end, but fired over from a good position.
Town were indebted to Maxwell after quarter of an hour when he denied Jordy Hiwula with a fine finger-tip save around the post from inside the six yard box.
Maxwell did well once again to deny Hiwula midway through the half in a one on one situation, while Joe Edwards’ deflected strike dipped over.
The Welshman was proving a rock between the sticks, denying Leitch-Smith with a fantastic save after the winger broke into the box on 40 minutes.
With the half drawing to a close, Gareth Evans tested Steer with a fizzed effort along the ground which the man on-loan from Aston Villa could only beat away.
After the break, Evans raced away from Leitch-Smith in the middle of the park, and drove forward before forcing a good stop out of Steer from 20 yards.
The Cod Army continued to attack with purpose, and Jeff Hughes could have put his side ahead only to be denied by Steer in a one on one situation.
On the hour mark, James Berrett missed a glorious chance for the home side as the ball fell kindly to the midfielder in the box, but he blasted horribly wide.
A weaving run from Paterson on the right caused a mix-up in the Yeovil defence, however Town were unable to convert the loan man’s cross.
Manager Alexander brought on striker Tom Hitchcock to partner Paterson and Dobbie in a three-pronged attack with 15 minutes remaining as Town looked to bring an end to their away run.
Stephen Jordan denied Hiwula with a last ditch tackle from point-blank range, as the striker squandered his third clear cut chance of the afternoon.
Maxwell came to the rescue of his team once again on 80 minutes, when he kept out Berrett’s shot from the edge of the area which was destined for the top corner.
However, with three minutes remaining, Jeff Hughes put the Cod Army in front with a bullet header at the back post from Steven Schumacher’s corner.
A nervy ending was in store at Huish Park, with Foley sending a free kick over from just outside the box, but Fleetwood held on for an important win.