Two late goals in three minutes completely spoiled Torquay United’s start to the new year when they were beaten 2-1 by Yeovil Town at Huish Park this afternoon.
The Gulls, who beat Yeovil 6-1 at Plainmoor on Boxing Day with a masterclass of a performance were looking all set to pick up nine points from their three festive fixtures as the game neared the 90th minute – following a goal shortly after the break by Aaron Nemane.
But the defence went to sleep in the box in the 87th minute to allow Yeovil back into the game through Josh Neufville, and just inside time-added-on, Luke Wilkinson rose highest and headed the ball home to give the home side an unlikely three points and their third win in four games.
Goalkeeper Lucas Covolan was recalled with Shaun MacDonald on the bench, while the only other change from the team that beat Weymouth 4-3 last Saturday was in defence where Gary Warren got the nod ahead of Fraser Kerr.
Possession wise, Torquay dominated the opening stages, but without creating too many chances. They were playing the ball around well, but for the most part on the edge of the Yeovil box.
Josh Umerah had a shot blocked on 10 minutes as the Gulls tried to eek out some space closer to goal. For Yeovil, Wilkinson had a weak header stopped by Covolan.
On 14 minutes, Umerah found himself free after a through ball by Connor Lemonheigh-Evans but the striker was forced out wide by Wilkinson and his shot went across the face of goal and only just wide.
Neufville had a decent effort saved by Covolan, while Asa Hall’s header from a corner on 20 minutes went wide with the midfielder marked well.
With the home side getting a bit more into the game, Courtney Duffus shot from 20 yards but the ball went straight at Covolan. Kyle Cameron marshalled Neufville well when the Yeovil player had the chance to go clear on 36 minutes.
Neufville, a 19-year-old who joined the Glovers from Luton Town at the start of December, but wasn’t in the squad for the Plainmoor game, was looking a handful. Defender Wilkinson hit the crossbar with a header from a corner on 42 minutes.
A Dean Moxey cross was headed behind for a corner in the final minute of the half but Hall’s header from Lemonheigh-Evans’ cross went over.

Torquay had not been up to the standard of the 6-1 win – but Yeovil were a better outfit than they were on that day too.
Within a minute of the restart, Nemane broke free after some good work by Umerah and a lovely pass into space by Lemonheigh-Evans. The winger was as cool as you like as he approached the oncoming Adam Smith and calmly placed the ball past him and into the net.
Torquay continued to attack well after the game but there was a break while Charlie Lee was treated for an injury that saw the Yeovil player limp from the pitch on 54 minutes.
Covolan came right out of his box to win the ball ahead of Neufville after the restart and it was a heart-in-mouth moment for Torquay.
A shot from Lemonheigh-Evans went wide on 65 minutes as the Gulls continued to work the ball around well. At the back too they were fairly comfortable at this stage.
Covolan saved a stinging Alex Bradley shot on 73 minutes but the ball popped out of his arms. The Torquay goalkeeper grabbed the ball back but Yeovil’s Emmanuel Sanupe caught him with a boot as he hunted down the ball.
Covolan then came out to close down the angle when Neufville had a chance but tried to lob the goalkeeper and put the ball over.
Without really forcing any chances, the Gulls looked pretty comfortable as the game entered the last 10 minutes. Yeovil certainly didn’t look like scoring.
Lemonheigh-Evans was brought down 25 yards out on 86 minutes but Whitfield’s strike from the free kick went disappointingly over.
And then there was a lapse of concentration – with Neufville scoring in a goalmouth scramble on 87 minutes, the player turning well in the box to fire the ball past Covolan who was already on the deck.
The home side won a corner as the game entered six minutes of time-added-on and Wilkinson headed the ball home from the inswinger.
Torquay, who have won a handful of games in the last minute this season, had been given a taste of their own medicine. They do however remain 11 points clear at the top of the National League – though they might have been 14 points clear had they kept their cool today.





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