Colchester United fell to a disappointing home defeat on Saturday, as Yeovil ran out 1-0 winners on a bitterly cold afternoon at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
The U's had started the game the brighter and had had much the better of the first half but found themselves behind at the break after a missed Sammie Szmodics' penalty and Alex Fisher's low strike for the visitors.
The home side were unable to build up a head of steam in the second half and, with Yeovil happy to hit on the counter, the Glovers took all three points.
The game could have been different had the early penalty been converted but, after Kane Vincent-Young was felled, Szmodics' spot kick wasa saved by Stuart Nelson.
The former Brentford keeper had always put in good performances against the U's in his career and he pulled off two or three good saves in this one too.
Driven on by the excellent Tom Lapslie, the U's were adapting to the torrid conditions better than their opponents, with Szmodics firing inches wide after a sharp turn on the edge of the box.
But Yeovil took the lead midway through the first half, as a long throw in the box was set up for Fisher, who slotted the ball away nicely past Walker.
Five minutes later, Wright sent in a bending shot that Sowumni headed away.
And just before half time, Szmodics, Wright and Mandeville combined well to set up Guthrie, but his shot was blocked behind for a corner.
After the interval, where the U's introduced Courtney Senior, the visitors started the brighter.
Browne sent over a low cross that eluded five people in the six yard box before being hooked away from danger.
The U's had a couple of dangerous free kicks that Nelson repelled - a cracking stop from Mandeville, before then also tipping over Shodipo's effort.
Kent had a header pushed wide, and the U's had a host of corners in the dying stages, but Nelson and his defenders stood strong to take the win and condemn the U's to defeat.
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