Match Details: 07/03/2009
Yeovil Town 1-1 Carlisle United
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Goals: Gary Roberts (31)
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Nathan Jones, 6. Terrell Forbes, 7. Jonathan Worthington, 9. Andy Welsh, 10. Gavin Tomlin, 11. Danny Schofield, 13. Josh Wagenaar, 14. Paul Warne, 16. Gary Roberts, 23. Aaron Brown, 24. Danny Hutchins,
Subs: 12. Craig Alcock, 15. Luke Rodgers, 17. Aidan Downes, 18. Keiran Murtagh, 28. Nathan Smith
Substitutes Used: Luke Rodgers for Andy Welsh (82 mins)
Bookings: Andy Welsh (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 51), Danny Schofield (Dissent, 84)
Yeovil Town extended their run of games without a win to five matches today, yet were denied new manager Terry Skiverton's first victory in charge by a whisker as a last minute Michael Bridges strike gave Carlisle United a share in a 1-1 draw. The Glovers had led the match for an hour, following a goal from Gary Roberts, and despite some nervous moments, they looked to be holding onto all three points until the final minute of the match.
They went into the game making three changes from last weekend's defeat at Walsall. New loan signing Danny Hutchins made his Football League debut, whilst Gary Roberts was restored to midfield, with both Lee Peltier and Craig Alcock not fit enough to start the game. Danny Schofield was restored to the starting line-up meaning that Luke Rodgers dropped to the bench.
The Glovers endured a shaky start to the game, with Carlisle having three good chances in the opening 15 minutes, with the pacey Joe Anyinsah providing a perfect foil for the bulk of Gareth Taylor, and Glovers keeper Josh Wagenaar did well to block one effort from the Bristol-born player.
When the Glovers scored, half an hour into the match, they'd created little more than half chances, and had looked nervous and stretched at the back, so it came as a bit of a surprise. Danny Hutchins was involved in bringing the ball forward, the ball was put into the path of Paul Warne, whose one-touch flick fell perfectly into the path of Gary Roberts, who passed the ball into the back of the net for the opening goal, and one that really showed off the Glovers passing skills.
Goals change games, and for Yeovil it changed their mood. From being at times tentative and nervous, they looked confident and imposing, and from then until half time, they took the game to Carlisle, and gone was the Cumbrian's wing play and dominance. In its place was the best spell of the game for Skivo's side and they would have been 2-0 up if visiting keeper Ben Williams had not produced an outstanding reaction save from a close range Gavin Tomlin shot after an Andy Welsh corner dropped loose in the box.
The half time whistle wasn't really what the Glovers wanted. It allowed Carlisle a chance to regroup. They pushed Yeovil into their own half for much of the second period, albeit in suffering from much of the same problems as Yeovil seem to have - turning possession and territory into goalscoring opportunities.
Their main chances came from an increasing number of free kicks the Glovers were conceding, with referee David Phillips having a poor second half, winding up both sets of supporters with many of his decisions. He wasn't alert enough to spot Graham Kavenagh shift the ball by a number of yards whilst he was positioning the Yeovil defensive wall on a free kick, and the movement of the kicking position allowed Kavenagh the angle to curl the set piece around the blind side of the wall - fortunately Wagenaar appeared to anticipate the bit of gamesmanship and got right across his goal to force the ball out for a corner.
Despite Carlisle forcing the territory for much of the second period, the Glovers did have their moments to wrap the game up. Paul Warne got into the perfect position inside the box with only the keeper to beat on one such break, but Williams flung himself across goal to block the striker's attempt. And referee Phillips again incurred the wrath of the home crowd when a Nathan Jones cross was blocked by Carlisle substitute Tony Kane inside the box, with the home fans screaming for a handball and a penalty. Gavin Tomlin also got himself into a similar position to Warne, but succeeded in embarrassing himself by falling over the ball, allowing a Carlisle defender to mop up.
As the Glovers got deeper and uncomfortably deeper, Carlisle introduced Scott Dobie and Michael Bridges into the game. As has been said many times before this season - the Glovers can only dream of having such experience and quality on their bench. And it was Bridges who produced the killer blow just when it looked as though Carlisle were running out of ideas. A hopeful long ball reached the former Bristol City striker out on the left side of the field, and his 20 yard drive towards goal looked a little optimistic, but it crept in via Josh Wagenaar's near post for a sickening 90th minute equaliser. There was no time for any late winner for either side.
The draw sees Yeovil inch a little bit closer to the relegation slots in the League One table. They still remain in 18th position, but wins for Crewe Alexandra and Leyton Orient, plus draws for Northampton Town and Swindon Town means that what was an eight point gap following Yeovil's February win over Peterborough United has now rapidly shrunk to three points, and with a visit to Elland Road and Leeds United on Tuesday night, life isn't going to get any easier in the final 12 games of the season.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Carlisle United 1.
Scorers: Gary Roberts (31 mins, 1-0), Michael Bridges (90 mins, 1-1).
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
13. Josh Wagenaar
24. Danny Hutchins 6. Terrell Forbes 23. Aaron Brown 3. Nathan Jones
11. Danny Schofield 7. Jonathan Worthington 16. Gary Roberts 9. Andy Welsh
10. Gavin Tomlin 14. Paul Warne
12. Craig Alcock 15. Luke Rodgers (82 mins for Andy Welsh) 17. Aidan Downes 18. Keiran Murtagh 28. Nathan Smith
1. Ben Williams
2. David Raven 21. Richard Keogh 6. Peter Murphy 29. Michael Liddle
17. Cleveland Taylor 11. Paul Thirlwell 23. Graham Kavanagh 18. Lewis Neal
24. Gareth Taylor 14. Joe Anyinsah
Substitutes: 19. Michael Bridges (78 mins for Cleveland Taylor) 26. Scott Dobie (65 mins for Joe Anyinsah) 27. Tony Kane (79 mins for Peter Murphy) 28. Gary Madine 32. Jeff Smith
Yeovil Bookings: Andy Welsh (entering field of play without permission, 51 mins), Danny Schofield (dissent, 84 mins)
Carlisle Bookings: David Raven (foul, 50 mins)
Referee: David Phillips (Sussex). Assistants: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire) and Malcolm West (Cornwall). Fourth Official: James Cox (Worcestershire).
Attendance: 3,892 (including approx 300 Carlisle fans).