Match Details: 12/09/2009
Yeovil Town 2-2 Stockport County
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Goals: Gavin Tomlin (33), Sam Williams (68)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Alex McCarthy, 3. Nathan Jones, 4. Stefan Stam, 5. Steven Caulker, 6. Terrell Forbes, 8. Keiran Murtagh, 10. Gavin Tomlin, 11. Andy Welsh, 13. Ryan Mason, 21. Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala, 26. Jonathan Obika,
Subs: 7. George O'Callaghan, 9. Sam Williams, 15. Richard Martin, 16. Scott Murray, 18. Andy Lindegaard, 28. Nathan Smith, 32. Andre McCollin
Substitutes Used: Richard Martin for Andy Welsh (21 mins), Sam Williams for Jonathan Obika (63 mins), George O'Callaghan for Keiran Murtagh (79 mins)
Bookings: , Jonathan Obika (Foul, 37)
Yeovil Town secured a 2-2 draw against Stockport County at Huish Park this afternoon in difficult circumstances. They had to play for 70 minutes with just 10 men after goalkeeper Alex McCarthy was dismissed for a professional foul. That offence gave Stockport the lead from the penalty spot with Carl Baker netting past substitute Richard Martin. Baker added a second after Gavin Tomlin had turned in a Ryan Mason assist. It was Mason again who supplied Yeovil's second equalising goal, as his cross allowed Sam Williams the chance to head home his first Glovers goal.
The Glovers made three changes to last weekend's line-up with Craig Alcock replaced by Stefan Stam as Terrell Forbes shuffled out to right-back. Gavin Tomlin was a straight swap for Sam Williams, who presumably wasn't quite fit enough to get through 90 minutes, whilst Nathan Smith dropped to the bench allowing Andy Welsh and Ryan Mason to take up the wide positions, and for Jean-Paul Kalala to make his first full appearance since returning to the club.
County striker Carl Baker has had a week to forget off the field, surprising a few by turning up in Somerset despite suffering a family bereavement during the week. But sometimes such events can inspire and galvanise a player, and so it was not surprising to find him opening the goalscoring from the penalty spot and to add his 9th goal of the season later on in the game.
The opening strike did not go down well with the home fans. It came on the back of a Nicholas Bignall run that took him past home keeper Alex McCarthy. There were suggestions that Bignall had got beyond McCarthy before he went over in the box, but once referee Graham Scott pointed to the spot, McCarthy was in trouble, and his dismissal for a professional foul was inevitable, even if the actual decision to award the penalty will need to be scrutinised on the Football League show tonight.
Baker dispatched the penalty, heading to the Stockport dugouts to collect a t-shirt - doubtless with a message on it giving a dedication to his brother. With Richard Martin in goal, and Andy Welsh having been sacrificed to allow the change, Yeovil seemed up against it but to their credit they didn't lie down.
Just 11 minutes after the opening goal they drew level. Stockport failed to clear their lines from a Nathan Jones corner, and Jones got a second bite of the cherry. His ball into the box was headed back by Steven Caulker to Ryan Mason, whose pass-cum-shot found Gavin Tomlin, who turned and shot into the net to ensure that the ten-men Glovers were back on level terms.
If anything the Glovers were playing better with 10 men than with 11 on the field. It was therefore highly frustrating that Stefan Stam was guilty of giving Carl Baker far too much room to turn inside the box and fire the ball into the back of the net in first half injury time. A soft goal and scored slightly against the run of play at the worst possible time. 1-2 at the break.
The second half saw Stockport seemingly trying to sit on their slender lead. Chances for either side were limited, and the visitors seemed content to stick with their advantage rather than looking to extend it further. In doing so they seemed to play into Yeovil's hands, and the longer the half went on, the more confidence the Glovers gained that they didn't need to worry about being a man down.
They'd therefore feel fully justified in their equaliser which has to go down as an inspired substitution by manager Terry Skiverton. Five minutes after he had replaced Jonathan Obika for Sam Williams, just before Obika leaves for the FIFA Under 20 World Cup, a Ryan Mason cross was met by the head of Williams for his first Yeovil Town goal and a great equaliser.
Oddly the goal still didn't wake up Stockport and in the closing stages, the Glovers could have snatched an improbable winner. Jean-Paul Kalala's cross deceived Owain fon Williams and almost landed direct in the back of the net, whilst in injury time Ryan Mason shot just wide of the post. In the end the Glovers had to settle for the draw, but their sheer effort with 10 men could even have grabbed them more than that. In terms of effort and keeping their heads up they deserve great credit for that.
The result means that Yeovil remain in 17th place in the League One table. A 90th minute win for Bristol Rovers did Yeovil a favour as they climbed above Oldham Athletic who drop into the relegation zone. Elsewhere all of the other sides in and around the bottom half of the table drew their matches bar Tranmere Rovers who lost again, whilst Brighton and Hove Albion won at Carlisle United. They now face three difficult away matches in their next four games, and are still searching for a win since their first match of the season. But considering the circumstances they will consider that a point gained rather than two dropped today.
Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.
Link: 2009-10 First Team Goalscorers.
Link: 2009-10 First Team Appearances.
Link: 2009-10 First Team Bookings.
Link: 2009-10 First Team Fixtures and Results.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Stockport County 2.
Scorers: Carl Baker (0-1, 22 mins), Gavin Tomlin (1-1, 33 mins), Carl Baker (1-2, 45 mins), Sam Williams (2-2, 68 mins)
Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Alex McCarthy
6. Terrell Forbes 4. Stefan Stam 5. Steven Caulker 3. Nathan Jones
13. Ryan Mason 8. Keiran Murtagh 21. Jean-Paul Kalala 11. Andy Welsh
10. Gavin Tomlin 26. Jonathan Obika
15. Richard Martin (GK) (21 mins for Andy Welsh) 7. George O'Callaghan (79 mins for Keiran Murtagh) 9. Sam Williams (63 mins for Jonathan Obika) 16. Scott Murray 18. Andy Lindegaard 28. Nathan Smith 32. Andre McCollin
Stockport County (4-4-1-1):
1. Owain Fon Williams
2. Johnny Mullins 20. Gianluca Havern 25. Paul Huntington 3. Michael Rose
7. James Vincent 5. Liam Bridcutt 8. Greg Tansey 15. David Poole
10. Carl Baker
24. Nicholas Bignall
Substitutes: 23. Lloyd Rigby (GK) 4. Paul Turnbull 6. Michael Raynes 9. Peter Thompson (86 mins for Nicholas Bignall) 11. Oli Johnson (76 mins for James Vincent) 17. Danny Pilkington 18. Andy Halls
Yeovil Bookings: Jonathan Obika (37 mins, foul) Red Card: Alex McCarthy (20 mins, professional foul).
Stockport Bookings: James Vincent (35 mins, foul)
Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire). Assistants: Justin Amey (Dorset) and Mike Cairns (Somerset). Fourth Official: Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire).
Attendance: 3,519 (including approx 200 Stockport fans)