Match Details: 29/03/2011
Yeovil Town 1-0 Carlisle United
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: Jonathan Obika (59)
Yeovil Line-Up: 2. Craig Alcock, 5. Paul Huntington, 10. Dean Bowditch, 11. Andy Welsh, 12. Oli Johnson, 13. Stephen Henderson, 14. Max Ehmer, 19. Adam Virgo, 20. Paul Wotton, 24. Shaun MacDonald, 29. Jonathan Obika
Subs: 6. Nathan Smith, 7. Andy Williams, 8. Luke Ayling, 9. Sam Williams, 15. Alex Russell, 16. Ed Upson, 26. Gareth Stewart,
Substitutes Used: Nathan Smith for Oli Johnson (73 mins), Luke Ayling for Craig Alcock (79 mins), Andy Williams for Andy Welsh (79 mins)
Bookings: Luke Ayling (Foul, 84)
Yeovil Town gained a priceless three points this evening as a single Jonathan Obika goal saw off Carlisle United. The 1-0 victory pushed them up into 16th place in the League One table, and pushed them seven points clear of the drop leaving them well clear of danger now. Obika's goal came on the hour mark when he slotted home a Dean Bowditch pass and despite some worthy Carlisle pressure in the final 20 minutes, Yeovil hung on for a valuable win.
The Glovers went into the match naming an unchanged side with just three changes to the bench as Nathan Smith, Sam Williams and Luke Ayling displaced Nathan Jones, Billy Gibson and Danny Fitzsimons. The first half saw the Glovers dominate possession in the main, with both sides playing 3-5-2 formations - however clear-cut chances were not quite so fruitful. The Cumbrians only had a couple of optimistic chances - a Francois Zoko shot through a crowd of players, whilst Paul Thirlwell saw one thumped straight into the arms of Stephen Henderson.
Dean Bowditch almost got in on the end of an Andy Welsh cross with his header not quite gaining enough power and direction to make a difference. However, Welsh went far closer, with his shot beating Carlisle keeper Adam Collin but finding defender Lubomir Michalik in the way and able to head clear and stop the ball going near the net.
Yeovil's fluency was not helped by a three or four minute delay by one of the more odd sights at Huish Park - the sprinklers came on midway through the half, soaking Stephen Henderson and a photographer under the Blackthorn Stand. It took an age to get them turned off, and with that seemed to take a little bit of Yeovil's forward momentum, with a head injury to Craig Alcock and a knee injury to Tom Taiwo causing further stoppages that caused five minutes to be held up on the board for additional time.
In that time, the Glovers finally got fully behind the Carlisle United defence, as Craig Alcock's ball over the top, set Dean Bowditch out into a one-v-one. His shot beat Collin in the Carlisle United goal, but also hit the side netting. A good first half that the home side edged, but not enough clear-cut chances to count.
The second half opened with Carlisle making a substitution and a formation change, but before they could get into their stride, Jonathan Obika shot just wide of the target. At the other end of the pitch, Matthew Robson put a free kick just over the bar, then Paul Huntington's near post header was put just wide of the post.
The crucial opener in the end to end match came just short of the hour mark, when Dean Bowditch accepted a long ball from the Yeovil defence, 30 yards out from goal. He slipped the ball through to Jonathan Obika, who drew the Carlisle goalkeeper then slot the ball home, celebrating in front of the home terrace for the opening goal of the game.
When the Glovers go a goal up, they often go on to cause the opposition a lot of problems with breakaways, as they force their opponents to push players forward, but that never really happened tonight. Carlisle made a double substitution and another formation change and it was them who began to dictate play, with Ben Marshall and Harry Arter looking particularly effective. Yeovil Town made their own double substitution as well, although chose to maintain their shape as the game was closed down. The visitors continued to press well, making for a nervous end phase to the game, and the fear that just one error could blow away Yeovil's evening.
The closest Carlisle came to doing that was when Ben Marshall put over the bar from close range, as Carlisle's bodies in the box caused confusion in the Yeovil Town defence. But in a game that had already had a lengthy stoppage due to the sprinklers in the first half, we got a second delay as an injury to referee Graham Horwood, who had a tidy game overall, saw him replaced by Fourth Official Andrew Rodda and the delay there meant a massive seven minutes injury time to deal with. Frank Simek's shot in the 97th minute almost produced a late late equaliser, but Stephen Henderson was equal to it, forced it out for a corner, and when the ball came back in, the final whistle blew, and with Dagenham and Swindon both losing tonight, Yeovil Town had picked up three massive points on the way to League One safety.
Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Carlisle United 0.
Scorers: Jonathan Obika (59 mins, 1-0)
Yeovil Town: (3-5-2)
13. Stephen Henderson
5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 14. Max Ehmer
2. Craig Alcock 24. Shaun MacDonald 20. Paul Wotton 11. Andy Welsh
12. Oli Johnson
10. Dean Bowditch 29. Jonathan Obika
26. Gareth Stewart (GK) 6. Nathan Smith (73 mins for Oli Johnson) 7. Andrew Williams (79 mins for Andy Welsh) 8. Luke Ayling (79 mins for Craig Alcock) 9. Sam Williams 15. Alex Russell 16. Ed Upson
Carlisle United: (3-5-2)
1. Adam Collin 2. Frank Simek 6. Peter Murphy 25. Lubomir Michalik 10. Matthew Robson 12. Tom Taiwo 11. Paul Thirlwell 14. Ben Marshall 21. James Berrett 13. Francois Zoko 15. Craig Curran
23. Tony Caig (GK) 5. Danny Livesey 17. Liam Noble (62 mins for James Berrett) 18. Rory Loy 19. Patrick Madden (62 mins for Tom Taiwo) 24. Liam Cooper 28. Harry Arter (46 mins for Francois Zoko)
Yeovil Bookings: Luke Ayling (84 mins, foul)
Carlisle Bookings: Craig Curran (45 mins, dissent), Lubomir Michalik (85 mins, foul)
Referee: Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire). Assistants: Richard Corp (Somerset) and Mark Pottage (Dorset). Fourth Official: Andrew Rodda (Devon).
Attendance: 3,331 (including 117 Carlisle fans)