Match Details: 25/10/2011
Yeovil Town 2-2 Leyton Orient
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: Kieran Agard (37), Bondz N'Gala (41)
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Nathan Jones, 4. Bondz N'Gala, 6. Dominic Blizzard, 8. Ed Upson, 14. Max Ehmer, 16. Oli Johnson, 18. Kieran Agard, 20. Paul Wotton, 21. Gavin Massey, 25. Darren Purse, 30. Marek Stech
Subs: 11. Anthony Edgar, 15. Kerrea Gilbert, 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown, 23. Billy Gibson, 24. Gareth Stewart,
Substitutes Used: Kerrea Gilbert for Oli Johnson (72 mins), Curtis Haynes-Brown for Dominic Blizzard (83 mins)
Bookings: Max Ehmer (Foul, 12), Kieran Agard (Foul, 69), Marek Stech (Foul, 87)
Yeovil Town stayed bottom of League One tonight, despite being three minutes away from hauling themselves out of the relegation zone. A late David Mooney penalty for his second of the game was all it took to see them stay in 24th place - at that point they had been winning the match through goals from Kieran Agard and Bondz N'Gala. Paul Wotton missed a second half penalty meaning that it was very much two points dropped and an opportunity lost on the night.
Yeovil went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up with both of them forced. Steve MacLean's knee injury meant he dropped out of the squad entirely, whilst Luke Ayling sat out his second game of the season due to suspension. Ayling's place was taken by Nathan Jones in the line-up, although Jones took his usual left full-back position, whilst Max Ehmer switched across to cover Ayling's slot on the right.
The Glovers started in dominant form during the first half, despite Stephen Dawson slicing an early attempt wide of the target early on in the match. Most of Yeovil's dominance came from set pieces, with free kicks and corners a-plenty, and the visiting defence having to put in a fair chunk of blocks from shots by Gavin Massey and Darren Purse to prevent direct shots on goal.
From two corners, they even had to rely upon the men stood on their goalposts. A Nathan Jones corner saw Darren Purse rise dominantly above the Orient defence, and head towards goal, only to find Scott Cuthbert in the way as he stood on his goalpost. Five minutes later, and another corner from the other side was swung in by Ed Upson, with Dominic Blizzard's near post flicked attempt blocked by Matthew Spring on the line.
That dominance made it all the more frustrating when Orient took the lead against the run of play with their first shot on target. A strong run down the wing from Dean Cox saw his deep cross find David Mooney in far too much free space in the box, and he headed home to give the Londoners the lead and a rather harsh looking scoreline.
Perhaps the best thing that happened at this point was that there was an enforced break in play, allowing the Glovers a chance for an impromptu team talk and a change to be geed up rather than feel sorry for themselves. Seven minutes after that Orient goal, an Ed Upson free kick was put into the box, Bondz N'Gala disrupted the Orient defence by using his physical presence, and the ball broke loose to Kieran Agard who slid the ball home from close range.
Four minutes later, and the turnaround was complete, with Ed Upson again the provider. The Glovers won a corner, and the midfielder took the set piece - his ball being volleyed home from eight yards out by Bondz N'Gala for his first ever Yeovil Town goal. A shock to Orient's system, but certainly well deserved on the overall balance of play.
A much quieter start to the second half saw Yeovil largely in control, but without quite as much bite. However, they spurned a great opportunity to extend their lead when they were awarded a penalty on 63 minutes for handball, after Dominic Blizzard's shot was blocked by a stray arm in the box. Up stepped the usually reliable Paul Wotton, who blasted his spot kick, but it struck the outside of the post, and the home advantage stayed at one goal.
That miss was to prove costly. As the substitutions were made, Orient got more attacking and Yeovil got more defensive - switching from their diamond formation into a more orthodox 4-4-2 that saw Kerrea Gilbert and Curtis Haynes-Brown take up slots as defensive players playing as midfield wingers. The visitors began to push for a chance to level, and they got it four minutes from the end, when Orient substitute George Porter gave Nathan Jones the slip down his flank, and as he burst into the area, Marek Stech brought him down for the second spot kick of the night. On this occasion David Mooney found the net, and with just minutes remaining, the Glovers had dropped two of their available three points.
That single goal was to push them from 20th to 24th in the 'live' table on the night, thus ensuring that they stayed bottom of the division. That was frustrating given that they deserved on the balance of play to gain all three points, although perhaps that should be tempered against Saturday's match at Stevenage where they sneaked a point they didn't deserve. In terms of the performance, the Glovers looked their brightest in weeks, but after Wotton's penalty miss, they sucked back into their shells, and Orient took full advantage.
Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Leyton Orient 2.
Scorers: David Mooney (0-1, 30 mins), Kieran Agard (1-1, 37 mins), Bondz N'Gala (2-1, 41 mins), David Mooney (2-2, 87 mins, pen)
Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2 diamond)
30. Marek Stech
14. Max Ehmer 4. Bondz N'Gala 25. Darren Purse 3. Nathan Jones
20. Paul Wotton
6. Dominic Blizzard 8. Edward Upson
16. Oli Johnson
21. Gavin Massey 18. Kieran Agard
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 11. Anthony Edgar 15. Kerrea Gilbert (72 mins for Oli Johnson) 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown (83 mins for Dominic Blizzard) 23. Billy Gibson
Leyton Orient: (4-1-4-1)
12. Lee Butcher
14. Leon McSweeney 5. Scott Cuthbert 6. Terrell Forbes 19. Mike Cestor
16. Matthew Spring
39. David Mooney 17. Marc Laird 8. Stephen Dawson 7. Dean Cox
9. Kevin Lisbie
24. Tom Lovelock (GK) 10. Jamie Cureton (71 mins for Kevin Lisbie) 15. George Porter (64 mins for Marc Laird) 20. Jimmy Smith (65 mins for Mike Cestor) 22. Moses Odubajo
Yeovil Bookings: Max Ehmer (12 mins, foul), Kieran Agard (69 mins, foul), Marek Stech (87 mins, foul)
Leyton Orient Bookings: Stephen Dawson (58 mins, dissent)
Referee: Lee Collins (Surrey). Assistants: Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare) and Paul Rees (Bristol). Fourth Official: William Bull (Hampshire).
Attendance: 3,121 (including 231 Leyton Orient fans).