Match Details: 05/11/2011
Chesterfield 2-2 Yeovil Town
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: Gavin Massey (29), Own Goal (76)
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Nathan Jones, 4. Bondz N'Gala, 6. Dominic Blizzard, 8. Ed Upson, 14. Max Ehmer, 18. Kieran Agard, 20. Paul Wotton, 21. Gavin Massey, 25. Darren Purse, 30. Marek Stech, 37. Conor Clifford
Subs: 7. Andy Williams, 15. Kerrea Gilbert, 17. Alan O'Brien, 23. Billy Gibson, 24. Gareth Stewart,
Substitutes Used: Kerrea Gilbert for Nathan Jones (43 mins), Alan O'Brien for Conor Clifford (62 mins), Andy Williams for Dominic Blizzard (62 mins)
Yeovil Town grabbed a valuable away point at the B2Net Stadium this afternoon despite needing the opposition to score their final goal for them in a game that Chesterfield dominated throughout. The Spireites scored twice through Jordan Bowery who grabbed goals early in both halves, and whilst Gavin Massey scored a well-taken goal before the break, the home side looked likely to be heading for three points until a comedy own goal 14 minutes from time from Mark Allott gifted the Glovers a point they barely deserved.
The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up with Max Ehmer coming in for the suspended Luke Ayling, whilst Chelsea midfielder Conor Clifford made his debut for the club, as Oli Johnson dropped entirely out of the squad as the sixth loanee on the club's books.
Manager Terry Skiverton had told his players not to throw away a goal during the early stages. Hence it's likely he didn't think too much of the fourth minute goal that gave the Spireites the lead. Former Glover Lee Johnson was the creator down their right flank, and his ball into the box saw both Leon Clarke and Jordan Bowery have attempts to force the ball home, before Bowery was credited with the final touch, with Marek Stech having blocked initial attempts to force the ball over the line.
The pattern of the game established Chesterfield as the dominant side, putting a string of shots either just wide of the posts, whilst Marek Stetch saved brilliantly from a Neal Trotman header. The Glovers were being outplayed both down the middle of the park, and from crosses into the box, and were almost universally failing to win challenges in their own penalty area as the Spireites confidently stroked the ball around Yeovil's half.
The Glovers managed just one true moment of brilliance, and it came 29 minutes into the game, producing an equalising goal of rare quality. Ed Upson's ball down the middle of the park had echoes of Lee Johnson's past masterful performances for the Glovers, and he found Gavin Massey who perfectly ran onto the ball, finishing by passing the ball across the keeper and into the far corner. A superb equaliser, but quite out of keeping with Yeovil's play so far in the match.
Just before the break, the Spireites thought they had a penalty when Leon Clarke and Conor Clifford tangled in the box. Referee Andrew Madley generally had an excellent game, but his 'pointing to the spot' was in fact pointing for a goal kick, and with a sigh of relief, Yeovil breathed again. In fairness, Clarke's tumble looked theatrical and so was probably the right decision.
Into the second half, and within six minutes, Chesterfield were back in front. Simon Ford's ball over the top was pretty much a clearance from a rare bit of Yeovil possession, but Bondz N'Gala was far too slow in his reaction to Jordan Bowery's run onto the ball. He easily shrugged off N'Gala's attention, and when Marek Stech tried to race off his line to deal with the danger, his lob was accomplished, and the home side were deservedly back in front.
Bowery could have had his hat-trick when Paul Wotton's woeful backpass fell short, but this time Stech narrowed the angle, and the striker shot into the side netting. Simon Ford and Neal Trotman both managed to hit the woodwork as everything pointed towards Chesterfield extending their lead, with Ford's header producing an outstanding one-handed save by Stech onto the crossbar. There was only one team in this game.
However, with 14 minutes remaining, Yeovil played their Get Out Of Jail Free card. After winning a free kick just outside the box, Ed Upson appeared to have wasted it when he seemingly passed into the Chesterfield wall. Ex-Glover Nathan Smith put out a leg and pinged it to Max Ehmer who was more likely the intended recipient, and his cross into the box was converted into his own net by Mark Allott for a 2-2 equaliser that came out of nowhere.
Both sides struggled to create a winning chance, and Allott's frustrations with himself were nearly completed when he lashed out at Ed Upson, who was lying on the deck after a foul, pulling him up from the deck by the scruff of his neck. Allott was lucky that referee Andrew Madley was letting the game flow, without interruptions - many other match officials would have dished out a late red card - instead he became the game's only yellow.
A point gained then, rather than two points dropped, given that Yeovil will rarely pick up such an undeserved draw - they've certainly played better and lost this season. As such, the point doesn't really change things - they remain bottom of the league, and three points short of safety. However, this is now 10 matches without a win, and certainly that's one thing they definitely need to change sooner rather than later.
Final Score: Chesterfield 2 Yeovil Town 2.
Scorers: Jordan Bowery (4 mins, 1-0), Gavin Massey (29 mins, 1-1), Jordan Bowery (55 mins, 2-1), Mark Allott (76 mins, og, 2-2).
Yeovil Town: (4-1-3-2)
30. Marek Stech
14. Max Ehmer 4. Bondz N'Gala 25. Darren Purse 3. Nathan Jones
20. Paul Wotton
6. Dominic Blizzard 37. Conor Clifford 8. Edward Upson
21. Gavin Massey 18. Kieran Agard
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 7. Andy Williams (62 mins for Dominic Blizzard) 15. Kerrea Gilbert (43 mins for Nathan Jones) 17. Alan O'Brien (62 mins for Conor Clifford) 23. Billy Gibson
33. Ole Soderberg 6. Simon Ford 11. Dwayne Mattis 2. Neal Trotman 28. Nathan Smith 16. Noel Alexandre Mendy 7. Mark Allott 18. Lee Johnson 9. Craig Westcarr 21. Jordan Bowery 31. Leon Clarke
13. Greg Fleming (GK) 15. Aaron Downes 10. Danny Whitaker (81 mins for Simon Ford) 24. Craig Clay 27. Tendayi Darikwa
Chesterfield Bookings: Mark Allott (90 mins, off the ball incident)
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Referee: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire). Assistants: Amy Fearn (Leicestershire) and Matthew Wilkes (West Midlands). Fourth Official: Nick Greenhalgh (Lancashire).
Attendance: 5,882 (including approx 250 Yeovil fans).