Match Details: 21/04/2012
Leyton Orient 2-2 Yeovil Town
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: Andy Williams (82), Jonathan Obika (90)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Sam Walker, 2. Luke Ayling, 4. Bondz N'Gala, 5. Paul Huntington, 6. Dominic Blizzard, 7. Andy Williams, 14. Lawson D'Ath, 16. Jonathan Franks, 17. Jonathan Grounds, 28. Richard Hinds, 29. Jonathan Obika,
Subs: 11. Anthony Edgar, 18. Kieran Agard, 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown, 24. Gareth Stewart, 30. Lloyd Matthews
Substitutes Used: Kieran Agard for Lawson D'Ath (75 mins)
Bookings: Luke Ayling (Foul, 35)
Yeovil Town secured League One safety, to guarantee an eighth season at third tier level, as a last gasp Jonathan Obika header grabbed them a 2-2 draw this afternoon. As it happens, with Wycombe Wanderers losing against League One Champions Charlton Athletic that goal didn't matter, but his 93rd minute header allowed the Glovers to do it under their own steam.
Before that it looked as though matters might stretch out to an additional week, as a goal in each half from Kevin Lisbie gave Orient a 2-0 lead. However, Andy Williams converted from six yards out with eight minutes to go, and whilst Charlton were going 2-1 up at The Valley, Obika struck to put Yeovil safe on 51 points.
Team news saw manager Gary Johnson make two changes to his starting line-up with Michael Woods suspended and Gavin Williams dropping out with an injury sustained last weekend. That provoked a bit of a reshuffle with Luke Ayling moving into midfield and Bondz N'Gala coming into the starting line-up as a right-back. Jonathan Obika was another player to benefit as he took a position up front alongside Andy Williams in a 4-4-2. Meanwhile on the bench, youth team striker Lloyd Matthews grabbed a slot on the bench for the first time, as the numbers of available professional players were stretched to their limits.
Overall, Orient edged the first half - they were stronger in midfield and picked up the second balls far more quickly. For Yeovil their best outlet was from the counter-attack, and Jonathan Franks went close as he crashed a shot from the edge of the box onto the underside of the crossbar early on, via a flailing hand from Orient keeper Jamie Jones.
Orient did the same through Kevin Lisbie later on, but the O's top scorer was to find the net midway through the first half, after the home side exposed Yeovil's makeshift right flank. Dean Cox got far too much space to put in a cross from the flank, and Lisbie was on hand to hand home to put Orient 1-0 up - a lead they probably deserved on the balance of play.
Yeovil's problem was a lack of creativity - largely feeding on scraps on the break, and in the second period it seemed as though they were running out of ideas somewhat, with only Jonathan Franks' early second period chance that went just wide threatening the Orient goal. When they did get opportunities, the ball stuck under Jonathan Obika's body, or saw Andy Williams firing over the bar. They were building up a head of steam, but without that clear-cut chance that would give them an equalising goal.
Instead, Orient who had been largely content to soak up the pressure with ease, managed to play Yeovil at their own counter-attacking game - fashioning a 73rd minute goal that threatened to kill the game off. Again the play came down Yeovil's right flank, and again Dean Cox was the creator - feeding Jamal Campbell-Ryce down the flank and giving Kevin Lisbie a close-range header and a 2-0 lead with 17 minutes remaining.
The game looked dead and buried, with Yeovil losing their way somewhat, but with eight minutes remaining, there was a late twist to proceedings. Jonathan Obika put a ball into the box from the byline area, allowing Andy Williams gave Yeovil a lifeline, converting from six yards out for his 16th goal of the season.
That was the cue to ratchet up the pressure, as Orient's attempts to slow the game down and put men behind the ball was combined with Yeovil's attempts to fashion an equaliser - albeit in a slightly hit'n'miss manner. As the game hit injury time, a Yeovil corner was only half cleared back to Andy Williams. As he curled the ball back into the box, Orient pushed up their defence, hoping for the offside flag to be raised - instead a queue of three Glovers players, including Jonathan Obika held their line, and the Tottenham Hotspur striker headed home to send the 440 travellers into raptures, knowing that the 93rd minute goal had kept their side in League One for another season.
With Wycombe's full time whistle having already blown, as it happens that late goal wouldn't have mattered, but it was a good way to guarantee safety with a bang other than the whimper that a defeat would have given the Glovers. It may have been a bit of a limp over the line, and today's performance wasn't the greatest, but the point was certainly welcomed on the final whistle. Now attention really can turn towards the 2012-13 season - now how about some contracts being dished out on Monday?
Final Score: Leyton Orient 2 Yeovil Town 2.
Scorers: Kevin Lisbie (1-0, 23 mins), Kevin Lisbie (2-0, 73 mins), Andy Williams (2-1, 82 mins), Jonathan Obika (2-2, 90 mins)
1. Jamie Jones
2. Syam Ben Youssef 4. Ben Chorley 6. Terrell Forbes 14. Leon McSweeney
8. Adam Reed 26. Dean Leacock 16. Matthew Spring 7. Dean Cox
29. Jamal Campbell-Ryce 9. Kevin Lisbie
11. Calvin Andrew (90 mins for Jamal Campbell-Ryce) 15. George Porter 20. Jimmy Smith (90 mins for Adam Reed) 21. Solomon Taiwo 39. David Mooney
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Sam Walker
4. Bondz N'Gala 5. Paul Huntington 28. Richard Hinds 17. Jonathan Grounds
16. Jonathan Franks 2. Luke Ayling 6. Dominic Blizzard 14. Lawson D'Ath
29. Jonathan Obika 7. Andy Williams
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 12. Anthony Edgar 18. Kieran Agard (75 mins for Lawson D'Ath) 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown 30. Lloyd Matthews
Referee: Andy Haines (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: Michael Blackledge (Cambridgeshire) and Andrew Laver (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Craig Hicks (Surrey).
Orient Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Luke Ayling (35 mins, foul).
Attendance: 4,888 (including 440 Yeovil fans).