Match Details: 13/10/2012
Tranmere Rovers 3-2 Yeovil Town
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: Paddy Madden (9), Sam Foley (29)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Marek Stech, 3. Jamie McAllister, 4. Richard Hinds, 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown, 8. Ed Upson, 9. James Hayter, 14. Sam Foley, 17. Paddy Madden, 18. Daniel Burn, 22. Joe Edwards, 26. Korey Smith
Subs: 5. Byron Webster, 6. Dominic Blizzard, 10. Gavin Williams, 11. Reuben Reid, 12. Gareth Stewart,
Substitutes Used: Gavin Williams for James Hayter (76 mins), Byron Webster for Sam Foley (76 mins)
Bookings: Daniel Burn (Foul, 21), Korey Smith (Foul, 41), Joe Edwards (Foul, 42),
A second half collapse saw Yeovil Town go down by a 3-2 scoreline to League One runaway leaders Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park this afternoon. The Glovers held a 2-0 lead, having taken advantage of early goals from Paddy Madden and Sam Foley that threatened to end a ten month unbeaten home run for the Wirral side. However, the warning signs were there when James Wallace's headed goal was scored just before the break, and Tranmere turned the game on its head as Jake Cassidy got his 8th goal of the season, and Danny Holmes got the winner eleven minutes from time. Yeovil's miserable end to the match was capped by the dismissal of Joe Edwards, who was sent off for two yellow cards.
The Glovers went into the match naming an unchanged side, retaining the eleven players who had beaten Colchester United 3-1 last week at Huish Park. Byron Webster returned but had to settle for a position on the substitutes bench. Only five players were named there, with Nathan Ralph out with a knee injury, Luke Ayling missing with a hip problem, and Gozie Ugwu (hamstring) and Lewis Young (ankle/knee) out with long term problems. The home side featured former Glover Abdulai Bell-Baggie who has become a regular in the table-toppers' first team since joining them over the summer.
They got off to a dream start, just nine minutes into the match. Sam Foley's ball into the box took a big deflection as it went across the face of the box, and Paddy Madden was on hand to take advantage and score his third goal since arriving on loan from Carlisle United - not a bad tally given he has only scored twice for his parent club in 18 months.
This was a very open half of football, with both sides having chances for further goals - Adam McGurk fired over the bar as the home side hit back, whilst Keanu Marsh-Brown's deflected attempt forced Owain fon Williams to push behind for a corner. But on the half hour mark the Glovers doubled their lead, with Paddy Madden and Sam Foley again the provider and scorer. This time they swapped it around - Madden's driven ball into the box may have been a shot rather than a cross, but Foley was in a good position to convert his third goal of the season. 2-0 up against a side that hadn't lost a league match all season!
Referee Kevin Wright hadn't taken charge of a Football League match since Boxing Day 2011, and it showed somewhat, with Rovers captain James Wallace lucky to stay on the pitch after appearing to land an arm in the face of Korey Smith, as the Glovers midfielder pulled his shirt in a tussle for the ball. Smith was booked for the foul, but after a lengthy dramatic pause, the match official decided Wallace's actions were worthy of a yellow. That was to prove significant by half time. This was a feisty end to the half, with Joe Edwards landing in the book and the home support baying for blood at every Yeovil foul.
Right on half time, Tranmere got themselves a lifeline, after Sam Foley was penalised for handball. Adam McGurk took the free kick, and James Wallace got in a free header that in other circumstances he might not have been on the pitch to take advantage of. 2-1 at the break but scored so close to the game, it was bound to make Ronnie Moore's half time team talk a lot easier for a side that had scored 26 times in 11 matches prior to the game.
Although Yeovil initially started the half well, it was Tranmere who took control of the match, with Marek Stech making a number of excellent saves - one after the ball had taken a heavy deflection off Richard Hinds, and another from Zoumana Bakayogo which saw the ball palmed around the post for a corner. Six minutes into the second half though, the home side were level - Adam McGurk's shot could only be parried by Stech, and Jake Cassidy was in the right place to anticipate the rebound, and bring the game level at 2-2.
A lull in the match suggested that Yeovil could still get a point out of the match, but with so many players booked during the first half, there was always the possibility that one side might end the game with ten men. So it was to be, with Joe Edwards getting the first red card of his professional career - a late tackle on Zoumana Bakayogo that he tried to pull out of, but one where referee Kevin Wright wasn't going to show any leniency. Down to ten men, and that was the opportunity for the home side to grab all three points.
They did so just five minutes after that dismissal, and shortly after the Glovers had reorganised defensively, with Byron Webster introduced as a right-back to replace Edwards, whilst Sam Foley and James Hayter were withdrawn, as Yeovil operated with a 4-4-1 formation, with Gavin Williams playing in Foley's position.
The winning goal when it came was one of defenders and markers entirely switching off from a corner. Tranmere's Adam McGurk took it short and quickly whilst Yeovil were still working out who they were going to mark. In came the ball into the box, and Danny Holmes was able to fire home from close range to put the home side 3-2 up, and Yeovil's marking having gone dreadfully amiss.
And that was pretty much it. Four minutes of injury time saw nothing happen of note, and so the Glovers drop one place in the League Table, whilst Tranmere stretch their lead at the top to an incredible seven points. Things could have been so different at the 45 minute mark, but the second half saw the home team show why they are top of the league, whilst Yeovil showed why they have only kept one clean sheet in league matches this season. With Joe Edwards now suspended for the midweek trip to Torquay United, and Luke Ayling out today with a hip problem, dealing with those defensive issues isn't going to be straight-forward.
Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Tranmere Rovers 3 Yeovil Town 2.
Scorers: Paddy Madden (0-1, 9 mins), Sam Foley (0-2, 29 mins), James Wallace (1-2, 45 mins), Jake Cassidy (2-2, 51 mins), Danny Holmes (3-2, 79 mins)
1. Owain Fon Williams
2. Danny Holmes 4. Ash Taylor 21. Ben Gibson 14. Zoumana Bakayogo
22. Abdulai Bell-Baggie 6. Liam Palmer 8. James Wallace 7. Joe Thompson
11. Adam McGurk 9. Jake Cassidy
33. Jason Mooney 3. Paul Black (85 mins for Adam McGurk) 12. Danny Harrison 15. Jake Kirby 16. Cole Stockton (46 mins for Joe Thompson) 17. Max Power 19. Michael Kay
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
22. Joe Edwards 4. Richard Hinds 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 8. Ed Upson 26. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden
12. Gareth Stewart 5. Byron Webster (76 mins for Sam Foley) 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams (76 mins for James Hayter) 11. Reuben Reid.
Tranmere Bookings: James Wallace (retaliation, 41 mins), Danny Holmes (excessive celebration, 79 mins).
Yeovil Bookings: Daniel Burn (21 mins, foul), Korey Smith (foul, 41 mins), Joe Edwards (foul, 42 mins), Keanu Marsh-Brown (foul, 90 mins). Red Card: Joe Edwards (two bookable offences, 73 mins).
Tranmere Match Statistics: Possession: 60%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 8; Fouls: 8.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 40%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 6; Fouls: 25.
Referee: Kevin Wright (Cambridgeshire). Assistants: Scott Oldham (Lancashire) and Philip Dermott (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Michael Salisbury (Lancashire).
Attendance: 6,344 (including approximately 100 Yeovil fans).