Match Details: 24/11/2012
Yeovil Town 1-3 Carlisle United
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: Reuben Reid (65)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Marek Stech, 2. Luke Ayling, 5. Byron Webster, 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown, 8. Ed Upson, 9. James Hayter, 14. Sam Foley, 18. Daniel Burn, 19. Gozie Ugwu, 21. Korey Smith, 22. Joe Edwards,
Subs: 4. Richard Hinds, 10. Gavin Williams, 11. Reuben Reid, 12. Gareth Stewart, 23. Will Agbo, 24. Mitch Brundle, 26. Dale Bennett
Substitutes Used: Reuben Reid for Gozie Ugwu (49 mins), Gavin Williams for Keanu Marsh-Brown (72 mins), Dale Bennett for Luke Ayling (80 mins)
Yeovil Town crashed to their fifth home defeat of the League One season this afternoon, after a sloppy performance allowed Carlisle United a 3-1 win. In wet conditions throughout the game, the Glovers fell behind twice due to two goals from teenage striker Mark Beck before they briefly woke up by getting back into the game through a poacher's goal from substitute Reuben Reid. However, Joe Garner restored Carlisle's two goal advantage five minutes later to end Yeovil's hopes of a comeback, and allow the Cumbrians to gain a deserved three points.
Team news saw Yeovil make two forced changes for differing reasons. Left-back Jamie McAllister had reached five yellow cards and so had to sit out the game, with Joe Edwards being slotted into yet another position on the park. Meanwhile Paddy Madden was barred from playing against his parent club and so was in the stands, replaced by Gozie Ugwu, who made his playing comeback from a hamstring injury during midweek. On the bench, Dale Bennett was given his first chance in the squad, having joined on loan from Watford, whilst there were spaces for Mitch Brundle and Will Agbo after their Youth Team game was postponed earlier this morning.
The match started off with Yeovil Town holding possession well, and in particular making good runs round the Carlisle flanks, but without creating too much to scare Carlisle keeper Adam Collin - the best coming from a Keanu Marsh-Brown ball across the box that missed players in the centre. Instead it was the visitors that began to carve out the real chances, with David Symington forcing Marek Stech to save with his legs, followed by a Brad Potts shot that Stech also saved. That should have given enough of a warning sign that the Cumbrians were able to create chances when they got the ball, and they took the lead when Matty Robson's ball across the face of the box found Mark Beck unmarked, sliding in for a 21st minute lead.
Sam Foley headed over the bar, whilst James Hayter had a shot turned around the post by Adam Collin for a corner as the Glovers rallied. Yet defensively they still looked fragile. Mark Beck could have got a second, whilst Mark Symington produced another Marek Stech save from distance. Yeovil needed to tighten up on their organisation and concentration when they didn't have the ball. The end result was a goal deficit, despite having had the greater possession during that 45 minute period.
If the hope had been that a rousing half time team talk would bounce the Glovers back into the game, then that all went out the window just 50 seconds into the second period. Eighteen year old Mark Beck had never scored a Football League goal before today, but as many were just returning to their seats he produced an excellent left-footed volleyed shot from the edge of the box to double the visitors lead and stun the home support and players.
Striker Reuben Reid was swiftly introduced to the action, and after a brief lull in the game, Yeovil finally rallied, with the substitute getting the goal they badly needed. Sam Foley was the architect of that, producing a shot that Adam Collin couldn't hold onto, and Reid was there, right place, right time to slot in the rebound, and give the home part of the ground a big boost. Carlisle suddenly looked rattled, and James Hayter's angled shot towards the far post was inches away from a quick-fire equaliser.
But Yeovil have a defensive habit of shooting themselves in the foot when they're on top in games. They also have a defensive habit of shooting themselves in the foot from set pieces. And so it proved, with David Symington's corner being met at the near post by Joe Garner, with the Watford striker having lost his marker as the set piece came in. This was Carlisle's first attack in the five minutes following Reid's goal, but it was crucial in that it killed off the Glovers comeback and regalvanised the visitors who had briefly looked jittery.
Yeovil never really recovered from that third goal. Gavin Williams and Dale Williams came on to freshen up the side, and Super Gav did manage the odd spark, including one shot that Collin saved. But the game was gone and it fizzled out badly with Carlisle easy victors. A lack of buzz about the performance saw a soggy end to a soggy day, and the only good news out of the game was that Yeovil remain in 12th place - a solid mid-table team, but one upon which it is becoming increasingly difficult to understand exactly which Glovers side will turn up to the game - Tuesday's battling committed side that travelled to Crawley, or the one that was a shadow of that today.
Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Carlisle United 3.
Scorers: Mark Beck (0-1, 21 mins), Mark Beck (0-2, 46 mins), Reuben Reid (1-2, 65 mins), Joe Garner (1-3, 70 mins)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 22. Joe Edwards
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 8. Ed Upson 21. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 19. Gozie Ugwu
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 10. Gavin Williams (72 mins for Keanu Marsh-Brown) 11. Reuben Reid (49 mins for Gozie Ugwu) 23. Will Agbo 24. Mitch Brundle 26. Dale Bennett (80 mins for Luke Ayling)
1. Adam Collin
2. Frankie Simek 15. Mike Edwards 5. Danny Livesey 24. Chris Chantler
19. David Symington 21. James Berrett 16. Brad Potts 3. Matty Robson
17. Mark Beck 22. Joe Garner
20. Mark Gillespie 4. Jon-Paul McGovern (77 mins for David Symington) 7. Andy Welsh 18. Josh Todd 23. Sean McGinty 27. Kallum Higginbotham 33. Valentin Gjokaj
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Carlisle Bookings: David Symington (dissent, 76 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 5; Fouls: 15.
Crawley Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 7; Fouls: 9.
Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire). Assistants: William Bull (Hampshire) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Richard Hulme (Somerset).
Attendance: 3,394 (including 117 Carlisle supporters)