Match Details: 23/03/2013
Carlisle United 3-3 Yeovil Town
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: Kevin Dawson (25), Paddy Madden (51), James Hayter (78)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Marek Stech, 2. Luke Ayling, 5. Byron Webster, 6. Dominic Blizzard, 8. Ed Upson, 9. James Hayter, 14. Sam Foley, 17. Paddy Madden, 18. Daniel Burn, 20. Joe Edwards, 22. Kevin Dawson
Subs: 4. Richard Hinds, 10. Gavin Williams, 12. Gareth Stewart, 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko, 16. Nathan Ralph, 19. Ben Gordon,
Substitutes Used: Ben Gordon for Dominic Blizzard (46 mins)
Yeovil Town let a two goal lead slip in second half injury time, as they were pegged back to draw 3-3 against Carlisle United at Brunton Park. They led for the majority of the match, with Kevin Dawson's first goal for the club being cancelled out by Lee Miller. But when Paddy Madden and James Hayter gave the Glovers further second half goals, it seemed that the Glovers were on their way to a victory, until Miller pulled one back right on the stroke of 90 minutes, followed by a Luke Ayling own goal, as the full-back deflected home a shot from substitute Mathieu Manset. The result may have lifted Yeovil up one place to sixth, but that would be little consolation given what could have been on the day.
The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up. Captain Jamie McAllister was missing through suspension and his place was taken by Joe Edwards from a positional point of view. That gave space for Dominic Blizzard to come in as a central midfielder. The other change saw Sam Foley return after a hip injury, with Gavin Williams sitting on the bench. In terms of substitutes, Lewis Young and Jordan Cook dropped out with knee injuries, with the latter returning to Charlton for treatment, whilst Wes Fletcher was back at Burnley and not part of the selected squad.
Matters could have got off to a catastrophic start shortly after Marek Stech had saved from Carlisle's Matty Robson, as the Glovers defence started off in wobbly fashion. Then Dan Burn's weak backpass let Lee Miller clean through on goal. The former Bristol City striker collided with Stech in an incident not unlike the midweek situation that saw a penalty awarded against the Czech Republic keeper. On this occasion referee Geoff Eltringham ignored that and awarded a goal kick - a decision that left the home fans furious, and Yeovil fans relieved, given that it was square enough to have risked a red card as well as a penalty.
Instead, it was Yeovil who got their noses in front - Paddy Madden's superb through ball cut the Carlisle defence wide open, allowing Kevin Dawson to run down the middle. He ran into the box and then thrashed the ball into the back of the net to put the Glovers 1-0 up. Somewhat against the balance of play, but very welcome with it.
The Glovers were to only hold that lead for 14 minutes though, with Carlisle equalising six minutes before the break. As has been far too often the case this season, it was their inability to defend a set piece that saw the concede - a deep free kick from a wide position was headed down inside the box, and Lee Miller was the first to react - sliding the ball home from close range for an equalising goal that on the balance of play the Cumbrians more than deserved. Yeovil's defence had frequently been nervous and disjointed, and were fortunate not to concede at other points during the half.
The second period was a better one for Yeovil, with some more impressive passing play, that saw them retake the lead six minutes into the half. Kevin Dawson fed Ed Upson, and the midfielder's angled shot was too hard for keeper Adam Collin to hold onto. Performing the role of the perfect poacher was Paddy Madden - his 21st goal of the season, and one scored against his former employers to put the Glovers 2-1 up. The Irishman was keen though not to rub it in, signalling to his team-mates to play down the celebrations despite the Cumbrians having given him little of a look-in during his time at Brunton Park.
Madden's effect on the game though was deadly and with 12 minutes to go, he provided his second assist of the match, this time allowing James Hayter to break the offside trap as he burst through; slotting home in a one-v-one for his 13th goal of the season. At 3-1 up, surely game over and many Carlisle supporters thought so too, as they left their places for the exits.
Yeovil have conceded a few too many in recent second half performances against Crawley Town and Swindon Town, and just as the Fourth Official was about to signal for three minutes of added time, the warning signs were there. A long looping ball from David Symington was pumped over the top, and despite having two players marking him, Lee Miller got the chance to bring the ball down inside the box, and fire home to give Carlisle a lifeline they didn't appear to have during the majority of the second half.
Worse was to follow when 93 minutes and 45 seconds into the game, the Glovers conceded again. Substitute Mathieu Manset, signed only the day before the game following a trial at Brunton Park, was given room through the centre of the park, and although his shot from distance was successfully blocked, it ricocheted off the body of the nearby Luke Ayling, and into the back of a gaping goal net.
There was barely time for kick-off before the referee blew up for the final whistle, with for the second match running a late late goal having been crucial to Yeovil's season. On Tuesday, the goal conceded dropped them out of the play-offs on goal difference. Whilst today's 3-3 draw does restore that place, it's a position lower than they could have come home with if they had held on for the win, and one that will only be maintained if 7th place Tranmere Rovers fail to get a point against Stevenage in tomorrow's televised match. On such things, can seasons be successful or unsuccessful. Yeovil Town have to stop dropping points - and fast.
Final Score: Carlisle United 3 Yeovil Town 3.
Scorers: Kevin Dawson (0-1, 25 mins), Lee Miller (1-1, 39 mins), Paddy Madden (1-2, 51 mins), James Hayter (1-3, 78 mins), Lee Miller (2-3, 90 mins), Luke Ayling (3-3, 90 mins, own goal).
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster (Capt) 18. Daniel Burn 20. Joe Edwards
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 10. Gavin Williams 16 Nathan Ralph 19. Ben Gordon (46 mins for Dominic Blizzard) 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko
1. Adam Collin 2. Frank Simek 3, Matty Robson 4. Jon-Paul McGovern 6. Peter Murphy 12. Paul Thirlwell 14. Lee Miller (Capt) 17. Mark Beck 21. James Berrett 22. Jordan Mustoe 23. Sean O'Hanlon
8. Liam Noble 9. Rory Loy 10. Mathieu Manset (66 mins for Mark Beck) 15. Mike Edwards 16. Brad Potts 19. David Symington (73 mins for Jordan Mustoe) 26. Tony Caig (GK)
Carlisle Bookings: Frank Simek (48 mins, foul), Jon-Paul McGovern (73 mins, foul).
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Carlisle Match Statistics: Possession: 59%; Shots: 20; Shots On Target: 12; Corners: 8; Fouls: 6.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 41%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 6; Fouls: 4.
Referee: Geoff Eltringham (County Durham). Assistants: Paul Curry (Northumberland) and Lee Metcalfe (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Kevin Mattocks (Lancashire).
Attendance: 3,809 (including 158 Yeovil supporters).