Match Details: 06/12/2014
Accrington Stanley 1-1 Yeovil Town
FA Cup Second Round
Yeovil Goals: Jordan Clarke (30)
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Joe Edwards, 7. Kevin Dawson, 8. James Berrett, 9. James Hayter, 10. AJ Leitch-Smith, 11. Sam Foley, 18. Jordan Clarke, 20. Ben Nugent, 26. Stephen Arthurworrey, 30. Jed Steer
Subs: 2. Brendan Moloney, 12. Artur Krysiak, 16. Nathan Ralph, 23. Simon Gillett, 24. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, 28. Alex Smith,
Substitutes Used: Simon Gillett for James Berrett (78 mins), Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi for AJ Leitch-Smith (89 mins)
Bookings: James Berrett (Foul, 74)
Yeovil Town forced a replay in the FA Cup Second Round against League Two side Accrington Stanley this afternoon, despite the home side dominating possession and territory in a hard-fought match at the Crown Ground. The Glovers had to settle for the draw despite taking the lead when Sam Foley's 30th minute free kick was turned in by Jordan Clarke for the Coventry City loanee's third goal of his spell with the club. But Stanley were more than worthy of a second bite of the cherry as their strong home performance saw Tom Aldred force home a 64th minute equaliser to force the two sides to meet again at Huish Park in around ten days time.
The Glovers went into the match making four changes to their starting line-up with Jed Steer returning from the illness that kept him out of the team last weekend, as Artur Krysiak dropped to the bench. Up front Tom Eaves had a thigh injury, whilst left-winger Liam Davis was also suffering from a knock and that was an excuse to change formations, with a 4-4-2 being restored as AJ Leitch-Smith and James Hayter formed the front partnership. The other change saw the suspended Ryan Inniss drop out as Ben Nugent returned from his own suspension.
Accrington showed immediately why their side have clocked up seven home wins in their last nine matches, including the dumping of Notts County out of the competition in the previous round. Their gambit was to constantly press every Yeovil player from the defence to attack, rarely allowing them time on the ball, with only an early Joe Edwards chance that was easily saved showing they could get any room to shoot on goal. At the other end, Accrington should have taken an early lead when Matt Crooks burst through on goal, but the striker's final shot with a good sight of goal went wide of the far post - a real let off as Stanley dominated the opening 20-25 minutes.
Matters all changed on the half hour mark. Sam Foley has been establishing himself as a first team regular again, as well as a good goal creator and it was his free kick on the angle that was glanced home by Jordan Clarke for the opening goal, and for the third of his loan spell with the club. That also changed the pattern of the half with the Glovers enjoying their best spell of the match, whilst Accrington's persistent fouling meant that their players were gradually clocking up the bookings. Joe Edwards had a long range effort that went just wide before the break.
A half time team talk from home boss John Coleman seemed to put them back on track and where they had been at the start of the game. As the gloomy light turned into darkness, Stephen Arthurworrey's excellent defending saw him clear a Piero Mingoia effort close to his own goal line, whilst Matt Crooks forced Jed Steer into a difficult save inside a crowded goalmouth.
The big problem for the Glovers was that they were getting sucked into their final third as the half progressed, with all eleven players sat behind the ball at times, meaning that there was little outlet for them to release the pressure. Their inability to string together more than two or three passes at the same time didn't help matters as they gifted Stanley back the ball on numerous occasions.
Thus it was little surprise when the home side bagged a deserved equaliser. Rob Akinson's 64th minute ball into the box found defender Tom Aldred and he showed a striker's finish as he made room for himself and finished into the far corner, for a 1-1 scoreline they richly deserved on the balance of play.
The Glovers managed to rally, and relieve the pressure somewhat after that goal, and in the closing stages both sides could have easily won the game. Shay McCartan struck the upright from a Luke Joyce cross, with Jed Steer well beaten. Meanwhile in the 90th minute a Stephen Arthurworrey header was tipped over by home goalkeeper Jack Rose for what would have probably been a bit of daylight robbery - Accrington were the better side on the day, and the Glovers should be thankful to get a draw and take the Lancashire side back for a replay in around ten days time. It wasn't pretty at all, but on the plus side they will remain in the FA Cup Third Round draw for Monday.
Final Score: Accrington Stanley 1 Yeovil Town 1.
Scorers: Jordan Clarke (0-1, 30 mins), Tom Aldred (1-1, 64 mins)
26. Jack Rose
6. Dean Winnard 25. Rob Atkinson 5. Tom Aldred 3. Michael Liddle
4. Luke Joyce 24. Andrew Procter 15. Piero Mingoia 7. Shay McCartan
11. Kal Naismith 33. Matt Crooks
8. Josh Windass (43 mins for Andrew Proctor) 9. James Gray 12. Luke Simpson 14. Marcus Carver (75 mins for Matt Crooks) 16. Nicky Hunt 21. Lee Molyneux (79 mins for Kal Naismith) 23. Anthony Barry
Yeovil Town (4-5-1):
30. Jed Steer
18. Jordan Clarke 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 8. James Berrett 11. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 10. AJ Leitch-Smith
12. Artur Krysiak 2. Brendan Moloney 16. Nathan Ralph 23. Simon Gillett (78 mins for James Berrett) 24. Seth Nana Twumasi (89 mins for AJ Leitch-Smith) 28. Alex Smith
Accrington Bookings: Luke Joyce (39 mins, foul), Piero Mingoia (40 mins, foul), Matt Crooks (55 mins, foul), Tom Aldred (88 mins, foul).
Yeovil Bookings: James Berrett (74 mins, foul)
Accrington Match Statistics: Possession: 63%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 9; Fouls: 9.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 37%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 17.
Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge (Tyne & Wear). Assistant Referees: Ryan Johnson (Manchester) and Ross Joyce (Cleveland). Fourth Official: Tony Peart (North Yorkshire).
Attendance: 1,440 (with 306 Yeovil supporters).