Match Details: 05/09/2015
Yeovil Town 2-4 Morecambe
Skybet League Two
Yeovil Goals: Harry Cornick (2), Omar Sowunmi (30)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Matthew Dolan, 5. Stephen Arthurworrey, 10. Shaun Jeffers, 14. Jack Compton, 15. Jordan Gibbons, 17. Omar Sowunmi, 21. Alex Lacey, 23. Harry Cornick, 24. Connor Roberts
Subs: 9. Ryan Bird, 12. Chris Weale, 19. Iffy Allen, 22. Mark Beck,
Substitutes Used: Iffy Allen for Jack Compton (25 mins), Ryan Bird for Omar Sowunmi (68 mins), Mark Beck for Iffy Allen (79 mins)
Yeovil Town threw away a two goal lead against Morecambe this afternoon at Huish Park, they headed back into the League Two relegation. As of 64 minutes into the fixture, they were leading through an early Harry Cornick strike, that was followed by a half-hour goal from Omar Sowunmi. But the deceptive part was that the Glovers were having to play with ten men for an hour after Shaun Jeffers was dismissed for a straight foul, with rookie referee Nicholas Kinseley also sending Paul Sturrock to the stands for his reaction to that decision. The end result was that once Aaron Wildig pulled one goal back, the rearguard action from the Glovers imploded, leading to Andrew Fleming, Lee Molyneux and Kevin Ellison grabbing late goals to win the match.
The Glovers went into the match making one change, with Josh Wakefield's ankle injury ruling him out and forcing Jordan Gibbons to become the club's latest makeshift midfielder, having finished the game there on Tuesday night. With Jakub Sokolik's fractured wrist not having allowed him to wear a lighter cast, he was not included in the squad, meaning that Yeovil's substitute bench included just three outfield players, as Paul Sturrock selected his only available fifteen first teamers.
The paper-thin squad got off to a superb start, as Jack Compton'a cross into the box was met by AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick, who netted his second goal for the club from close range, with just 62 seconds on the clock. Shaun Jeffers then had an effort saved in a bright period for the home side.
Morecambe began to gradually assert some control, albeit without bothering Artur Krysiak too much, but two significant events around the 25 minute mark began to unravel their ability to compete across the 90 minutes. First Jack Compton picked up an injury, and had to be replaced by Iffy Allen, and then a minute later, Shaun Jeffers committed a foul on Morecambe's Aaron McGowan that was deemed to be 'studs up' by referee Nicholas Kinseley, and Yeovil were down to ten men.
Despite the man disadvantage, Yeovil's next trick was to go a further goal up. Nathan Smith's cross into the box was headed home by makeshift striker Omar Sowunmi - he may be a centre-back by trade, but if Paul Sturrock is to turn him into a striker, then moments like that will give him the belief that he can do it.
The half ended with referee Nicholas Kinseley seemingly losing total grip on the game. Paul Sturrock was sent to the stands for saying too much to the Fourth official about the Jeffers dismissal, whilst a flare-up during first half injury time suggested that Morecambe were also losing their heads as two of their players landed in the book in quick succession.
Yeovil came out during the second half and whether it was managerial instruction or the psychology of being a man light, they sat too deep. At first that seemed to work, as Morecambe struggled to get near Artur Krysiak, but things unravelled via a quality goal as substitute Paul Mullin's cross was met by an acrobatic goal from Aaron Wildig just past the hour mark to bring it back to 2-1.
Inevitably Morecambe got up a head of steam, and seven minutes later they equalised as a Laurence Wilson cross was converted from close range by Andrew Fleming for a 2-2 scoreline, and obviously the concern now was that Yeovil would cave in. Mark Beck was sent on as a bit of extra physical presence, with Ryan Bird having also been introduced as a substitute, but Morecambe continued to press and Yeovil remained deep.
Ironically though, the Glovers conceded the crucial third goal when they lost possession from a corner. Morecambe counter-attacked with pace, and Aaron Wildig's pass found substitute Lee Molyneux and with the Yeovil defence stretched and out of position, Morecambe had an 85th minute lead. Their win was firmly secured during second half injury time when another Morecambe substitute Kevin Ellison headed home Paul Mullin's cross from close range to sink the ten men, and push them into the League Two relegation zone at the end of a very topsy-turvy afternoon.
Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Morecambe 4.
Scorers: Harry Cornick (2 mins, 1-0), Omar Sowunmi (30 mins, 2-0), Aaron Wildig (64 mins, 2-1), Andrew Fleming (71 mins, 2-2), Lee Molyneux (85 mins, 2-3), Kevin Ellison (90 mins, 2-4)
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 21. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith (Captain)
23. Harry Cornick 15. Jordan Gibbons 4. Matt Dolan 14. Jack Compton
17. Omar Sowumni 10. Shaun Jeffers
12. Chris Weale 9. Ryan Bird (68 mins on Omar Sowunmi) 19. Iffy Allen (25 mins for Jack Compton) 22. Mark Beck (79 mins for Iffy Allen)
1. Barry Roche 3. Aaron McGowan 5. Adam Dugdale 6. Ryan Edwards 19. Laurence Wilson 13. Alan Goodall 15. Aaron Wildig 9. Tom Barkhuizen 17. Andrew Fleming 7. Jamie Devitt 16. Shaun Miller
4. Alex Kenyon 10. Lee Molyneux (46 mins for Aaron McGowan) 11. Kevin Ellison (76 mins for Shaun Miller) 12. Paul Mullin (57 mins for Alan Goodall) 14. Nathan Bondswell 21. Jack Ryan 30. Kieran O'Hara
Yeovil Bookings: Red Card: Shaun Jeffers (27 mins, foul)
Morecambe Bookings: Jamie Devitt (45 mins, foul), Aaron McGowan (45 mins, foul), Ryan Edwards (58 mins, foul)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 40%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 3; Fouls: 3.
Morecambe Match Statistics: Possession: 60%; Shots: 17; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 6; Fouls: 5.
Referee: Nicholas Kinseley (Essex). Assistants: John Farries (Oxfordshire) and Andrew Laver (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire).
Attendance: 3,024 (with 104 Morecambe supporters).