Match Details: 27/10/2018
Carlisle United 0-1 Yeovil Town
EFL League Two
Yeovil Goals: Tom James (90)
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Carl Dickinson, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 7. Rhys Browne, 8. Omari Patrick, 9. Alex Fisher, 12. Nathan Baxter, 17. Sessi D'Almeida, 17. Alex Pattison, 23. Tom James, 24. Olufela Olomola, 27. Shaun Donnellan,
Subs: 1. Stuart Nelson, 10. Jake Gray, 15. Gabriel Rogers, 18. Yoann Arquin, 21. Wes McDonald, 29. Enes Mahmutovic, 30. Alefe Santos
Substitutes Used: Jake Gray for Alex Pattison (29 mins), Wes McDonald for Omari Patrick (66 mins), Yoann Arquin for Alex Fisher (80 mins)
A 96th minute Tom James free kick stole all three points for Yeovil Town at Brunton Park this afternoon. The match against Carlisle United looked to be heading for a goalless draw, with the Glovers struggling to test home keeper Adam Collin, whilst several crucial saves from Nathan Baxter at the other end kept them in the game. With the final kick of the game, James struck a free kick that deflected off a Carlisle defender to give his team three points they might not have expected, lifting them into 12th place in the League Two table, and breaking their run of matches without a win.
The Glovers went into the match making two tactical changes to the line-up, with both involving the wingers. Jake Gray and Yoann Arquin dropped to the bench, whilst Rhys Browne and Omari Patrick got the nod in the wide positions. Otherwise it was the same eighteen players that were selected compared to the midweek match against Crewe Alexandra.
The first half opened up with an early incident proving to be significant. Alex Pattison suffered a head injury that saw play stopped for four minutes even before the game had got properly going. He continued with a bandage around his head, after lengthy treatment even after he had been led from the field. As such the game took a while to get properly going but when it did, it was end to end. Macauley Gillesphey's 25 yard drive was superbly tipped over by Nathan Baxter for a corner.
At the other end, Rhys Browne cut inside, finding his shot deflected out for a corner. Minutes later Browne again was the man in space, getting a shot just over the bar from inside the box, after he'd made a run through the Carlisle defence. The end-to-end nature of the match was emphasised when Nathan Baxter was kept busy once again, after Carlisle's Michael Jones also found the midfield very open, running through the cente and firing off a shot that Baxter palmed away for a corner.
Alex Pattison had been continuing, but half an hour into the match, and without any apparent contact, he went down again with likely concussion or dizzyness, and it was obvious he needed to come off, with Jake Gray the man that replaced him in the centre. But that wasn't the only delay in the game - linesman Barry Cropp was the next person in the stadium to decide that he couldn't continue because of injury, meaning another delay as he swapped positions with Fourth Official Graeme Fyvie.
Substitute Jake Gray had to be alert when he cleared a Gary Liddle effort off his own goalline, from a Michael Jones corner, but the couple of delays in the match meant that the game had dried up a little in terms of chances. Alex Fisher tried to lob keeper Adam Collin, and whilst the attempt was good, the keeper managed to palm the ball away before a defender cleared. The half ended with a spot of Carlisle pressure with shots being blocked well by defenders, but it was easy to see why Carlisle had suffered poor form leading into this match, having not scored at Brunton Park for seven-and-a-half hours - a statistic that was to creep above eight by the end of the game.
The second period opened with Ashley Nadesan being the latest Carlisle player to test Nathan Baxter's ability to push balls around the post for corners. Carlisle began to take more control of the game during the second period, een if Kelvin Etuhu's direction on goal from a Regan Slater pass was found wanting significantly. The game gradually began to get lost in a flurry of second half substitutions, and another delay as Alex Fisher went down with another head injury - fortunately one that he decided he was capable of continuing from.
Wes McDonald finally made his entry back onto the pitch following an eleven game gap, with a hamstring injury having put him out for two months. That saw a tactical switch as Rhys Browne moved out onto the right-flank to allow McDonald his favoured side. But Carlisle had their own substitutes who could influence the game, with Liam McCarron almost scoring with his first touch, as he cut in from the right wing, only to find that man Nathan Baxter in the way of his deflected shot.
Carlisle entered five minutes of injury time seemingly being the side most likely to break through, even if 0-0 looked the more likely outcome. Macaulay Gillesphey saw another shot saved by Nathan Baxter, before the Chelsea loanee turned another Michael Jones drive for a corner. From these set pieces, matters were a bit frantic defensively as Yeovil had to defend in numbers.
Then came the sucker punch. Having finally cleared their lines from a succession of corners, Wes McDonald drove forward and won his side a free kick on the angle. With 96 minutes played, and five minutes of injury time signalled, this was undoubtedly the last action of the game. Tom James stepped up to take the free kick on the angle. A cross looked the more likely option but when he blasted it, the ball took a deflection off a Carlisle defender and into the back of the net, for a last gasp 0-1 victory, and to send 125 Yeovil fans into delerium for the ultimate away day smash'n'grab. That goal lifted them up to 12th in the table, and ended the winless run - if you're going to do a 330 mile journey, that is the way to end your day.
Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Carlisle United 0 Yeovil Town 1.
Scorers: Tom James (0-1, 90 mins)
30 Adam Collin
21 Kelvin Etuhu 4 Gary Liddle 5 Anthony Gerrard 12 Macaulay Gillesphey
18 Jack Sowerby 8 Michael Jones 15 Regan Slater 17 Jerry Yates
16 Adam Campbell
23 Ashley Nadesan
2 Gary Miller 3 Danny Grainger 10 Jamie Devitt (60 mins for Adam Campbell) 11 George Glendon 14 Richard Bennett (72 mins for Jerry Yates) 27 Liam McCarron (81 mins for Regan Slater) 29 Louis Gray
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 27. Shaun Donnellan 3. Carl Dickinson
8. Omari Patrick 20. Sessi D'Almeida (Capt) 17. Alex Pattison 7. Rhys Browne
9. Alex Fisher, 24. Olufela Olomola
1. Stuart Nelson 10. Jake Gray (29 mins for Alex Pattison) 15. Gabriel Rogers 18. Yoann Arquin (80 mins for Alex Fisher) 21. Wes McDonald (66 mins for Omari Patrick) 29. Enes Mahmutovic 30. Alefe Santos
Carlisle United Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Carlisle United Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 18; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 12; Fouls: 8.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 2; Fouls: 4.
Referee: Thomas Bramall (South Yorkshire). Assistants: Helen Byrne (Liverpool) and Barry Cropp (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Graeme Fyvie (Tyne and Wear).
Attendance: 3,928 (with 125 Yeovil Town supporters)