Match Details: 31/01/2009
Leyton Orient 0-1 Yeovil Town
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Goals: Gavin Tomlin (90)
Yeovil Line-Up: 6. Terrell Forbes, 7. Jonathan Worthington, 9. Andy Welsh, 11. Danny Schofield, 12. Craig Alcock, 13. Josh Wagenaar, 14. Paul Warne, 23. Aaron Brown, 24. Aleksandar Prijović, 26. Shaun MacDonald, 28. Nathan Smith
Subs: 3. Nathan Jones, 4. Terry Skiverton, 10. Gavin Tomlin, 18. Keiran Murtagh, 25. Lee Cox,
Substitutes Used: Gavin Tomlin for Aleksandar Prijović (64 mins)
Bookings: Jonathan Worthington (Foul, 88)
Yeovil Town grabbed their third consecutive league win today as they defeated a Leyton Orient side right at the death, to pull themselves seven points clear of the relegation zone. A Gavin Tomlin header from an Andy Welsh corner came five minutes into injury time and with almost the last move of the game, after having kept the home side firmly away from their own penalty box for more or less the entire 90 minutes.
The Glovers went into the match by giving Jonathan Worthington his debut after he signed on loan from Huddersfield Town yesterday. Worthington fitted in at the base of a four man midfield, displacing Keiran Murtagh to the bench. Striker Paul Warne was also deemed to be fit enough to start, following his knee injury, replacing the injured Luke Rodgers. Not even the availability of club captain Terry Skiverton could get him a spot in the starting line-up - two clean sheets for the current back four meant that Skivo needed to wait until Tuesday to commence his comeback.
The first half was played out almost as if Yeovil were the home side - camping in Orient's half and challenging the Londoners to hit them on the break - something they generally failed to do so throughout the match. The Glovers carved out a number of reasonable chances - albeit without the six-yard tap-in that they craved.
Worthington had a long range shot well saved, whilst Aleksander Prijovic produced a hooked volley inside the box that if he had sliced even in the slightest would have landed in the back of the net - instead it went straight down the throat of home keeper Jamie Jones. Aaron Brown had two headers from set pieces - one from a Welsh cross that forced Jones to get down low to his right and probably Yeovil's best chance of the half. All that Orient could muster in return was a Charlie Daniels free kick that was to be their one and only shot on target all game - easily saved by Josh Wagenaar.
Whilst the first half saw Yeovil dominance, the second period saw things even up a touch. Not that this meant that the home side started creating chances - it was more that Yeovil seemed to run out of ideas a touch. So much so that you could have almost staked your house on a 0-0 result, the longer the game went on. The tempo wasn't helped by a series of stoppages, which referee Graham Horwood (who incidentally had an excellent game) had clearly been noting. A total of six minutes of injury time was put up on the board, so when the Glovers won a corner five minutes into the second period, there was little doubt to all that it would be the last action of the game.
Andy Welsh swung in the corner, and meeting it at the near post was Gavin Tomlin, who executed a flicked header that gave Jamie Jones absolutely no chance of stopping the only goal of the game, right at the death. Glovers keeper Josh Wagenaar probably used up more energy than he had needed to expel all game in his goal celebration right in front of 415 rather delirious travelling fans, and the Yeovil bench spilled onto the pitch in joy. Just 30 seconds later, and the final whistle blew, and the home fans streamed out of the stadium knowing that their side had dropped back into the relegation zone.
Yet another excellent team performance today, with it difficult to pick out stars. On the plus side, Orient barely got a sniff all game, whilst on the minus side Yeovil's lack of creativity sometimes was exposed, particularly in the second half. But three clean sheets, three 1-0 wins, and nine priceless points would have been unthinkable eight days ago with Yeovil's current injury list, and those are the statistics that everyone will focus on after yet another fine win.
Final Score: Leyton Orient 0 Yeovil Town 1.
Scorer: Gavin Tomlin (0-1, 90 mins)
12. Jamie Jones
2. Stephen Purches 5. Tamika Mkandawire 28. Jordan Spence 25. Charlie Daniels
7. John Melligan 8. Adam Chambers 20. Jason Demetriou 11. Dean Morgan
18. Adam Boyd 23. Ryan Jarvis
1. Glenn Morris (GK) 4. Alton Thelwell (78 mins for Stephen Purches) 17. Paul Terry (56 mins for Dean Morgan) 21. Loick Pires 24. Harry Baker (66 mins for John Melligan)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
13. Josh Wagenaar
12. Craig Alcock 6. Terrell Forbes 23. Aaron Brown 28. Nathan Smith
7. Jonathan Worthington
11. Danny Schofield 26. Shaun MacDonald 9. Andy Welsh
14. Paul Warne 24. Aleksander Prijovic
3. Nathan Jones 4. Terry Skiverton 10. Gavin Tomlin (64 mins for Aleksander Prijovic) 18. Keiran Murtagh 25. Lee Cox
Leyton Bookings: Stephen Purches (72 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Jonathan Worthington (88 mins, foul)
Referee: Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire). Assistants: Rob Whitton (Essex) and Irvine Woodward (East Sussex). Fourth Official: Barry Holderness (Essex).
Attendance: 4,597 (including 415 Yeovil fans).