Match Details: 22/08/2009
Yeovil Town 3-3 Leyton Orient
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Goals: Gavin Tomlin (11), Jonathan Obika (40), Danny Schofield (52)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Alex McCarthy, 2. Craig Alcock, 3. Nathan Jones, 5. Steven Caulker, 6. Terrell Forbes, 7. George O'Callaghan, 8. Keiran Murtagh, 10. Gavin Tomlin, 11. Andy Welsh, 22. Danny Schofield, 26. Jonathan Obika,
Subs: 9. Sam Williams, 15. Richard Martin, 16. Scott Murray, 18. Andy Lindegaard, 23. Danny Hutchins, 32. Andre McCollin
Substitutes Used: Sam Williams for Gavin Tomlin (80 mins), Scott Murray for Danny Schofield (86 mins), Danny Hutchins for Keiran Murtagh (90 mins)
Bookings: Keiran Murtagh (Foul, 20)
Yeovil Town picked up a home draw in a topsy-turvy game against Leyton Orient this afternoon. Both sides took the lead in a six goal thriller that could have easily have ended up with more on the scoreboard. A Gavin Tomlin penalty cancelled out a Scott McGleish header, whilst Jonathan Obika grabbed the first of his second spell before the half time break. But goal of the game came from the opposition and from the familiar face of Andros Townsend. His 80 yard run produced a contender for goal of the season against his former club, leaving a breathless half-time 2-2 scoreline. The second half produced more of the same with Danny Schofield putting Yeovil in front again, only for substitute Ryan Jarvis to net a third goal for Orient. Townsend could have won it in second half injury time, but that would have been harsh on Yeovil who dominated much of the match.
The Glovers went into the match making four changes from Tuesday night's match. Three were forced, with Stefan Stam (hamstring), Ryan Mason (groin) and Nathan Smith (ankle ligaments) all out injured, whilst Sam Williams was dropped to the bench in favour of Gavin Tomlin.
Much had been made pre-match of Yeovil's tendency to start slowly in matches and so things didn't look too clever when Orient netted from Scott McGleish's header - getting far too much space from a Stephen Purches cross. But this belied a start where Danny Schofield had blazed over the bar, and where Jonathan Obika had clipped the outside of the post from a Gavin Tomlin pull-back, with a deflection sending the ball out for a corner.
This was to be a game of twists and turns though. Six minutes later, Ben Chorley bundled over Jonathan Obika in the penalty box and Gavin Tomlin's powerful penalty into the bottom corner gave the Glovers an equaliser in a half that they went on to dominate, albeit without creating too many clear-cut chances. Tomlin and Alcock had two of the better attempts, with both players not quite timing their aerial attempts as well as they might have done.
Just as the first half had started with two quickfire goals, so it ended with two quickfire goals. First bite went to Jonathan Obika, who was put through by Andy Welsh as Yeovil broke on Leyton Orient superbly with Welsh's pass through to Obika well timed to allow him to finish past Jones. Less than two minutes later though, Andros Townsend indulged in a bit of 'anything you can do, I can do better', going on an 80 yard run from the edge of his own box, seeing off challenges from four Yeovil players and eventually slotting the ball home for an equaliser that even had several Yeovil fans on their feet. 2-2 and no-one could suggest they didn't have their money's worth, even if both managers would be having words with their defences.
Seven minutes into the second half and we were off again with yet more goals. Danny Schofield received the ball from Craig Alcock on the flank and with his back to goal. Turning his marker, he got the ball onto his supposedly weaker left foot and curled a beauty into the corner and past Jamie Jones to put Yeovil in front for the second time in the match.
Orient made two second half substitutions to try and bring them back into the game and both perhaps played their part in the sixth goal of the match as once again the game was levelled just past the hour mark. Seconds after Adrian Patulea had replaced another striker in Scott McGleish, Orient's first substitute Ryan Jarvis converted significantly against the run of play to leave the game frustratingly tied again at 3-3.
In the closing stages, both sides went for the winning goal. Ben Chorley's deflected shot was superbly saved by Alex McCarthy and then straight from that save, the Glovers counter-attacked with Terrell Forbes feeding Andy Welsh whose own shot could easily have won the game. Then deep into second half injury time, Andros Townsend could also have won it, with a curling effort on the angle after the Glovers again failed to close him down. But it would have been harsh on the Glovers if he had the last word in a superbly entertaining match.
The result keeps Yeovil in ninth place in the League One table, albeit with them heading a group of 11 clubs separated by one point. At the top, Charlton Athletic and Leeds United remain on maximum points, with Bristol Rovers sneaking into 4th after they beat next week's opponents Huddersfield Town by a single goal. At the foot of the table, Southampton continue to struggle to claw back their 10 point penalty with a 1-1 draw, whilst Brighton and Hove Albion suffered another miserable day with a 2-4 home defeat and two red cards to add to another received during midweek. Wycombe Wanderers and Tranmere Rovers occupy the other relegation slots.
Link: Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient : Man of the Match Voting Form.
Link: 2009-10 Latest League One Table.
Yeovil Town 3 Leyton Orient 3.
Scorers: Scott McGleish (0-1, 5 mins), Gavin Tomlin (1-1, 11 mins, pen), Jonathan Obika (2-1, 40 mins), Andros Townsend (2-2, 42 mins), Danny Schofield (3-2, 52 mins), Ryan Jarvis (3-3, 61 mins)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 6. Terrell Forbes 5. Steven Caulker 3. Nathan Jones
22. Danny Schofield 7. George O'Callaghan 8. Keiran Murtagh 11. Andy Welsh
10. Gavin Tomlin 26. Jonathan Obika
9. Sam Williams (80 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 15. Richard Martin (GK) 16. Scott Murray (86 mins for Danny Schofield) 18. Andy Lindegaard 23. Danny Hutchins (90 mins for Keiran Murtagh) 32. Andre McCollin
Leyton Orient (4-4-2):
12. Jamie Jones
2. Stephen Purches 5. Tamika Mkandawire 4. Ben Chorley 13. Charlie Daniels
7. John Melligan 20. Jimmy Smith 11. Jason Demetriou 25. Andros Townsend
9. Scott McGleish 22. James Scowcroft
1. Glenn Morris (GK) 6. Luke Ashworth 14. Ryan Jarvis (55 mins for James Scowcroft) 16. Andrew Cave-Brown 18. Harry Baker 17. Loick Pires 23. Adrian Patulea (61 mins for Scott McGleish)
Yeovil Bookings: Keiran Murtagh (20 mins, foul)
Orient Bookings: Tamika Mkandawire (45 mins, foul), Jimmy Smith (45 mins, encroachment)
Referee: Steve Bratt (West Midlands). Assistants: Brett Huxtable (Devon) and Brendan Malone (Wiltshire). Fourth Official: Neil Radford (Worcestershire).
Attendance: 3,827 (including approx 250 Orient fans)