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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
22:48 12th December 2009

GLOVERS EARN POINT IN THRILLER

Yeovil Town conceded an equaliser four minutes into stoppage time in a rip-roaring League One encounter against Norwich City at Huish Park this afternoon.

Dean Bowditch had given the Glovers the lead on twenty minutes before two goals in five second-half minutes from Chris Martin and Gary Doherty gave the Canaries the advantage.

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Shaun MacDonald equalised immediately before a 90th minute header from substitute Jonathan Obika gave Yeovil a 3-2 lead. Doherty then flicked in the late leveller with seconds left on the clock.

Yeovil settled into their passing game quickly forcing a corner inside two minutes and Gavin Tomlin having an early eighth minute chance but volleying straight at keeper Frazer Forster.

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The Canaries midfielder Simon Lappin's inswinging corners were causing consternation in the Yeovil defence while Dean Bowditch, up against his Old Farm rivals from his Ipswich days, was looking a livewire up front.

The striker put Yeovil into the lead on twenty minutes. Ryan Mason's floated corner found Steven Caulker and the big defender's header was flicked in by Bowditch to his own personal delight.

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The game settled down somewhat as both sides struggled to create clear cut chances, the visitors finding themselves caught offside all too many times.

Doherty had the last effort of the first half but his header went well wide.

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half time interval over, the game really livened up. Mason's shot was blocked enough to take the sting out of it for Forster to collect.

The home fans were fired up when a poor late challenge from left-back Adam Drury left Tomlin in agony on the floor on fifty minutes earning himself a booking.

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Caulker went on a rampaging run soon afterwards before he was dispossessed in the middle but the next chance wasn't far away. A Craig Alcock long throw was cleared as far as MacDonald but his shot soared over the bar.

Then the game stepped up a gear to the chagrin of the home fans. On 59 minutes, Grant Holt bustled his way past Nathan Smith, crossed low and hard and Chris Martin swept the ball home.

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Almost immediately, Yeovil had strong claims for a penalty when Dean Bowditch was brought down but referee Pawson gave nothing and it was to prove an important decison as within two minutes, Norwich went ahead.

Midfield general Jean-Paul Kalala was adjudged to have fouled in the middle and from Darel Russell's free kick, Gary Doherty's bullet header hit the back of the net.

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The scoring wasn't finished there either. Alcock's low cross was only cleared to MacDonald who lashed his shot home for the third goal in eight minutes.

The game by now was ebb and flow and both sides had chances to add a goal. Bowditch and MacDonald were both denied by keeper Forster within seconds of each other while Grant Holt headed well wide at the other end.

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Jean-Paul Kalala sliced an effort wide and Wes Hoolahan saw his low shot well saved down low by McCarthy at his near post.

With thirteen minutes left, Tomlin's surging run down the right saw the midfielder cross low and hard but elude everyone.

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Jon Obika came on with seven minutes to go and within four minutes, found himself in the referee's notebook, somewhat harshly, for a late challenge on Drury.

He was closely followed by his Spurs colleague Mason who also seemed unlucky to get a yellow card.

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Referee Pawson judged there to be four minutes of time added on yet there was to be no warning of the drama to follow. The Glovers took the lead forty seconds into stoppage time when Alcock's cross was glanced home by Obika to send the home fans into a frenzy.

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However, with twenty seconds of the additional four minutes left, a corner attended by every Norwich player including the keeper was cleared out to Russell Martin who hit a low shot that deflected off Doherty and into the net past McCarthy.

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