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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
10:48 5th December 2011

BATTERED CODS LET OFF THE HOOK

Yeovil Town let slip a two goal lead in the last nine minutes to draw 2-2 with Blue Square Premier side Fleetwood Town at Highbury Stadium tonight.

A typical Ed Upson screamer on 32 minutes and a fine finish from Chelsea loanee Conor Clifford early in the second half had seemingly booked the Glovers passage into round three. But the Cod Army had other ideas and late strikes from Kieran Charnock and a Jamie Milligan penalty four minutes from time ensured the two sides will replay at Huish Park the week after next.

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Yeovil manager Terry Skiverton is sure to be disappointed that his side was nine minutes from a third round tie but at least his Glovers side will be in the hat for Sunday's draw even if they still have a replay to face.

The boss made just one change to his starting eleven and it was forced on him. With Watford reluctant to let keeper Rene Gilmartin become cup tied, Gareth Stewart came in for his third game of the season.

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The first twenty minutes saw nothing really resembling a chance as both sides faced up to each other plus the elements which saw rain and a swirling wind make attractive football difficult. The first sight of goal was when the dangerous Milligan's curling free kick was deflected for a corner.

Gareth Seddon then sent a dangerous ball fizzing across the six yard box just a little too quickly for the onrushing Sean Clancy at the far post and Jamie Vardy, Fleetwood's top scorer this season with fourteen goals, sliced a shot well wide after being forced wide by Paul Huntington.

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The opening goal arrived just after the half hour and it was out of place with the rest of the first half really. Luke Ayling's throw in was only partially cleared by Jamie McGuire and as the midfielder attempted to win the ball for a second time, Ed Upson dinked the ball over him and sent a screamer into the top corner from twenty five yards out. It was Upson's fifth goal of the season and like the others before it, was a spectacular strike.

The former Ipswich midfielder then set up Luke Ayling whose left foot shot was parried by keeper Scott Davies to Kieran Agard whose fierce shot deflected off a defender's hand and out for a corner.

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Three minutes later and a similar situation saw Agard again denied by a defender when Andy Williams run and cross from the right set up Upson whose shot was deflected into the path of Agard.

Home manager Mickey Mellon sent on Steve McNulty for the injured Shaun Beeley at half time but the stocky defender could do nothing about Yeovil's second goal three minutes into the half. Ayling broke with pace and fed Williams down the right flank. The striker ran at speed before slipping a ball into Clifford steaming forward. His first touch took him a yard wider but he lashed the ball high into the net with his second touch for a 2-0 lead.

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The second goal forced the Cod Army to come out more aggressive and with intent but Yeovil continued to play calm, controlled football. With the swirling wind in their favour, Fleetwood were looking dangerous at set pieces and in a second half that saw them win twelve corners, his delivery looked to cause the Glovers defence problems.

Attacker Vardy had the ball in the Glovers net but he had been flagged for offside well before the ball reached the net though the decision looked dubious to say the least.

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They nearly grabbed a goal back on 64 minutes when Vardy played a lovely ball across the six yard box; Luke Ayling got a slight touch at the back post that put the oncoming Alan Goodall off his stride and the chance went begging.

Prolific striker Richard Brodie came on for the ineffective Andy Mangan with eighteen minutes left to give a more physical presence up front and he hooked his shot wide with his first touch after being set up by Milligan.


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Clifford sent a long range effort just wide then came as close again with another effort from Dominic Blizzard's pass but the third and decisive goal wouldn't come.

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And it proved costly when Kieran Charnock, who only joined Mellon's team last week, rose at the far post to head in from Peter Till's cross, nodding the ball back across Stewart and into the opposite corner of the net.

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The goal obviously injected confidence and belief into the home side and with nine minutes to go, there was still time enough to snatch an unlikely leveller. Milligan has Stewart scrambling with a low, scudding effort at his near post but after Clifford had been replaced by Steve MacLean, the fourth and final goal duly arrived.

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From a throw into the box, Ed Upson grabbed Charnock's arm and gave it a slight tug sending the midfielder flying in the area. Referee Robert Madley awarded the penalty and Milligan beat Stewart for pace sending his penalty high into the net though the keeper guessed the right way.

The final five minutes including stoppage time actually saw Yeovil the more likely to grab a sensational winner but Agard's header was saved late on and the two sides will have to do it all again in eleven days time.

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