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Obika Seals Points for Glovers


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By Alex O'Loughlin
March 29 2011

Yeovil Town have won their third game on the bounce having overcome Wembley bound Carlisle United 1-0 at Huish Park thanks to Jon Obika's first goal in his third spell with the Glovers. 

Manager Terry Skiverton named an unchanged side coming into the game, still fielding the 3-5-2 formation which has seen them gain their recent success. But the Green and Whites did welcome back Luke Ayling, Nathan Smith and Sam Williams, who all took a seat on the subs bench. 

Although the first half lacked goal mouth action, it was still an entertaining encounter, with Yeovil taking charge of the lion share of possession.

There was even a comical moment when the sprinklers behind the Blackthorn stand turned themselves on resulting in a five minute wait and a significantly wetter Stephen Henderson!

Carlisle captain Paul Thirlwell thumped a shot into the arms of Henderson, whilst at the other end Dean Bowditch couldn't quite make the needed contact in order to nod in Andy Welsh's teasing cross. 

It was Yeovil who created the best chance of the first half though when good work from Oli Johnson meant he could pick out Andy Welsh lurking on the edge of the box, but his shot was blocked by Lubomir Michalik in front of goalkeeper Adam Collin. 

In the substantial added time in the first period Craig Alcock lobbed the ball over the top and found Dean Bowditch, who found himself in on goal, 'keeper Collin rushed off of his line and Bowditch's shot beat Collin before hitting the net, unfortunately the side netting that is. 

Half Time: Yeovil Town 0-0 Carlisle United

The second half got off to a frantic start when Jon Obika had a shot blocked, with Dean Bowditch hitting the rebound just wide. 

Meanwhile, at the other end Matthew Robson hit a free kick just over the bar, before Yeovil captain Paul Huntington put a head just wide of the near post. 

The deadlock was broken just before the hour mark, when Bowditch played in Jon Obika who kept his cool to slot past Collin in to the back of the net, celebrating with the Yeovil fans behind the goal. 1-0.

From the point forward the game became very one sided, with the Glovers sitting very deep allowing Carlisle to hit with wave after wave of attack. 

Fortunately for all their huffing and puffing they didn't create much, although Ben Marshall managed to somehow volley over from just a yard, leaving himself and his teammates bewildered. 

Another lengthy stoppage emerged when referee Graham Horwood had to go off injured, meaning their was seven minutes of injury time.

And in the very last minute of those seven Frank Simek had his driven shot saved well by Stephen Henderson, before the final whistle finally blew earning the Glovers their third victory in a row and their first win at home in five.

Next up is local rivals Bristol Rovers, in a game which could see Yeovil end their relegation fears if they extend their unbeaten run to four games. 

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