By Alex O'Loughlin
May 7 2011
Yeovil Town have ended their season on a high after claiming a 2-0 victory over Carlisle United and in doing so they stretch their unbeaten run to six matches, ending the season in perfect form.
Terry Skiverton made two changes prior to the match with Ed Upson and Adam Virgo coming in for Andrew Tutte and Max Ehmer, who both dropped to the bench. Danny Fitzsimmons took his place on the bench in the place of the released Martin Gritton whilst Paul Huntington- back from suspension- missed out due to a dead leg he received in the Somerset Premier Cup Final against Weston-Super-Mare.
After having their new home kit parachuted in the opening period of the game was largely dominated by Carlisle who took advantage of Yeovil's early midfield weakness.
Liam Noble had the first effort on goal when he cut inside to shoot, forcing Stephen Henderson into a good yet relatively simply save. At the other end Andy Welsh got goalkeeper Adam Collin thinking when he cut inside from the left wing and shot just wide of the target.
Ed Upson had been given his chance in the side despite Andrew Tutte's impressive recent form, but his day was over after just twenty minutes when he was replaced by Tutte in a tactical switch as he had failed to get up to the pace of the game.
That change had an almost immediate effect, however, when just four minutes after the introduction of Tutte the Glovers took the lead.
The goal came thanks to Shaun MacDonald's driving run from midfield, as he surged up to the Cumbrian's box, running through challenges, before finding Jon Obika who coolly finished off for his third goal of the season and his second against Carlisle this season. 0-1.
That goal led to the pendulum swinging in Yeovil's favour, as they began to dominate the possession and spread the ball around nicely. Noble again went close for Carlisle however, as his 25 yard effort went just wide of the post.
There was a large portion of injury time after Carlisle right-back Frank Simek had to receive lengthy treatment for a serious looking arm injury, but other than that, their was little goal mouth action towards the end of the first period.
Half Time: Carlisle United 0-1 Yeovil Town
Yeovil made their second substitution at half-time, this time due to injury as Craig Alcock had to come off due to his troublesome back, with Max Ehmer coming on in place of the defender slotting in at centre back, with Luke Ayling moving forward to the right wing-back position.
The second half was largely uneventful, and it took until just before the seventy minute mark for anything of note to happen, and that was the Glovers second goal of the game.
Carlisle had committed men forward on the attack and a swift counter attack saw Yeovil boasting a three-on-one scenario. Andrew Tutte spread the ball out to Andy Welsh, who picked up another assist as he slid the ball across goal for Dean Bowditch to tap in and claim his 15th goal of the season. 0-2.
That goal killed the game off as Carlisle never looked like going all out in a bid to get back into the game. The Glovers made another tactical switch as Nathan Jones came on for goal scorer Bowditch with Andy Welsh moving up front.
The game stayed at 2-0 and the final whistle was met with the news that Yeovil had finished in 14th position, one place above Sheffield Wednesday, an achievement which should be duly noted. With contract offers on the table whether or not next season is a success largely depends on who signs on once more, and who Terry Skiverton can bring in during the transfer market.