TEN MINUTE SPELL BURIES STAGS
Yeovil Town 5 - 2 Mansfield Town
Davies 4, Way 53, 81, Rose 71, Jevons 72.
Rundle 32, Day pen 49. Barker missed pen 14.
Att: 6471 (app 148 from Mansfield - our estimate, 130 on terrace, 18 in stand)
Martin Shaw and Jeff Barnes at Huish Park
Mansfield were blitzed in a crazy 10 minute spell at Yeovil this afternoon after taking the lead early in the second half. It was 1-1 after an even first half in which Barker missed a penalty for the Stags, and the Stags looked good for a positive result after Day's penalty put the Stags in front, but a quick equaliser levelled the game, before 3 goals between the 71st and 81st minute gave the scoreline a bizarre complexion.
The Stags made three changes from the side that beat Grimsby: McNiven returned for Buxton in defence, while Coke replaced Neil in midfield and Lloyd came in for the departing Larkin, in a 4-5-1 formation.
Man of the match: Adam Rundle
report from ytfc.net
They said the wheels had come off the wagon! Well maybe the wheel nuts were a bit loose but by Jove Yeovil Town today sent out a message that all is back on track with this great victory over Mansfield at Huish Park.
As manager Gary Johnson said after the game "That will send out the right message to all our rivals."
Johnson had rung the changes to both shape and personnel with Michael Rose coming back into the defence and Paul Terry adopting a more withdrawn midfield role.
Johnson and Way were in the usual midfield berths and the manager went with a three up front of Davies, Jevons and Gall.
Yeovil had the perfect start when after only 4 minutes Arron Davies picked up the ball in his own half and then drove straight through the middle before planting a great shot past former Manchester United keeper Kevin Pilkington.
Yeovil looked positive and tried to push on but on 13 minutes Efe Sodje, who was making his home debut, weighed in with a sliding tackle that took Fraser MacLachlan out and Mr. Kettle was quick to point to the spot.
Barker took the kick but Steve Collis pulled out a great save to keep the score 1-0.
Davies broke through again in the 18th. minute but Pilkington pulled off a great save and the ball was cleared.
Phil Jevons had a great run and link up with Davies in the 26th. minute but his shot went over and the chance was lost.
Huish Park though, was silenced in the 31st. minute when Mansfield broke clear and from some 20 yards Rundle 's diagonal shot beat Collis easily to level the scores.
Yeovil had another chance when Jevons had a shot blocked on 37 minutes and with the visitors from Nottinghamshire always capable on the break nobody was relaxing yet.
Half Time: Yeovil Town 1 Mansfield Town 1
Yeovil started brightly again in the second half and after some good build up play Kevin Gall was in on goal but he shot wide.
Five minutes in though Mr.Kettle turned the game on it's head when he gave Mansfield a second penalty for allegedly somebody's elbow going in during a Mansfield attack.
Despite the Yeovil complaints Rhys Day stepped up and tucked away the kick despite Collis getting his fingers to the ball.
Yeovil looked shocked but no heads went down and they applied themselves well and within a couple of minutes they were level again and "the Fox in the box" - Darren Way, as the manager called him, was on hand to score from close range from a great cross from Lee Johnson.
Three minutes later and another incisive move from Yeovil saw Jevons "score" a third but the linesman ruled the goal out for offside.
Mansfield nearly pulled another goal back just after the hour when a mix up between Skiverton and Collis almost saw Coke slip in but the ball was eventually safely cleared.
Yeovil went back in front in the 69th. minute when Gall was fouled just outside the box. Johnson and Rose both lined up to take the set piece kick and in the end it was Rose who smashed the ball home for his first league goal for Yeovil Town.
The full back was obviously delighted, as were the crowd and anything other than a Yeovil victory seemed unlikely now.
Three minutes later and it was 4-2 as Kevin Gall broke down the right completely outstripping his marker and his cross was neatly tucked away by Jevons for his 27th. goal of the season.
Simon Brown did give the home defence a scare when he broke through but Collis wasn't going to let another goal go in and saved well.
On 80 minutes after two corners for Yeovil Darren Way scored his second and the team's fifth when he headed in Johnson's cross but by now The Stags were a beaten team.
Manager Johnson made a few changes in the last ten minutes bringing on Stolcers for Gall, Brown for Jevons and Amankwaah for Lockwood but the match was won by then and Yeovil even had the luxury of a missed Efe Sodje chance in the last minute as they coasted to victory and back to the top of League Two.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 5 Mansfield Town 2
Saturday 9th.April 2005, 3.00pm kick-off.
Conditions: Bright and Sunny
Scorers: A.Davies (5 mins), A.Rundle (31 mins), R.Day (51 mins pen), D.Way (53 mins), M.Rose (71 mins), P.Jevons (72 mins), D.Way (81 mins)
Assistants: M.Hawken, M.Mullarkey
Yeovil: Johnson 60 mins
Mansfield Town: F.MacLachlan 9 mins
(comment from Martin - everyone else seemed to miss the Baptiste booking)
Yeovil Town : (4-3-3)
1. Steve Collis 2. Adam Lockwood , 4.Terry Skiverton, 14.Efe Sodje16. M.Rose 7. Paul Terry 6. Darren Way 8. Lee Johnson 25.Arron Davies 11. Phil Jevons 9.Kevin Gall
Subs: 1.Chris Weale (GK) 27.Andrejs Stolcers(80 mins for Gall) , 12. Kevin Amankwaah (84 mins for Lockwood) , 5.Colin Miles, 26.David Woozley, 28.Marvin Brown (84 for Jevons)
Mansfield Town: 1.K.Pilkington, 29. R.Barker, 12. S.Brown, 6.A.Rundle, 31. G.Jelleyman, 26.F.MacLachlan, 15. A.John-Baptiste, 5.R.Day, 2.S.McNiven, 22. C.Lloyd, 11.G.Coke
Subs: 13.J.White, 21. L.Dimech, 24. D.Heron, 27. R.Lonsdale, 16. J.Buxton
Yeovil 5-2 Mansfield
Darren Way's brace helped Yeovil get their promotion push back on track.
Arron Davies put the home side ahead from the edge of the box and Yeovil keeper Steven Collis saved a Richard Barker penalty soon afterwards.
But Mansfield hit back when Adam Rundle met Barker's cross - and Rhys Day then put the Stags ahead from the spot.
Way levelled for Yeovil from Lee Johnson's cross before Michael Rose's free-kick and further strikes from Phil Jevons and Way sealed their victory.
report by Footymad
Yeovil stormed back to the top of Coca Cola League Two - but they had to come from behind and conceded two penalties before getting a late grip on the game.
After losing four of their last five games, Yeovil's manager Gary Johnson gave his players four days off last week and it paid dividends. They started well and took the lead in the fifth minute when Arron Davies burst through the middle of the defence from the halfway line and planted the ball past Kevin Pilkington.
Mansfield hit back and territorially were having plenty of the play. They were rewarded on 15 minutes with a penalty when Efe Sodje, making his Yeovil debut after a move from Huddersfield, brought down Fraser McLachlan. Richie Barker drove the kick to the keeper's left but Stephen Collis made a fine save.
Mansfield did equalise however on 32 minutes. Adam Lockwood lost out in a tackle on Barker and Adam Rundle picked up the loose ball and smashed it home from outside the box.
Yeovil might have feared recent woes were to continue when they conceded a second penalty five minutes into the second half and fell behind. Paul Terry, brother of the Chelsea skipper, tugged the shirt of Callum Lloyd in a scramble and this time Rhys Day scored from the spot.
Two minutes later Yeovil were back on terms when a good move down the right ended with the ball being flicked on for Darren Way to score.
Yeovil then began to take control and three goals in 11 minutes left the Stags well beaten.
In the 71st minute Michael Rose, a summer signing from Hereford, scored his first goal for the club direct from a free-kick just outside the box, and two minutes later Phil Jevons flicked in his 27th of a prolific season.
Yeovil wrapped it up with a second goal from Way on 81 minutes. He out-jumped much taller defenders to head in a Lee Johnson corner.
Venue: Huish Park
Sat 9th April 2005, 3pm kick-off.
Conditions: Windy, cool
Pitch: Very good
Scorers: Arron Davies (5, 1-0), Adam Rundle (32, 1-1), Rhys Day (pen 51, 1-2), Darren Way (53, 2-2), Michael Rose (71, 3-2), Phil Jevons (72, 4-2), Darren Way (81, 5-2)
Attendance: 6,471 (including approx 250 Mansfield fans)
Referee: Trevor Kettle (Berk)
Assistants: Mike Hawken (Cornwall) and Mike Mullarkey (Devon)
Yeovil: Lee Johnson (60, foul)
Mansfield: Fraser McLachlan (9, unsporting behaviour)
TO BE COMPLETED IT SEEMS!
Yeovil 5 Stags 2
IT took three goals in the last 19 minutes by promotion-chasing Yeovil Town to finally bury plucky Mansfield at a tense Huish Park this afternoon.
Stags trailed, missed a penalty, netted twice to go in front and then conceded again two minutes later in a see-saw thriller.
But two goals in as many minutes finally tipped the balance of the scales in Yeovil's favour.
And as Stags tired, the home side added a fifth to rub salt in the wounds.
Stags had won three and drawn two of their previous five away games while Yeovil's promotion challenge has stuttered recently, losing five out of eight games.
But Carlton Palmer's youngsters will take much heart from their display for much of this game which ended with a cruel scoreline that belied their efforts.
It was inevitable that a side as classy as Yeovil would halt their slide and regain their scoring touch soon. But it didn't look as if it would be today as Mansfield defended well and looked dangerous on the break until that late collapse.
It was also sweet revenge for the Glovers after a 4-1 hammering at Field Mill back in August.
Colin Larkin shown the door and both Alex Neil and Jake Buxton picking up injuries, Palmer made three changes.
Going with a 4-5-1 formation, Scott McNiven replaced Buxton at right back while teenagers Giles Coke and Callum Lloyd were brought into the centre of midfield.
Buxton at least made an otherwise inexperienced bench which included youngsters Danny Heron and Richard Lonsdale.
Kevin Amankwaah - a Stags transfer target on deadline day - shook off a hamstring injury to make the Glovers' bench.
Stags made a confident start but were rocked on their heels by a wonder goal on five minutes by Davies.
McNiven's long throw near the Yeovil corner flag was cleared to Davies who, from his own half, sped away into the Mansfield half and, with no one able to halt him, went all the way to slot a superb finish past Pilkington.
Mansfield's frustration was evident as McLachlan was booked for fouling Way in the 10th minute.
But McLachlan won the visitors a penalty five minutes later which was squandered.
Sodje brought him down to concede the kick. But Collis threw himself full length to his left to keep out Barker's penalty.
Davies threatened again as he raced away on a through ball, Pilkington sliding into a superb last ditch challenge to halt him and McNiven in the way of his follow-up.
Mansfield broke and Coke tried his luck from 20 yards with a fierce shot that Collis could only block before finally grabbing hold.
But Stags were level on 32 minutes with a superb finish by Rundle, netting for the second game on the trot.
Barker won the ball with a solid tackle on the edge of the box and laid a pass to Rundle who crashed a splendid curling right foot finish past a shocked Collis.
Pilkington had to be alert to prevent John-Baptiste turning the ball into his own net during a moment of panic.
Rundle then had half a chance at the other end as a headed clearance dropped invitingly towards him. But his volley was well off target.
Stags still had some defending to do in the two minutes of added time but were well worth the 1-1 scoreline at half-time.
The second half exploded into life with two goals in as many minutes within eight minutes of the restart.
Stags were first to notch as Day successfully tucked away a 51st minute penalty.
The ball ran loose after Collis had parried Rundle's firm shot and Lockwood held McLachlan as he tried to latch onto it. As Stags gained no advantage, the referee pointed to the spot and Day just managed to squeeze home the kick to the left of Collis who had dived the right way.
But Yeovil were soon back on level terms.
Johnson's long cross from the right was flicked on by Lockwood and Way was a relieved man as his point blank range finish hit the underside of the crossbar before crossing the line.
Johnson brought down Coke to earn a yellow card.
Two minutes later McLachlan headed straight at Collis from close range after Day had got up to head across the box.
Brown also came close with a low shot across the face of goal.
At the other end Pilkington was well positioned to gather a low Johnson shot,
But suddenly the floodgates opened as the home side snatched two goals in two minutes.
The first was a low free kick from Rose on 71 minutes which he drilled home from 20 yards after John-Baptiste had jumped into a tackle on Gall.
And then Jevons was on hand right in front of goal to apply the finishing touch to Gall's right wing cross.
Stags were now deflated and on the ropes and Yeovil hit them with a fifth on 81 minutes.
Pilkington had just done well to tip a Davies effort over the bar. But Johnson's corner found Way who flicked a close range header into the net to complete Mansfield's misery.
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