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13:00 20th November 2011

Yeovil Town 2 Exeter City 2

The Grecians are now unbeaten in six games after goals from Jake Taylor and a penalty from John O'Flynn earned them a point at Huish Park this afternoon. The frantic opening exchanges saw the home side take the lead after just 69 seconds though Ed Upson before City levelled just two minutes later when Taylor rounded Yeovil keeper Gareth Stewart and fired home. O'Flynn then notched his second goal of the season from the penalty spot on the half an hour mark after a foul by Darren Purse before Dominic Blizzard's flicked header on 56 minutes earned the Glovers a share of the spoils. Paul Tisdale made three changes from the team that drew with Walsall last Saturday. Artur Krysiak returned in goal, Jake Taylor (who had been cup-tied and on international duty) replaced the injured Dan Nardiello while there was a start for fellow Welshman Richard Duffy in place of Chris Shephard. But with less than two minutes on the clock they found themselves one down. Max Ehmer floated a ball in from the left-hand flank, Andy Williams knocked it down and midfielder Upson hit a sweet right-footed effort across Krysiak and in to the far corner. And before the 5,635 present had a chance to draw breath City were on level terms. The impressive Scott Golbourne's long-ball from the left hand side caught out the Yeovil back four and the pace of Taylor sent him one on one with Stewart infront of the large number of travelling fans. The Reading loanee controlled the pass on his chest, dribbled past Yeovil's player/goalkeepeing coach and found the back of the net despite two Yeovil defenders throwing their bodies in its trajectory. The frenetic start showed no signs of slowing down. Danny Coles headed Liam Sercombe's corner over the crossbar, Krysiak saved well from Williams and then on 18 minutes he denied Upson after the former Ipswich youngster tried to lob him. The Grecians continued to see plenty of the ball and forced a string of corners as they pressured the Yeovil defence. On 27 minutes Ehmer could only head O'Flynn's cross from the left hand flank straight to Sercombe who lashed a right-footed drive over the crossbar. Just two minutes later though the Grecians took the lead. O'Flynn challenged for a header with Purse on the left-hand edge of the box and referee Mark Haywood spotted a push from the former Cardiff City centre back and pointed straight to the spot. The slippery playing surface saw a number of players struggle with their footing in the first half and this included City's Irish striker who slipped mid-penalty. But he still made a solid connection, Stewart went the wrong way and City were infront. Shortly after the break Troy was inches away from giving City a two goal lead  when he met Sercombe's in-swinging corner with a header that hit the woodwork. To quote the footballing cliché, this was undoubtedly a game of two halves. While City were much the stronger side in the first, the second saw a real role reversal with Terry Skiverton's men the dominant side for the majority of the final 45. They drew level on 55 minutes when a dangerous Upson corner was nodded on at the near post by Blizzard and into the far corner although the lurking Williams looked as if he may have got a touch on the back post. And Krysiak pulled off a fantastic save minutes later to stop the home side from regaining the lead. Another corner was pulled back to Paul Wotton whose thumping drive was superbly kept out by City's Pole in goal. Yeovil's pacey attack continued to worry the City backline and one of their dangerous speedsters Kieran Agard was inches away from finding the back of the net when he nipped in between the back four and Krysiak to meet a ball but his shot hit the crossbar. City responded to this Yeovil pressure by sending on Elliott Frear for his second City appearance. This resulted in a front three with Frear on the left, O'Flynn in the centre and Taylor on the right. Shortly after the Irishman was withdrawn for Richard Logan but it was a midfielder who came agonisingly close to a third Grecian goal with Noble smashing a rocket of a free-kick off the woodwork. Another inviting free-kick from City's number eight bounced through a packed box and out of play before Troy pulled off a sensational tackle on former Spurs team-mate John Obika at the other end. Despite their best efforts neither side could create a clear cut chance in the dying minutes and both had to settle for a point which seemed a fair result on the balance of play. Next up is Walsall on Wednesday night (7:45pm) at the Banks's Stadium for an FA Cup First Round replay. The Grecians may have drawn three matches on the spin but there has to be a winner in the midlands in four days time.
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