Ryan’s express leveller earns point

Yeovil Town 3 Leyton Orient 3 A resurgent Ryan Jarvis came off the bench to rescue a point for Orient in Saturday s six-goal thriller at Yeovil. Jarvis broke his duck when he scored his first league goal for 16 months against Oldham 11 days ago, before he

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A resurgent Ryan Jarvis came off the bench to rescue a point for Orient in Saturday's six-goal thriller at Yeovil.

Jarvis broke his duck when he scored his first league goal for 16 months against Oldham 11 days ago, before he followed it up with another on Saturday.


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Orient twice had to come from behind to salvage a point, after Scott McGleish gave them an early lead, as a super solo strike from Andros Townsend and then Jarvis, ensured a draw.

The score at least broke the sequence of four successive games that had ended in a 2-1 result, but Orient's backline, that showed such promise in pre-season, continued to leak goals, which is a worry.

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After the game, O's boss Geraint Williams was pleased with his side's work-rate and felt a point was just about right. "We had to work hard for a point and we knew that would be the case," he said.

"But we're slightly disappointed, because you think you should win the game when you go away from home and score three goals.

"Both teams created so many chances, it could have been six-six.

"To an extent, the problems at the back were of our own making. I felt that we went a little deep. We spoke about stopping that in the second half, but we didn't and it is something we'll have to keep working on.

"It's surprising that we have conceded the goals we have in the last three games, because we work at things over the week and we've got good defenders.

"We show that every day in training, but it seems that we have little lapses in matches and that's costing us at the moment.

"But credit to the lads, we fought back twice after going behind and I thought that we deserved a point for effort alone, but with a bit more thought and with better organisation, we could have come away with all three."

Orient, without the injured Sean Thornton, made a dream start when skipper Stephen Purches whipped in a cross from the right and McGleish rose to plant a header over keeper Alex McCarthy.

But the home side levelled six minutes later when Charlie Daniels bundled over Jon Obika and when referee Steve Bratt pointed to the spot, Gavin Tomlin fired home.

Obika then put Yeovil ahead six minutes before the break, but Orient responded with a wonder strike from Townsend as he picked the ball up near the half-way line and raced away before powering home a shot from the edge of the area.

Yeovil hit back at the start of the second half when Danny Schofield netted, but on the hour, Jarvis, who had been on the pitch just four minutes, stroked home a leveller after Tamika Mkandawire knocked back Jason Demetriou's cross into the danger area.

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