Yeovil Town stretched their League One run to eight wins in a row this afternoon, as they set a club Football League record in beating Scunthorpe United. The 3-0 scoreline reflected the balance of a game that was largely dominated by the Glovers, and started off by a Byron Webster close range goal just short of the half hour mark. A James Hayter penalty after Sam Foley was brought down, was added to by Paddy Madden netting his 18th goal of the 2012-13 season, as Yeovil rose to 3rd in the League One table, and incredibly just one point off the top of the table.
Both sides went into the match in good form, and so both sides named unchanged starting line-ups. The only change across both squads came with a Scunthorpe substitute Jamie Wootton being included on the Iron bench, replacing Matt Godden. Otherwise everyone lined up as per their midweek wins - the important bit was that Marek Stech could relax a bit in goal, knowing that he had become a father during the week.
The game got off to a slow start with neither side quite getting their foot on the game, with Scunthorpe happy to play the game with a low-key tempo, although nothing near the gamesmanship employed by Preston in midweek. They had a decent early chance from Jimmy Ryan that flew wide of the target, but gradually came under the cosh from a Yeovil side that were superior with their passing and their attacking play and went on to enjoy a dominant phase during the middle period of the first half.
Paddy Madden got two opportunities as Yeovil's dominance grew - the first saw him fed by Joe Edwards, only for him to fire wide of the target. Then he had a second shot blocked, with Byron Webster's attempts to get to the follow-up charged down by a defender. Finally though Yeovil's pressure told, as Edwards fed Sam Foley, and his shot towards the top of goal was palmed away by Sam Slocombe for a corner. Ed Upson took it and got himself yet another assist for the season, as Byron Webster's close range finish put the Glovers 1-0 up - a lead that on the balance of play they undoubtedly deserved.
The Glovers threatened to extend their lead further, as Sam Foley headed straight at Sam Slocombe, then the Scunthorpe keeper nearly gifted a goal as he sliced a goal kick straight to James Hayter, only for the Yeovil striker to fire his quick return wide of the target. Gradually though the pitch began to dictate the quality of the game, cutting up badly and causing problems with both sides being able to play good football as the half ended.
There was still time for one bit of drama as the half closed out. A long ball up field saw Akpo Sodje clash with Byron Webster as they competed for the ball just outside the box. Sodje went down from a tackle by Webster that appeared to be illegal, but referee Dean Whitestone did nothing, and his linesman did nothing and play carried on - a crucial decision given that if it had been given then the position of play meant that Webster probably would have been walking on a red as the last man. Sodje limped off the field, ultimately managing only one minute of the second half, whilst his manager Brian Laws didn't even get that far - sent to the stand for telling the officials what he thought of the decision at the half time break. The general consensus amongst Glovers fans was that Laws may have had some cause for complaint.
Sodje's replacement Mike Grella gave the second half it's first chance, as he weaved his way through the Yeovil defence, setting up Jimmy Ryan who fired wastefully wide. Paddy Madden's turn and volley went close from an Ed Upson corner, whilst he and James Hayter had further chances in quick succession, as Sam Slocombe kept Scunthorpe in the game by palming the ball away for a corner. Yeovil didn't have it all their own way though - Dan Burn and Luke Ayling landed quickly in the book for fouls, whilst Josh Walker should have done better with a chance from a free kick.
The killer blow though came 18 minutes from time, thanks to a long Sam Foley run up field. Scunthorpe couldn't catch the winger, and Callum Kennedy's tackle inside the box was deemed by referee Dean Whitestone to be illegal, awarding a penalthy - the second big decision of the game that he'd given Yeovil's way, with suggestions that Kennedy was a little unlucky. Up stepped James Hayter as he netted his 12th goal of the season by sending Slocombe the wrong way for a 2-0 scoreline.
Two goals very quickly became three. With Scunthorpe deflated by the second goal, Ed Upson allowed Joe Edwards to take the ball down the right flank. He could have easily had a crack on goal himself, but he pulled the ball back for Paddy Madden who was unmarked in the box where there was only going to be one possible outcome. His 17th goal for Yeovil, his 18th goal of the 2012-13 season, and the seventh game in a row that he's played in and scored. Ten goals in seven matches, and you have to wonder what Carlisle United were thinking when they had him on their books.
That was pretty much that. With the game now well and truly won, the Glovers had the luxury of making a triple substitution, with Kwesi Appiah, Nathan Ralph and Lewis Young all given run-outs. They eased the game out comfortably, with that three goal margin good enough to lift themselves into third placed position. With a Westley-free Preston North End producing shock of the day as they beat league leaders AFC Bournemouth 2-0, the Glovers are now just one point off the top of the division, and with 24 points gained from the last 24 available, have finally put themselves into the play-off positions, with 14 games remaining. Next week's clash at Doncaster Rovers should be a cracker.
Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Scunthorpe United 0.
Scorers: Byron Webster (1-0, 28 mins), James Hayter (2-0, 72 mins, penalty), Paddy Madden (3-0, 75 mins).
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 20. Joe Edwards 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 7. Kwesi Appiah (82 mins for James Hayter) 10. Gavin Williams 15. Lewis Young (82 mins for Sam Foley) 16. Nathan Ralph (83 mins for Jamie McAllister)
1. Sam Slocombe
21. Tom Newey 6. Paul Reid 15. Niall Canavan 3. Callum Kennedy
16. Mark Duffy 4. Josh Walker 19. Michael Collins 7. Jimmy Ryan
9. Akpo Sodje 22. Karl Hawley
13. James Severn 5. David Mirfin 10. Mike Grella (47 mins for Akpo Sodje) 11. Andy Barcham (52 mins for Mark Duffy) 18. Eddie Nolan (83 mins for Callum Kennedy) 24. Jamie Wootton 28. Hakeeb Adelakun
Yeovil Bookings: Ed Upson (66 mins, dissent), Luke Ayling (67 mins, foul).
Scunthorpe Bookings: Paul Reid (51 mins, foul), Jimmy Ryan (90 mins, foul)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 18; Shots On Target: 12; Corners: 8; Fouls: 9.
Scunthorpe Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.
Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Mark Griffiths (South Yorkshire) and Kevin Johnson (Somerset). Fourth Official: Stephen Daly (Middlesex).
Attendance: 4,163 (including 155 Scunthorpe United supporters)
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