The start of the second half was preceded with both sides coming out early - Yeovil presumably on the end of a tongue-lashing by Russell Slade whilst Brentford performed a bizarre routine involving bringing out the training cones onto the pitch and performing a mini-training session much to the bemusement of many of those watching.
Yeovil opened positively playing towards the Westland Stand with Wayne Gray heading wide of goal from an Arron Davies cross after Leon Best had set up the Welshman. Michael Leary landed in the book for a poor foul on Chris Cohen, and Leon Best's free kick following the foul curled just wide and into the advertising boards. Then a long range shot from Terry Skiverton after Yeovil took a quick corner also landed into the boards.
Ten minutes into the second half though, the dam finally burst for Brentford. Following good work in their own half by Nathan Jones and Marcus Stewart, Chris Cohen broke away up the left flank, stretching the Brentford back line and forcing them wide. Unselfishly as he cut towards goal, he squared the ball to the incoming Leon BEST who produced a sharp reaction to sweep the ball home and to finally break the deadlock. 1-0 and Huish Park erupted with relief!
Unsurprisingly the game now opened up and Arron Davies went a whisker away from goal, hitting the outside of the goalframe as he shot from a narrow angle as he burst through on goal. But at the other end, controversy struck when Paul Brooker went down in the box under a challenge from Nathan Jones. The Brentford crowd were furious with referee Michael Jones for not awarding a penalty - Jones was furious with Brooker for what he saw as a dive. Either way it was a reminder that on the hour mark, Brentford could still be a threat on goal and that the game was still not won.
Leon Best put one wide as an Arron Davies ball into the box saw Best head just wide of the target with half the ground convinced that the rippling of the ball against the back of the net was on the inside of the goalframe rather than on the outside. Just past the hour mark, Ishmael Welsh replaced Wayne Gray as Yeovil reorganised to a 4-4-2 formation with Stewart going up front allowing Welsh to go wide left, with Yeovil no doubt looking to go more solid, but Brentford managed their first genuine on target shot of the half when Charlie Ide shot from distance, with Steve Mildenhall getting down well to save well.
Considering the circumstances, Yeovil still didn't look entirely sure of themselves and the frustration continued with Brentford still able to get plenty of space in the ball as both players and crowd continued to show nerves with misplaced passes galore and the crowd frequently showing their displeasure at the situation. John Mosenior put the ball over the bar from one such attempt where Yeovil had simply allowed the visitors to move their way round the edge of the box and this was not the way to ease out the closing period of the game. Substitute Calum Willock went even closer - putting in a cross that turned into an unintentional shot as it evaded Steve Mildenhall, coming off the woodwork and rebounding out into open territory.
Leon Best shot just wide for the Glovers with only the keeper to beat with six minutes to go, with the striker certainly having been gifted with a chance to seal the game. Meanwhile Andrew Frampton cleared the ball close to his goal line as an Ishmael Welsh shot hit the target but couldn't beat the defender.
In injury time both sides had chances to get a late goal, with Callum Willock getting space to shoot on target, but matters were sealed deep into injury time when Brentford pressed the gamble button by sending keeper Nathan Abbey up for a corner. As the set piece was cleared, the Bees were suddenly under huge pressure, and with their players scrambling back, the clearance was thread through to Ishmael Welsh. Initially defender Che Wilson looked favourite to get to the ball, but Welsh ran past him like an Intercity 125 overtaking a tractor, and Wilson's last actions of the game were to wrap his foot around Welsh's ankle. A red card was academic and with Brentford now down to nine men and injury time more or less over, there was no way back.
A win is of course a win, and at the end of the season, the 1-0 victory over Brentford will stand a three points for the Glovers in their fight to keep themselves in the promotion slots. But this was not the prettiest matches to watch, with some anxious moments and Yeovil making heavy work of seeing off the West London side. On another day, disaster could easily have struck. Thankfully Leon Best was on hand to save Yeovil's blushes and to ensure that the club's ambitions of a top six finish in League One can still be maintained.
MOTM Vote Result:
Overall match rating: 5.3 / 10
37 votes received.
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