Match Details: 25/08/2012
Scunthorpe United 0-4 Yeovil Town
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: Keanu Marsh-Brown (37), Reuben Reid (50), Gozie Ugwu (88), Gozie Ugwu (90)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Marek Stech, 2. Luke Ayling, 3. Jamie McAllister, 4. Richard Hinds, 5. Byron Webster, 6. Dominic Blizzard, 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown, 8. Ed Upson, 9. James Hayter, 11. Reuben Reid, 14. Sam Foley,
Subs: 12. Gareth Stewart, 15. Lewis Young, 16. Nathan Ralph, 18. Archange Nkumu, 19. Gozie Ugwu
Substitutes Used: Lewis Young for Keanu Marsh-Brown (63 mins), Gozie Ugwu for Reuben Reid (67 mins), Nathan Ralph for Sam Foley (83 mins)
Bookings: Byron Webster (Foul, 8), Ed Upson (Foul, 44), Jamie McAllister (Foul, 90)
Yeovil Town grabbed the top place in the League One table, as they swept aside Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park. Topping the table for the first time in the club's history - albeit with just three games played, they continued their unbeaten run thanks to a goal in each half from Keanu Marsh-Brown and Reuben Reid. Scunny's problem was that they couldn't get past Glovers keeper Marek Stech, who was in sparkling form, and they paid the price for not taking their chances when Reading loanee Gozie Ugwu bagged two late goals to put the Glovers on top of the table through goal difference.
The Glovers went into the match playing the same starting eleven they chose for the midweek win at Brentford. The only change was on the bench where Chelsea loanee Archange Nkumu came in to replace Curtis Haynes-Brown who had commenced a loan spell with AFC Wimbledon. They started relatively well, although the game took a while to warm up in terms of clearcut chances. Reuben Reid's shot struck the arm of David Mirfin, leading to calls for a penalty that were waved away, and the same player flashed one wide of the target, whilst a Jamie McAllister effort struck the edge of the Scunthorpe wall on a dead ball.
Scunthorpe began to get a grip on the game as the half wore on though, and that meant that when Keanu Marsh-Brown netted in the 37th minute, it was somewhat against the run of play. He received a Sam Foley through ball, that allowed his pace to get behind the Scunthorpe defence. Keeper Sam Slocombe advanced, but failed to cover his near post, as Marsh-Brown opened the scoring - a single goal lead that they held until the break.
Five minutes after the break, the Glovers doubled their lead, thanks to Ed Upson's midfield creativity. After James Hayter had been involved in the build-up, his threaded ball allowed Reuben Reid the opportunity to run through, muscling off his marker and getting the ball onto his right foot before firing home into the bottom right hand corner. Referee James Adcock had a messy game at times with his yellow cards, dishing out six at often random incidents, but deserved credit for waving play-on after Upson was fouled - allowing Reid to double Yeovil's lead.
This wasn't a one-sided contest though by any stretch of the imagination. That was demonstrated by the number of times that Marek Stech pulled off stunning saves. The BBC Sport text commentary of the game gives only an idea of what happened on the hour mark, when they described all as part of the same Scunthorpe attack:
"Bobby Grant has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Shot by Jimmy Ryan. Save by Marek Stech. Corner taken right-footed by Jimmy Ryan, Marek Stech makes a save. Mark Duffy has an effort at goal. Save made by Marek Stech. Effort on goal by Mike Grella from 20 yards. Marek Stech makes a save. Save made by Marek Stech."
And that was all inside the space of thirty seconds as the Czech Republic keeper denied the Iron time and time again. He later made another superb save from Scunthorpe substitute Connor Jennings, as it seemed only a matter of time before the home side pulled a goal back.
Instead the last laugh fell to the Glovers, with substitute Gozie Ugwu taking advantage of another bench warmer's good work with two minutes remaining. James Hayter intercepted a woeful defensive pass from a Scunthorpe defender, and he slipped the ball to Nathan Ralph, whose shot on target was parried by Sam Slocombe, and Ugwu was on hand to slide home the rebound for a 3-0 lead. That was the signal for the heavens to open with heavy rain and for the home supporters to make their own flood - out of the stadium and into the carparks.
That meant that many of the home fans missed the final nail in the coffin, as James Hayter set up Gozie Ugwu again - allowing the Reading loanee to advance and round the keeper for a confident finish. That goal was good enough to put Yeovil Town on top of the League One table on goal difference, with Tranmere Rovers, Swindon Town and Stevenage tucked in behind them on the same number of points. Ridiculously early in the season for anyone to get too excited at that position, but maybe at least a sign that this year may not be the 'struggle' that the last couple of the seasons have been.
Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Scunthorpe United 0 Yeovil Town 4.
Scorers: Keanu Marsh-Brown (0-1, 37 mins), Reuben Reid (0-2, 50 mins), Gozie Ugwu (0-3, 88 mins), Gozie Ugwu (0-4, 90 mins).
1. Sam Slocombe 2. Christian Ribeiro 5. David Mirfin 15. Niall Canavan 3. Callum Kennedy 4. Josh Walker 7. Jimmy Ryan 14. Robbie Gibbons 16. Mark Duffy 9. Bobby Grant 10. Mike Grella
11. Andy Barcham (76 mins for Jimmy Ryan) 12. Connor Jennings (62 mins for Bobby Grant) 13. James Severn 18. Mark Hughes 20. Callum Howe 21. Tom Newey 23. Jordan Keegan (83 mins for Callum Kennedy)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 4. Richard Hinds 5. Byron Webster 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 6. Dominic Blizzard 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 11. Reuben Reid
12. Gareth Stewart 15. Lewis Young (63 mins for Keanu Marsh-Brown) 16. Nathan Ralph (83 mins for Sam Foley) 18. Archange Nkumu 19. Gozie Ugwu (67 mins for Reuben Reid)
Scunthorpe Bookings: Callum Kennedy (11 mins, foul), Josh Walker (43 mins, unsporting behaviour), Mark Duffy (90 mins, foul).
Yeovil Bookings: Byron Webster (8 mins, foul), Ed Upson (44 mins, foul), Jamie McAllister (90 mins, foul)
Brentford Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 22; Shots On Target: 12; Corners: 10; Fouls: 14.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 4; Fouls: 12.
Referee: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire). Assistants: Simon Clayton (County Durham) and Neil Sharp (Cleveland). Fourth Official: David Plowright (Nottinghamshire).
Attendance: 3,279 (including 113 Yeovil supporters).