Match Details: 06/10/2012
Yeovil Town 3-1 Colchester United
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: Paddy Madden (20), Paddy Madden (34), James Hayter (78)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Marek Stech, 3. Jamie McAllister, 4. Richard Hinds, 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown, 8. Ed Upson, 9. James Hayter, 14. Sam Foley, 17. Paddy Madden, 18. Daniel Burn, 22. Joe Edwards, 26. Korey Smith
Subs: 2. Luke Ayling, 6. Dominic Blizzard, 10. Gavin Williams, 11. Reuben Reid, 12. Gareth Stewart, 16. Nathan Ralph,
Bookings: Ed Upson (Foul, 55)
Yeovil Town broke their six game losing run this afternoon at Huish Park, as they saw off Colchester United by a 3-1 scoreline. Two goals from Carlisle United loanee Paddy Madden gave him a dream debut, even if Jabo Ibehre equalised in between those two strikes. The match was sealed 12 minutes from time, after James Hayter netted to celebrate both a win for his side and the weekend that he became the father to a baby daughter. The three points represented the fourth consecutive home win over their Essex opponents, and lifts them back up to 13th in the League One table.
Manager Gary Johnson once again rang the changes, with three players dropping out of the side. Centre-back Byron Webster was suspended after reaching five bookings, and he was replaced by Sam Foley as a readjustment in formation allowed the Glovers to revert to a 4-4-2 formation. Ed Upson returned from suspension, and he slotted into midfield, displacing Dominic Blizzard. Up front Paddy Madden made his debut as he replaced Reuben Reid in the side.
The opening period was a little tentative and nervous, with both sides having chances to open the scoring. There were a few half chances, with Sam Foley sending a header wide, and then the same player putting a volley away from the goal. Keanu Marsh-Brown moved in from the wing and forced a save out of Mark Cousins, but again didn't quite strike the ball cleanly. At the other end, former loanee Gavin Massey forced his way past Dan Burn and forced Marek Stech into his first save. It was an okay start, but one in which both sides could have nudged their way into the lead.
The goal that the Glovers needed to ease their nerves came 20 minutes into the half, as both strikers combined to open the scoring. James Hayter did all the spade work, getting clean through on goal. As he tried to get past keeper Mark Cousins, the ball was fumbled out. In the right place at the right time was Paddy Madden who took advantage of an open goal to slot the ball home and put Yeovil 1-0 up.
Frustratingly though, that lead only lasted five minutes. Former loanee Gavin Massey was involved in the build-up of a somewhat scrappy equalising goal, as Ed Upson's slip on the turf allowed Marcus Bean to out-muscle him, and when Massey poked the ball across the face of goal, Jabo Ibehre was on hand to force the ball home, with the marking having gone rather missing once the Glovers had conceded possession.
The worry then, was that heads might drop, just as they did last weekend at Preston once the equaliser came in. Thankfully there seemed to be a bit more steel about the performance, and the game was level for just nine minutes as the game swung Yeovil's way again. Joe Edwards had a shot on goal that was blocked by a defender, and when the ball fell loose to Paddy Madden, he rifled home a volleyed shot from the edge of the box that flew past keeper Mark Cousins to put his temporary side ahead again. Two goals in 34 minutes - not bad for a debut at all!
Colchester had a couple of chances to equalise before the break, but overall it was a worthy half time lead. The second period opened up with both sides striking the woodwork from distance. Korey Smith's run through the middle of the park saw him thump one against the crossbar from 25 yards out, with the ball ultimately pinging out for a goal kick. At the other end, former Bristol City fullback Brian Wilson did the same, with his curling effort having Marek Stech well beaten.
Paddy Madden was doing his best to get a hat-trick, and he forced Colchester keeper Mark Cousins into two excellent saves - one after his shot was a little too close to the keeper, and another which he fired from the edge of the box that Cousins could only parry away. Overall this was Yeovil's half, although there were hearts in mouths when Marek Stech fumbled a cross, with centre-backs Richard Hinds and Dan Burn doing enough to get in the way of the loose goalmouth scramble that ensued.
That was probably Colchester's moment to get back into the game, as twelve minutes from time, Yeovil extended their lead. New father James Hayter got a chance to celebrate the big moment in his personal life, with a bit of glory on the pitch. Paddy Madden and Jamie McAllister combined down the left flank, and the captain's cut-back was well timed to allow Hayter to net his fourth goal of the season. It was also enough to give him the sponsors Man of the Match award, although Madden might be having a word with them about that one after his brace.
In the end, what mattered most was that the six game run had been ended, and all could heave a sigh of relief that six hadn't become seven. With four away matches coming up over the next five games, leading up to the FA Cup, it's not going to be a walk in the park. But the Glovers got a little back into their stride today, and that will be vital in order to get the club back on track a little bit. Up to 13th in the table, and a bit more of a solid base for Gary Johnson to work from.
Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Colchester United 1.
Scorers: Paddy Madden (1-0, 20 mins), Jabo Ibehre (1-1, 25 mins), Paddy Madden (2-1, 34 mins), James Hayter (3-1, 78 mins).
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
22. Joe Edwards 4. Richard Hinds 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 8. Ed Upson 26. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden
12. Gareth Stewart 2. Luke Ayling 6. Dominic Blizzard 10. Gavin Williams 11. Reuben Reid 16. Nathan Ralph (none used).
1. Mark Cousins
20. Brian Wilson 18. Tom Eastman 4. Magnus Okuonghae 3. Michael Rose
15. Marcus Bean 33. Craig Eastmond 22. Anthony Wordsworth 39. Sanchez Watt
21. Gavin Massey 12. Jabo Ibehre
35. Carl Pentney 6. Matt Heath 7. Karl Duguid (72 mins for Marcus Bean) 9. Clinton Morrison 11. Freddie Sears (62 mins for Gavin Massey) 16. Ian Henderson (80 mins for Sanchez Watt) 25. John White
Yeovil Bookings: Ed Upson (foul, 55 mins)
Colchester Bookings: None.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 4; Fouls: 6.
Colchester Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 6; Fouls: 9.
Referee: Stephen Bratt (West Midlands). Assistants: Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire) and Dan Robathan (Surrey). Fourth Official: Simon Knapp (Bristol).
Attendance: 3,002 (including 118 Colchester fans).