Match Details: 06/04/2013
Yeovil Town 2-1 Shrewsbury Town
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: James Hayter (11), Paddy Madden (32)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Marek Stech, 2. Luke Ayling, 5. Byron Webster, 8. Ed Upson, 9. James Hayter, 17. Paddy Madden, 18. Daniel Burn, 20. Joe Edwards, 22. Kevin Dawson, 26. Matthew Dolan, 29. Angelo Balanta
Subs: 4. Richard Hinds, 10. Gavin Williams, 12. Gareth Stewart, 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko, 14. Sam Foley, 16. Nathan Ralph, 19. Ben Gordon,
Substitutes Used: Sam Foley for Kevin Dawson (73 mins), Gavin Williams for Matthew Dolan (79 mins), Richard Hinds for James Hayter (90 mins)
Yeovil Town gained three priceless points this afternoon, as they sneaked past Shrewsbury Town in a tight encounter. All the goals came during the first half, as a James Hayter penalty opened the scoring after Marvin Morgan was penalised for handball. A Steve McGinn strike from the edge of the box gave the visitors an equaliser midway through the half, but his goal was eclipsed by a wonderful long range goal from Paddy Madden for his 23rd of the season. Shrewsbury managed plenty of second half pressure to keep the match edgy, but couldn't stop Yeovil going third in the League One table, with a five point advantage over seventh place Tranmere Rovers.
The Glovers went into the match naming an unchanged eleven and an unchanged substitutes bench from Monday's 2-1 win against Notts County at Meadow Lane. Lewis Young returned to training on Thursday but didn't make the squad, whilst Jamie McAllister wasn't risked with his ongoing ankle injury. In the opposition side, Chris Weale was the Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper - the first time he's returned to Huish Park for a competitive match since leaving the club he joined as a youngster. Appropriately, some of his former team-mates were paraded to the supporters before the game with Kirk Jackson, Abdou El Kholti and Colin Miles numbered amongst those who got a standing ovation - of course others who he played with during the 2002-03 season were in the dugouts or in the opposing team.
It was a sluggish start by Yeovil, with Tom Eaves glancing a corner wide of the post, whilst Marek Stech had to save from Jon Taylor. But they got a penalty with their first attack of the game, as a Matt Dolan corner was met by the head of Byron Webster. Shrewsbury striker was judged to have handled that attempt on goal, and referee Oliver Langford pointed to the spot. James Hayter sent Chris Weale the wrong way via the penalty kick, leaving Wealey's first touch of the ball to be picking it out of his own net.
The visitors had shown some reasonable play during the opening period, particularly down their left flank, and it wasn't too surprising to find them getting an equalising goal from that route. Joe Jacobson, formerly of Bristol Rovers, broke past Kevin Dawson, and his cross into the box was only half headed away by Byron Webster and into the path of Steve McGinn. His drive from distance was excellently struck, leaving Marek Stech standing still as the Shrews levelled the scores - Yeovil's defensively minded players had been caught too wide open and exposed in the build-up to McGinn's strike.
The Glovers gradually began to grow into the match, and they regained the lead just 32 minutes into this topsy-turvy half with a goal of real quality. On the whole, Paddy Madden's goals have been from close range this season, with predatory instincts finding the net rather than the spectacular. Hence there's probably few rivals for his 23rd of the season - James Hayter fed the ball through, and Madden cut inside his marker before unleashing a superb goal from outside the box, and into the bottom left hand corner. 2-1 and apart from a whack that Madden got on the shins after he tried to get on the end of an Angelo Balanta cross, that saw him go down injured just before the break, that was pretty much the end of the action for that half.
The second period saw Shrewsbury make a half time switch, and Yeovil put on the back foot a little. Some of the visiting approach play was concerning - Matt Richards and Tom Eaves both broke through the centre without tackles coming in, but thankfully their attempts went wide of the target. Yeovil's chances were few and far between - Angelo Balanta's weaving run saw Chris Weale deflect for a corner as they frequently struggled to keep the ball on a pitch that desperately needs some summer maintenance to sort itself out.
Shrewsbury's goalscorer Steve McGinn went for his second from the edge of the box but this time Marek Stech got his body behind the ball, smothering it at the second attempt. In the closing stages though, the Glovers took full control of the situation - running the ball towards the corner flags and frustrating the opposition as they ran down the clock. Not a vintage performance, but at this stage of the season, does anyone care - particularly when they can examine the League One table and realise what that win means for the club's play-off chances now? Six points from their remaining four games would guarantee that.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Shrewsbury Town 1.
Scorers: James Hayter (11 mins, 1-0, pen), Steve McGinn (21 mins, 1-1), Paddy Madden (32 mins, 2-1).
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster (Capt) 18. Daniel Burn 20. Joe Edwards
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 26. Matthew Dolan 29. Angelo Balanta
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds (90 mins for James Hayter) 10. Gavin Williams (79 mins for Matthew Dolan) 14. Sam Foley (73 mins for Kevin Dawson) 16. Nathan Ralph 19. Ben Gordon 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko
1. Chris Weale 3. Joe Jacobson 4. Luke Summerfield 8. Matthew Richards (Capt) 11. Jon Taylor 15. Steve McGinn 18. Connor Goldson 23. Yado Mambo 26. James Hurst 10. Marvin Morgan 24. Tom Eaves
25. Joe Anyon 2. Jermaine Grandison 6. Rob Purdie (46 mins for James Hurst) 17. Paul Parry 19. David McAllister 20. Aaron Wildig 27. Akwasi Asante (71 mins for Marvin Morgan)
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Shrewsbury Bookings: None.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 59%; Shots: 3; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 7; Fouls: 8.
Shrewsbury Match Statistics: Possession: 41%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 4; Fouls: 5.
Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Assistants: Darren Blunden (Kent) and Steve Rubery (Essex). Fourth Official: Andrew Laver (Hampshire).
Attendance: 4,473 (with 376 Shrewsbury supporters).