FT score: Yeovil Town 3 – 0 Brentford (Npower League One)
Stadium: Huish Park, Yeovil
Yeovil Town goalscorer/s: Madden 34', Upson 41', Burn 84'.
Brentford goalscorer/s: none
My Man of the Match: Marek Stech (Yeovil Town) – The Czech stopper made a number of excellent saves to ensure the Glovers kept a well-deserved clean sheet. With his wife expecting a baby imminently you would expect his mind to be on other things, but he showed his professionalism and class to keep Brentford at bay.
Referee: Linington 7/10 – Didn't really have to make any major decisions as the football did the talking. Missed one or two shirt pulls here and there but overall had a solid afternoon.
Yeovil continued their impressive start to 2013 with another fine performance from Gary Johnson's men that leaves his side just outside the playoffs on goal difference. Paddy Madden, an Ed Upson screamer and a rare Dan Burn goal was enough to see them win comfortably at Huish Park against promotion chasing Brentford.
Yeovil were on a great run of form coming into this game, having won their last four league games.
The Bees were also on a high, less than a week on from drawing against Chelsea 2-2 in the FA Cup Fourth Round.
The teams entered the pitch in front of a bumper crowd, aided by a large number of Brentford supporters who had made the trip South.
Brentford had started the better and the first chance fell to Donaldson, who tried to chip the Glovers goalkeeper first time but his effort was well tipped over by Stech.
The resulting corner fell to Forester who had his effort cleared off the line by defender Dan Burn with the goalkeeper beaten.
Donaldson then had another chance to open the scoring when he cut in from the right hand side only to see his shot fizzle just past the post.
Brentford were made to rue their missed opportunities just after the half hour mark when a long searching ball into the opposition half was cleared by Bees defender Tony Craig, only to deflect off Yeovil's Kevin Dawson right into the path of teammate Paddy Madden who, through one on one with the keeper advancing, kept his cool and volleyed it over him to give the Glovers an unlikely lead.
Straight up the other end Brentford nearly had an immediate equaliser when a free kick into the box found its way to Harry Forrester three yards out, only to have his powerful effort brilliantly saved at point blank range by Stech.
Just when it looked like that would be it for the first half, Ed Upson picked up the ball midway inside the Brentford half and decided to have a go from a full thirty yards, what a go it was…
The ball flew past the helpless Bees keeper into the top left hand corner. That was Upson's first league goal of the season and on his hundredth appearance for the club, he had produced an absolute beauty to send the Yeovil faithful into raptures.
Yeovil nearly nicked a third before the break when a good ball was fed into Dawson who turned for Paddy Madden to take on a snap shot which was well saved by Moore. The rebound fell to Sam Foley and with the ex. Newport man literally metres from an open net, it looked inevitable that he would wrap up the three points. Somehow though it didn't go in as his attempted shot was sensationally blocked by a covering defender, who threw himself at the ball to put it behind for a corner.
Both teams might have felt they could have scored more goals in the first period but Yeovil went in leading 2-0 at the interval.
In the second half Hayter had a glorious opportunity to seal the win when he was laid through, only to put his effort over the bar.
Defender Luke Ayling, who had never scored for the Glovers, came close when his shot curled just past the left hand upright.
Yeovil knew they needed just one more goal to finish the match as a contest and got it six minutes from time…
The Somerset side had a free kick wide on the left hand side, which was whipped in for Fulham loanee Dan Burn to volley home.
The defender showed the technique of a centre forward and it was his first goal in the Green & White hoops after an eventful debut at Preston, where he managed to score at both ends.
There was a late chance for new Palace loanee Kwesi Appiah, who had his header cleared off the line by a covering defender.
The game finished 3-0 and with that result Yeovil managed to complete the double over their London opponents. Now it is onto Tuesday, where they know if they can get a result against managerless Oldham at Boundary Park, they could be as high as fourth in Npower League One –though realistically fifth with goal difference taken into consideration.
Written by: Josh Wilde, Age 14 (Screen name: Josh98).