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Laws livid after Byron “took Sodje out” – A fans view

By Josh98  |  Posted: February 17, 2013

HAPPY DAYS: The Yeovil players celebrate after scoring against Scunthorpe at Huish Park. The Somerset side have won their last eight League games and are now only one point off the summit. Photo by Mike Kunz.

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FT score: Yeovil Town 3  –  0 Scunthorpe United (Npower League One)
Stadium: Huish Park, Yeovil
Yeovil Town goalscorer/s: Webster 28', Hayter (pen) 72', Madden 75'
Scunthorpe United goalscorer/s: none
My Man of the Match: Kevin Dawson (Yeovil Town)His endless running and 100% work ethic is an example to all. He never gives up and always keeps going until the final whistle. Currently on a six-month contract with the Glovers but if I were Gary, I'd sign him up long-term.
Referee: Whitestone 5/10A horrible mistake not to send off Yeovil's Byron Webster for what everyone in the ground must have thought would have been an easy decision. However, I doubt it would have had that much impact on the game. He also, all too often, stopped the game from flowing with his unwillingness to play what might have been meaningful advantages. Overall, a poor afternoon for the man in the middle.
Attendance: 4,163

Scunthorpe Manager Brian Laws was sent to the stands at half time while Yeovil comfortably won their eighth game in a row in the League, with Glovers fans sensing this could be their year.

The match wasn't without its talking points, especially when Glovers defender Byron Webster seemed to chop down Iron frontman Akpo Sodje - with the striker clean through on goal. However, the referee deemed, much to the relief of the Yeovil faithful, that there was no foul and saved Byron from an inevitable red card.

Brian Laws was furious on the touchline and was eventually sent to the stands by referee Whitestone. The Iron Manager quoted after the match "It doesn't matter what division you are in, that's a sending off and that was not acceptable", going on to say the decision was "ridiculous". He did admit though that "over 90 minutes we didn't deserve to get anything out of it".

Scunthorpe did start the brighter of the two sides but for the game as a whole, Yeovil had the majority of possession, chances and corners in a match which they largely controlled.

Madden and Foley had chances before the Glovers finally went ahead in the twenty-eighth minute…

Ed Upson, whose corners had been causing problems all afternoon, delivered a ball to the near post that looped in off defender Byron Webster's stooping header to give Yeovil a well-deserved lead.

This gave the Yeovil players a chance to congratulate Glovers goalkeeper Marek Stech on the pitch after he became a proud father for the first time on Thursday. They all rushed up to the half-way line and did the rocking baby celebration, which was a nice touch for the Czech stopper.

Just before half-time came THAT incident and I thought for all the world that the referee would reach to his back pocket. Somehow though he didn't and I just felt then that the luck was with us to get another precious three points to further our promotion push.

In the second half Scunthorpe did come back into the game slightly but Yeovil defended stoutly and never really looked like they were going to concede.

Up the other end, Madden had two good chances to score but couldn't find the back of the net while Dawson was causing problems with his lung-busting runs down the right hand flank. However, it was actually the other winger, Sam Foley, who would be heavily involved in Yeovil's second goal…

From a Scunthorpe corner, Yeovil cleared the ball and set up Sam Foley on the counter-attack. He ran and ran all the way into the Iron penalty area, before he was brought down by a clumsy Kennedy challenge and finally hit the deck.

The referee had an easy decision to make and pointed to the spot, with James Hayter coolly stepping up and sending the goalkeeper the wrong way to give the Glovers a two-goal cushion.

The result was finally wrapped up three minutes later, with Joe Edwards bursting into the box before squaring the ball to Paddy Madden, who had the simple task of tapping in from a couple of yards out.

This win sees Yeovil climb up to third in the League standings and only one solitary point off the summit.

Next up is a hard trip to promotion rivals Doncaster, in search of a ninth consecutive League One victory.

Written by: Josh Wilde, Age 14 (YTFC season ticket holder - Screen name: Josh98).

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