FT score: Yeovil Town 3 – 0 Leyton Orient
Stadium: Huish Park, Yeovil
Yeovil goalscorer/s: Madden 41', 74', Hayter 59'
Leyton Orient goalscorer/s: none
My MOTM: James Hayter (Yeovil) – Madden came close but I went for Hayter because he always seemed to be in the right place at the right time. He makes the right decisions. This was shown in the first goal: he cut back the ball for Madden to slot home when he could have gone for goal himself. He is also a poacher and his goal showed that as he slid in at the near post.
Referee: Hooper 8/10 – One or two strange decisions against Yeovil but he let the play flow as much as possible and had a good game. He showed his awareness when many referee's would have blown their whistle and played an important advantage after a foul on Yeovil midfielder Dominic Blizzard. His assistant flagged but luckily the referee overruled him and Gavin Williams crossed for James Hayter to convert.
The Glovers ended 2012 and have started the New Year on a high. Three wins out of their last four is a good return for a team just three points off the play-offs.
Yeovil were clinical, never stopped running and controlled large parts of the game. In form Leyton Orient were always going to have chances and Yeovil did well to get a clean sheet from a team that have won nine out of their last ten games.
They also came up against their former manager in the form of Russell Slade, who guided the Glovers to their highest ever finish before losing to Blackpool 2-0 in the play-off final at Wembley back in 2007.
The O's flew out the starting blocks and looked like the better side for the opening minutes, without really testing Marek Stech in the Glovers goal.
Up the other end Yeovil nearly took the lead when a brilliantly weighted long ball by Ed Upson was controlled by Gavin Williams who crossed in for Paddy Madden to head the ball against the underside of the bar. The assistant referee was perfectly positioned and ruled the ball had not crossed the line, with replays indicating he had made the right decision.
Gavin Williams was again involved for the next Glovers chance when his pin point cross was headed just wide by centre half Byron Webster, who must have thought he had scored his second goal in as many games.
Another set piece this time for the O's was well directed into Leyton Orient defender Ben Chorley, who could only head straight at Marek Stech under pressure from covering Glovers defenders.
The Green & Whites still couldn't break the deadlock, but looked like the better side and got the deserved advantage four minutes from the break…
A long punt over the top of the O's defence was well brought down by James Hayter who pulled the ball back to strike partner Paddy Madden to score his ninth of the season and eighth for Yeovil.
With a permanent move from Carlisle and a 2½ year contract now agreed, subject to Football League paperwork, if Paddy can score a few more goals like that, he might become a very important player for Gary Johnson.
The Glovers had more chances before the break but couldn't find that second goal before the interval.
When Yeovil returned for the second half they knew they still had a job on their hands but settled any nerves when Gavin Williams crossed in for James Hayter to convert his tenth of the campaign at the near post after an excellent advantage was played by the referee when he could have called the Glovers back for a foul committed on midfielder Dominic Blizzard. He played on and it made all the difference.
Dean Cox was then given a chance when the Glovers needlessly piled men forward in the search for a third goal, leaving themselves short at the back. Luckily, Captain Jamie McAllister managed to narrow down the angle enough for Cox to shoot straight at Stech when it could have been so much worse.
Cox was looking like the O's main outlet and he had a dangerous free kick opportunity but could only shoot straight at the wall with the resulting ball pinging around the box until Lloyd James had a shot that was excellently cleared off the line by loanee Fulham defender Daniel Burn with goalkeeper Marek Stech helpless.
Yeovil again punted the ball up field and a dreadful back pass by defender Ben Chorley allowed Paddy Madden to run through on goal. He finished cool as you like by slotting the ball between Jamie Jones' legs and into the back of the net. That third goal finished the game as a contest and the Glovers were able to wrap up the three points quite comfortably.
Glover substitute Reuben Reid had a late effort that was well saved by the O's goalkeeper while up the other end Michael Symes could only divert Dean Cox's cross straight at Marek Stech.
So the Glovers move up to ninth spot and now have a welcome rest on Saturday due to their league opponents being involved in FA Cup action.
Yeovil's next match is away at Leyton Orient next Tuesday in the JPT Area Semi-Final and with a trip to Wembley on the horizon, Gary Johnson will be hoping for a similar sort of result to today's comprehensive victory.
Written by: Josh Wilde, Age 14 (Screen name: Josh 98)