Paddy Madden’s brace set Yeovil Town on their way to a dominant fourth win from five games at Shrewsbury Town.
The Glovers bossed disappointing opposition at Greenhaus Meadow with Madden scoring his fourth and fifth goals in four npower League One games on loan from Carlisle United.
Strike partner James Hayter joined him on the scoresheet, creating daylight between the teams before Shrewsbury’s late penalty.
Ed Upson, Keanu Marsh-Brown, Jamie McAllister and Korey Smith all passed late fitness tests to ensure Gary Johnson could field the same starting XI that beat Bury on Saturday.
Fit-again Luke Ayling took a place among seven substitutes alongside new signing Daniel Johnson, who agreed a month’s youth loan from Aston Villa earlier in the day.
The visitors shrugged off a nervy start to go close on five minutes, Shrewsbury eventually scrambling clear when Byron Webster’s left-footed drive struck and opponent.
Four minutes later the Glovers led. Matt Richards’ rash challenge on Joe Edwards near the corner flag presented McAllister with a right-wing free kick and Madden leapt at the far post to head home unopposed.
On 18 minutes Paul Parry exploited space to cross from the right but his delivery was fractionally too high for Asa Hall to direct on target.
Marsh-Brown’s 20-yard strike on 36 minutes brought the best from former Glovers Chris Weale, the keeper acrobatically palming away to his right with Johnson ready to celebrate a goal.
Terry Gornell tried his luck from distance six minutes before the break, his shot-wrong footing Marek Stech after painfully ricocheting off McAllister’s ankle, but creeping wide of the target.
On the stroke of half time Parry picked out Joe Jacobsen overlapping on the left, only for the angle to prove too tight to give Stech nothing more than simple catching practice.
Twelve minutes after the break Asa Hall turned on the edge of the box and Stech gathered his weak effort.
The Glovers doubled their advantage on the hour mark, replicating the move that forced their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy game at Torquay United to penalties.
Marsh-Brown followed a bright run with a slide rule pass and Hayter slid in at the near post to bundle over the line.
Eight minutes later Hayter had sight of goal to put the result beyond doubt from a throw but Darren Jones slid in to dispossess the striker.
However, the miss was soon forgotten when Madden grabbed a second after 70 minutes. The Irishman finished after being picked out by Upson’s deep cross to the far post.
On 74 minutes Hayter pounced on Jacobson’s hesitation but could not direct his snatched effort on target.
Substitute Johnson endured a tough start to his debut, adjudged to have illegally forced Shrewsbury replacement Tom Bradshaw off the ball in the Glovers’ 18-yard box. Richards confidently stepped up to send Stech the wrong way and give his team hope. With the hosts buoyed by their strike, Yeovil dug in and held on for three points.
Yeovil: Stech, Edwards, Burn, Webster, McAllister (Blizzard 59), Marsh-Brown, Upson, Smith (Johnson 63), Foley, Madden, Hayter (Williams 89). Subs: Stewart, Ayling, Hinds, Reid,
Shrewsbury Town: Weale; Grandison, Jones, Collins, Jacobson; Parry, Hall (Purdie, 80), Summerfield, Richards; Winnall (Taylor, 46), Gornell (Bradshaw, 62). Unused subs: Ward, Wright, Wildig, Hector.
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