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Yeovil Continue Surge Towards Safety!

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By Alex O'Loughlin
January 8 2011

A fully deserved 2-0 victory over Brentford at Huish Park this afternoon has seen the Glovers climb to within three points of safety, extending their unbeaten run to four games. 

An unchanged side couldn't be named for a third game running due to the expiry of John Sullivan and Shaun MacDonald's loan spells, with Stephen Henderson (returning on loan for a second time) and Ed Upson replacing them in the starting eleven. Adam Virgo made it onto the bench, but veteran midfielder Alex Russell missed out through injury. 

The Glovers began the game immediately on the front foot, with Andy Williams almost setting up Andy Welsh inside the first minute, with the winger's header lacking the power to trouble Richard Lee in the Bees goal. 

A run of three games without conceding had obviously given the Green and Whites a much needed confidence boost, as they absorbed some early Brentford attacks with seeming ease. 

Just before the quarter of an hour mark and a moment of controversy struck as Andy Welsh and Craig Woodman challenged for the ball. The Yeovil midfielder had poked the ball past Woodman, who then studded the Scotsman above the knee. Whether there was any intent to hurt Welsh or whether it was an honest attempt to get the ball only Woodman will know, as he escaped with a yellow card. 

After recovering from being studded Andy Welsh went on to pay a pivotal role in the the next few Yeovil moves, as he first set up Nathan Smith to send over a teasing cross, and then crossed himself causing the Brentford defence to scurry it clear. 

Brentford's only way of getting near Yeovil's goal was via the use of corners with Miles Weston seeing his shot deflected wide, before Marcus Bean was denied by 'keeper Henderson after connecting with Marc Laird's knock down. 

But Yeovil were soon into a deserved lead when for a second game running Andy Welsh set up captain Paul Huntington. His dangerous out swinging free-kick found Huntington six yards out, who nodded past the beaten Lee before being clattered by the Bees 'keeper, demonstrating his commitment to the cause. 1-0.

Yeovil weren't about to rest on their laurels as they pressed for a second goal. 

Andy Williams received the ball out on the right wing before cutting it back for Sam Williams who was unable to connect with the pass as Karleigh Osborne cleared. 

Nothing less than they deserved, Yeovil took their lead into half time.

Half Time: Yeovil Town 1-0 Brentford

Andy Scott evidently gave his side the hair dryer at half time, as they began the second half in a hurried fashion. 

Experienced striker Gary Alexander had two glorious chances inside a minute, as he first headed wide from Marcus Bean's cross despite being unmarked, and the ex-Millwall man then had his effort saved well by a spread Stephen Henderson. 

The bombardment didn't stop there though as Marc Laird looked to pick out Alexander for a third time, before captain Paul Huntington cleared at the last opportunity. 

Ten minutes into the second half and Brentford felt they should have had a penalty, as Charlie MacDonald went down under what seemed very little contact from Yeovil youngster Max Ehmer, which referee Andy Woolmer correctly waved away. 

Two minutes later and Yeovil doubled their lead in a flowing and well executed move. Dean Bowditch teased right back Stephen Wright before laying it off to an over lapping Nathan Smith, who from the by-line delivered a cross towards Andy Williams who glanced in from six yards.  Although the striker did later admit that the 'header' in fact came off of his shoulder! 2-0.

In an attempt to get back into the game Bees manager Andy Scott threw on strikers Nicky Forster and Robbie Simpson for Marcus Bean and Gary Alexander respectively. 

Just minutes before the seventy minute mark and their could have been a goal of the season the contender, as Andy Williams almost topped of a glowing performance with a spectacular goal. 

The front man surged from the halfway line before skilfully turning inside of Leon Legge dispatching a curling effort seemingly destined for the far corner, which Richard Lee excellently tipped round the post denying Williams an excellent solo goal.

Throughout the game Andy Williams tormented his marker Leon Legge, who was then removed for Pim Balkestein, which Andy Williams would call a 'moral victory' in the post match interview after dominating the centre back for most of the game. 

Brentford understandably pushed forward looking for a way back into the game, but that never happened and in fact it was Yeovil who went closest late on, with Andy Welsh's free-kick cannoning back off of the bar.

The Glovers held on a for a fully deserved 2-0 victory over mid-table Brentford, as they extend their unbeaten run to four games, finding themselves just two points away from safety lying in the final relegation place. 

A tough trip to Swindon now awaits the Green and Whites, although on recent form the Glovers will fancy their chances against anyone. Something sure to please the Yeovil faithful will be the unfaltering desire demonstrated by the players, a characteristic needed to stave off relegation. 


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