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Glovers Sting the Bees

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By Alex O'Loughlin
January 29 2011

Yeovil continue their resurgent start to 2011 with a fourth win in seven walking away from Brentford with all three points after a smash and grab 2-1 victory.

Coming into the match manager Terry Skiverton was forced into making one change, with Luke Ayling sitting out the game through suspension after getting sent off at Sheffield Wednesday in midweek. Fortunately, Jean-Paul Kalala was available after serving a four match ban to fill in the gap at right back. 

At some points throughout the week the fixture had been thrown into doubt due to the freezing weather, but the game was okay to take place despite the pitch being far from perfect.

The opening quarter of an hour was a scrappy affair, mainly due to the bumpy pitch, with neither side being able to take control of the match in the early stages.

But Brentford soon began to create chances, with Gary Alexander first to bring a good save from Tuesday night's hero Stephen Henderson. 

A few minutes later Henderson demonstrated his ability, producing a superb double save from first Charlie MacDonald's shot and then Myles Weston on the rebound. 

less than sixty seconds later and the Bees went close again, with Robbie Simpson seeing his header cleared off of the line to keep the score at 0-0. 

As is often the case when one side is dominant the other side scores, and that is exactly what happened when the Glovers stole the lead against the run of play with virtually their first attack of the game. 

Andy Williams' effort cannoned off of the post after running on to a through ball, but Oli Johnson was there to bundle in the rebound at the second attempt to snatch the lead, although the striker did receive a yellow card for celebrating with the fans, not that he will mind! 0-1.

The goal didn't really liven things up, in what can only be described as a scrappy match, with neither side able to find their passing range in the opening 45 minutes. 

Charlie MacDonald was next to go close for the Bees, forcing a good save from Stephen Henderson, but the striker didn't have to wait long to get his goal.

Karleigh Osbourne floated in a cross which the ex-Southend striker swivelled on excellently before firing past a helpless Henderson to level the scoreline, in what was probably a deserved goal. 1-1.

Asides from the two goals and the flurry of chances Brentford had before the Glovers opening goal the first half was devoid of any real goal mouth action, with the half time whistle coming as a relief for those sat in the cold weather at Griffin Park. 

Half Time: Brentford 1-1 Yeovil Town

The game picked up slightly in the second half, although it was still far from a memorable match. 

Gary Alexander had another good chance for Brentford with his effort floating just over the bar, whilst at the other end Dean Bowditch shot wide in a rare Yeovil attack. 

As the game crawled into the final ten minutes it looked as if the game would peter out in what would be a dull score draw, that was until a dismal bit of defending from Karleigh Osbourne. 

The central defender attempted to pass back to 'keeper Richard Lee but massively under hit the pass allowing Oli Johnson to run on to the ball. 

Andy Williams ran onto the ball with Richard Lee onrushing outside of his area. As Williams went to go around the 'keeper it seemed as if Lee had timed his challenge perfectly, but he had used his hand to dispossess Williams resulting in a free kick just outside of the box and a straight red card for Brentford shot stopper. 

After a lengthy delay to allow substitute Simon Royce to take to the field, Yeovil smashed their way back into the lead. 

From the resulting free kick Paul Wotton stepped up to smash the ball past a rooted Royce to mark his first game since signing permanently with a goal. 1-2.

The Green and Whites played out the remaining time with relative ease to claim another precious away day victory. Although they still lie in the relegation zone, there are now three teams tied on thirty points, with a few goals separating 21st and the safe zone of 19th. 

Terry Skiverton's side now face a struggling Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday in what could be deemed a relegation six pointer.


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