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Yeovil Town 1-1 Scunthorpe United: Sky Bet League One Match Report

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: August 23, 2014

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Paddy Madden haunted his former employers as his goal rescued a point for Scunthorpe United against former club Yeovil Town at Huish Park.

The Glovers were comfortably the better team in the Sky Bet League One clash but failed to make their dominance count in the final third. Substitute Kieffer Moore gave Yeovil a deserved second half lead only for Madden to make the most of generous defending to fire home.

Glovers' boss Gary Johnson kept faith in the same starting XI for the first time this season, those that beat Walsall earning the chance to impress again.

As the Glovers started the better, James Hayter lost his marker on five minutes to make space and head on Sam Foley's industrious cross, but the effort did not quite have enough to threaten debutant keeper Bobby Olejnik.

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Two minutes later Luke O'Neill's dreadful touch allowed Ajay Leitch-Smith to get the better of him, the striker expected to better than drill at Olejnik's legs in an excellent position.

On 13 minutes Jennison Myrie-Williams tried his luck from 20 yard saving cut in from the left, Chris Weale erring on the side of caution by pushing around the post.

Simon Gillett's succulent 23rd minute ball over the top was chased by both Leitch-Smith and Kevin Dawson, Olejnik having to save well to keep the game goal-less.

As Yeovil's bright start and supremacy waned, Iron grew in stature and confidence. A minute before the interval the hosts' poor clearance struck a United hand that went unpunished, Paddy Madden then rattling the goal net support from 20 yards.

The Glovers failed to start the second half in the same way they started the first, Scunthorpe almost profiting nine minutes into the period.

Terry Hawkridge skipped past Nathan Smith's cross to pick out the unmarked Lyle Taylor, who somehow headed at Weale just six yards out, Madden unable to mop up the rebound.

Moore had been on the pitch just two minutes when he opened the scoring on 65 minutes. His chest down allowed Foley to burst to the byline, the striker emphatically converting his winger's cross.

On 69 minutes Dawson's excellent cross from the right was met by Leitch-Smith but the forward could not get over the header to trouble Olejnik.

With eight minutes left the Glovers had only themselves to blame for binning their winning position. When a ball forward found Madden the striker appeared to have too much to do. However, three home defenders allows him to advance into the box and then clinically finish.

The strike stirred the Glovers as they realised they were staring at a draw they should not be settling for.

Four added minutes at the end of the game gave hope, but were not enough for the home team to forge ahead again.

Iron returned home the happier, getting off the mark for the season with a point they were gifted while Yeovil's lack of attacking bite was to blame for failing to finish off poor opposition.

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