Yeovil Away Days

Kent based Iron fan Ryan West reflects on the 1-1 draw with Yeovil last weekend, in the latest installment of our new away days feature. If you want to contribute for a forthcoming away day please get in touch.

The Journey

Another nightmare journey down south… well even deeper south for me! Bank holiday traffic & what seeemd like every farm vehicle ever made on the road saw me & the designated driver, my Dad, do 7 miles in one hour past ‘Stonehenge’. On the plus side, when we finally made it, parking next to the ground was £2. Once again I parted £25 for a League 1 game! We arrived at the ground at 14:15pm.

The ground

Yeovil is becoming a third home, after my place of residence & Glanford Park… of course. This was my 7th trip to Yeovil’s Huish Park. To be honest, this game wasn’t the most eventful I have seen here! The over priced water was refreshing along with the pie which went down a treat. Fans had the choice of standing behind the goal – always my preference on away days.

The home fans were very friendly. While queuing for my pie, one remarked, “Paddy is one hell of a player, we all know he will score”. I gave a smile but deep down I knew he was our best hope of a goal!

The game 

The game was very uneventful for long parts. Russ’ tactics were very defensive. A few early scares nearly cost us dearly however at the interval it was 0-0. Don’t be mistaken, if we were playing Preston again it would have been game over at half time!

I said before the game it would be a 1-1 draw and my prediction was spot on. In the 58th min Yeovil made a substitution and within 5 minutes it paid off. Another scrappy goal to conceed, not cutting out the ball into the box & we found themselves on the brink of another league defeat.

If anyone follows me on twitter, they will know I immediately put “1-0 Yeovil, game over”. I could see no way back for Scunthorpe, but as have seen in the past, strikers are worth their weight in gold! Some luck, some skill & a classy player…Who else!? Paddy Madden drew us level! 

Paddy is a class act, a natural finisher. He didn’t have a sniff all game until that chance! We only started to play when they were 1-0 down, which was disappointing as Yeovil were average at best and were there for the taking. I said when 1-0 down, “if we lose, Russ has the Walsall game to save his job”. 

I think he probably has a little more time now but I doubt very much that he will still be our manager by December.

Man of the match

Big Vocal Bobby


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Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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