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SWINDON TOWN -&nbsp;2 (Paynter 9', Austin 22', Ward 46')
YEOVIL TOWN - 1 (Tomlin 26')
Swindon Town made it a happy end to 2009 with a 3-1 win over Yeovil Town at the County Ground.
Goals from Billy Paynter, Charlie Austin and Danny Ward ensured&nbsp;three points from a game in&nbsp;which they dominated their opponents, writes Tom Otrebski.
Danny Wilson made just one change from the side that were denied victory at Charlton on Boxing Day, with Lecsinel&nbsp;Jean-Francois dropping out of the matchday squad and Alan O'Brien starting on the left hand side of midfield.
It was the visitors who made the&nbsp;first inroads. Town had to be sharp as twice they had to clear off their own line: Jonathan Douglas and Kevin Amankwaah in the right place at the right time.
Despite being outplayed for the opening quarter, it was the home side who took the lead after 9 minutes. JP McGovern found space on the right to curl in a left-footed cross onto Paynter's forehead and the striker duly obliged by powering home his 12th goal of the season.
Simon Ferry cleared off the line again before Charlie Austin doubled Town's lead with his 7th goal in as many games. Billy Paynter's tenacity enabled him to just keep in a ball on the right touchline before playing in a low&nbsp;cross towards Simon Ferry, who&nbsp;touched the ball on to Charlie Austin. With the ball trapped in his feet the striker expertly made some room and managed to dig out a shot which nestled in the far corner of the net.
Moments later Yeovil got themselves right back into the game&nbsp;courtesy of&nbsp;Gavin Tomlin's spectacular strike. Whether he meant it or not, his cross-cum-shot from the right hand corner of the 18-yard box sailed perfectly over David Lucas and into the net.
That's the way it stayed until half time. Both sides fairly evenly matched and although Town created more before the break it was finely poised going into the second 45.
Danny Ward, on loan from Bolton, handed Town the perfect start to the second half. With many people still taking their seats after the interval it seemed as if Yeovil had stayed in the dressing room as Ward was allowed room to drive between two defenders and slam the ball past a stunned Richard Martin to restore Swindon's two-goal advantage.
Ward's strike effectively killed off the game with Yeovil rarely threatening in the remaining time. Towards the end, David Lucas had to be alert in order to keep out a well-hit effort from the edge of the area and once again in injury time when he had to push a shot round the post.
Swindon could and perhaps should have extended their advantage as Yeovil appeared to crumble. Scott Cuthbert was guilty of missing two super chances in the second half: Firstly heading wide then failing to connect with a corner as it dropped at his feet, only managing to steer the wrong side of the post.
Billy Paynter was announced as Man of the Match and he must have experienced delusions of grandeur when, seconds after the announcement, a deflected pass fell perfectly for him and he found himself through with the goalkeeper charging out to meet him. He tried to lift the ball over the advancing 'keeper but could only stab his attempt horribly wide.
In the end, a comfortable three points for Town who will be&nbsp;hoping to put in a similar&nbsp;performance&nbsp;at Fulham. With up&nbsp;to 6,000 fans travelling to&nbsp;west London, today's result will certainly&nbsp;whet their appetites for Saturday's mouthwatering FA Cup tie.
Swindon Town: David Lucas: Kevin Amankwaah, Gordon Greer (Capt), Scott Cuthbert, Alan Sheehan; Jon-Paul McGovern, Simon Ferry, Jonathan Douglas, Alan O'Brien (Ward '35); Charlie Austin (Peacock '83), Billy Paynter
Substitutes: Phil Smith (GK) Lloyd Macklin, Alex Revell, Michael Timlin, Ben Hutchinson, Danny Ward, Lee Peacock
Yeovil Town: Richard Martin; Craig Alcock (Capt.), Stefan Stam, Steven Caulker, Nathan Smith; Jean-Paul Kalala, Keiran Murtagh, Ryan Mason; John Obika, Gavin Tomlin, Sam Williams
Substitutes: Ben Roberts (GK), Nathan Jones, Terrell Forbes, Andrew Welsh, Scott Murray, Andy Lindegaard, Sam Lechmere
Referee: KP Stroud
Attendance: 8,509 (638 from Yeovil)
2pm- The teams are in. Alan O'Brien replaces Lecsinel Jean-Francois, and Alan Sheehan returns to the&nbsp;left back position he occupied in the last home game against Brighton &amp; Hove Albion. Richard Martin replaces the injured Alex McCarthy in goal for the visitors, with goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts on the bench.
2.43 - Good afternoon and welcome to the County Ground. The teams have gone back in from their warm-ups and the crowd are slowly filtering in fresh from a busy Christmas period hoping for three points against Yeovil.
2.55 - It seems the PA system at the County Ground has fallen foul of the recent cold snap. Despite that, the two teams are out on the pitch.
3pm - The visitors get the game underway, attacking the Town End in the first half.
3.02 - Early pressure from Yeovil. They almost go ahead when Town switch off at the back. Two clearances off the line from Amankwaah then Douglas mean it'sa nervy start from the home side.
3.07 - Alan O'Brien's run down the left finds Billy Paynter in the&nbsp;box. He can't keep his header on target though. Still cagey stuff from both sides.
3.12 - GOAL! Brilliant cross from McGovern on the right finds Billy Paynter who heads home his 12th goal of the season. Some patient build up play finds McGovern on the right. He cuts in onto his left foot and curls an inch-perfect cross onto the forehead of Billy Paynter who powers the ball past Richard Martin.
3.15 - Yeovil almost equalise when a corner from the right is headed straight for the corner of David Lucas's goal. Thankfully for Swindon, Simon Ferry is on hand to block the ball and clear his lines.
3.20 - GOAL! Charlie Austin digs the ball out from under his feet to slot home Town's second of the afternoon. Billy Paynter does well to keep the ball in on the right hand side before cutting the ball back to Simon Ferry. Ferry&nbsp;flicks the ball on to&nbsp;Austin who&nbsp;gets the ball trapped under his feet. With three defenders around him he manages to get a toe underneath the ball and flick it into the far corner of the net.&nbsp;Excellent&nbsp;finish from the youngster who scores his 7th goal in as many games. Is it me or&nbsp;is he just getting better and better?
3.24 - GOAL! Yeovil equalise with a cross-cum-shot from&nbsp;Gavin Tomlin:&nbsp;The ball deflects to him on the right hand edge of the area and the Yeovil man looks up before lifting the ball over Lucas and into the far corner. Intentional or not, it's 2-1.
3.29 - The game has stopped momentarily as Alan Sheehan receives some treatment. He's back on his feet but what a first half hour we've had here at the County Ground: Three first class strikes and hopefully more to come. This game looks to have goals written all over it.
3.33 - SUBSTITUTION: Alan O'Brien is done for today. The winger is replaced by Danny Ward.
3.36 - Another half-chance for Town. Billy Paynter is again the architect as his ball into the box comes to Austin. With his back to goal he lays the ball off to McGovern who stretches and can't keep his shot down.
3.45 - Two minutes of time to be added on. Paynter goes close with another strike but forces a good save from Martin. A good way to end the half. The two sides go in level at the break.
H/T - Swindon Town 2-1 Yeovil Town
4.01&nbsp;- GOAL! What a start to the half! Danny Ward scores his first goal on loan from Bolton. Blink and you'll have missed it! Played in on the left hand side the striker finds himself through on goal and calmly&nbsp;slams the ball into the far corner.&nbsp;&nbsp;
4.08 - It's Olay football at the County Ground at the moment.&nbsp;Town have got their tails up and&nbsp;are looking for another. Yeovil look dangerous on the break though.&nbsp;
4.15 - The home fans are in full voice now. Charlie Austin wins a corner and from it the ball squirts out to Simon Ferry who drills a shot just wide of Martin's left hand post.
4.17 - Almost another one as Ward goes close. McGovern's cross in looks for an unmarked Ward but the striker can't quite stretch to get a touch on it.
4.20 - Moment of concern for Town fans. Charlie Austin goes down in a heap after being clattered from behind. It looks serious as even the Yeovil players are waving their own physio over. Luckily he's back on his feet in a jiffy.&nbsp; From the free-kick Sheehan's low ball in goes for a corner.
4.25 - The chances are coming thick and fast at the moment. A cleared corner comes to Alan Sheehan who beats his man before flighting a ball over to the far post which Scott Cuthbert connects with but can only send wide. Yeovil's ex-Bristol City winger Scott Murray slipped over as he went to try and block Sheehan's cross much to the delight of the Town End.
4.30 - Today's attendence is announced as 8,509 with 638 coming from Yeovil. Decent crowd methinks. Cuthbert has glorious chance to add another goal when a corner comes all the way through to him at the far post. He can't quite control his effort and ends up steering the ball wide of the post. He runs away head in his hands and I'm not surprised: Should really have been 4.
4.32 - Well just when everyone thought Yeovil had already gone home, a free-kick deflects out to a Yeovil midfielder who fires in a superb volley which is well kept out by Lucas. Smart stop considering he's done nothing this half. The Glovers are just starting to creep back into this now.
4.39 - SUBSTITUTION - Charlie Austin is replaced by Lee Peacock for the final moments. Unsurprisingly he gets a warm round of applause and a standing ovation from the home fans.
4.43 - Oh dear! Just as Billy Paynter is announced as man of the match he finds himself through on goal. As the goalkeeper rushes out he tries to chip him but gets it horribly wrong.
4.50 - After 4 minutes of added time the referee blows for full time. The perfect way to bounce back after Boxing Day's disappointement at Charlton and the perfect set-up for next week's FA Cup mouthwaterer at Fulham.
FULL TIME - Swindon Town 3-1 Yeovil Town