Paddy back as Glovers hit Gulls for seven
Striker Paddy Madden took a huge step towards a first-team return by scoring two and setting up another in Yeovil Town's 7-1 friendly defeat of Torquay United yesterday.
The Republic of Ireland international lasted an hour of the behind-closed-doors clash at Alvington, taking to the pitch for the first time since suffering a knee injury in training at the end of last month.
Madden, last season's League One top scorer, picked out James Hayter to break the deadlock with a powerful header on 12 minutes before converting Sam Hoskins' cross with his right foot for 2-0.
Joey Jones conceded a penalty that was converted early in the second half before Madden pounced on Hayter's saved shot on the hour mark.
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A trialist fielded under the pseudonym Jack Adams made it 4-1 and Hoskins added a fifth with a sublime 25-yard curling free-kick.
The former Southampton youngster then laid on a sixth for a trialist substitute and Liverpool loanee Michael Ngoo slipped past two defenders for a silky seventh.
Madden tweeted earlier this week that he hoped to travel with the Glovers to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday as they aim to register their second Sky Bet Championship win of the season.
His performance will have given manager Gary Johnson food for thought, with his strikers yet to net this season and all three league goals coming from midfielders.
Torquay striker Callum Ball said he is already "buzzing" for the trip to Newport County this weekend, having broken his duck with two goals in the 4-2 win over Cheltenham.
Ball's second goal took a deflection off a Robins defender, but the on-loan marksman said he does not care as long as he continues to hit the net.
Ball admitted that a point at Newport would be welcomed, but said last weekend's win proved that the side were not goal-shy.
"It's good to get my first two goals for Torquay and it has been coming," he told the club's official website.
"I've had chances, hit the bar and post, and had a couple disallowed, so it was nice to get off the mark.
"It's been a while since my last goal and scoring always brings out your confidence, so I'm already raring to go for next Saturday [at Newport].
"We showed our spirit as a team to win the game 4-2 and won fairly easily in the end.
"My second goal did take a touch off the defender but it doesn't matter if it comes off your bum, as long as it hits the back of the net. The lads are buzzing with the result on Saturday and it pulls us away from the bottom."