Yeovil Town recorded their third consecutive pre-season victory with a more than comfortable 3-1 win over Ryman League Premier side Staines Town last night. The 3-1 scoreline could have been far greater were it not for some fine goalkeeping by the home side, but despite that Yeovil still managed to breach the home side's defences three times over.
The Glovers fielded two new trialists. The first went under the name of Paul Bastin and started the match up front with Phil Jevons, whilst the second merely appeared on the teamsheet as Nuno and was a second half substitute. Sadly the end result for the latter player was not so good. Turning up to the game wearing a heavy knee bandage, he managed about four minutes of the second half before deciding his knee wasn't up to the job and limped off.
Bastin's role in the game though was somewhat more effective. It was his parried shot that saw Paul Terry open the scoring with just 10 minutes gone and then six minutes later Bastin got a goal himself after he was fed by Darren Way. A total avalanche of chances fell Yeovil's way thereafter in the half, with Jevons and Bastin usually involved either in the build-up or in the eventual shot on goal, although Andy Lindegaard and Terry again could have increased Yeovil's lead with long rangers.
It was therefore somewhat surprising when a minute into the second half, Staines pulled a goal back through a penalty from Tariq Nabil, although his swan-like dive over Terry Skiverton to win the spot-kick fooled few bar the man in black. This was Yeovil's most disjointed part of the game - in part because of Nuno's hasty exit forcing Adam Lockwood to play in midfield, but also because by the hour mark, Chris Weale was the only player left on the field who had started the match.
Yeovil's third goal of the night came from a corner by Arron Davies. Terry Skiverton headed the ball back across the face of goal from the back stick, and Matt Harrold was able to polish off the move with a header planted across the Staines keeper.
Czech striker Lubomir Blaha made a third appearance for the Glovers during the second half, although there was no place for Dutch striker Paul Weerman who apparently has been shown the door after a single match. Another piece of good news from the second half was that Kevin Amankwaah was able to play 40 minutes as a substitute for Nuno, just 24 hours after limping off at Dorchester.
A full match report will appear on this site later today.
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