The opening period of the second half saw little happen, with neither side getting on top of the game - that was until Scunthorpe forced
a corner 12 minutes into the half. Ian Baraclough took it from the Bartlett Stand side, Paul Terry was pushed out of the way as he tried to go for
the ball at the near post, and Chris Weale seemed to buckle beneath his feet as he jumped for the ball, giving Billy SHARP the simplest
of tasks to head the ball past the prone keeper. The push on Paul Terry should have ensured it was disallowed, but Woolmer's hapless game continued
and the header stood. Even worse was that Wealey had injured the same knee he had problems with at Chesterfield, and after a three minute
delay, Steve Collis took to the field.
The Glovers came close to establishing a quick equaliser. After switching to a 4-4-2 following the goal, Adam Lockwood was given more freedom
to surge forward and he made a late run from an Arron Davies left wing cross, planting a header that keeper Tom Evans tipped onto the post. As the
ball flew out into play, Chris Cohen's crisply volleyed shot was goalbound, but Evans managed to somehow recover his ground to make a flying
safe in front of his opposite post. Breathtaking, but so frustrating!
Scott Guyett was withdrawn for David Poole as Thommo tried to introduce more attacking options to his team and they should have had a free
kick when Andrew Keogh blocked a Terry Skiverton cross from the right using his hand. Even Keogh stopped play assuming a free kick would be
awarded! But referee Woolmer was continually making the easy decisions
rather than the brave ones and curiously he was consistent in his performance once you worked out his bizarre interpretation of the rules. If
a defender fouled a striker, then let play go on. Yet if a striker vaguely nudged a defender, then blow the whistle promptly. Whilst the Glovers
were hardly playing well, this sort of officiating did not help their cause, and it's difficult to imagine one official being so constantly
berated by supporters throughout an entire game. Certainly a candidate for the worst official to visit Huish Park this season!
Nathan Jones was withdrawn from service, replaced by Craig Rocastle in the final ten minutes as Yeovil completed the game by pushing a whole
host of players up into the opposition penalty box. But this was in the main a high degree of huff and puff from the Glovers. Plenty of possession,
plenty of people in the penalty box, plenty of corners and plenty of hope. But there was little to truly panic visiting keeper Tom Evans or his
back line, with far too many balls delivered at the perfect height for messers Crosby and Foster to deliver back up the park.
Scunthorpe dragged out matters by making three of the most excruciatingly slow substitutions known to man with Woolmer unsurprisingly doing nothing
and that was about as dramatic as the five minutes of injury time got. Scunthorpe deserved their victory even if they had been forced deep during the
final 20 minutes worth of play, with the Glovers never getting around their method of closing down Yeovil's passing game, and forcing them into
mistakes. Many teams would have failed to last the 90 minutes playing a match with that kind of workrate, but Scunny managed to survive the
late onslaught without too much trouble, and how they did that will be food for thought for Steve Thompson as he ponders how to get a result
at the City Ground on Monday.
MOTM Vote Result:
Overall match rating: 3.9 / 10
24 votes received.
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