Two seasons ago, when Yeovil won the Nationwide Conference, the Glovers plans to finish off their season
with a County Cup win ended up being a bit of a damp squibb when Taunton Town defeated them 2-0 with half
the Glovers team looking like they'd spent one too many nights out partying between the final league match and the
cup final. So it seemed quite possible that Odd Down could make lightning strike twice as a near identical
sequence of celebratory events conspired to set the cup final at the back end of three nights of celebrations.
The team selected to avoid a repeat of this was pretty much made up of those who didn't heavily feature
in Saturday's match against Lincoln City and that gave the Yeovil line-up plenty of experience with just a
slight taste of possible things to come in the form of Dale Williams and Gavin McCallum.
The game started in positive fashion for Yeovil. Andy Lindegaard's right wing cross was flicked on by
Andrejs Stolcers and Dale Williams put his shot into the side netting.
Unfortunately Dale's involvement in the
game lasted just one more Yeovil attack. Being put through on goal, Odd Down's keeper Ray Johnston hopelessly
misjudged Dale's pace as as the Yeovil striker got to the ball first, the keeper completely poleaxed the youngster
two yards outside his area and centre of goal. Referee Keith Buller could have dismissed the keeper for serious
foul play and certainly should have dismissed him for a professional foul, but instead showed astonishing
charity by issuing merely a yellow card for the ugly challenge. Williams would have known little about that - after
a three minute delay he left the field on a stretcher with his leg in a special support, and straight off to
Johnston's next trick was to turn a shot from Andrejs Stolcers around the post after the resultant free kick
was pushed sideways to the Latvian. Odd Down got a rare sight of the Yeovil goal when Danny Guibarra slipped
behind Scott Guyett but the narrow angle allowed Chris Weale to close him down and block his attempt on goal with
Andrejs Stolcers was running the show for Yeovil as Odd Down's tackles flew in and a slightly less friendly
referee could have easily produced his cards three or four more times during the first half, but referee Buller
seemed to be making allowances for the gulf between the two sides. None more so when on 24 minutes the match
official almost comically denied Yeovil a penalty when Andrejs Stolcers hooked the ball over his shoulder, only
to find Odd Down's Tony Quio doing a fine basketball block on the ball. Now I am sure that on park pitches
on Sunday mornings, referees will bend the rules to suit the balance of the game, but this one was beyond belief!
Marvin Brown turned and shot first time but found his attempt parried by Johnston, but as the game approached
the half hour mark, the deadlock was broken and not even the man in black could deny Andy LINDEGAARD
heading home an Andrejs Stolcers right wing cross from around the penalty spot.
Stolcers provided his second assist of the evening just five minutes later. A wonderful cross from the left
was tailor-made for Richard CULLINGFORD to head home with the crowd seemingly already celebrating the
back-post conversion before he had connected.
Gavin McCallum tried to get in on the act by scrambling home a close range attempt, Scott Guyett's header
was saved by Johnston and then McCallum blazed over the bar as Yeovil dominated. As half time approached
Steve Thompson wasted a gift after Andrejs Stolcers had danced his way through the Odd Down defence. Teeing
the ball up on a plate for Yeovil's assistant manager, he seemed to be admiring the Latvian's footwork a little too
much and ended up sending the ball over the crossbar.
Four minutes into injury time, Odd Down could have gained an improbable goal back but Paul Keen sent his attempt
to the back of the Westland Stand resulting in the Western League player being subjected to comparisons with
Johnny Wilkinson from those chanting in the home end.