Half time saw nine substitutions made with only Weale and Bastin surviving the cull, and trialist Nuno Santos taking
to the field. If the Glovers were frustrated at the lack of a penalty award at the end of the first have they
won't have been happy with referee Andy McDermott's decision to award Staines a penalty less than a minute after
the restart. Tariq NABIL's swan-like dive over Terry Skiverton's leg got him what he wanted, and his penalty,
executed using a dubious stop-start-stop run-up got him a goal for Staines.
McDermott - who had awarded Staines two penalties on his previous visit to Wheatsheaf Park denied Yeovil a second
penalty appeal when defender Danny Gordon appeared to palm down the ball after a Stephen Reed shot had been half cleared,
following a Kevin Gall cross. You'd think that with such matters going their way Staines captain Matt Flitter
would have been happy with the match official, but persistent mouthing off made him a rare booking in a
This was Yeovil's poorest and most disjointed part of the game, probably not helped by Nuno Santos lasting
only four minutes of his Yeovil debut - limping off after deciding his heavily bandaged knee was not ready for the
rigours of football. That meant a complete shuffle around, with Adam Lockwood finding himself suddenly classed
as a central midfielder! Lubomir Blaha got his chance when Bastin showed signs of running out of steam, and
the new line-up gradually started to take shape again.
Yeovil were denied yet another penalty claim when Staines captain Matt Flitter rugby tackled Adam Lockwood to
the ground as the makeshift midfielder tried to shield the ball. McDermott's unwillingness to award Yeovil such
an obvious decision led to words being exchanged between an angry Lockwood and Flitter and the referee had
to step in and do his job for a change.
It didn't take long though before Yeovil grabbed their third goal of the evening. Arron Davies pumped in a corner,
Terry Skiverton met it on the back post, and Matt HARROLD directed the ball back across goal again and
into the back of the net evading a completely wrong-footed Courtnage.
Harrold almost got a second when a knockdown by Adam Lockwood saw the former Brentford man flash the ball
across the face of goal. A strong run by Kevin Gall down the right wing saw Lubomir Blaha released down that
flank and when he crossed the ball in, it was wonderfully timed for the incoing Gall, but the Welshman's shot on
the volley went just over the bar.
And so Yeovil finished the game well on top, and about the only criticism worthy of the match was that
they failed to convert more of the many chances they created during the game. That said, there were some impressive
performances there, particularly from Paul Bastin, who is certainly worth another look. Next up though will be
a packed Huish Park for the return of Gavin Williams and his new West Ham United team and there is little
doubt that such a match will test Yeovil's abilities more than the Staines Town side managed to.