Yeovil Town's mini-tour of Cornwall - two matches spread over three days preceded by a day of training in Lanhydrock - commenced on
a Wednesday night against the South Western League Champions of Bodmin Town - a potentially deceptive opposition given how difficult clubs in
the Cornwall area find it to rise up through the football pyramid as a result of the high travelling costs. Assistant manager Steve Thompson
would know all about that, having once played for another Cornish side Saltash at the height of their success.
The line-up against Bodmin had all the air of a manager who was setting his stall out to declare a candidate starting XI for August 5th at Millwall
and that it was up to others outside that eleven to try and dislodge the Chosen Ones. That may or may not have been Slade's thinking but certainly
there was no reason why the side that took the field at Bodmin couldn't be one that could travel to East London.
The Glovers got off to a strong start and forced a succession of corners. From the third such set piece, Chris Cohen sent across a low one, and when
Bodmin's defence failed to clear, Matt HARROLD was on hand to force the ball home from close range.
David Poole and Chris Cohen both had early chances, and Wayne Gray should have made it 2-0 when Matt Harrold put the ball across the face of the
area for him but he shot wide of the target. Matt HARROLD had also put an ball over the crossbar that he probably should have put on target,
but that mattered little to him when 10 minutes after his first goal, he converted a Kevin Amankwaah cross to double Yeovil's lead.
It didn't take long before Wayne GRAY also made up for his earlier miss and once again Matt Harrold was involved. Bodmin got caught on an
increasingly rare foray into the Yeovil half, and when Harrold broke out of defence, Gray joined him and the result was a simple but effective
breakaway goal and a 3-0 scoreline with just 31 minutes gone.
Bodmin really couldn't trouble the Yeovil back line. Probably the closest they came was early on in the half when Terry Skiverton tried to swap
shirts with a Bodmin attacker, conceding a free kick on the edge of the box. But the attempt went well wide of goal. On the whole though, this was a
one-sided match and half time came feeling that Russell Slade might be tempted to even things up by introducing a few new faces.