The opening period of the second half was a scrappy affair, with Yeovil not really coming out of the blocks too cleverly. Eastleigh
pulled a goal back within a couple of minutes from the restart when a ball into the box was only half cleared and Danny SMITH rifled
a shot in off the inside of Behcet's left hand post to pull the scores back to 2-1.
Neither Mario Harrison nor Daniel Webb were getting any real sniff of the ball and Eastleigh looked to be trying to tie up Ishmael Welsh
a lot more tightly during the second period and it was harder for Yeovil to get any throughput. Midfielder Adrian Harper, who hadn't looked
likely to do too much to justify a trip to Cornwall was replaced by fellow Irishman Stephen Maher, then 10 minutes later another trialist,
Mario Harrison, was replaced by Tom Clarke. Harrison had apparently only just arrived in the country, so perhaps some allowance should be
made for what was a fairly non-descript performance. Andrew Ottley, who played for the Glovers Reserves late last season, was a third substitute,
replacing Gavin McCallum, who had a good game, getting on the ball well on what was not his natural side of play.
The three substitutions seemed to liven up matters somewhat. Daniel Webb really should have grabbed his hat-trick when he saw the ball flash his
way midway through the half in a ball from the right, but his air-shot confused not only himself but also everyone else in the penalty box and
the chance went begging.
The introduction of Maher and Ottley in midfield seemed to help trialist Gary Mills get to grips more with what was going on around him, and
whilst several players on the night appeared to fade a touch as the game went on, Mills was one that grew into the game somewhat more.
It was his break-up in play that initiated Yeovil's third goal on the night. The ball was thread through to Tom Clarke who provided an
angled pass into the path of Ishmael WELSH who capped a highly promising night for him, by striking an angled shot into the far top corner.
3-1 and not a lot of time for Eastleigh to do anything about the two goal deficit being restored.
Gary Bowles was a late replacement for Jake Smeeton at the back, and the game ended with Tom Clarke twice almost getting onto the scoresheet -
a shot that flashed wide and another one that had Paul Musselwhite at full stretch.
Overall, even the Yeovil side full of trialists and former Youth players looked good value for their win. At times and in particular at the
start of the second half, it came across as a touch scrappy but when you've got 15 players who have in the main not played too much football
with each other before that was none too surprising. In terms of the trialists, the ones that stayed on the pitch for the whole 90 minutes - Welsh,
Mills and Kelly - were the more likely ones to get an invite to Cornwall based on that showing, with Welsh particularly impressive.
four of the youth team graduates - McCallum, Clarke, Smeeton and Alcock looked as though they deserve to be mixed in well with the professionals
during the pre-season fixtures as none looked out of place on the night. Oh and as for the dreaded predictions of "hoofball" under Russell Slade?
Certainly if that was the tactic that many Grimsby fans had predicted for the Glovers, then someone had forgotten to tell the players who
turned out at Eastleigh. It was a little raw around the edges, but bar the odd ball up to target man Daniel Webb, the game stayed very much on
the deck the whole night.