Plymouth Argyle welcomed new manager Ian Holloway to Home Park and the Championship side enjoyed a fairly comfortable victory against Yeovil Town as Russell Slades men gave a good account of themselves without ever really hurting the Devonians' defence.
This was Yeovil Town's first visit to the re-developed Home Park at senior level, and Slade welcomed back Terry Skiverton to the side with former Arsenal trainee Sean Kelly playing alongside him at centre-back. Winger David Poole and midfielder Anthony Barry also returned although Darren Behcet took the place of Steve Mildenhall in goal, the former Grimsby Town and Swindon Town stopper forced out with a thigh strain.
Argyle started brightly and Town found themselves a goal down after ten minutes when ex-Stevenage Borough, Bristol Rovers and QPR forward Barry Hayles - a player Holloway has groomed throughout his career - latched on to a Bojan Djordjic free kick to score in-front of the home supporters, beating Behcet at his near post. The pattern of the game saw Yeovil enjoy plenty of the ball and supporters who doubted that Slade would encourage his team to move the ball about as we have seen in previous seasons can dispel that train of thought. The visitors almost drew level from one such move when Kevin Amankwaah tore into the box and centred for Matt Harrold who saw the ball taken away from him at the point of execution.
This period proved fruitful for Yeovil and when Arron Davies crossed into the box for Chris Cohen to head over an equaliser appeared on the cards. Cohen then went even closer when he shot wide with Argyle goalkeeper Luke McCormick scrambling. There was no doubt however that the home players possessed the greater quality and the Championship side looked assured from this moment on, limiting the visitors to very few chances, although the flurry of substitutions naturally disrupted the flow of the game during the latter stages.
Yeovil Town's lack of firepower on the night was punished in the eighty fifth minute when Nick Chadwick shot into the bottom corner of Behcet's net, the substitute - who had netted a twenty minute hat-trick in a 3-0 victory at Grays Athletic on July 15th - finishing clinically and highlighting one major differnece between the sides.
For Yeovil supporters it was perhaps the last chance to see the Mayflower stand at Home Park, as this wonderful edifice is due to be demolished at some point to complete the re-development of the ground. Few grounds at this level still allow standing, The Mayflower Stand and it's paddock ensuring that, for now at least Home Park differs from the host of sweeping bowls dotted around the nation.
Argyle issued a twenty four page programme for the game priced at £1.50.
Final Score: Plymouth 2 Yeovil Town 0