Despite winning three games in a row, manager Gary Johnson decided to make a tactical change for the visit
of Rushden and Diamonds, electing to go for the tactics and personnel that had served him so well in the second
half of the Notts County match and the latter period of the Carling Cup game against Plymouth Argyle. As
a result, Paul Terry got his first start of the season, with Kevin Gall and Phil Jevons frequently alternating
between the free midfield role.
The Glovers started well in control with a series of smart passing but took the lead with their first real
chance of the game. Phil Jevons produced a downward header which Billy Turley got down well to parry, but
first to the rebound was Lee JOHNSON, who capped an incredible week by forcing the rebound home
from six yards out, right in front of the Westland Stand.
Straight after the goal, the Glovers were forced to replace Adam Lockwood when he suffered ligament damage
following a strong challenge by Rushden's Alex Hay. After limping around for five minutes, Roy O'Brien was the
man to replace him.
Huish Park 'favourite' Billy Turley was left screaming at his defence when Paul Terry got plenty of space
to knock a ball right across his six yard line, with the entire Rushden defence seemingly watching and admiring
the dangerous ball as it fizzed across somehow avoiding everyone. Phil Jevons could have doubled the lead
but somehow found his shot blocked by Kevin Gall, who couldn't jump fast enough to get out of the way.
Next Paul Terry tested Turley with a rasping drive on the angle that the Rushden keeper could only palm
for a corner.
Rushden had managed to get deep into the Yeovil half at times, but their wayward shooting was letting them
down, with four such first half chances going well wide of Chris Weale's goal, to the amusement of the home
supporters. Gary Mills was probably the most guilty - spooning one chance well wide of the target despite
being given plenty of space on the edge of the area.
Darren Way had loud appears for a penalty turned down as the game approached half time when skipping through
a crowd of Rushden defenders. Gary Mills appeared to take his legs but referee Fred Graham was having none of it.
All that mattered little when a minute before the break Yeovil doubled their lead with the simplest of goals.
Kevin Gall knocked in a cross to the far post, that was picked up by Phil Jevons between the post and the edge
of the penalty box who stood it back up again for Bartosz TARACHULSKI to creep in unnoticed and nod
home an easy six yard header into an empty net.
The Glovers weren't finished though and killed the game off in first half injury time. Phil JEVONS
has scored for Yeovil in every league game he has started and he kept up that fine record when he picked the
ball up deep in midfield, and did the sort of run at goal that Gavin Williams has made a Yeovil career out of,
finishing off the move with an excellent strike into the corner of the net. 3-0, only half-time and the game
was already done and dusted.