Both sides made changes at halftime: For the Glovers, Chris Weale replaced Steve Collis in goal, Colin Miles came on for Kevin Gall, enabling Luke Oliver to do his Peter Crouch impression up front; and trialist Luciano Alvarez replaced Dale Williams. For Tivvy the main point of interest was the withdrawal of loan signing Friend and the addition of former Cardiff and York (amongst many other clubs!) striker Kurt Nogan.
Again Tivvy started the half well, Mudge and Nogan in particular not giving the Glovers defense a minute's peace. Chris Weale had to get down quickly to block one Mudge effort, and the no. 11 should have done better a couple of minutes later when he dragged a shot wide with the goal looking vulnerable. A Chris Bale cross then beat everyone in the box, defenders and attackers alike, but it was the home side who had come out of the second half blocks looking rather more likely than their football league opponents (it still feels good writing the words 'football league opponents' when describing Yeovil Town!)
However the Glovers had too much class in their side for that state of affairs to last for long and gradually their passing game was beginning to assert itself over their opponents enthusiasm and the somewhat bumpy pitch. Yeovil went ahead on 54 minutes and a simple goal it was too: An Andy Lindegaard freekick from the halfway line found Luke Oliver in the Tivvy penalty box. His header in turn found Scott Guyett in space, the defender showing good technique to volley into the net from 12 yards to put his side 1-0 up.
Tivvy kept pressing but by now the back three of Lockwood, Guyett and Miles had come to terms with the pitch and their opponents and were coping more comfortably with the threat of Mudge and Nogan. Indeed, Chris Weale had more to fear from his own team's back-passes at this stage, the Yeovil keeper being left with rather more to do than he and his manager would have liked by a couple of careless returns. At the other end the Argentinean trialist Alvares twice ran into good positions in the Tivvy penalty area and was found on both occasions by good crosses; unfortunately he was unable to convert, one chance being put over the bar and the over being saved by substitute keeper James Bodley.
The Glovers made it 2-0 on 73 minutes, Luke Oliver the scorer. The former Woking defender owed his goal to the persistence of Matt Harrold however, the striker robbing a dithering defender of the ball deep in the Tivvy half before drawing keeper Bodley out wide and crossing to give Oliver the simplest of tap-ins into the empty net. It was 3-0 with 4 minutes left on the clock. In what looked to be a training-ground move, Lindegaard's corner found Steve Reed in space on the edge of the box and the youngster's low volley into the left hand corner of the net gave Bodley no chance - another well-taken effort with Reed again showing good technique to keep the ball down and on target.
In the end, the Glovers superior fitness, technique and organisation gave them a comfortable margin of victory, but this was a very good workout for Gary Johnson's side and the actual match was never as one-sided as the scoreline might suggest. The Glovers go on to the real thing now and their first ever season in the dizzy heights of League One. Tiverton go on to play Weymouth in a friendly on Friday. For Tivvy, never was the phrase 'from the sublime to the ridiculous' more apt.