Early in the second period, Pablo Bastianini decided to test whether home keeper Paul Musselwhite was awake
by attempting a 45 yard lob, but the keeper recovered and the ball cleared the crossbar by a matter of inches.
Five minutes in and Bastianini missed a great chance to give Yeovil the lead, as Kevin Amankwaah tackled and beat
Peter Beagrie to the ball, leaving him for dead as he ran the full length of the field, slipping the ball inside
for Bastianini only for the Argentinian to blaze his shot over the crossbar.
Billy Sharp managed the same from a narrow angle at the other end, but was made to pay for that miss when
the continued Glovers dominance of the match turned the game around entirely. Pablo Bastianini's chip cross to the
back post found Matt HARROLD and his sweetly hit strike landed in the back of the net, despite the
attempts of Scunthorpe defender Andy Butler to clear the ball off the line, with both landing in the back of the net.
Harrold got himself a slightly more unfavourable entry in the referee's notebook when he blocked a Scunthorpe
player from taking a throw-in, after referee Clive Oliver and his assistant had given the decision against the
Yeovil striker. But any frown turned into a broad cheesy grin a minute later when Yeovil increase their lead
with Matt HARROLD once again taking the glory. Pablo Bastianini's work though was instrumental once again,
exchanging passes with his striking partner up the flank before delivering a low right wing cross that Harrold
stabbed home from six yards to give an incredible 4-2 scoreline!
Pablo Bastianini was replaced by Paul Terry as he tired towards the end of the match, and with the
Argentinian no longer a threat, Scunthorpe seemed to seize the initiative in the dying minutes.
They pulled a goal back with an element of fortune. Peter Beagrie's miscued shot landed well wide of goal, but
turned into a pass for Billy SHARP who stabbed the ball into the net from close range.
In a near replica of the match earlier this year at Huish Park, that set up a grandstand finale with
the match finely poised at 4-3, and with Yeovil defending for their lives as Scunthorpe piled on the pressure.
Peter Beagrie was lucky to stay on the field of play when he delivered a clear elbow into the face of Terry
Skiverton, who eventually emerged from treatment doing his best Terry Butcher impression. Darren Way had to
have his shirt changed after he also suffered a head wound that temporarily forced him from the field of play.
Then as the game made it's way into injury time, Scunthorpe throught they'd snatched an improbable
equaliser. Nathan Stanton's shot was parried by Chris Weale and as Andrew Keogh pushed the rebound into the
net Glanford Park erupted in delight, only for that delight to be extinguished by a linesman's flag, with
Keogh in an offside position from the initial shot. There was still time for substitute Wayne Corden to
smash a shot against the crossbar four minutes into injury time before referee Oliver finally put Steve
Thompson out of his misery and sent the ecstatic Glovers home with three points in the bag.
An incredible match and if the club have got any sense they will pile copies of DVDs into the refurbished
club shop if they want to make a few quid from what was real old-fashioned end-to-end entertainment.
Matt Harrold will rightly get the headlines for his super-sub performance that turned the game around, but
Phil Jevons with his stunning equaliser, a rejuvinated Pablo Bastianini with his four assists, and of course
Steve Thompson himself with an inspired substitution all deserve their own credit for what was on 20 minutes looking
like a day time nightmare, but turned into a game that people will talk about in the years to come.
MOTM Vote Result:
Overall match rating: 8.4 / 10
28 votes received.
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