Manager Russell Slade chose to select the exact same starting eleven that had forced a 0-0 draw at Leyton Orient the previous week, with club captain Terry Skiverton failing a Friday fitness test and therefore not even making the bench for the match. Anthony Tonkin was similarly absent and that meant that Bradley Thomas grabbed a bench place for the third match running since his recall from Tamworth.
Pre-match torrential rain had left the Huish Park surface greasy to an extreme and unusually Yeovil didn't seem to find this to their liking, with Scunthorpe sliding in at will, whilst the Glovers steps seemed tentative by comparison. Jim Goodwin shot from the edge of the box, sending the ball over the bar with the ball taking a slight deflection for a corner.
From that corner, Ian Baraclough's attempt was cleared out by Terrell Forbes for a second attempt. But when Baraclough swung the ball in a second time, defender Stephen Foster headed goalbound, landing the ball at the feet of Billy SHARP who had been acting as a block against Steve Mildenhall. With his back to goal, Sharp only had to shuffle the ball between his legs and over the line to put Scunthorpe a goal up with just seven minutes gone.
There was no real shift to the balance of play during the first 20 minutes of the match. Scunthorpe looked cool and composed, and really Yeovil's only attacking outlet seemed to be Martin Brittain, who was regularly finding room on the right flank and on one occasion put in an excellent cross towards Marcus Steward but Scunny captain Andy Crosby got in there first, heading out for a corner. However, that was as close as it got and after an Ian Baraclough edge-of-the-area shot had left Steve Mildenhall flatfooted, but thankfully watching the ball go wide of the target, Russell Slade shuffled his pack by going to a 4-4-2 formation, allowing Arron Davies to go up front with Stewart, whilst Chris Cohen moved out wide. Not for the first time this season the Glovers were having to change their shape to try and get back into a game.
The shape change did have some effect upon the game, although Yeovil were being frustrated by a series of decisions from the Main Stand linesman and referee Andy Penn that were not going their way and were thwarting any attempt to attack the Scunny back line. Chris Cohen's excellent distribution out onto the right flank found Martin Brittain - who was proving to be one of the few bright sparks of the opening 45 minutes - but he rather optimistically shot from the angle of the area when a cross into the box might have been the better option.
Brittain again was Yeovil's source of inspiration five minutes before the break. A dangerous low cross placed perfectly across the six yard line narrowly missed Arron Davies on the near post, and a Scunthorpe defender got in just in front of Marcus Stewart on the back post to hack the ball out for a corner. From the corner Anthony Barry's flight across the box saw a succession of flick-ons and headers take the ball back to the near post, but the header from Arron Davies went straight into the arms of Joe Murphy with the ball probably going wide anyway. It was getting better, but as half time came, you still felt Russell Slade needed to change things to give the Glovers a little more physical presence up front as really Andy Crosby and Stephen Foster were able to get out their deckchairs at the back when dealing with incoming balls for much of the half, with Martin Brittain the only honourable exception to that rule.