Barnet boss, Martin Allen, introduced Hatch at the beginning of the second half and his team enjoyed a good
opening spell, but they found it hard going to progress beyond the half-way line with any urgency. Nearer the
Yeovil box they met severe resistance and they had little success in progressing further. Maybe, Yeovil were just
making sure there were no shocks at the beginning of the half.
Yeovil soon emerged from their shell and countered with menace: Crittenden’s break down the left found
Gall in the Barnet box, but the Yeovil striker had to correct his balance and couldn’t produce a decent shot.
Jackson then gathered following a defensive slip and centred for Gall, but this time, the Welshman was unable
to convert what was a difficult header. Jackson was then again instrumental in setting up Crittenden, but his
curling shot from the left was parried by Gore and the ball broke behind Gall.
Referee Mr Parks had a good day in a game that could easily have spun out of control. That had resulted
in numerous yellow cards and it was no surprise when Lee Johnson joined, what seemed to be half the Barnet team
following a nasty challenge. Grazioli’s day had been compounded when he was booked for an audacious dive following
a tussle with Lockwood, but he can count himself lucky Mr Parks decided to be more lenient following a later incident.
The Yeovil defence began to join the attack and Paul Terry found Gall on the right; Gall’s cross found Crittenden
on the far side of the Barnet box, but the ball was slightly behind the Yeovil midfielder and his shot flew high.
But it was third time lucky for Nick CRITTENDEN on 73 minutes: Gall picked up the ball from inside his own half,
nutmegging a Barnet defender on his way, and fed Crits on the left who buried the ball into the top of the Barnet goal. Yeovil 4 Barnet 1.
Edwards and Gosling replaced Johnson and Jackson, but the onslaught continued: the two substitutes were
involved in hammering the final nail into the Barnet coffin. Gosling picked up the gauntlet to boss the midfield
in Johnno’s absence and created a deep cross from the left that found Gall. Gall mistimed his volley but
Jake EDWARDS was there to profit from close range. Gosling matures week by week and looks to be a significant
inclusion in the Yeovil squad. Yeovil 5 Barnet 1.
Gall received a standing ovation from the Huish Park crowd of 5,973 as Stansfield replaced him with 14 minutes
to go. The Barnet torment continued and although Yeovil continued to soak up Barnet pressure they could rely on
Stansfield’s pace to Barnet on the counter-attack. It would have been a fairy tale if Yeovil’s Villa Park hero could have conjured up a goal, but that was not to be. Yeovil had to make do with this comprehensive, and at times easy passage into round three. If there really is a Father Christmas we know what else we want.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 5 Barnet 1.
It’s always deeply satisfying when a team that had dished up so much tedium in a previous encounter gets its nose
well a truly rubbed in the Huish Park dirt. Undoubtedly this was sweet revenge. This was a Yeovil performance of
immense proportions master minded by a midfield of scalpel-like incisiveness, contributing three goals in the process.
MOTM Vote Result:
Overall match rating: 8.6 / 10
57 votes received.