Last season, Yeovil's problems tended to be that they would create 25 chances per game and score just one of
them. This season is seeing fewer chances created but more goals scored, which is where it all counts in the end.
Just over one minute into the second period, a stunning series of one-touch passes by the Glovers thread their
way straight through the Grimsby defence. The ball broke clear to Andrejs Stolcers on the left wing, who
placed an inch perfect delivery of the sort that Kevin Gall has been delivering of late, and on the back stick
was Bartosz TARACHULSKI who somehow headed the ball home from a narrow angle. Two chances, two goals,
and Yeovil very much in the driving seat.
Kevin Gall was continuing to give Ronnie Bull a torrid time from the opposite flank and Grimsby withdrew
the former Millwall defender in favour of Ashley Sestanovich, whilst Yeovil replaced a tiring Scott Guyett
with Adam Lockwood. With space now finally available behind a Grimsby side having to push up the field,
Yeovil enjoyed their best spell of the game and looked the more likely side to add to the goal tally, despite
Grimsby's first half territorial advantage.
Lee Johnson fired from distance again but went narrowly over the bar, whilst Phil Jevons had a penalty appeal
against his former club denied when a short ball into the box from Lockwood appeared to result in keeper Williams
taking out Jevons in his attempt to get to the ball first. But Mr Probert, who had given every tiny nudge in the
centre circle all day, wasn't quite so willing to award a spot-kick for the goalkeeper's challenge.
Probert also denied Yeovil a free kick, when Kevin Gall had to vault clear of a dreadful lunge close to the dug-outs
by a Grimsby midfielder. Despite no contact being made, it was just as well for Gall that he was quick enough
to avoid the full-studded challenge.
Grimsby gradually managed to wrestle back the ball and enjoy lengthy periods of possession with Yeovil
seemingly content to sit back and smother their attempts on the 18-yard line. But with just four minutes remaining
the visitors got back into it when Ashley SESTANOVICH decided that if Grimsby couldn't pass their way to goal,
then a different approach was needed. With surprising grace for someone built like a Sherman Tank, the substitute
weaved his way past four Yeovil players and on reaching the edge of the area fired the ball into the bottom corner
to put Grimsby back in it.
Earlier this season, referee Paul Armstrong delayed the start of the home match against Boston United
because Boston goalkeeper Nathan Abbey was wearing the same top as Chris Weale. It was therefore surprising that
the king of petty decisions Mr Propert allowed visiting keeper Williams to take to the field in the same top as Weale.
That could have caused mass confusion in a final frantic couple of minutes that saw all 22 players crowded inside
one penalty area including both keepers. Thankfully nothing came of the remaining time, despite some miscommunication
between Probert and his fourth official who seemed to have a difference of opinion of how much time added on needed
to be played. In the end, 2-1 was a fairer scoreline on a Grimsby side who competed well across two-thirds of
the pitch, though it was very easy to see why one of their websites reported that the tally of Yeovil's Jevons
and Tarachulski almost matched the goal tally of the entire Grimsby team. On such matters, games are ultimately
won and lost ...