For the second match running, Steve Thompson was able to select the exact same sixteen as last Saturday's match against Barnsley - surely
a rarity for the Glovers this season. That meant no place still for the likes of Pablo Bastianini and Colin Miles, whilst Terry Skiverton
and Chris Weale were forced to continue their unfamiliar practice of bench-warming.
The start of the game was frenetic with both sides forcing pressure at the two ends of the park. Kevin Amankwaah put in an early cross
that got stuck under the boot of Bournemouth defender Shaun Cooper but Matt Harrold stood just behind him couldn't get the ball loose to take
advantage. Bournemouth were at least getting clear shots in but their first two attempts were laughably wide, with James O'Connor and Brian
Stock both managing to clear the stadium after they attempted shots of a kind from one of several early corners.
One thing the Glovers are trying to cut out is conceding early goals, whilst another is to stop conceding penalties. Thommo will therefore
be disappointed to see the Glovers manage both just 19 minutes into the match. The ball bounced off a player's legs and when Bournemouth's
Andrew Surman went chasing after it, the outstretched leg of Efetobore Sodje caused Surman to fall to the floor in a theatrical fashion.
Certainly at the time Surman's manner of falling made the decision look dubious, and Sodje made furious complaints to match referee
Scott Mathieson. I have yet to see television replays with my own eyes, but despite what the Bournemouth press may have said about a "cast iron"
penalty, the video apparently suggests that the decision was by far as clear-cut as the south coast journalists would imply.
Whatever, James HAYTER stepped up and executed the perfect penalty - placing the ball right into the bottom left-hand corner of the net
with Glovers keeper Steve Collis going the wrong way.
James Hayer got in behind the Yeovil defence midway through the first half when Kevin Amankwaah couldn't cut out a through ball, and Hayter
nipped in behind him. Fortunately he dragged his shot across the face of the Yeovil goal. At the other end Yeovil went close when
James O'Connor had to clear the ball close to his own goal-line. Matt Harrold had laid the ball out onto the left wing to Nathan Jones whose low
cross was hacked away by O'Connor. Almost immediately the ball swung round to the right flank, David Poole hit the ball first time on the volley
and although he struck it well, the end result went just wide.
With 26 minutes gone, Phil Jevons played a great one-two with Matt Harrold on the edge of the area, with the big striker laying the ball
back to an in-rushing Jevo, whose shot was kept low and hard, but beat the post by the proverbial whisker
Overall, Yeovil were a little bit guilty of waiting for the ball to come onto them whilst Bournemouth were the slightly quicker side
in intercepting passes. Since the goal, the Cherries were adopting a slow-slow-quick-quick-slow tactic of taking their time with their passes,
often reducing the game to walking pace, but then using the breaks of Hayter to suddenly speed up the game having tried to lull Yeovil into
a false sense of security. It wasn't really working as the away side were struggling to get anything even remotely near Steve Collis's goal,
but whilst they had that 1-0 lead, they looked comfortable with it.
Once again Yeovil's left-back position proved to be an early problem. Liam Fontaine picked up a knock from a heavy Bournemouth
challenge and after a lengthy delay was deemed to be unfit to continue, and like his predecessor Colin Miles, he had to limp off the field.
Steve Thompson reshuffled by getting Nathan Jones to drop into defence, whilst Paul Terry was the slightly surprising replacement given
Arron Davies would have been a more natural left-winger. Perhaps given that Bournemouth were making more of their attacking moves down
that flank, Thommo felt that a more defensively minded player needed to be in that position.
The half fizzled out to a close with the game largely packed in midfield, and with neither side troubling the opposition keepers, although
one area that Bournemouth had on the Glovers was their use of the wings. Nathan Jones, then Paul Terry along with David Poole on the opposite
side of the pitch, had gone far too narrow, whilst Stephen Foley for the Cherries was more or less pinned to the touchline in his efforts
to make as much use of the pitch as possible.