Yeovil secured their sixth home win of the season with a 2-1 derby victory over Exeter City at Huish Park this afternoon.
First half goals from Stefan Stam and Ryan Mason either side of an Adam Stansfield close range effort saw the Glovers earn all three points in front of the best crowd of the season including almost 2,000 away supporters.
The win lifts the Glovers up four places to twelfth and the chance to look upwards instead of behind them with a home game next week and three more Huish Park fixtures next month.
Ryan Harley started brightly for the Grecians and forced keeper Alex McCarthy into an early save but it was the Glovers who took the lead on six minutes when Dutch defender Stefan Stam headed home a free kick from Jean-Paul Kalala after Sam Williams had been fouled by Matthew Taylor.
Stam had endured a torrid time in the reverse fixture scoring an own goal and injuring himself but he banished that particular nightmare this afternoon.
Shaun MacDonald had a chance to make it two but his shot flew well wide of the right hand post.
Yeovil's lead only lasted fifteen minutes and it was no surprise, given the unwritten rule of football, that it was one of the ex-Glovers who netted. Adam Stansfield finished off from close range after good work down the left from Harley. The number nine showed respect to his former employers by not celebrating the goal in front of the Blackthorn Stand.
The goal breathed life into the visitors and they came more into the game forcing two corners in quick succession and Stansfield nearly added his second when he forced McCarthy to get down low and quick to deal with his shot.
With seven minutes of the first period left, Yeovil took the lead for the second time. Nathan Jones cross was cleared and knocked back in to Williams. His shot was saved by keeper Paul Jones but Ryan Mason was on hand to slot home his fifth goal of the season and his second against the same opposition.
In the dying moments of the half, Marcus Stewart missed a golden opportunity to equalise when the veteran striker sliced his shot wide, albeit with his wrong foot.
Exeter started well and Stansfield was again denied by McCarthy before Taylor headed wide from Alex Russell's free kick. The big defender may have thought he should have done better with the chance.
Manager Terry Skiverton brought off Mason for Keiran Murtagh on the hour to prevent the guile and craft of Russell and the change almost brought instant reward. A long diagonal ball from Kalala found Jonathan Obika in space on the left but the striker, having worked himself into a great position, pulled his shot wide of the near post.
t was to be Obika's last contribution as he was withdrawn in favour of Andy Welsh while Grecians manager Paul Tisdale also withdrew his Spurs loanee, Troy Archibald-Henville replacing him with striker Richard Logan.
Yeovil should really have gone 3-1 up on seventy minutes when Dean Bowditch's brilliant work down the right set up Murtagh but the sub chose to push it wide to Weslh instead of taking the option of shooting. Welsh was pushed wide and nothing came of it.
As the game opened up with Exeter looking for a leveller, gaps were appearing at their end too. They forced two corners but from the second, the ball was cleared out to Welsh who took it past the defender only to be taken out by Richard Duffy to earn the first booking of the day.
Both ex-Glovers were replaced with nine minutes left as Tisdale shuffled his striking options putting on Barry Corr and Stewart Fleetwood for power and strength up front.
Twice in the closing moments, assistant manager Jones set Sam Williams away for match-ending chances. First, he set up Murtagh whose shot was blocked before suffering the same fate himself when he went alone.
The season's best crowd of 6,282, swelled by an away contingent of almost 2,000 held their breath as it looked that maybe the Glovers would concede a late equaliser. Taylor again wasted a chance to level but the final glorious chance to settle it came after a bizarre attack when Welsh, Murtagh, Kalala and Williams could all have buried the chance but none did.
A good result for the Glovers then which sees them enter the top half of the division after a period in the lower half but they will also recognise a need to kill teams off when they have the chance, or chances to do so.