Yeovil Town slipped to a three goal defeat at the hands of local rivals Bristol Rovers at a blustery Huish Park this afternoon.
In a nightmare first forty five minutes, two goals from Jo Kuffour and one from loan striker Paul Heffernan virtually killed off any hopes of a home win and despite huffing and puffing in the second period, the Glovers lost for only the second time in ten outings against their nearest neighbours. It had been a strange first half with Yeovil the better side but three down somehow.
Afterwards, manager Terry Skiverton said that he felt his team had been poor at either end but competitive in the middle third.
The Glovers had got off to a terrible start after a rare mistake from goalkeeper Alex McCarthy in the fourth minute. The Reading loanee controlled a back pass, gave himself some room but didn't see the dimunitive Kuffour who nipped in and saw his blocked clearance rebound into the net.
The defence looked nervous and gave the ball away far too often in a first quarter that saw some end-to-end football in poor conditions.
Dean Bowditch headed a Jean-Paul Kalala cross over and Scott Davies, making his home debut, sent a cross shot wide of the far post. The hosts were attacking in force, particularly down the right, but the balls in from the flank were missing the forwards in the middle.
Heffernan, who joined recently on loan from Doncaster Rovers, cut inside and fired a shot in that rebounded to Kuffour in an offside position but he couldn't finish either.
The ex-Torquay striker then planted a header on to the top of the net from a Stuart Campbell cross as the Gas looked to add a second.
Yeovil responded though and after good work from Kalala, captain Craig Alcock saw his shot deflected for a corner
Home boss Skiverton then saw Sam Williams leave the pitch with a tweaked knee halfway through the half to be replaced by Arron Davies. The Welshman took the right midfield berth with Gavin Tomlin pushing forward as a striker.
With ten minutes left before the interval, it looked like an entertaining spectacle would end with the visitors a single goal ahead but a disastrous five minute spell all but sealed things up for Rovers. First, Jeff Hughes' trickery down the left produced a cross that Heffernan controlled, turned and slammed home without challenge.
Then, with four minutes left on the clock, his strike partner Kuffour also found himself in space in the area and he turned and fired home a third.
Hughes also had an effort as the first half ended but McCarthy saved well with his feet.
The second half began with the second biggest crowd of the season hoping for a comeback but despite a fair percentage of the second half possession, it never really looked like three goals would be scored.
Terrell Forbes headed wide from an early corner and Shaun MacDonald hit a shot wide in the first ten minutes as the home side pushed straightaway for the goal to bring them back into it.
Andy Welsh arrived on the hour mark for Scott Davies and the change initially gave a shot in the arm to Skiverton's men. Alcock and Tomlin both pulled shots wide and Bowditch couldn't get on top of MacDonald's driven cross and couldn't get his header on target.
The last twenty minutes were evenly shared with Yeovil having the better chances but their day was summed up by Nathan Smith's shot in the last minute which sailed way over the bar and out of the ground too. Alcock's header was cleared off the line in the third minute of stoppage time but it was too little, too late.
The team now have a break next weekend and have a straight two weeks to prepare for a trip to troubled Southend United before a return to Huish park two days later for Leeds United.