A winner deep into first half stoppage time from debutant Luke Freeman was enough to earn Yeovil all three points against Russell Slade's Leyton Orient in an entertaining season's opener at Huish Park this afternoon.
Freeman bundled the ball in after a howler from visiting keeper Jamie Jones who spilled a driven Andy Williams cross. It came six minutes after O's striker Alex Revell had equalised a stunning goal from Dean Bowditch early on.
Manager Terry Skiverton opted to give five of his summer signings the nod for their first competitive starts with debuts for keeper John Sullivan, central defensive pairing Paul Huntington and Adam Virgo plus wingers Luke Freeman and Andy Williams.
Slade had brought back ex-Glovers captain Terrell Forbes who made his first start for the away side in central defence.
Andy Williams and Luke Freeman were looking lively down their respective flanks and Virgo headed wide from a Williams free kick on five minutes before Arsenal loanee Freeman pulled his shot wide two minutes later.
The opening goal came on eleven minutes and what a strike it was. Huntington pumped a long clearance out to Bowditch on the right and last season's top scorer held the ball up before cutting in and unleashing an unstoppable shot into the far corner.
The game settled down and became a little niggly with Adam Chambers booked for pulling Freeman down and Jean-Paul Kalala & Freeman both penalised for challenges.
New loan keeper John Sullivan produced a brilliant save from Revell's downward header as Orient got going in the second part of the first half and after two quick corners, they finally levelled things when Revell headed in at the near post from Dean Cox's cross.
Just as the half time whistle approached, Virgo's free kick was hit wide to Andy Williams whose volleyed cross was spilled by Jones to Freeman who finished smartly at the far post.
Slade's team talk inspired the O's and old boy Forbes nearly grabbed a second equaliser but his header rebounded off the post and into the grateful arms of Sullivan.
Sam Williams with a blocked shot and then a header almost made it 3-1 while at the other end, man-of-the-match Virgo cleared off the line after a goalmouth scramble.
Sullivan's wind assisted drop kicks were reaching extreme distances and one such effort released Bowditch on the right. His speculative first time volley went wide of the far post.
Slade made a double change bringing on Jonathan Tehoue and Jimmy Smith for Scott McGleish and Chambers in an attempt to provide fresh impetus while home boss Skiverton sent on Cameron Stewart for his first start replacing Bowditch and late on, Rob Kiernan came on for a tiring Freeman to make it seven debutants.
Sam Williams headed straight at the keeper with five minutes left and the Glovers were left sweating deep in stoppage time when referee Mark Haywood awarded a free kick 25 yards out. The O's failed to make it count and after a minute or two longer, it was all over and Yeovil had won their opening game for just the third time in eight outings.