Ten man Yeovil Town went down by three goals to nil at home to Carlisle United this afternoon.
Three second half goals from Liam Noble, Jon-Paul McGovern and Danny Livesey saw Greg Abbott's men comfortably home and their job was made easier for them by the 45th minute dismissal on his debut of Flavien Belson.
Belson went for a second yellow which the referee later confirmed as being for persistent infringement and was the cap on a bad day at the office for the Glovers which has now seen them sink to 23rd place in the npower League One table.
Manager Terry Skiverton made two changes to the side that drew 2-2 with Colchester United last Saturday. With loan keeper Marek Stech brought in to the starting eleven to replace the injured Jed Steer, the only other change was the debut of Flavien Belson who came in to replace the injured Paul Huntington with Max Ehmer returning to the Glovers back four.
Belson was the centre of attention in the fourth minute when he received his first yellow card for a foul on lively striker Rory Loy.
At the other end, Oli Johnson and Gavin Massey were combining well up front and both strikers created chances for each other in the first twelve minutes. Both times though, the Cumbrians keeper Adam Collin was equal to each effort.
Yeovil had the ball in the net on eighteen minutes when Steve MacLean tucked the ball home but the assistant referee had already flagged for either a foul or handball in the build up.
Carlisle were as adept at opening opportunites as the home side and in fact, looked the likelier to score. Stech, later voted "man of the match", was forced into a brilliant tip over from Noble's rising shot; the Czech keeper then dived full length to deny Loy who seemingly had the freedom of the penalty area to choose where to head it.
Loy then was inches away from giving his side the lead from a Noble cross from the right flank as the visitors pressed the opener but at the other end, Johnson came even closer when his snap shot deflected into the side netting.
Just as it seemed like the game was drifting into the half time interval, Belson earned a second yellow from referee Carl Berry, later confirmed as persistent infringement.
The second half began as the first ended with Abbott's team well and truly on the offensive. Stech saved from Tom Taiwo who had no Yeovil player within five yards of him as he turned and shot in the area. Jones then earned his yellow, the fifth of the season, for blocking James Tavernier on the right flank - it now means he'll miss the away clash with Stevenage next weekend.
Within a couple of minutes, United took the lead through Noble. The Sunderland loanee attacker had looked the most impressive of the visiting team and he curled a lovely shot into the far corner after more good work from Taiwo had seen a cross only partially cleared.
Skiverton brought on Kieran Agard for Johnson but within three minutes, it was 2-0. Stech came out and kicked a back pass well clear but saw his clearance returned towards him. With an attacker running back from an offisde position, McGovern took his chance and strode forward to lob Stech and follow up with an easy finish.
Stech then had to save yet again, this time from Loy, on 75 minutes before the final shake of the dice from the home dugout. Nathan Jones and Steve MacLean were replaced by the youth of Anthony Edgar and Curtis Haynes-Brown.
Edgar had a crack on goal from twenty yards that seemed to be deflected for a corner but was given a goal kick; Luke Ayling protesting a little too vehemently and getting a yellow for his troubles.
With seven minutes left, the game was ended as a spectacle when Danny Livesey rose to meet a flickon from a corner to head home.
With Huntington, O'Brien and Gilbert missing today; both Belson and Jones missing next week's Stevenage game through injury plus the other long term absentees in Gavin Williams, Andy Williams, Dominic Blizzard and Jonathan Obika also ruled out, it will be a patched-up Town that take on Graham Westley's men.