Date: 11th August 2009 at 3:40pm
Written by: Sam Robinson

A lacklustre Tranmere performance resulted in a disappointing 2-0 defest for John Barnes in his first competitive match in charge of the Whites.

Competitive debuts were given to John Welsh, Gavin Gunning, Luke Daniels and Shaelum Logan. Paul McLaren and Alan Mahon were also given starts by the manager.

Yeovil fielded new signings Dean Bowditch, Stefan Stam and George O’Callaghan to name but three from eight.

The visitors made the better start, winning a large amount of corners but failed to capitalise on their dominance. Yeovil goalkeeper Alex McCarthy was yet to be tested.

O’Callaghan almost marked his competitive debut with a goal but his cushioned header was tipped over the bar by loanee goalkeeper Luke Daniels, who was furious with the static Tranmere defence and rightly so.

From the resulting corner, Yeovil took the lead. Poor Tranmere awareness allowed Yeovil to take a short corner from which Bowditch rose highest to meet and send the ball into the top corner and past the despairing leap of Daniels.

Tranmere had Daniels to thank for keeping the score at 1-0 as he saved Danny Schofield’s low drive.

Tranmere captain Ian Thomas-Moore had a chance to equalise but his shot went wide from a tight angle. The break came with Yeovil still in the lead by a goal to nil.

Shaleum Logan was the first name to go into referee Andy Hall’s notebook for ending Bowditch’s run and game. The striker had to be subsituted with a suspected dislocated shoulder.

Daniels made another superb save from Schofield, tipping the former Huddersfield midfielder’s effort over the crossbar. Logan cleared the ball off the line shortly after as Yeovil looked to make the game safe.

Alan Mahon and Thomas-Moore both tried their luck from range but the visitors were yet to have a shot on target. Craig Curran’s header that flashed past the far post was the closest they came to scoring.

The home side were awarded a penalty with a quarter of an hour to go as Aaron Cresswell upended Ryan Mason. Despite the protests that the offence took place outside the box, it was a penalty which was converted by Gavin Tomlin with the aid of a post.

The game fizzled out and the three points deservedly went to Yeovil. The 500 or so travelling Tranmere fans made their feelings known after the full-time whistle with a lot of boos coming from the away end. Not the best of starts for John Barnes but surely the only way is up?