THREE debutants, three points – and exactly the kind of display Lee Clark was looking for.
There was plenty of grit and defensive resolution on show in deepest Somerset, while Nathan Eccleston served notice of his attacking intentions with the game’s only goal.
Town had some good fortune, not least when Dean Bowditch blasted a penalty well and truly over the bar.
But few in a 4,110 crowd at Huish Park could dispute that Clark’s new-look side were worth the win that keeps their League I promotion bid firmly on track.
The Galpharm manager unleashed a couple of teenage terrors on the home side in the shape of Eccleston, the on-loan Liverpool striker, and Town’s 17-goal top scorer Jordan Rhodes.
And the pair soon formed a useful partnership, particularly during a first half which Town bossed.
Yeovil came back into it after the break, but a defence including Eccleston’s fellow first timers Neal Trotman and Dean Heffernan stood firm, with keeper Alex Smithies again showing his ability between the posts with a string of smart saves.
Trotman, on loan from Preston, forms a pretty formidable physical barrier, and Heffernan, the Australian international whose clearance to play came through only on the morning of the match, defied jet lag to produce a performance of promise.
Town were quick out of the blocks and had a decent penalty shout after just 70 seconds, with Rhodes’ shot appearing to hit the hand of on-loan Tottenham centre-back Steven Caulker, only for Surrey referee Gavin Ward to wave away the visitors’ appeals.
Three minutes later, Smithies was out of his area to foil Sam Williams, then Trotman blocked Shaun MacDonald’s shot as the attack continued.
Rhodes miscued from 12 yards out as Yeovil left-back Nathan Jones’ dispossessed Eccleston but sent the ball straight to the Town man.
Then Owain Tudur Jones, the Welsh international midfielder who joined Yeovil on loan from Norwich last week, drove over from distance.
The busy Eccleston was again in the thick of the action in the 20th minute, stretching to shoot just wide from Gary Roberts’ cross.
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And three minutes later, the Mancunian was celebrating his first goal at senior level.
Rhodes was heavily involved in the breakthrough move, heading the ball into the path of Danny Drinkwater, then volleying powerfully when the cross was cleared to the edge of the penalty area.
Yeovil’s on-loan Reading keeper Alex McCarthy made a great diving save, but the ball spun away and Eccleston reacted fastest to whack the ball home left footed.
Antony Kay fired just wide from the edge of the area as Town searched for a second, although there was a nervy moment when Tudur Jones received Williams’ pass in space, only to fire over from 20 yards out.
Trotman’s penalty-area foul on Ryan Mason handed Yeovil a route back into the game in the final minute of the first half, but much to Town’s relief, former Ipswich man Bowditch was wildly off target from the spot.
Roberts had the first attempt of the second half, lobbing over from distance, while Eccleston had a low shot held by McCarthy in the 49th minute.
But Yeovil were looking livelier, and Mason, like Caulker on loan from Tottenham, headed wide before Smithies saved a Williams shot, then Craig Alcock’s follow-up header.
The keeper dealt with Mason’s 65th-minute shot on the turn is similarly composed fashion, while Lee Novak, on for Eccleston, fired in a decent 70th-minute effort which McCarthy held at the second attempt.
There were a nervy moments for the travelling supporters when Gavin Tomlin fired a shot across the face of goal and just wide in the 82nd minute, then when Andrew Welsh latched onto fellow substitute Tomlin’s pass only to fire off target in the 85th.
But Town finished the stronger and despite five minutes of time added on, Yeovil were unable to seriously trouble them again.