Bluebells hoping for upturn in home fortunes
Yate Town 0-2 Walton Casuals
YATE Town will be hoping that they can lose their habit of conceding early at home, with three matches in quick succession at Lodge Road at the start of October.
A goal has been conceded early in all four home games so far this season, and the match against Walton Casuals saw the visitors score both their goals inside the first six minutes.
From then on the Casuals always looked comfortably in charge, especially during the second half once the home side had been reduced to ten men.
Stephen Ward looked to be in an offside position when he was played through in the third minute but the flag stayed down, defenders stopped and he went on to finish clinically.
There was nothing suspect about the second goal soon afterwards. Dave Fitzpatrick carved his way through several tackles during a run in from the right and when he pulled the ball back, Ward calmly side-footed home his second.
The Casuals kept up the tempo, Adam Forster did well to block a Rowdell Gordon effort near the post and Rene Howe should have hit the target from close range after Jay Gasson had knocked down a corner into his path.
Yate's best spell came towards the end of the first period with Albie Hopkins testing Alex Tokarczyk in the Walton goal with a shot from the left and Mike Bryant glancing a header just wide following a cross into the box from Sam Boulton.
At the beginning of the second half an out-paced Elliott Keightley blatantly pulled Manolis Gogonas back as he burst through on the edge of the box and the inevitable red card followed.
Yate failed to put Tokarczyk under any pressure during the second half and the only attempts on goal of note were a shot from Nick Peare that went well wide and a rising drive from Sam Kamara that cleared the crossbar.
Forster at the other end had a much busier time and he kept the scoreline respectable with a number of brave saves.
After a League Cup match at Slimbridge on October 2, the Bluebells face three vital home league games: Truro on the 5th, Hartley Wintney on the 8th (7.45pm kick-off) and Metropolitan Police on the 12th.
Picture: Action from Yate Town's home defeat to Walton Casuals. Photo: B.East Photography