Fans welcomed back to Lodge Road as Yate Town beat Bristol City XI and Cribbs in friendlies

September 03 2020
Fans welcomed back to Lodge Road as Yate Town beat Bristol City XI and Cribbs in friendlies

FANS are being welcomed back to Yate Town's Lodge Road ground for the first time in five months as the club prepares for the new season under COVID-19 restrictions

The Bluebells hosted Cribbs FC in a pre-season friendly on August 26, with a limited number of fans allowed to watch.

A maximum of 300 people were allowed to watch Town's 4-0 win and their details were left with the club, so track and trace can be implemented if needed, with the club urging fans to register in advance.

Last night's 2-0 win over a Bristol City XI, courtesy of a goal in each half, from Stuart Fleetwood and Aaron Ward-Baptiste, was watched by a a sell-out crowd of 600 people.

Earlier in August fans had been advised to stay away from the first pre-season matches, but the government and FA have approved new rules, and the Cribbs match was being used as a test to see how the coronavirus precautions work. If they are seen to have worked well, the club will be able to increase the attendance level for league games.

Town are also recruiting more stewards so they can help police the new rules.

The club has thanked local people for supporting a crowdfunding appeal which raised over £3,000.

The money will be used to help the club as it tries to deal with loss of income due to the pandemic.

On the pitch, manager Paul Michael has continued to strengthen his squad.

Sam Turl and goalkeeper Andy Hannah have followed the manager from Cinderford Town. There are also returns to Yate for former players Andy Lewis and Lewis Bamford.

Goalkeeper Andy Forster has decided to leave Lodge Road to try and guarantee first team football.