Injury time goals keep Yate in the points
Yate Town became draw specialists either side of the postponements caused by The Beast from the East and Storm Emma, sharing the points in successive matches against Shortwood Utd, Didcot Town and Cirencester Town.
Travelling to Shortwood United for a local derby, a venue where they have struggled for points in recent seasons, Yate found that the pitch was not conducive to free flowing football. Chances were at a premium during a scrappy first half. Yate had an early goal disallowed before the home side took the lead five minutes before the interval with virtually their first attack. Will Hawse scoring from close range.
Town upped their game after the break and the final thirty minutes was one-way traffic. Nick Peare sent in a 25 yard shot that rattled the Shortwood bar, and then had a header cleared off the line. Adam Price, like Peare playing against one of his former clubs, then clipped the bar before Steve Davies had a shot well saved.
Yate persistence finally paid dividends when in the fourth minute of added time Ben Brooks netted with a fine half volley from 10 yards, with what was effectively the last kick of the match.
Fourth placed Didcot Town’s visit to Lodge Road produced an exciting match with Yate’s first half performance one of their best of the season. The home side carved open the visitors defence with crisp incisive football creating several chances before finally taking the lead after half an hour. An intricate passing movement found Adam Price in space, and he curled a delightful shot into the net.
The home side deservedly doubled their advantage just before the interval when Ross Langworthy’s mazy run ended with him being brought down, and Steve Davies converting the resultant penalty.
Didcot came out for the second half with a completely different approach. After just eight minutes they reduced the arrears when Felipe Barcelos was fouled on the edge of the box, and George Jeacock fired home from the spot. Four minutes later the visitors were on level terms when Callum McNish drove into the far corner. The end to end excitement continued until the final minute when Davies’ header hit the bar and rebounded to safety.
After the ravages of the weather Yate resumed playing two weeks later against Cirencester Town. The torrential rain caused the majority of matches in the division to be postponed, but terrific work by Yate’s team of volunteer groundsmen ensured the Lodge Road pitch was in excellent condition. After an open but goalless first period, the visitors took the lead just after the interval with a strike by leading scorer Ben Whitehead.
Yate deservedly equalised on 65 minutes with a deft near post flick by Steve Davies following Langworthy’s cross, and Langworthy twice hit the woodwork. The visitors regained their lead ten minutes from time through Will Christopher’s deflected effort, and the points appeared destined for North Gloucestershire. In the fifth minute of added on time, Yate’s endeavours deservedly gained reward when substitute Matty Tanner ghosted behind the Cirencester defence and volleyed high into the net to salvage a 2-2 draw and a point.
Yate then entertained Larkhall Athletic and extended their unbeaten run to four matches with a 3-1 victory. In contrast to the previous matches Town opened slowly and Larkhall took the lead after 10 minutes when Joe Tumelty scored from close range. It took Yate some time to build momentum but they then scored two goals in as many minutes; after 33 minutes Steve Davies found space at the far post to score from a narrow angle, and then Ross Langworthy sent a superb volley into the top corner to give Yate the lead at half time.
The visitors started the second half brightly but Town weathered the storm and gradually gained the upper hand. Once again Yate had to wait until injury time to score and put the result beyond any doubt, when a quick break from defence created a two on one situation and Nick Peare slotted the ball home from an acute angle to ensure a 3-1 win.
Full list of Yate Town matches during April:
Sat 31st March, AFC Totton, Home 3.00 pm
Mon 2nd April, Larkhall Athletic, Away 3.00 pm
Sat 7 April, Winchester City, Away 3.00 pm
Tues 10th April, Barnstaple Town, Away 7.45 pm
Sat 14th April, Slimbridge, Home 3.00pm
Sat 21st April, Paulton Rovers, Away 3.00 pm
Sat 28th April, Bishops Cleeve, Home 3. 00 pm
Also at Lodge Road
Wed 4th April, Yate T Youth v Bristol Manor Farm Youth,7.30 pm
Tues 27th April, Bristol Rovers -23v Plymouth Argyle -23, 1.00 pm
Wed 18th April, Yate Town Youth v Clevedon T. Youth, 7.30 pm
Sat 21st April, Bristol Rovers -18 v Luton T -18, Midday
Tues 24th April, Bristol Rovers -23 v AFC Bournemouth-23, 1.00 pm
Photography credit to Steve Rolfe