Points hard to come by in February for Yate

February 28 2017

February opened with the visit of second placed Evesham United to The Jelf Stadium and Yate Town gave a very creditable performance holding the highly placed visitors to a much-deserved draw.

February opened with the visit of second placed Evesham United to The Jelf Stadium and Yate Town gave a very creditable performance holding the highly placed visitors to a much-deserved draw.

The visitors enjoyed the lion’s share of possession during the first half but a strong home defence ensured that their attacks rarely troubled Yate keeper Harvey Rivers. When Rivers was called upon he made a very good save from Elliott Kennedy.

Despite Evesham’s control of the first period it was Yate who came closest to scoring with Luke Bryan and Mike Baker forcing excellent saves from the visitors keeper. 

The second half saw Kennedy and Lance Smith squander good chances as the second half progressed but an entertaining match looked likely to end in a goal less draw until the 85th minute when Yate defender Mike Baker had the misfortune to turn the ball into his own net when trying to cut out a cross. 

Town showed commendable spirit to fight back after this late blow and deservedly equalised three minutes later when a good move enabled substitute Jake Slocombe to mark his debut with a well struck shot into the bottom corner.

In their next match a visit to Bideford on a bitterly cold afternoon in North Devon led to another entertaining game with two early goals for the home team proving decisive. 

After a quiet opening Bideford took the lead on ten minutes when Billy Tucker’s free kick from just outside the area was headed home by towering centre half Chris McGrath. Just ten minutes later another cross from Tucker found its way to Sean Dowling who slotted the ball home. 

Play continued from end to end with Town’s Connor Jones, recently signed on work experience forms from Bristol Rovers, having a great attempt well saved by home keeper Joe Moore. This was the closest either side came to scoring and the home team clinched a 2-0 victory.

Yate’s February’s blues continued with a 3-1 home defeat to AFC Totton.  The visitors scored after just two minutes and doubled their advantage just after the break.  Although Yate pulled one back late on, Totton made it safe with three minutes to go.  The defeat saw Yate leapfrogged in the table by Totton, with Town now in relegation trouble.

 

Yate Town Fc March Fixtures

Sat 4 Mar, Bishops Cleeve, Home 3.00 Pm

Sat 11 Mar, Paulton Rovers, Away 3.00 Pm

Sat 18 Mar, Winchester City, Home 3.00 Pm

Sat 25 Mar, Didcot Town, Away 3.00 Pm

Sat I April, Swindon Supermarine, Home 3.00 Pm

Other Matches @ The Jelf Stadium, Lodge Road, During March

Wed 1 March, Yate Town Youth v Clevedon Town, 7.30 Pm

Wed 8 March, Yate Town Youth v Ashton & Backwell U, 7.30 Pm

Wed 15 Mar, Bristol Suburban League Cup Semi Final (1), 7.30 Pm

Wed 22 March, Yate Town Youth V Radstock Town, 7.30 Pm

Wed 29 Mar, Bristol Suburban League Cup Semi Final (2), 7.30 Pm