Points scarce as Yate have tough start to the year

January 30 2017

Yate Town FC kicked off 2017 with a New Year’s day visit to Larkhall Athletic where they gained a creditable 1-1 draw.


Yate Town FC kicked off 2017 with a New Year’s day visit to Larkhall Athletic where they gained a creditable 1-1 draw. 

In the first half Yate gained the ascendancy after withstanding some early home pressure with Lewis Powell and Luke Bryan both forcing good saves from the Larkhall keeper. 

The visitors deservedly took the lead ten minutes before half time when the Larkhall defence failed to clear Kye Mountford’s free kick and Jack Camm, playing against one of his former clubs, scored in the bottom corner.

The home side equalised just before the break when a Jamie Lyons corner was headed home by Ed Dryden. 

The second half was a more fragmented affair with Yate having to survive some late pressure before both sides settled for a point.

Bottom of the table Wantage Town were the new year’s first visitors to Lodge Road and although the home side secured a 1-1 draw the match proved to be arguably Yate’s worst performance of the season. The tone was set in the opening few minutes when a pass across their own goal was easily intercepted by Todd Hathaway who accepted the gift to put the visitors 1-0 up. 

Yate equalised ten minutes before half time with their best move of a very disappointing performance. Kye Mountford broke from midfield before slotting the ball into the net. Yate did improve for a period after the interval but it was in stages. 

Just three days later high flying Tiverton Town visited The Jelf Stadium and Yate gave a very commendable performance against the second placed team before losing to a late goal. 

Yate were without several players and were forced to adopt a defensive formation from the start. Excellent defending allied to a super display from keeper Harvey Rivers kept the high flying visitors at bay.  After the break Yate adopted a more attacking formation that almost paid off when Eugene Keary sent a volley arrowing towards the top corner. Unfortunately for Yate, Tiverton’s keeper Joe Perry was on top form and pulled off a superb save. 

With time running out it looked as if Yate’s hard work would be rewarded with another point but Tiverton finally managed to get the only goal of the match through Jamie Short. Despite the defeat Yate took great encouragement from their overall display, a vast improvement from their previous home match.

Both of Yate’s next scheduled matches at Shortwood Utd and North Leigh were postponed due to adverse weather conditions.

Photo: Action from Yate v Wantage, Yate’s first home match of 2017


Yate Town Fc February Fixtures

Sat 4 FebEvesham Utd Home3.00 Pm

Sat 11 Feb BidefordAway 3.00 Pm

Sat 18 Feb Afc Totton Home3.00 Pm

Tues 21 Feb Shortwood Utd Away 7.45 Pm

Sat 25 Feb Taunton Town Away 3.00 Pm

Sat 4 March Bishops CleeveHome 3.00 Pm


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

Wed 1St Feb Yate Town Youth V Wells City 7.30 Pm

Wed 22Nd Feb Yate Town Youth V Ashton & Backwell Utd 7.30 Pm

Wed 1St March Yate Town Youth V Clevedon Town 7.30 Pm