Precious point after tough start to season for Yate

October 03 2017

Yate Town FC bounced back with a fighting 3-3 draw with Barnstaple Town following a heavy 5-0 defeat at AFC Totton the previous week.


Yate Town FC bounced back with a fighting 3-3 draw with Barnstaple Town following a heavy 5-0 defeat at AFC Totton the previous week. 

After their first six matches Town had still to register a win, securing just three points from drawn matches with Kidlington, Mangotsfield and Barnstaple. 

They face a hectic programme of both league and cup matches during October when leaders Bristol Manor Farm visit Lodge Road for a league cup tie, and fellow Gloucestershire clubs Cinderford Town and Shortwood United come to Yate in the league.

In what was a re-arranged fixture with Barnstaple Town both teams produced an exciting, seesawing 3-3 encounter. The match could not be described as a classic but the game was punctuated by some superb goals.

Yate opened strongly but the visitors took the lead in the 13th minute following their first real attack. The home side only partially cleared a corner and the ball was whipped back into the box for Bill Hopcroft to score at the near post with a fine glancing header. 

Ten minutes later Yate deservedly equalised when Brad Abraham showed typical tenacity to retain possession and crashed the ball into the net. Town then exerted more pressure and took the lead three minutes before the break with an excellent drive into the far corner by Ben Brooks.

After the interval Yate were hit by a quick fire double from Jordan Charran. Six minutes after half time Barnstaple were awarded a free kick on the edge of the penalty area and Charran sent a sublime free kick over the defensive wall into the top corner. Shortly afterwards the same player regained the lead for the visitors when he sent in a fierce drive which Harvey Rivers found too hot to handle and the ball crept into the net. 

Yate showed tremendous character and bounced back with their skipper Charlie Hitchings leading by example and heading in the equaliser with just six minutes left. Both sides had chances in a rousing finale and Yate thought they had secured a dramatic late win when they again put the ball into the net with the last touch of the match only for the effort to be disallowed for offside.

Full list of Yate Town matches during October:

Tues 3 Oct, Bristol Manor Farm, Home, 7.45 pm

(League Cup) Sat 7 Oct, Fleet Town, Away  3.00 pm

(FA Trophy) Tues 10 Oct, Cinderford Town,Home 7.45 pm

Sat 14 Oct, Shortwood United, Home 3.00 pm

Sat 21 Oct, Cirencester Town, Away 3.00 pm

Sat 28 Oct, TBC Also at Lodge Road

Wed 11 Oct, Youth Team v Weston S Mare, 7.30 pm