Reality check for Yate against highfliers
Yate Town headed into matches against top of the table opponents in good shape after goals by Ben Brooks and Kyle Tooze
Yate Town headed into matches against top of the table opponents in good shape after goals by Ben Brooks and Kyle Tooze, allied to a good defensive performance and an outstanding display of goalkeeping by Harvey Rivers earned a 2-1 win over highly placed Evesham United. It was Yate’s sixth win in a seven-match unbeaten run.
However, Yate next faced the daunting prospect of successive matches against the top two teams and found the league’s second place side in inspired form when they visited the Raymond McEnhill Stadium to face Salisbury.
Harvey Rivers saved an early penalty before Salisbury took the lead through Tom Whelan, and they quickly doubled their advantage with a half volley from Aaron Dawson. Ten minutes before the break Kane O’Keefe made it three with a powerful header, and two goals soon after the break put Salisbury in an unassailable position.
To their credit, Yate kept fighting and reduced the arrears with a header from Steve Davies before new signing Ross Langworthy made further inroads to made it two goals in as many games. Salisbury had the final word when O’Keefe scored another header leaving Yate licking their wounds in a 6-2 drubbing.
After this chastening experience Yate entertained Taunton Town. The leagues runaway leaders were determined to avenge their early season defeat to their hosts. The match was one of the few in the division to survive the heavy rain and the condition of the pitch drew praise from the referee and was a great advert for the hard work put in by the Yate groundsmen.
Yate made a bright start coming close on a couple of occasions before the visitors took the lead when Shane White headed in from a corner. For the second home match in succession a crowd of almost 300 were kept entertained by a fine match.
The second goal was always going to be vital and arrived shortly before half time when White completed his double with a superb volley from just outside the box. Both sides had decent opportunities during the second half, but defences were generally in command and Taunton’s 2-0 win increased their lead over Salisbury to 12 points.
Yate have four home matches during March and have an outside chance of making the play-offs. Currently sitting in 12th place they will have to quickly regain winning form to make this a more realistic prospect.
Full list of Yate Town matches during March:
Sat 24th Feb, Didcot Town, Home, 3.00 pm
Sat 3rd March, Barnstaple Town, Away,3.00 pm
Sat 10th March, Cirencester Town, Home, 3.00 pm
Tues 13th MarchLarkhall Athletic, Home, 7.45 pm
Sat 17th March North Leigh, Home, 3.00 pm
Sat 24th March, Bristol Manor Farm, Away, 3.00 pm
Sat 31st March AFC Totton, Home, 3.00 pm
Also at Lodge Road
Wed 14th March, Yate T Youth v Radstock Town Youth, 7.30 pm
Tues 20 March, Bristol Rovers -23v Forest Green -23, 1.00 pm
Wed 21 March, Yate Town Youth v B.M.F. Youth, 7.30 pm
Tues 27th MarchBristol Rovers -23 v AFC Wimbledon -23, 2.00 pm