Three points to end season as Yate enjoy awards evening
A header from Nick Peare just before the interval and an own goal five minutes into the second half ensured that Yate Town ended their season on a high with a 2-0 victory over Bishops Cleeve.
The result condemned Cleeve to relegation, and the margin of victory would have been much greater had it not been for an outstanding display by the visitors’ keeper.
After the match Yate held their annual presentation evening where defender Sam Boulton was announced as the supporter’s Player of the Season and was presented with The Bill Weekes Memorial Shield. Sam was also joint winner of the “Players Player” award with goalkeeper Harvey Rivers, and both were presented with engraved tankards.
A lifetime achievement award was presented to Richard Jordan who has been associated with the club since 1946. Ro Charles, who has recently retired as Social Club Manager after 18 years behind the bar, was presented with the W.A. Febry Rosebowl for long and distinguished service to the club.
Jackie Robinson again won the Jordan Shield for her fundraising efforts. Jackie has won the award on several occasions, while husband and wife team Rob and Denny John jointly won the Clubman of the Year shield.
A major re-organisation of clubs in the non-league pyramid awaits Yate’s campaign next season starting on the 11th August. Subject to any successful appeals, the revamped structure will see several new clubs visiting Yate.
Andover Town and Blackfield & Langley have been promoted from the Wessex League with FA Vase finalists Thatcham Town and Highworth Town making the step up from the Hellenic League.
Also moving up into the Southern League are Street Town and Melksham Town, champions and runners-up respectively in the Western League. Moneyfields FC, who beat Yate in last season’s FA Trophy will move across the pyramid from the Southern League East Division, whilst four clubs who have been regular visitors to Yate in the West Division; Cinderford Town, Evesham United, Kidlington and North Leigh all move into the East Division.
Yate’s Youth Team, under the guidance of Paul Henderson, again reached the Final of the GFA Under 18 Shield but were beaten 3-2 by Gloucester City. Gloucester scored the winner in the last minute having opened the scoring in the first. Goals from Luke Henderson and Sam Knight gave Town a 2-1 advantage at the interval but City equalised soon after the break and the match looked to be heading for a penalty shoot out until Gloucester’s last minute winner brought heartbreak.
Yate’s pre- season programme of friendly matches is being finalised, but their first home friendly is likely to be on 14th July against a Bristol Rovers XI.