Tough start to life in the Prem for Yate

September 06 2019
Tough start to life in the Prem for Yate

YATE Town have started life in the Southern League Premier Division South with a win, three defeats and a draw.

The newly-promoted side opened their season with a 4-1 home defeat to Blackfield & Langley, their promotion rivals last season in Division One South.

And the scoreline was a repeat of last season's title clincher, with Blackfield & Langley's Lerone Plummer going one better than April's match and scoring hat-trick this time around.

Yate's goal came in the second half, a few minutes after Blackfield, then two goals up, were reduced to ten men on the hour when Adam Tomasso was shown a straight red card for a lunging tackle on Jack Twyman.

Ollie Mehew got the goal from the spot, above, after newcomer Spokes had been fouled by Josh Harfield.

But the Bluebells followed that defeat with a thumping 4-0 win away at Taunton Town, with Spokes starting the scoring via a deflection after just two minutes and then firing a 35-yarder into the top corner in the second half. By that stage Nick Peare had already scored, heading in unmarked from a Spokes corner. Bath City loanee James Ollis then came off the bench to finish the scoring on 89 minutes from the left-hand side of the box. Adam Forster preserved the clean sheet with several important saves.

Yate were then brought back down to earth with a 3-0 defeat away to Poole Town, before turning their attention to the FA Cup and a home tie with Exmouth Town, which ended 2-2.

The Devon side, who play in the South West Peninsula League, were ahead twice, once in each half, with Ollie Mehew getting both of Yate's goals.

The Bluebells then came from behind twice again to draw their league match at home to Hendon 2-2, before travelling to Exmouth on Tuesday for an FA Cup replay, with an away trip to Highworth Town in the First Qualifying Round awaiting the winner.

This time there would be no comeback for Yate, as Exmouth Town won 2-0.

Picture: B.East Photography