Warm-up for Yate Town ahead of new season

June 30 2015

YATE Town have arranged a series of friendly matches in preparation for the new league season due to kick off on August 8.

YATE Town have arranged a series of friendly matches in preparation for the new league season due to kick off on August 8.
Manager Craig Laird has also secured the services of some new players as Yate try to improve on last season’s final sixth position.
Defenders Matt Villis and Callum Laird have committed themselves to Yate, joining from Bideford and Weymouth respectively.
The club’s midfield options have also been boosted by the arrivals of Alec Fiddes from Weymouth, Jack Camm, formerly at Cinderford Town, and Brett Trowbridge from Taunton Town.
It is anticipated that the great majority of last season’s squad will remain, although Josh Ford has returned to his former club Frome Town and Joe Chandler has moved to Mangotsfield United.
The pre-season friendlies include home games against Hungerford Town and Bath City, as well as several away matches.
Re-organisation within the Southern League, caused by Clevedon Town’s relegation due to floodlighting problems, has resulted in both Marlow and Burnham being moved from the Central Division to the South & West Division, while Fleet Town and Petersfield Town have moved in the opposite direction.
The Southern League fixtures are due to be published on July 16 but the friendly matches arranged so far are:
 Sat, July 18, Shepton Mallet. Away kick-off 3pm.
 Tues, July 21, Cribbs Life. Away kick-off 7.45 pm.
Sat, July 25, Hungerford Town. Home kick-off 3pm.
Tues, July 28, Bath City. Home kick-off 7.45pm.
Thurs, July 30, Bitton. Away kick-off 7.30pm.
The reserves will again be in the Gloucestershire County League next season and will also be engaged in the pre-season Fry Club tournament.
Following their promotion last season, when they also won the GFA Under-18 Shield for the first time, Yate’s youth team will now play in the premier division of the Somerset Floodlight League.
At the league’s AGM, it was also announced that Yate Town Youth had won the shield for the most sporting team in their division for the second successive time.

Photo credit. Scott Boulton