Yate’s league campaign gets underway
After an encouraging programme of pre-season friendly matches Yate Town travelled to Kidlington for the first match of the new campaign.
After an encouraging programme of pre-season friendly matches Yate Town travelled to Kidlington for the first match of the new campaign. Yate included five new players including former favourites Brad Abraham and Mitch Tippins, both returning after a spell at Mangotsfield United.
Ben Brooks and Brad Norris, both of whom formerly played for Larkhall Athletic, and defender Chris Gregan, who has joined after playing for Frome Town in the previous two seasons, made their club debuts.
Kidlington proved to be an excellent passing side making for a very entertaining match. Yate took the lead midway through the first half when Mike Baker curled his shot into the far corner from a free kick on the edge of the box. Within a minute the home side equalised when a shot from Mark Bell was deflected past Harvey Rivers, giving the Yate keeper no chance. Just before the interval Yate regained their lead with an excellent individual goal by Norris, who beat the home keeper with a low shot into the corner of the net.
Kidlington dominated the second half but Yate’s defence held firm until the 75th minute when the home side were awarded a penalty. Lewis Coyle slotted home from the spot. It was an encouraging display by Yate who secured a deserved point with a 2-2 draw against a team which may well prove to be dark horses in the division this season.
Town’s first home match of the new season on the following Tuesday pitched them against Bideford, and once again spectators witnessed a very close encounter. Yate enjoyed their best period in the quarter of an hour before the interval. Brad Norris was unlucky when his header hit the bar but rebounded into play and Mitch Tippins was first thwarted by keeper Oliver and then had a powerful goal-bound volley blocked by a defender.
The match was equally tight after the break but it was Bideford who scored the only goal of the game after 56 minutes when a cross caused confusion in the home defence. Harvey Rivers miss-punched an attempted clearance leaving Craig Allen credited with getting the final touch.
Both teams had opportunities in the remaining half an hour but the defences held firm and Bideford travelled back to North Devon with a hard-earned three points.
Yate Town matches during September
Sat 9 Sept, AFC Totton, Away 3.00 pm
Sat 16 Sept, Cinderford Town, Home 3.00 pm
Sat 23 Sept, Salisbury, Home 3.00 pm
Tues 26 Sept, Taunton Town, Away 7.45 pm
Sat 30 Sept, Didcot Town, Away 3.00 pm
Tues 3 October, Bristol Manor Farm, Home7.45 pm (League Cup Round 1)