Yate continue strong start
Yate Town’s excellent start to the season continued with victories in both league and FA Trophy matches, helping them retain their position at the top of the table and reach the First Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy, where they were due to play premier division Dorchester Town as the Voice went to press.
Yate visited league leaders and promotion favourites Evesham United, and maintained their unbeaten league record with an outstanding 2-1 win. In incessant rain the match was a fine advert for non-league football and although the first half was goalless it was full of incident.
Both keepers were in fine form with Evesham’s Harvey Rivers, the former Town custodian, called upon to make a fine save from Sims-Burgess before Yate’s Ross Grimshaw twice made outstanding saves. On the stroke of half time Yate saw an effort cleared off the line.
Yate opened the scoring four minutes after the break when Nick Peare sent a tremendous 35 yard free kick over the wall and into the top corner.
The fast pace of the game continued, with the away side increasing their lead in the 70th minute. Joe Guest won a tackle in midfield and passed to James Spruce whose precision pass allowed Sims-Burgess to race clear of the defence and slip the ball past Rivers.
Not surprisingly Evesham exerted considerable pressure on the Town defence, and this was rewarded ten minutes from time when an incisive move opened up the Yate defence and allowed Steve Davies to score from close range. This led to a nervous end to the match for the travelling band of Yate supporters, but their defence held firm, and Yate came away with a magnificent victory.
Yate then entertained Fleet Town and the visitors belied their lowly league position with a fast start, but their early pressure failed to breach the home defence.
Yate grew more into the match and scored two quick goals as half time approached. Elliot Keightley netted with a close range header after Josh Ford had headed a free kick back across goal and then Jack Twyman curled a delightful shot into the top corner. Fleet reduced the arrears immediately after half time when Williams took advantage of a rare lapse in concentration from keeper Lewis Thomas. The next goal was always going to be important and it came in the 57th minute when Adam Price regained Yate’s two-goal advantage with a very well taken effort. Yate then dominated proceedings and secured a 4-1 win when Dave Sims-Burgess slotted home from the penalty spot after he had been fouled, to score his sixth goal of the season.
It was a case of first versus second when Yate entertained Blackfield & Langley in the Preliminary Round of the FA Trophy. The match kicked off half an hour late as the visitors were held up in traffic chaos on the M4, and Yate proceeded to give an outstanding first half display. They hit the woodwork three times and had shots cleared off the line, whilst both keepers produced fine saves and it was scarcely believable that the first half ended without The Bluebells ahead.
Yate finally got their deserved breakthrough when another well crafted attack saw Olly Mehew weave his way into the box, where he was brought down, and then scored from the resultant penalty. Thereafter the visitors seldom looked like equalising, especially after they had been reduced to ten men, and Town’s outstanding performance was rewarded, not only with a 1-0 win and a place in the next round, but also with £3,000 from the Prize Fund.
Yate have important home matches against Barnstaple and Cirencester Town at Lodge Road during November, and will be hopeful that their outstanding early season displays continues.
Yate Town November Fixtures
Sat 3Rd Nov, Afc Totton, Away 3.00 Pm
Tues. 6Th Nov, Bristol Manor Farm, Away 7.45 Pm
Sat 10Th Nov, Barnstaple Town, Home 3.00 Pm
Sat 17Th Nov, Winchester City, Away 3.00 Pm
Sat 24Th Nov, Cirencester Town, Home 3.00 Pm
Other matches at Lodge Road
Sat 3Rd Nov, Bristol Rovers 18’S V Cheltenham Town -18’S 10.30 Am
Tues 6Th Nov, Bristol Rovers -23’S V Burton Albion -23’S1.00 Pm
Sat. 17Th Nov, Bristol Rovers -18’S V Portsmouth -18’S10.30 Am
Wed 21St Nov, Yate Town Youth V Clevedon Town Youth7.30 Pm