Yate show pre-season promise
Yate Town’s first pre-season friendly against a strong Bristol Rovers XI incorporated a Family Fun Day at Lodge Road.
On a sun drenched afternoon a good crowd enjoyed a competitive and entertaining match. Yate took the lead just after half time before Rovers showed the benefits of full time training to score twice in the closing twenty minutes.
After a goalless but entertaining first period the home side broke the deadlock five minutes after the break when Josh Ford, on his return to Lodge Road, scored with a towering header. Both sides made several substitutions without affecting the quality of a match played at a fast pace throughout.
Rovers equalised after 70 minutes when trialist Finn Hayhurst sent a 25-yard drive into the top corner. Just five minutes later they took the lead when Zane Walker chased a through ball and, despite the close attentions of a covering defender, touched the ball past Yate keeper Ross Grimshaw. Yate tried hard to equalise, with the nearest attempt being a shot from Joe Guest that beat the keeper but flashed just past the post.
Thanks to the hard work throughout the summer by Town’s volunteers, the pitch was in superb condition. The value of this work was shown when Yate’s second planned friendly at Hengrove Athletic was cancelled for safety reasons due to large, deep cracks on Hengrove’s pitch which made the surface unplayable.
The quality of the Lodge Road pitch has once again been recognised by the FA, as the groundsmen are Southern League finalists in the national “Groundsman of the Year” awards, to be decided on 9th August at St. George’s Park.
Yate conclude their programme of friendlies with a match at Welsh League Caldicot Town, with the Southern League season starting on 18th August.
Yate Town Fc August Fixtures
Sat 4th August, Caldicot TownAway, (Friendly) K.O. 2.30 pm
Sat 18th August, Thatcham Town, Away, K.O. 3.00 pm
Tues 21 August, Bideford, Home, K.O. 7.45 pm
Sat 25th August, Bridgwater T or Cheddar, Away (FA Cup)K.O. 3.00 pm
B.H. Mon 27 Aug, Mangotsfield Utd, Away, K.O. 3.00 pm
Sat 1st September, Cinderford Town, Home, K.O. 3.00 pm