Yate struggle to pick up points as groundsman picks up awards

August 30 2016

Awards recognising the quality of the playing surface at Lodge Road have gone some way to lift team spirits at Yate Town FC following a disappointing start to the season.

Awards recognising the quality of the playing surface at Lodge Road have gone some way to lift team spirits at Yate Town FC following a disappointing start to the season. 

Head groundsman Roger Hawkins, ably assisted by his team of volunteers, picked up two prestigious awards at the recent FA Groundsman of the Year Awards. He was named Southern League Groundsman of the Year and his hard work was further recognised when he picked up the National Groundsman of the Year title for Clubs at steps 3 and 4. 

This highly prestigious award is competed for by all clubs in the Northern Premier League, Ryman (Isthmian) League and Southern League, both Premier and Regional Divisions. 

Roger received both awards prior to the start of Yate’s FA Cup tie against Fleet Town, with Southern League Vice President presenting the Southern League award, and Yate manager presenting Roger with the National award.

On the much acclaimed playing surface Yate have made a very disappointing start to the season securing just one point from their opening four matches including defeat in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup. 

A point gained at Barnstaple Town on the opening day of the season gave Yate hope, however injury and unavailability led to three defeats on the bounce all by the odd goal. Individual defensive errors and inability to take chances has been costly and Yate will look to regroup in September and recover from this poor opening to the 2016-2017 campaign. 

Yate town fixtures September

Saturday 10 SeptBridgwater Town, homek.O. 3.00 pm

Saturday 17 SeptWantage Town, away k.O. 3.00 pm

Saturday 24 Sept Salisbury, home k.O. 3.00 pm

Tues 27 September Evesham, away k.O. 7.45 pm

Other matches @ lodge road during september

Wed 7 SeptemberYouth Team v New College Swindon, k.O. 7.30 pmFa youth cup

 Wed 14 SeptemberYouth Team v Cullompton Rangers, k.O. 7.30 pm

Sat 17 SeptemberBristol Rovers Youth v Yeovil Town, k.O. 10.30am