Yate Town continue to set the pace
Yate Town entered the run up to the Christmas period riding high in the league as they continued their impressive start to the season.
A visit to mid-table Winchester resulted in a battling 1-0 win. The home team created several good opportunities throughout, but were thwarted by some excellent defending, good goalkeeping by Lewis Thomas and wayward finishing. Yate took advantage of these lapses in the 83rd minute when Joe Guest won the ball in midfield, passed to Sam Kamara who interchanged passes with Olly Mehew before sliding the ball to the tireless Guest who finished from close range to score the decisive goal.
One of the favourites for promotion Cirencester couldn’t knock Yate off their stride as they produced one of their best performances of the season to register a 2-1 win in a match that was a great advert for non-league football.
After an opening period in which both teams came close, The Bluebells took the lead midway through the first half when Jack Twyman’s volley gave Yate the lead. Ben Brooks came close to increasing this lead with a fierce shot which the Cirencester ‘keeper pushed onto a post. Cirencester equalised when Alan Griffin scored from close range after Lewis Thomas had parried Bennett’s original effort.
Yate regained the lead in the second half when good work by Olly Mehew enabled Nick Peare to send in a long cross to the far post. Brooks reacted quickest to fire the ball into the net and clinch the three points.
Yate’s visit to local rivals Paulton Rovers ended their unbeaten away record. Yate started very slowly and conceded an early penalty, which Jack Ball slotted home. On fifteen minutes they were reduced to ten men when Josh Ford collected his second yellow card. Although the ten men exerted considerable pressure in the closing stages, Rovers, who included six former Yate players, held on.
Yate played their third successive match against local opposition when Larkhall Athletic visited Lodge Road. The match was played in extremely difficult conditions as the very strong blustery wind nullified most attempts at passing the ball and it was no real surprise when the match ended goal less.
Yate have a busy January programme, including home matches against promotion rivals Street and Evesham United. Town’s good first half of the season has seen a significant increase in attendances at Lodge Road, and Yate are hopeful that this encouraging trend will continue in the New Year.
Yate Town Fixtures
Boxing Day, Mangotsfield Utd, Home 1.00 Pm
Sat 29Th Dec, Thatcham Town, Home 3.00 Pm
Tues 1St Jan, Melksham Town, Away 3.00 Pm
Sat 5Th Jan, Street, Home 3.00 Pm
Sat 12Th Jan, Bideford, Away 3.00 Pm
Sat 19Th Jan, Moneyfields, Away 3.00 Pm
Sat 26Th Jan, Evesham Utd, Home 3.00 Pm
Other Matches @ Lodge Road
Wed 9Th Jan, Yate Town Youth V Odd Down Youth, 7.30 Pm
Tues 15Th Jan, Bristol Rovers -23’S V Forest Green -23’S, 1.00 Pm
Wed 16Th Jan, Yate Town Youth V Wells City Youth, 7.30 Pm
Wed 23Rd Jan, Yate Town Youth V Radstock Town Youth, 7.30 Pm