Yate Town improvement in form continues
Yate Town were narrowly pipped for the Divisional Team of the Month Award by play- off bound Evesham United, but continued their good form into April following a magnificent string of results in March.
Yate Town were narrowly pipped for the Divisional Team of the Month Award by play- off bound Evesham United, but continued their good form into April following a magnificent string of results in March. Their recent performances have illustrated the progress made by the young side under Manager Polly Britton.
The month opened with a visit to The Jelf Stadium by Swindon Supermarine. The visitors secured victory by the odd goal following a highly entertaining match. Both teams played some excellent football on an immaculate playing surface with Yate taking the lead midway through the first half when Mike Baker’s cross was powerfully headed home by Jack Ball.
Ball almost increased the home sides advantage a few moments later when his superb overhead effort thudded against the bar. The visitors mounted a strong recovery after the break and equalised with a header from Connor Waldron. Both sides worked hard for the winner but it was the visitors who secured a 2-1 win through Josh Parsons.
A hectic Easter period followed with four matches in nine days producing two wins and a draw. The first two fixtures against highflying North Leigh ended with honours even. Visitors North Leigh found Yate difficult to handle in the first match as the home side played some of their best football of the season.
After a fairly quiet opening period Yate took an interval lead through Jack Ball who headed home after Tom Harrison had touched on a long throw. The crowd was treated to a humdinger of a second half as Yate scored twice in the opening ten minutes. Mayson Evans ghosted in at the far post and shortly afterwards Ball completed his double with another header to put Town three up.
The visitors reduced the arrears through Roger James and his goal revitalised The Millers. Michael Hopkins rattled the Yate bar with a tremendous shot before his cross come shot evaded everyone and crept in at the far post. Yate were reduced to ten men as Evans received two yellow cards in quick succession but some tenacious defending allied to a couple of good saves by Harvey Rivers saw Town hold on to their 3-2 advantage.
A quick return match at North Leigh the following Tuesday and another good performance by Yate which fell just short when the home side took the points after another close encounter. North Leigh took the lead through George Seacole midway through the first half and they thwarted Yate’s attempts to equalise right up until the 71st minute when Eugene Keary scored an excellent goal for Town. A penalty converted by Hopkins Hopkins was enough to give the Millers victory despite late pressure exerted by the away side.
Yate visited Wimborne Town on Easter Saturday and the home team enjoyed the better of the first half. Yate were indebted to goalkeeper Harvey Rivers who made some excellent saves. The second half was a different story as Yate increased their tempo and scored three goals without reply. Jack Ball gave Yate the lead with another header following an impressive build up before goals by Luke Bryan and Connor Jones in the last fifteen minutes ensured that Yate enjoyed a good trip home.
Larkhall Athletic visited Lodge Road on Easter Monday and once again an exciting match ensued. After a goalless first half Yate took the lead three minutes after the break. Good interplay with Trey Anderson allowed Jack Ball to score with a cool finish as the keeper advanced. Shortly afterwards a defensive error allowed Connor Jones to break through on the right and although his effort hit the bar, Anderson was on hand to head in the rebound from close range to give Yate a two goal lead. Larkhall substitute Ben Brooks reduced the arrears before Ed Dryden equalised in the 80th minute and the points were shared.
Club Secretary Terry Tansley said, ‘Overall our objectives for the season have been achieved and with a young, talented squad now in place we should continue to progress in the future. We would like to thank all supporters, sponsors and friends for their continued support throughout the season, and we look forward with renewed optimism to the 2017-18 season.’