Yate Town seek to end losing streak

October 28 2020
Yate Town seek to end losing streak

YATE Town are hoping to find some of their early season form – and goals – after three defeats in a row in the Southern Premier League South.

A 1-0 home loss at the hands of Chesham on October 17 left them in the wrong half of the table and looking to string some results together.

Chesham secured the three points with a penalty, converted by Jake Cass, after just 10 minutes. Nick Rhodes was judged to have held Eoin Casey inside the box, something contested by the home side, but Cass made no mistake from the spot.

The Bluebells had a dubious penalty of their own awarded in the second half for a handling offence on the line.

The decision caused a heated debate on the pitch and it took several minutes before Ollie Mehew was able to take the spot kick. He underhit his effort, allowing the keeper to dive to his right and make the save.

This defeat came after Yate came away from the long trip to Truro City pointless and goalless. The Cornish side scored early and late in the game to win 2-0 thanks to goals from Jamie Richards and Alex Battle.

At the start of October Yate were well-beaten by league leaders Tiverton Town, who won 3-0 at Lodge Road, a result which followed a 0-0 draw away to struggling Farnborough.

The side's last win as the Voice went to press – before the home fixture against high-flying Poole Town on October 24 – was the 4-1 win over Dorchester Town on September 26.

Goals from Jordan Williams, Sam Turl, Andy Lewis and Stuart Fleetwood inside 60 minutes made the game safe long before the visitors' stoppage-time consolation.

But with no goals now having been scored in over 360 minutes of football, it is perhaps no surprise that the Bluebells have continued to strengthen their squad.

The latest addition is the attacking midfielder Ryan Beckinsale, who has previously played for Tiverton Town.

Earlier manager Paul Michael made a double signing of former Bristol City Academy players. Striker Ricardo Rees left City’s U23 side this summer and has had loan spells with Bath City and Salisbury. Max Williams, a central defender, also left Bristol City this summer after his scholarship, and has also had trials with Bristol Rovers.

Yate had better news on the cup front. They have been given a home draw against Bideford Town in the 3rd Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy.

The match is due to be played on Saturday, October 31, with a 3pm kick-off. 

Picture: Action from Yate Town's home defeat to Chesham. B.East Photography.

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