Yate Town struggle for points in relegation battle

March 01 2020
Yate Town struggle for points in relegation battle

Yate Town round-up

YATE Town’s battle to stay in the Southern League Premier Division South looks set to go down the wire after they picked up four points from their last five games.

As they prepared for a busy March schedule, the club were one place and three points above the drop zone. Yate had seen an upturn in fortunes in January, with two wins and two draws.

The last of those was a 1-1 draw with Poole Town.

The visitors had gone ahead in the first half, but Sam Bell’s goal two minutes from time levelled things up.

But February saw them lose 2-1 at Hendon at the start of the month, followed by a 2-0 reverse to promotion chasing Hayes and Yeading at Lodge Road a week later, both goals coming in the first half.

The weather was the winner for the home match against Tiverton, with the waterlogged pitch unplayable.

Three days later the ground staff’s hard work saw the game against Swindon Supermarine go ahead at Lodge Road and the Bluebells were rewarded with a crucial 2-0 win.

Bristol City loanee Bell once again starred, opening the scoring after 24 minutes to make it seven goals in six games. He also provided the cross for Aysa Corrick to head home the second. Unfortunately Yate’s away form came back to haunt them in their next game, losing to the

Metropolitan Police.

They’ve managed just one point from their last 6 away games.

That will be a worry for Paul Britton’s side as they look ahead to March, with all but one of the month’s fixtures being on the road.

Away from the pitch, Lawrence Wortman has resigned as the club’s operations director, saying: “This has been a hard decision for me to take, however I can no longer support the chairman’s strategy for the future of the football club.”


Photo: Action from Yate Town’s draw with Poole Town. Picture: B.East Photography.

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