Award for Yate Town as stellar season continues
YATE Town’s title challenge is gaining momentum after four wins on the spin put them within a point of top spot.
Their form saw them named Evo-Stik League South Division One South Club of the Month for January: the second time they have won this award this season.
Following their 2-1 victory over then-leaders Moneyfields, reported in last month’s Voice, Town entertained fourth-placed Evesham United, the pre-season favourites for promotion. They completed the double over their opponents with a convincing 3-1 victory in front of a crowd of almost 400. The visitors had taken a ninth-minute lead but 10 minutes before the interval, Nick Peare was fouled as he was about to score from two yards out. Evesham defender Linden Davey was dismissed and Dave Sims-Burgess stroked home the penalty.
Shortly afterwards Yate were also reduced to ten men when Peare was sent off following a challenge on the visiting keeper and then Yate were awarded a second penalty when Mike Bryant was pushed by Kai Fisher. Sims-Burgess completed his double from the spot.
Evesham fought hard for an equaliser and keeper Lewis Thomas, making his final appearance for Yate prior to his return to Forest Green, distinguished himself between the posts. Town weathered the storm and made it 3-1 when Olly Mehew combined with Jack Twyman to slot home his ninth goal of the season. Fisher’s dismissal saw Evesham finish the match with nine men.
After the scheduled visit to Fleet Town was postponed due to heavy snow, Yate entertained local rivals Bristol Manor Farm, again attracting a good crowd to Lodge Road. Yate totally dominated the opening stages, playing superb attacking football and scoring twice as Mike Bryant tapped the ball in from close range after good work from Joe Guest, then Guest released Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist, who scored with a delightful chip over the advancing keeper.
Manor Farm then resorted to some questionable tactics and were reduced to ten men when Stuart Tovey was shown a straight red in an incident which saw two other players booked. The old adage that it is more difficult to play against ten men proved true, as Farm reduced the arrears through Jamie Bird just before the break. Yate regained their two-goal advantage when Guest and Mehew set up Leigh-Gilchrist to score his second but almost immediately Farm replied with a cross shot from Lewis Bamford. Yate had several chances to make the game safe but the visitors’ disruptive methods, which saw them reduced to nine men shortly before the end, led to a nervous finale for the home supporters before Yate prevailed, with the final score 3-2.
Yate made it four wins on the bounce with a 4-1 away victory at Highworth Town, leaving them in second place, just a point behind leaders Blackfield & Langley and with a game in hand.
Yate have five matches during March, and will be hopeful they continue to see increased gates at Lodge Road as they continue their push for promotion in the final two months of the season.
Yate Town fixtures (All Saturdays at 3pm)
March 9:Larkhall Athletic(away)
March 16:Cirencester Town(away)
March 23: Paulton Rovers (home)
March 30: Barnstaple Town (away)
Other matches at Lodge Road
March 6 (Weds), 7.30pm: Yate Town Youth v Bristol Manor Farm Youth
March 13 (Weds),7.30pm: Yate Town Youth v Clevedon Town Youth
March 20 (Weds), 7.30pm: Yate Town Youth v Elmore Youth
March 26 (Tues), 1pm: Bristol Rovers U23 v Southend U23
Picture: Dave Sims-Burgess scores his second goal against Evesham from the spot. Photo courtesy of Red Piranha Photography