Bishops Cleeve 8 Yate Town 2
GFA Challenge Cup
With a vastly changed and depleted side, Yate Town bowed out of this season’s GFA Challenge Cup.
Yate Town manager, Darren Mullings, was struggling to field a side prior to kick-off and had 2 players making their debuts in young on loan goalkeeper McIntosh Boyd from Bristol City plus Jaheim Allen and another 2 players, Peter Majek-Oduyoye and Kafi Ibrahim, having their first game since pre-season. This was always going to be a struggle for the Bluebells. With Joe Hall moving to the unfamiliar role of full back and Mullings not being able to make any changes as the players on the bench were carrying injuries and could not be risked before the weekend game at Wimborne, it was little surprise that the team were quickly under pressure.
The disjointed team led to a disjointed display with mistakes and bad decisions allowing Bishops Cleeve to coast to 4-0 up by half time. Yate pulled a goal back early in the second half after Allen hit the post and Ryan Hillier followed up to score, but further goals were conceded with only Kafi Ibrahim finding the net again for Yate with a shot from 40 yards, it completed a miserable evening for the visitors.
In the grand scheme of things this match was of far less importance than the next League game on Saturday at Wimborne, in which Yate will hope to continue their fine form of late in the League and have a fit squad for manager Darren Mullings to choose from.
A special mention for McIntosh Boyd who had to make a number of fine saves as the Yate goal was laid siege to, and also Jaheim Allen, with his direct attacking display, who was the pick of the Yate team in the first half, before tiring in the second.
Yate: Boyd, Ibrahim, J. Hall, Anderson, Parsons, Peck, Brown, Pashen, Majek-Oduyoye, Hillier, Allen.
Subs not used: Lewis, Box, Oputeri, Dempsey, Sainsbury