Malvern Town 0-0 Yate Town – Match Report


Considering that Malvern Town’s opening 19 League games had produced 77 goals with the home side scoring one fewer than they had conceded, few people would have predicted a goalless draw when these two sides met on Saturday.

With Malvern having the luxury of a 3G pitch the game was never in doubt despite the Yate Town team seeing vast areas of flooded land by the River Severn as they travelled to the game.

Yate Town manager Darren Mullings made a number of changes to the side that drew with Bristol Manor Farm and with Mike Baker unavailable Dan Dempsey slotted into the back four, with new signing James Taylor at right back and James Byrne moving to left back as Lewis Hall was out with a hamstring injury. Chris Peck and Dyan Lewis dropped to the bench with Callum English-Brown and new signing, Joe Guest, coming in and Ryan Hillier restored to the starting line up with Callum Hutton on the bench – available as a scheduled Bristol City game that he had been intending to play in was called off.


Calum English-Brown shoots on goal

Both defences dominated during the first half but James Talor provided some good crosses and Callum English-Brown was a threat on the right with Joe Guest showing his class in midfield.

Jordan Annear fired over for the home side and Callum English- Brown’s angled shot from the right (see photograph above) brought a good save from home goalkeeper Josh Bishop and Ryan Hillier did the same from the left-hand side just as half-time approached but defences held firm.

The second half started with Yate having a lot of possession, as they did in the first half, and Joe Guest fired just over the bar on 50 minutes. Milo Murgatroyd was replaced by Dylan Lewis on the left and then 10 minutes later, just after the hour, a Yate Town double substitution took place Hutton and Jack Ball coming on for English-Brown was Hillier.

Malvern were always dangerous on the break and Francis tested Arron Sainsbury in the Yate goal and James Taylor made a good block to snuff out another Malvern attack.

The best chance of the game fell to substitute Dylan Lewis with nine minutes of normal time remaining and his powerful shot from 8 yards was block by goalkeeper Bishop and despite further pressure the visitors could not find a way through for that elusive goal.


Yate Town pressure late on in the game

But at the end of the game, with no goals scored, it was the defences that came out on top and with only two goals conceded in the last four games Yate Town are looking a far more solid unit. There was some excellent passing football played by Yate Town and with striker Nick McCootie to be added to the squad on Tuesday, for the home game against Larkhall, it will be hoped that the goals for column will start to improve significantly.

Yate Town: Sainsbury, Taylor, Byrne, McMillan, Dempsey, Guest, English -Brown (Hutton 64), Hillier, (Ball 64), Bell, Murgatroyd (Lewis 54)
Unused subs: Parsons, Peck
Booked: English-Brown (60), Bell (63), Taylor (75), Guest (80)

Malvern Town: Bishop, Payne, Platt (Bell 64), Sauntson (Hill 88), Davies, MacDonald, Francis, Bullock, Watts, Annear (Magee 81), Clark.
Unused subs: Fairclough, Hall
Booked: Watts (90+3)

Referee: James Lunn

Attendance: 330

Yate Town Man of the Match: Dan Dempsey

Dan Dempsey MOTM