MATCH PREVIEW: Bashley (A)

Yate Town travel to Bashley, in Hampshire, for their first League fixture of the season on Saturday 12th August. Bashley are managed by Matt Tubbs, the former Salisbury forward who was a prolific marksman throughout his career at a number of clubs including, in the Football League with Bournemouth, Crawley, Rotherham and Portsmouth.

They have warmed up for the season with recent pre-season games at Salisbury, which they drew 3-3 after being three nil down and this was followed by a narrow defeat at home to Weston-Super-Mare, last season’s Southern League Premier Division South winners, who will be playing in the National League South next season. Their final warm up game was at home to National League Eastleigh on 29th July and in another high scoring game Bashley lost 2-3 against a team three levels above them.

The club finished 7th in the Southern League Division One South last season, missing out on a play-off place by 5 points.

Bashley have added well to their squad for the coming season. New players include the vastly experienced 35-year-old striker Brett Williams who scored 79 goals during his time in the Football League and National league. The Southampton-born attacker began his career locally with Eastleigh before their rise up the pyramid and then enjoying successful spells at numerous professional clubs; such as Torquay United, Forest Green Rovers, and Stevenage. Brett Williams’ most prolific period for a single season came in the 2013/14 campaign when he notched 24 goals in 43 league matches for Aldershot Town in the National League.

Left back Ben Jefford played for Forest Green Rovers at Wembley in the National League Play-off Final back in 2016 and signed during the summer from AFC Totton. Midfielder Luke Delaney (24) signed from Hungerford Town having begun his career at Walsall. Also signing for the Black and Gold are Rian Drake and Freddie Bullard from New Forest neighbours Lymington Town.

Yate Town manager, John Rendell, hopes to pick his side from a full squad for this opener of the season, but there maybe some doubts with Dan Dempsey and Darren Mullings who had a bad head collision at our friendly with Bristol City. New signing Ryan Hillier from Newport County a recent addition, should he get international clearance.

Bashley’s ground is called the GlenMex Stadium (capacity 4,250 with 250 seats) and is situated on Bashley Road in New Milton, Hampshire BH25 5RY
Admission prices: £10 Adult: Concessions (Over 65 and Students) £7: Children (8-16) £3: Under 8’ Free (season 2022-23 prices). If you are driving to the game you can go via the M4 and the 115 mile journey will take you 2 hours 10 minutes whilst if you travel via the A36 the journey will take you 5 minutes longer but is only 83 miles.

We hope that the players will see a good number of Bluebells fans at Bashley to cheer them on.

Yate Town’s first home League fixture is the following Wednesday 16th August when Malvern Town are the visitors to the South West Interiors Stadium – kick-off 7.45.