MATCH PREVIEW: Bashley (H)

Yate Town v Bashley

Yate Town v Bashley
Saturday 23rd December 2023 – kick-off 3pm

Yate Town play their first return fixture of the season when they entertain Bashley at the South West Interiors Stadium, having lost 0-2 in Hampshire back on the opening day of the season on 12th August. In this game Yate fell behind to a first half goal from Brett Williams and then early in the second half Yate’s Kyle Tooze missed a penalty before Conor Whiteley sealed the points for the home side. Bashley goalkeeper Ross Casey put in an excellent performance to deny Yate an opening goal of the season.
Yate Town suffered a narrow defeat last Saturday at third placed Cribbs and will be hoping to get back to winning ways having not played at home since 4th November when Evesham were the victorious visitors. Since then, due to the bad weather, the Bluebells have only played twice, drawing at Bideford and then followed a four week break before the game last Saturday.
Home fans will have their first opportunity to see new signings, Milo Murgatroyd (pictured left) and Calum English-Brown (pictured right).

Milo Murgatroyd
Calum English-Brown

Thankfully the weather forecast seems to not be of concern over the festive period and the Bluebells need to start picking up points to move away from the lower reaches of the league table.
Yate Town manager, Darren Mullings, introduced Calum English-Brown as a second half substitute last Saturday and he showed promising signs, but the team need to eliminate defence mistakes, for which they are being punished. Chris Peck will also be available having served a one match ban last Saturday, following five bookings earlier in the season.
Despite their League position Bashley were tipped to be one of the contenders for promotion before the season started and with their recent signings to strengthen the squad will prove difficult opponents as they look to move up the table.

Our opponents:
At present Bashley sit in 16th position in the table but despite this lowly position they had an impressive 3-2 win at Tavistock last Saturday with goals from Brett Williams (2) and Conor Whiteley (pen), bringing the Devon club’s four match winning run to an end. This game saw three penalties and a red card with Bashley’s Brad Morris sent off for a second bookable offence and Brett Williams missing a first half penalty.
Back in October Bashley beat Frome Town 3-2 at home with goals from Wright, Williams and Whiteley, however, their varied recent form saw them come unstuck at Malvern, where they lost 0-6, and also lost 1-3 at home to Bideford.
From their 12 League games Bashley have 15 points, having won 4 games, drawn 3 and lost 5 with 16 League goals scored and 23 conceded and they sit 2 places above the Bluebells having played 2 games less. Bashley have played the fewest League games of any team in the division so far.
Bashley lost manager Matt Tubbs earlier this season when he moved on to manage Poole Town but new manager Ollie Cherrett certainly seems to have found his feet now, after a shaky start.
Following the result as Malvern when Bashley conceded five goals in a 20-minute period of the match, manager Cherrett has strengthened his side with four new signings.
19-year-old striker Malachi Dotse arrived from National League side Eastleigh, under dual-registration. Defender Sam Steel signed from Winchester City of the Southern League Premier. Steel has an impressive resume of teams, including; Winchester City, US Portsmouth, Alresford Town, and AFC Stoneham amongst his list of previous sides. Eddie Hodge, a 25-year-old winger signed from Wessex Division One side Hamworthy Recreation. Hodge previously played for Hamworthy United’s winning side in the 2021-22 Wessex League – scoring 11 goals in 38 starts for the Hammers and most recently, joining Bashley, was the loan signing of striker Jamie Arnold from League Two outfit Colchester United. The 17-year-old is a promising prospect within the League Two side’s academy, has flourished in the Us’ Under-18 and Under-21 squads this season.
Bashley’s leading goal scorer is the vastly experienced Brett Williams who has scored 12 times in 18 appearances for the club so far this season and has previously played for Eastleigh, AFC Totton, Reading, Aldershot Town, Gosport Borough, Lymington Town, Stevenage and Torquay United.

Other things to know …
The match day programme –
it’s a double 48-page edition costing £3

Front Cover - Xmas Double

We have had many positive comments about the upgraded programme and in the programme on Saturday there is a big feature on Yate Town defender Ewan McMillan, plus a host of extra action photographs and many interesting articles to read.
This bumper programme, consisting of 48 pages, covers both the matches – against Bashley on 23rd December and against Bristol Manor Farm on 1st January, and costs £3 – so don’t miss out on this special edition and please remember that it is another item that not only helps promote the club but also is added revenue to the club.

Please try to bring the correct money with you – or you can also pay by card at the turnstiles.

Cheque presentation to GWAAC

Just prior to kick-off the club will be presenting a cheque to the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity for £280 following on from the bucket collection and some of the gate money from the club’s Pay What You Want game. This will mean that the club have raised £1000 so far for our charity of the season. At the club’s Pay What You Want game back in October, Chairman Mark Thorne presented a cheque to the GWAAC for £720 linked to his walking marathon (see below)

Flag wavers

If you are under 14 years of age and would like to wave a Yate Town flag as the players enter the pitch just prior to kick off on Saturday please assembly by the tunnel at 2.40pm so that we can organise this.

FLAG WAVERS

Match day information

Admission prices:
Adult: £12
Concessions: Over 65, Students, NHS, armed forces and fire services – just show correct ID information: £8
Children: (11-17) £5
Under 11: Free
Double edition 48-page programme to cover Bashley and Bristol Manor Farm fixtures: £3 – special article on defender Ewan McMillan
The bar is open from 1.00pm
Turnstiles open: 1.00pm
Plenty of parking space available
Food available inside the ground.
Please note that the South West Interiors Stadium is a NO dogs ground (apart from guide dogs).