Match Preview: Yate Town v Frome Town
When: Saturday 26th August kick-off 3pm
Where: South West Interiors Stadium, Lodge Road, BS37 7LE
Following Yate Town’s 1-0 win at Holyport in the FA Cup last Saturday the Bluebells are now looking forward to their third Southern league game of the season following defeats against Bashley and Malvern Town and putting some points on the board.
It will be a busy Bank Holiday weekend as it takes in two local match, this Saturday’s home game against Frome Town followed by the short trip to Bristol Manor Farm on August Bank Holiday Monday (also a 3pm kick-off).
Saturday’s game is one of a large number of local games with Frome Town only having to travel 30 miles to Lodge Road. The Somerset side recorded a resounding 6-2 win at Falmouth in the FA Cup last Saturday with Ben Griffith scoring a hattrick. Frome Town have gained just one point from their two League games – a goalless draw at home to newly promoted Cribbs followed by a visit to another newly promoted side, Bemerton Heath Harlequins, where they suffered a 3-1 defeat in a game that saw both Reece Rusher and Warren Maidment sent off for the visitors.
Frome finished in 8th place in the Southern League Division One South last season and with average attendances of just over 400 it is hoped that they will bring a large number of fans to Lodge Road on Saturday.
Manager Danny Greaves strengthened his squad during the summer by bringing in Thomas Duffin from Orlando City, USA; Ben Griffith from Western-super-Mare; Ross Staley from Manurewa AFC in New Zealand; Celeb Summerfield from Millbrook and Will Taylor from Bradford Town. They have also just recently signed much travelled Kane Simpson from Corsham Town.
Yate manager John Rendell was pleased with the performance at Holyport and with two training sessions in the week plus the possible return of Dan Dempsey he hopes to be able to select from a fully fit squad.
After Thursday night’s training session John commented, “The lads have trained well this week following last week’s win in the FA cup. The management team and squad of players are all pulling together, working hard striving to achieve better levels and we will get there.”
We have two games to look forward to this weekend starting with Frome at home in front of our excellent supporters.
Playing both Frome and Bristol Manor Farm in a couple of days will be a decent test of character for our lads and it gives us a good chance to really get our league campaign up and running.
The club were really pleased with an attendance of 382 for their opening fixture and are hoping for a similar gate this Saturday.
Admission prices: £12 adult: Concessions (Over 65 and Students) £8: Children (11-16) £5: Under 11 Free
Programmes: £2 – special article on midfielder Chris Peck
The bar is open from 1.00pm
Turnstiles open: 1pm
Food available inside the ground.