Match Preview: Larkhall Athletic v Yate Town

Match Preview

Larkhall Athletic v Yate Town

Wednesday 10th April 2024 – kick-off 7.45pm

Yate Town make the short journey to Larkhall on Wednesday evening in a game where both teams will be looking to help secure a play-off place with Yate Town occupying 5th position and Larkhall in 6th position – just one point behind the Bluebells but with three games in hand.

The original fixture was due to be played on Saturday 2nd March but was postponed due to the pitch being covered in snow.

The Bluebells beat Larkhall 4-1 at home in January with goals from Joe Guest, Nick McCootie, James Taylor and Jack Ball with Larkhall getting a late consolation goal from Dawid Regula.

Yate Town, following three wins on the bounce with eight goals scored and non-conceded will go into the game on a good run of form and manager, Darren Mullings, will be hoping that he can again choose from a fully fit squad. Yate Town captain, Joe Guest, scored the club’s 50th League goal of the season on Saturday against Willand Rovers.

Goalmouth action from Larkhall’s visit to the South West Interiors Stadium in January with Ewan McMillian heading the ball amongst a crowd of defenders with Joe Guest in the background.

Our opponents:

Larkhall Athletic, like a host of clubs in this division, are amongst a tightly grouped bunch of teams who will still be harbouring play-off hopes, and like Yate Town, have at the right time, come into some good form, and will be looking to extend this, having performed well at home where they have only lost 3 times this season. The Larks beat Wimborne 3-1 in January, in a game that was abandoned in stoppage time due to a bad injury to Wimborne Town player Jed Bedford. Both club physios were on hand to support Jed and thankfully he is now well on the road to recovery. The Southern League decided that the result should stand.

Larkhall enjoyed some good Cup runs earlier in the season and in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup were drawn at home to National League South side Bath City. After racing into a 2-0 lead, in front of an all-ticket crowd of 1000 people, the visitors were able to get back into the game to draw level and won with a late penalty. In the FA Trophy Larkhall lost 1-2 at home to Horsham from the Isthmian League Premier Division, having captain Sam Boulton sent off late in the game. Six days later – Horsham drew 3-3 at League One side Barnsley in the FA Cup.

Recent form guide

Last Saturday, Larkhall beat Mosuehole 1-0 at home with a goal from Archie Ferris but their home game against Westbury was postponed on Easter Monday, adding to their fixture congestion. Prior to that the Larks won 3-1 at Bashley with Archie Ferris scoring twice and Alex Lambert also finding the net. There was an exciting mid-week 3-3 draw at Tavistock with goals from Max Willaims and Jack Camm (2) and before that their good home form was in evidence when they beat Malvern 2-0 with both goals coming from Eben Mortimer-Taylor.

Their next 3 games after Yate’s visit are at Paulton and then home to Frome and home to Bideford, plus to fit in the home game against Westbury, with their final game of the season at Cribbs on 27th April – so the Larks will have a challenging final run-in

How to get there

The Securitas Stadium, Plain Ham is the home of the Larks. The postcode for our ground is BA1 8DJ. Entry charges for the 2023-24 season: Adult £10, concessions £7, under 16s (accompanied by an adult) free. Larkhall offer a well-stocked bar and hot and cold snacks such as filled rolls, chips, burgers, hotdogs, pasties, and so on. The club has ample parking on site but you are encouraged to walk or use public transport if possible. Larkhall village is just down the hill with its shops, cafes, pubs, etc. The number 7 bus from the city centre stops at Hillview Road, just down the hill from our ground.