MATCH PREVIEW: Larkhall Athletic (H)

Yate Town v Larkhall Athletic
Tuesday 9th January 2024 – kick-off 7.45pm

Yate Town entertain Larkhall Athletic on Tuesday evening – this originally scheduled home fixture was called off on Friday 10th November due to a waterlogged pitch.
Encouraged by a very good performance at Malvern where the team drew 0-0 – meaning that the Bluebells have only conceded just two goals in their last four games – Yate fans will be looking to see how the developing team can turn these solid performances into wins.
This is a chance to see the club’s new signings with Joe Guest, Nick McCootie and James Taylor in the squad, which will be a great boost to all Bluebell fans.


Joe Guest, Nick McCootie & James Taylor

Yate Town will be looking for a home win – their last being on 21st October when they beat Exmouth 4-1. However, due to the inclement weather, the Bluebells have only played 3 home games since then – losing one and drawing the other two.
Yate Town now enter the second half of their season having played 18 of their 36 scheduled League fixtures with 8 of the first 18 games having been played at home – and 10 played away.

Yate Town manager, Darren Mullings, will be able to select Nick McCootie, who was serving a one match ban on Saturday, due to the fact that the striker was sent off on Boxing Day, having picked up two bookings in Taunton Town’s defeat at Yeovil on Boxing Day.

Please note that Bristol City, Bristol Rovers and Forest Green fans can show their seasons tickets at the turnstiles to gain entry at a reduced rate of £8. There are no EFL games on Tuesday evening so if you have friends who support these local Football League clubs then why not encourage them to come along too!

Our opponents:
Larkhall Athletic currently sit in 13th position in the Southern League Division One South table and this will be the first meeting between the two clubs this season. The return fixture is on Saturday 2nd March.
Larkhall are 5 points better off than the Bluebells having obtained 20 points from their 17 League games.
Larkhall have enjoyed some Cup success this season – the highlight being a Second Qualifying Round FA Cup tie when they entertained local rivals Bath City. The Larks went into a two nil lead but late gaols from Bath ended up meaning that the visitors eventually won 3-2. This game was played in front of a record crowd of 1000 people.
The FA Trophy also proved productive for the Bath based club and they finally bowed out at home to Horsham, who went to play League One side Barnsley in the FA Cup a few days later, drawing 3-3 in Yorkshire before losing the replay in Sussex.
Larkhall’s League form has been varied but they have regular goal scorers in Harvey Pritchard and David Regula. Last Saturday the played Bishops Cleeve away and lost 0-4 , conceding three goals in the final ten minutes of the game, with their previous game being on Boxing Day when they drew 1-1 at Westbury and prior to this the Larks lost 1-3 at home to Bristol Manor Farm. Their run of away games before this saw a draw at Mousehole and loses at Bideford (1-3) and Wimborne (1-2). Including the fixture on Tuesday it will mean that Larkhall have played 6 of their last seven games away from home.
A number of players tonight have played for both clubs.

Other things to know …

The match day programme –

We have had many positive comments about the upgraded programme and in the programme on Tuesday evening there is a big feature on Yate Town midfield player Dan Dempsey, plus a host of action photographs and many interesting articles to read.
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 (£2) – or you can also pay by card at the turnstiles.

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 7.30pm so that we can organise this.

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
Bristol City, Bristol Rovers and Forest Green fans – show your season ticket at the turnstiles to gain entry for £8
Programmes: £2 – special article on midfield player Dan Dempsey
The bar is open from 6.00pm
Turnstiles open: 6.30pm
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).