MATCH PREVIEW: Melksham Town (A)

Melksham Town v Yate Town


Melksham Town

On Saturday Yate Town travel to Melksham Town, who have started their league season well and sit in 5th position in the League. – so, it’s the second Saturday on the trot that the Bluebells are visiting a top five side and hopefully they will fare better than last Saturday’s defeat at Bemerton Heath Harlequins.
Melksham have won three, drawn three and just lost one of their seven league fixtures so far scoring eleven goals and conceding seven but have not done well in Cup competitions. In the FA Cup Melksham fell at the first hurdle losing 1-5 at AFC Stoneham in the Preliminary Round whilst in the FA Trophy it was a 0-3 defeat at Hamworthy United in the First Qualifying Round.

Melksham are managed by Mark Collier who was previously manager of Chippenham Town and during the summer news signings included Gary Higdon from Westbury United, Zak Mitchell from North Leigh and Joe Porton from Bristol City. In their last outing in the League, they lost their first Southern League match of the season, 1-3 at Bideford after being 1-0 up at half-time through Ben Brooks.

Yate Town manager Darren Mullings has started to make changes with his squad bringing in forward Callum Hutton from Bristol City and Will Larven from Bristol Rovers – both on one-month loans, and who made their debuts at Bemerton last Saturday. Mullings hopes to have Ryan Hillier back in the squad for Saturday and will be hoping that some of the walking wounded will be fit to take part too, plus to also add a new face to the squad before the game at Melksham.

Following the collapse of his loan to Gosport Borough last weekend forward Kyle Tooze has gone out on loan to Paulton Rovers until the end of this year and we wish Kyle all the best during his time there.

Melksham Town's Ground

Melksham's Bar

In 2017 Melksham Town moved to Oakfields, a new £7.3 million facility shared with Melksham Rugby Club on the eastern edge of the town.
They have a very impressive new stand and the travelling time from Yate to the ground is approximately 45 minutes for the 28-mile journey. You could travel via the M4, A46 or the B4039. The address of Melksham’s ground is Oakfield Stadium, Eastern Way, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 7GU. It is advised to get to the ground early.

After Saturday’s game at Melksham, Yate Town are home to Exmouth Town on 21st October, for their PAY WHAT YOU WANT fixture when the club will be hoping for a larger than normal crowd. Full details about the game and the events taking place are on the club website.