Match Preview: Melksham Town (H)

Yate Town v Melksham Town
Saturday 3rd February 2024 – kick-off 3.00pm

What a difference a month can make. Following two draws at the start of 2024 and having by then played 18 League games Yate Town had acquired just 15 points and sat in 17th position in the League table. Five games later, with five wins they have double their points total and now sit in 9th position in the League with 30 points. This turnaround has been due to a lot of hard work by manager, Darren Mullings, his staff and the players as Mullings has shuffled the pack brining in new players with others moving on to other clubs.
This winning streak has seen 15 goals scored with just 3 conceded and new striker, Nick McCootie, has found the back of the net six times. The balance of the side and the attacking flair has been evident for all to see.
Darren Millings will be hoping that central defenders Mike Baker and Dan Dempsey will have recovered from knocks and be available for selection. The game gives the Bluebells a chance to gain the double over their Wiltshire opponents as in an impressive performance back in October Yate Town won 3-0 with goals from Dylan Lewis, Bristol City loanee Callum Hutton and a wonder strike from Dan Dempsey (which was voted as the Southern League Goal of the Week).

Callum Hutton scores Yate Town’s second goal in their 3-0 win at Melksham back in October.

It is hoped that with both Bristol City, Bristol Rovers and Forest Green Rovers all away from home this coming Saturday that some of the EFL fans will pop down to the South West Interiors Stadium to boost the crowd. Please note that EFL season ticket holders can gain admission at a reduced rate by showing their season ticket.

Our opponents:
It’s been a mixed season for Melksham Town who sit in 13th position in the table with 25 points from 20 games (two games less than Yate Town) – having won 6, drawn 7 and lost 7 – scoring 31 goals and conceding 36. Like any team in this very competitive league a good run of results can lead to a swift climb up the table.
Melksham Town’s last two games have seen them struggle as they lost 1-5 at home to Larkhall Athletic and two weeks before that came unstuck 1-6 at Bishops Cleeve. However, prior to they they won 2-1 at Bashley, drew 2-2 at home to Frome Town on Boxing Day in front of a crowd of 696 and beat Paulton Rovers 5-0 on 23rd December.
Melksham have added two players to their squad recently with youngster Oscar Bridgeman signed on a one-month loan from Bristol Rovers who will know his Rovers team mate Theo Lynden who is also on loan at Melksham.
Melksham Town manager Mark Collier has also signed Jamie Bremner who has had previous experience with Cinderford Town, Gloucester City and Bristol Rovers.
Looking ahead to next season the influential Sam Hendy has signed an 18-month contract with the club keeping him there until the end of season 2024/25.

Other things to know …

The match day programme –

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 James Byrne, 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.

Saturday’s mascots
Today’s mascot group – Yate United Under 11’s Reds

YATE UNITED U11 REDS

We hope that everyone in the group enjoys their afternoon. To find out more about our mascot packages go to our website at www.yatetownfc.co.uk and look under club then community where you will find all the details.

Match Sponsors

We are pleased to welcome Shane Andrews and his group from Earthstone Construction. Shane is a company director and former Yate Town player during their promotion season when they also won the Gloucester Cup beating Bristol Rovers in the final at the Memorial Stadium under Richard Thompson in season 2004/2005.

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 defender James Byrne
The bar is open from 1.00pm
Turnstiles open: 1.30pm
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).