MATCH PREVIEW: Tavistock (H)

Yate v Tavistock

On Saturday 9th December it will be Yate Town’s first home game for FIVE weeks when Tavistock AFC are the visitors. Due to the Friday night game against Larkhall Athletic being postponed because of the waterlogged pitch on 10th November then the game against Hamworthy not taking place on 25th November, due to the club withdrawing from the Southern League and then last weekend the game at Willand was called off due to a frozen pitch. This means that the Bluebells only game since they played Evesham at home on 4th November was the game played at Bideford on 18th November when they secured a point in a 1-1 draw.

The club are hoping for a good attendance to welcome back the team to the South West Interiors Stadium and to see new striker Milo Murgatroyd who scored on his debut at Bideford after coming off the bench.

Our opponents:

This will be the second meeting of the teams this season as Tavistock visited Yate Town in the First Round of the FA Trophy on 9th September (exactly 13 weeks ago) and with both teams looking for their first win of the season it was the visitors who won 2-0 with late goals from Owen Pritchard and Jason Bowker (see below), this being John Rendell’s last game in charge of the Bluebells.

Tavistock 1st Goal
Tavistock's 2nd Goal

Tavistock, after a poor start to the season have certainly hit form having won their previous 5 out of their last 6 League games with wins against Exmouth, Paulton, Bishops Cleeve, Bristol Manor Farm and Westbury before coming unstuck at Evesham on 25th November when they lost 1-3. Last Saturday’s home game against Malvern Town was called off on the Friday evening due to a frozen pitch. Tavistock have climbed the table from bottom spot at the start of September and now sit in a very comfortable 8th position just outside the play-offs. Last season was their first at this level having gained promotion from the Western League and they finished in a creditable 6th place, one place outside the play-offs and will be hoping to go one better this season. This was helped by the outstanding form of forward Liam Prynn who hit the target 28 times during the campaign but who has not been in such prolific form this season.

Other things to know …

Just prior to kick-off the club will be presenting a cheque to the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity for £280 following on from the bucket collection and some of the gate money from the club’s Pay What You Want game. This will mean that the club have raised £1000 so far for our charity of the season. At the club’s Pay What You Want game back in October, Chairman Mark Thorne presented a cheque to the GWAAC for £720 linked to his walking marathon (see below)

Cheque Presentation

Ex-Yate Town first team players have also been invited to the game and after the match the winning tickets will be drawn out form the club’s Christmas Draw with some great prizes. The draw will take place at 5.30pm in the clubhouse – we look forward to seeing you there. You can still buy Christmas Draw tickets at the game on Saturday, prior to the draw.

Christmas draw ticket

If you have been selling tickets and have any left-over that have NOT been sold, please bring them with you on Saturday so that we can try to sell these them too.


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 2.40pm so that we can organise this.

Flag Wavers
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

Programmes: £2 – special article on defender Ewan McMillan

The bar is open from 1.00pm

Turnstiles open: 1.00pm

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).