MATCH PREVIEW: Westbury United (H)

Yate Town v Westbury United

Yate Town v Westbury United
Southern League Division One South
Saturday 16th September – kick-off 3pm

Westbury United

With a managerial change due before the end of the month following John Rendell’s departure this week, caretaker manager Darren Mullings is expected to select his team from a full squad and will be looking for his team to produce their first League victory of the season.

It’s back to league action on Saturday when Yate Town entertain Westbury United who are in their second season at this level having been promoted from the Hellenic League at the end of season 2021-2022. They were in the Western League for many of the previous seasons but then transferred to the Hellenic League following the re-structing of the pyramid system. In their first season, last season, Westbury finished in 10th place and also won the Wiltshire Premier Shield winning 3-0 against Swindon Town at the County ground.

Westbury manager Ricky Hulbert made a number of signings during the summer including Dan Ellison from Chippenham Town, Brad Norris from Larkhall Athletic, Lewis Russell from Welton Rovers and Ben Starr from Frome Town.

At the end of last month Westbury United confirmed a ground-share agreement with Melksham Town for four games over the course of the next month. Work is required at their Platinum Hyundai Park home to increase the size of the dressing rooms in order to meet Southern League criteria. Therefore, they were ordered to play four ‘home’ games at Oakfield Stadium, starting, ironically, against Melksham Town on Bank Holiday Monday and continuing against Malvern Town on September 2nd, Bemerton Heath Harlequins in the Isuzu FA Trophy on September 9th and against Wimborne Town on September 28th.

After being knocked out of the FA Cup at home to Moneyfields in the Extra Preliminary Round at the start of August and kicking off their league campaign losing 0-4 at home to Mousehole, Westbury picked up their first point of the season with a draw at Evesham and this was followed up by winning 3-0 at Bideford. Despite a 1-4 defeat by Melksham, they responded by beating Malvern 5-3 a couple of weeks ago and now sit in 8th position in the table. Last Saturday Westbury lost 2-5 against Bemerton Heath Harlequins in the FA Trophy and that means that their last 2 games have seen 15 goals – 7 scored and 8 conceded.

The club are also welcoming Yate United Under 9’s who will be mascots for the game. For more details about mascot packages look under Club then Community on our website.

Admission prices: £12 adult: Concessions (Over 65 and Students) £8: Children (11-16) £5: Under 11 Free
Programmes: £2 – special article on Kyle Tooze. The bar is open from 1.00pm
Turnstiles open: 1pm
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).

Also at Lodge Road – SUNDAY: Frampton Rangers Women First Team v Bristol Rover Women First Team (kick-off 2pm)