Match Preview: Westbury United v Yate Town

Match Preview

Westbury United v Yate Town

Friday 28th March 2024 – kick-off 2.00pm

Yate Town travel to Westbury United on Good Friday 29th March and please note that the game kicks-off at 2pm.

Yate Town, after an amazing start to the year, that saw them climb away from the lower reaches of the table up to a play-off place with an unbeaten run of 10, winning 6 on the bounce, have not been able to repeat that form recently with the last 5 games brining just 4 points with one win, one draw and three defeats – all be it two of those were against the top two sides in the division.

Yate Town manager, Darren Mullings will be hoping to pick his team from a fully fit squad but some players picked up knocks in the recent game against Bishops Cleeve so he will have to see how they cope with training on Wednesday evening.

With just 6 games of the season remaining there are still 18 points to play for and Mullings will be looking for his team to finish in the highest possible place in the league table, come 27th April, when they play their last game of the season at Tavistock.

The two teams played each other back on 16th September when the Bluebells won 2-1 in Darren Mullings first game in charge. Aaron Sainsbury saved a first half penalty from Westbury’s Callum Demkiv but he followed up to score and just before half-time Aaron Parsons equalised. In the second half Demkiv blazed a second penalty for Westbury over the bar before Joe O’Loughlin scored the winner for Yate.

Yate Town goalkeeper, Aaron Sainsbury’s penalty save against Westbury earlier in the season and below, goal scorer Joe O’Loughlin in action.

Our opponents:

Currently, Westbury sit in 17th position in the League with 26 points from 28 games and are a little too close for comfort to bottom place occupied by Paulton Rovers, with Exmouth Town in 18th place, one place below the Wiltshire based side. Westbury have scored 38 League goals but conceded 51, winning just 6 of their League fixtures this season, in what is their second season at this level having been promoted from the Western League.

Recent form guide:

Last Saturday Westbury ran the league leaders close losing by the odd goal in 5 at Wimborne Town, in front of the division’s second-best crowd of the season of 908. Both Westbury’s goals came from Jasper Jones and they will have been greatly encouraged by this performance as they look to put distance between themselves and the bottom two places in the table. The previous Saturday’s they 0-0 draw at home to Bideford, in which Ben Griffiths was sent off just before half-time. At the end of February Westbury had a vital 1-0 away win at Paulton Rovers with Callum Denkiv scoring their goal and in the game before that they again lost by the odd goal in 5, this time at home to Frome Town on a Friday night with 783 spectators at their Meadow Lane ground. Second placed Frome’s winner coming in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Westbury’s game at Bashley on Tuesday evening was another victim of the wet weather, being postponed in the afternoon, thus avoiding them travelling.

Match day information:

Westbury play at Meadow Lane, Westbury, Wiltshire BA13 3AF and the 30-mile journey should take about 58 minutes from Yate via the A46 and the A363.