Match Preview: Willand Rovers v Yate Town

Match preview

Willand Rovers v Yate Town

Wednesday 7th February kick-off 7.30pm

On Wednesday evening Yate Town travel to Willand Rovers, this game being re-arranged having been postponed due to a frozen pitch on Saturday 2nd December.  With the performances in January enabling Yate Town to be awarded the Team of the Month in the Southern League Division One South for January the Bluebells continued in the same vein at the beginning to February with a fine 4-1 win at home to Melksham Town last Saturday, but this will be the first of two challenging away games from home as a trip to Evesham Town follows next Saturday.

Yate Town manager, Darren Mullings, will be hoping that there are no knocks from Saturday’s game but defender Mike Baker is still likely to be sidelined with an injury.

Our opponents:

Willand currently sit in 11th position in the League, three points behind the Bluebells but with three games in hand. They have played 21 games and are on 30 points having scored 35 league goals and conceded 36. Last Saturday they lost 1-2 at Larkhall but the previous Saturday they beat Mousehole 2-1 at home and their game before that was 2 weeks earlier, due to the weather, when they were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Westbury United. 

Willand had little joy in the main cup completions this season getting knocked 1-3 at Helston Athletic in August in the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup and Larkhall beat them 2-0 in Somerset in the FA Trophy First Round.

Willand are managed by David Steele who played for both Willand and Tiverton in the late 1990’s. Dave chalked up 150 goals for Willand Rovers making him the leading goal scorer of all time at the club; not bad for a lad who played at the back. Dave stepped up to take on the role of Manager in June 2022: this is after being Assistant Manager to Russell Jee over the past few years.

How to get there

For those Bluebells fans planning to drive to the game Willand Rovers play their home games at Silver Street, Willand, Cullompton, EX15 2RG. The village, north of Exeter, has grown considerably over the past few decades with many new houses having been built. Similarly, the Football Club has grown and developed with the local community. On matchdays the club and clubhouse facilities are open before, during, and after games. The 77-mile journey from Yate should take about 1hour 30 minutes. Travel on the M5 Motorway southbound until Junction 27: leave the motorway and take the FIRST EXIT at the Junction 27 roundabout onto the A38 towards Wellington; continue for 0.5 miles to the Waterloo Cross Inn roundabout – take the second exit off the roundabout, effectively TURNING RIGHT, onto the B3181; follow this road for 2 miles to reach the village of WILLAND. At the first roundabout take the second exit to stay on the B3181/Silver Street; after 0.5 miles the ground can be seen on your LEFT Parking is restricted inside the stadium on matchdays, but is unrestricted around the ground on the local streets. 

MATCH DAY ADMISSION PRICES FOR 2023/24 – Adults: £10.00 / Concessions: £8.00 (Over 65’s, Students 17-21 with valid ID, member of the Armed Forces with valid ID) – Under 16s: £1.00