Match Preview: Yate Town v Bideford

Match Preview

Yate Town v Bideford AFC

Saturday 24th February 2024 – kick-off 3.00pm

Having suffered their first defeat of 2024 as their unbeaten sequence of 10 games come to an end last Saturday, when the Bluebells lost 0-2 at home to League leaders Wimborne Town. They will be looking to get back to winning ways this Saturday when they play play-off contenders Bideford AFC. The two teams drew 1-1 at Bideford on 18th November with Milo Murgatroyd scoring a second half equaliser on his debut for the Bluebells.

With one quarter of the league campaign still to go it is great credit to Yate Town manager, Darren Mullings, and his squad of players and staff that they have turned the season round with some excellent performances to now be in a position where they are just outside the play-off places, and with such a small squad. They have been fortunate with injures until recently when the frequency of games has meant that some players have gone through the pain barrier. Calum English-Brown, who had to come off at both Willand and Evesham last Saturday was still injured and therefore couldn’t be involved against Wimborne. Mullings will be hoping that English-Brown will be available for Saturday’s game.

Nick McCootie in action

Nick McCootie in action last Saturday against Wimborne

The support form local fans has been encouraging with the two Saturday games against Melksham and Wimborne resulting in the highest attendance on the day in the Southern League Division One South – 419 and 384. The club be hoping for a similar attendance on Saturday to support the team.

Yate Town sit in 8th position in the table and with Bristol Manor farm, in sixth place, have played 27 games, the most in the division.

It is hoped that with Bristol City away from home on Saturday that some of their fans will pop down to the South West Interiors Stadium to help boost the crowd. Please note that their season ticket holders can gain admission at a reduced rate by showing their season ticket.

Our opponents:

Bideford AFC, The Robins, come to the South West Interiors Stadium sitting in 5th position in the table and suffered another postponement on Tuesday evening when their game at Mousehole was called off.

The side from Devon have had to endure a number of other postponements recently with games at home to Exmouth and at both Willand and Melksham falling foul of the weather and have only played 21 League games so far this season, the lowest number in the league, with Tavistock, who have also played just 21 games. So, it will be a very busy run-in to the end of the season for them as they look to secure a top five spot come the end of the season with fifteen games in nine weeks. Last Saturday they lost 1-2 at home to Cribbs and previously to that lost 0-2 at Bemerton but have won at both Tavistock and Bristol Manor Farm in recent games.

Long serving Bideford manager Sean Joyce, is a former League professional, who played for Cambridge United, Doncaster Rovers, Exeter City; Torquay United and then Non-League with Elmore and Taunton Town. Sean made 200 Football League appearances and took over as Bideford Manager, during the 1998/99 season. Bideford were at that time a struggling Western League Premier division side, and since then, Sean has taken the club from success to success during his sixteen years as club manager, gaining promotion to the Southern League South West Division One and then up to the Southern League Premier. Sean lives in Torquay with his wife Jo and runs his own business.

The danger man for the Robins is leading goal scorer Matt Buchan who has scored 14 times so far in the League this season and is just one goal off top spot and will be in contention to be the leading goal scorer in the division by the end of the season.

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 midfielder Joe Guest, 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.

Bucket collection for our charity of the season – the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

Great Western Air Ambulance

There will be a bucket collection at half-time and the GWAAC will also have some of their merchandise to sell before the game, including their much sought after Helipino Chilli Sauce plus their mascot, Charlie The Bear, who will be available before the game and it’s a chance for the children (and adults) to have a photograph taken with this wonderful mascot. Yate Town FC have raised over £1000 so far for the GWAAC and this is down to the generosity of fans (plus Mark Thorne for his “walking marathon”). The club would like to thank all those who have contributed so far this season and hope that we can raise more funds for the GWAAC.

We also hope that those taking part in the Bath and Weston half marathons can support the GWAAC next month (see poster for details)

Charlie Bear The Mascot

Match sponsor v Bideford AFC

We are pleased to welcome TRASHMAN as our match sponsors this Saturday

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