Match Preview: Yate Town v Bishops Cleeve

Match Preview

Yate Town v Bishops Cleeve

Saturday 23rd March 2024 – kick-off 3.00pm

It’s NON-LEAGUE DAY on Saturday 23rd March plus STUDENT DAY

Yate Town FC are inviting students to our Student Day on Saturday 23rd March, when you can watch the match for just £2.

As well as discounted entry, we’ve reduced bar prices for everyone coming to the match, with selected beer, cider and lager available at just £2 per pint before 2pm.

Student Day also coincides with Non-League Day – so the club is inviting fans from across the region and for all clubs to wear their own team shirt to the match to mark the occasion. You may even spot someone from your hometown club.

Season ticket holders from EFL clubs who show their season tickets at the turnstiles can gain entry for £8

£2 entry is open to all students with student ID including all Under-18s before 2pm.

Exactly four years to the day since the first Covid-19 lockdown in the pandemic took place it’s Non-League Day and Student Day at the South West Interiors Stadium as Yate Town take on fellow play-off hopefuls Bishops Cleeve with the side from just outside Cheltenham, not far from the race course, also looking to secure a play-off place and with just 7 games to go for both sides before the end of the season with Bishops Cleeve just 2 points behind Yate Town in the Southern League Division One South table.

The two teams drew 2-2 back in September in a game that was an excellent advert for the division in what was Darren Mullings first away game in charge. Bishops Cleeve took a first half lead through Harrison Reeves but Yate Town substitute Joe O’Loughlin levelled early in the second half and what appeared to be the winner for Yate came 5 minutes from time when Sam Pashen unleashed a 30-yard shot into the net but this lead lasted less than two minutes as Ross Langworthy equalised for the home side.

With just 2 defeats in the last 13 games (both against the top two sides in the division) the Bluebells will be looking to get back to winning ways following last Saturday’s defeat at Frome Town and with local Football League teams fans looking for a match to attend then the South West Interiors Stadium is the perfect place to spend Saturday afternoon for that football fix and for students to experience a cheap afternoon out. Yate Town sit in eighth position in the League with 38 points from 29 games.

Yate Town manager, Darren Mullings, will hope to be able to choose from a fully fit squad and include new signing Chris Lines (above), the former Bristol Rovers favourite, who signed on loan for Yate Town from Bath City prior to last Saturday’s game at Frome, where Lines made his debut for the Bluebells coming on as a second half substitute. As it’s Non-League Day, and Bristol Rovers are without a game, we are hoping that a decent number of Rovers fans will come to see their former star.

Our opponents:

Bishops Cleeve currently sit in 12th place in the Southern League Division One South but with some clubs having games in hand any club down to 14th placed Tavistock will fancy their chances of obtaining a top 5 slot to secure a play-off place.

One player of particular interest in the Bishops Cleeve squad is Ethan Dunbar who was one of a number of Southern League players on show when England Universities staged their North v South trial game at St. George’s Park at the start of the month ahead of this year’s University Home Nations Championship. Hartpury University student Dunbar, a talented attacking player is amongst the best University players in the country. He progressed through the trials last year and is looking to make his mark again this time around. “I’m very excited, especially after last year,” said Dunbar, “We actually went on to win the competition last year, which was really special”. Dunbar joined Bishop’s Cleeve ahead of the current campaign having previously served Slimbridge and Longlevens. Ross Langworthy scored over 20 goals for Bishops Cleeve last season and will be another player to watch out for.

Bishops Cleeve are managed by Paul Colliutt.

Full details about the Bishops Cleeve squad are available in the match day programme.

Recent form guide

Bishops Cleeve will be looking to improve on their recent form with just one win in their last 6 games. Last Saturday they drew 0-0 at home to Willand with Ross Langworthy having his penalty saved after Ethan Dunbar had been fouled and the previous Saturday lost 0-1 to a late goal at Melksham. They did beat Paulton Rovers 6-2 at the end of last month but prior to that lost against both Malvern and Bristol Manor Farm, losing both games 0-2.

Bishops Cleeve have played the same number of games as Yate Town (29) having won 9 games, drawn 9 and lost 11 and in the process have scored 56 goals but have conceded 54. They have 36 points, just two points behind Yate Town, showing how close things are in this division.


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 Oli Jenkins, 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 Scott Hendy’s family

Following the recent sad news about ex-Yate Town player Scott Hendy passing away, the club will be holding a bucket collection at half-time to help raise some funds for his family. We plan to do a minute’s applause before kick-off.

See the start of this article for all about Non-league Day and Students Day.

Match day information

Where: South West Interiors Stadium, Lodge Road, Yate BS37 7LE

Kick-off: 3pm

Admission prices: Adult: £12, Concessions: Over 65, Students, NHS, armed forces and fire services – just show correct ID information: £8, Children: (12-17) £2 reduced from £5 (as it’s student day) and all students showing ID before 2pm, Under 11: Free if accompanied by an adult.

All EFC season ticket holders – show your season ticket at the turnstiles to gain entry for £8

Programmes: £2 – special article on midfield player and Yate Town midfield player Oli Jenkins

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).

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