Match Report: Evesham United 1-1 Yate Town

Match Report

Evesham United 1 Yate Town 1

Moran 78                      Jenkins 71   

Bluebells make it 10 games unbeaten

Yate Town continued their fine form of 2024 and have now gone 10 games undefeated since the start of the year. In their second consecutive tough away game against potential play-off contenders the visitors were unfortunate not to come away with all three points and it was only a stunning equaliser from the home side that denied them the victory. Yate Town manager, Darren Mullings, was able to field the same side that drew 2-2 at Willand Rovers on Wednesday evening.

Two evenly matched sides saw the opening period played mostly played in midfield and the first chance of the game came on 25 minutes when Ollie Jenkins brought a fine save from Ben Taylor in the Evesham goal but nothing came from the resulting corner.

Yate Town suffered a blow when four minutes later, lively forward, Calum English-Brown, pulled up and was replaced by Milo Murgatroyd.

With just four minutes of the half remaining, Evesham’s leading goal scorer, Levi Steele, tried an audacious lob from 35 yards out but didn’t quite get enough on it and the back peddling Aaron Sainsbury in the Yate goal managed to claim the ball.

The second half started with Yate Town on top and Nick McCootie found himself through on goal on the left-hand side but he dragged his shot off target and two minutes later Ollie Jenkins’ shot from the edge of the area was brilliantly saved by Ben Taylor. It was Jenkins who finally broke the deadlock after 71 minutes when following a corner, the ball dropped to him and he fired the ball into the roof of the net to give the visitors the lead.

This forced the home side to attack more and they were rewarded within seven minutes when Ethan Moran picked the ball up on the edge of the Yate penalty area and his shot curled into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

The closing period of the game saw neither goalkeeper tested and for the second game running, Yate Town, finding themselves in front, had to settle for a point. 

This was the first time that Nick McCootie didn’t find the back of the net as his amazing run of scoring in seven consecutive games came to an end. Yate Town find themselves in 6th position in the Southern League Division One South table, just one place outside the play-offs, but many of the surrounding teams have games in hand. Next Saturday they take on leaders, Wimborne Town at the South West Interiors Stadium followed by the visit of Bideford AFC, who are currently fourth and with 10 games to go, six of which are at home, there is lots to look forward to and excite Yate Town fans. 

Yate Town: Sainsbury, Taylor, Byrne, McMillan, Raison, Guest, Bell, Jenkins, English-Brown (Murgatroyd 29), McCootie (Ball 87), Lewis  

Unused subs: Dempsey, L. Hall, Hillier

Bookings: McCootie (35), Bell (90 + 3), Lewis (90 + 5)


Evesham United: Taylor, Ngathe (Dunn 46), Hammett, Wise, O’Regan, Awadh, Steele, Moran, Owens, Heap (Clark 64), Willcox

Unused subs: Tuodolo, Hill, Taylor

Bookings: O’Regan (27), Ngathe 42), Willcox (84), Steele (89) 

Referee: Samuel Lee

Attendance: 288