Match Report: Westbury United 0-2 Yate Town

Westbury United 0 Yate Town 2

                                     Taylor 37 Lewis 44

Two goals just before half-time sealed a comfortable win for Yate Town at Meadow Lane, Westbury, in this Good Friday fixture, that despite all the heavy rain in the past few days, was played on a pitch that was a credit to the home side’s ground staff.

Yate Town manager, Darren Mullings, kept the same side that lost at home to Bishops Cleeve in their last game, making one change on the bench with Ryan Hillier replacing Jack Ball. Westbury included recent signing, and ex-Yate Town forward, Kyle Tooze in their side.

The first chance of the game fell to Yate Town’s Dylan Lewis but his header flew off target and this was followed by Oli Jenkins testing home goalkeeper Jonathan Hill with a right foot shot from 10 yards that brought a good save. The visitors dominated play but despite a lot of possession didn’t really trouble the home defence for a period of time.

The only chance the hosts had was after 26 minutes when Aaron Cockerill headed over from a corner for the home side.

The visitors went ahead with a fortunate goal after 37 minutes and it was a cross from full back James Taylor from the right that seemed to get caught in the wind and sailed over the head Jonathan Hill.

James Taylor watches his right-wing cross evading Jonathan Hill in the Westbury goal to put Yate Town into the lead.

And it was only seven minutes later when Yate Town struck again when a fine cross from Lewis Hall found by Dylan Lewis at the far post who struck the ball first time to find the back of the net.

On the stroke of half-time, the visitors had another chance when Nick McCootie’s shot was well blocked by a Westbury defender.

Dylan Lewis scores Yate Town’s second goal.

With a two-goal lead Yate Town played controlled possession football in the second half with Chris Lines influential in midfield, showing coolness and calmness on the ball. Early in the second half Yate were awarded a free kick 25 yards from goal and Lines’ free kick was near perfection but it struck the crossbar and went out of play.

Chris Lines’ 25-yard free kick rattles the crossbar with Westbury goalkeeper Jonathan Hill beaten.

Westbury had a half chance when Tooze shot over from the edge of the area but it was Yate Town, who then started to create a number of chances in the closing period with Lewis and Jenkins having goal bound efforts blocked and substitute Ryan Hillier, who made an immediate impact when he came on, having a back heeled effort cleared off the line.

This was a solid performance from Yate and they showed again that they are a team that want to play good football with a cultured performance but one in which they still needed to be more ruthless in front of goal.

Chris Lines in action.

On Easter Monday Yate Town take on local rivals Paulton Rovers at the South West Interiors Stadium in what should be an intriguing encounter with a number of ex-Yate Town players in the Paulton side.

Yate Town: Sainsbury, Taylor, Lewis, McMillan, Baker, Guest, Lines (Bell 74), Jenkins, Nderemani (English-Brown 70), McCootie, (Hillier 66), Lewis

Unused subs: Byrne, Dempsey

Bookings: Guest (33), Lewis (47), English-Brown (90)

Westbury United: Hill, Luxton, Cockerill, Keet, D. Demkiv, Shanley (Thomson 55), Flippance (Cross 62), C. Demkiv, Sarr, Jones, Tooze

Unused subs: Walton, Hulbert, Bowden

Bookings: Shanley (52), Cross (87), Keet (89), Jones (90 +1)

Yate Town Man of the Match: Chris Lines

Referee: Adam Wilson

Attendance: 305