Match Report: Yate Town 1-0 Bideford

Yate Town 1 Bideford AFC 0

Yendle (own goal) 11

Yate Town got back to winning ways following a hard-fought game against Bideford which was played on a heavy pitch. Great credit must be given to the ground staff for getting this game on.

Yate manager Darren Mullings was able to bring back fit again Calum English-Brown into the starting line-up and Mike Baker started in defence for the first time since his injury last month. Toby Raison and Lewis Hall who both started last Saturday’s game against Wimborne were on the bench.

Before the start of the game Yate Town were presented with a plaque by Southern League Vice President David Martin linked to the club being the Sothern League Division One South team of the Month for January.

The first action of the game came after five minutes when Yate goalkeeper Aaron Sainsbury made a superb close-range block from Bideford’s leading goal scorer, Matt Buchan, when the striker looked certain to score.

But Yate started to take control and the only goal of the game came after 11 minutes when Bideford defender Tyler Yendle put through his own goal under pressure from Nick McCootie, following a right-wing cross from James Taylor.

First half action against Bideford as Yate look for a second goal.

The first half was dominated by Yate with James Taylor shooting straight at visiting goalkeeper Adam Seedhouse Evans from 20 yards after 21 minutes and three minutes later Dylan Lewis cut in from the left and his fierce shot just cleared the crossbar. With Yate in full control Ollie Jenkins, who was having a fine game, had his shot blocked after excellent work from Taylor but the second goal would just not arrive.

Dylan Lewis crosses the ball against Bideford during the first half.

As the half drew to a close Bideford started to gain a foothold and Ewan McMillan was booked for a foul and Aaron Sainsbury had to rush out of his penalty area but ended up fouling a Bideford player and was also booked.

Yate then responded following great work by James Byrne down the left ended with Dylan Lewis shooting just wide and Jenkins also had a shot well saved by Seedhouse Evans.

On the stroke of half-time a shot out of the blue from Bideford’s Jack Winsor crashed against the underside of the crossbar and Sainsbury managed to gratefully cling onto the rebound.

With the second half only a few minutes old Yate midfielder Ollie Jenkins collided with an advertising hoarding and after treatment was replaced by Dan Dempsey.

Second half substitute Dan Dempsey in action.

As the pitch cut up more and more, chances were at a premium but on the hour mark Nick McCootie, whose link-up play was excellent all match, robbed a Bideford defender and his shot across the goal appeared to take a deflection as it went just wide of the far post but the referee gave a goal kick. English-Brown continued to be a threat down the right.

Four minutes later Finn Roberts fired over for Bideford and then James Taylor brought a great save from Seedhouse Evans as his shot from the edge of the area was pushed round the post down to his right.

The final 15 minutes saw both sides use their substitutes but Yate Town bossed the game and the whole team played its part in securing three points with Aaron Sainsbury a virtual spectator. The win takes the Bluebells into a play-off spot, now being in fifth position, two places above Bideford. However, the teams around the Bluebells have games in hand.

This was a very professional hard-working performance by Yate showing how a settled side can bring dividends with everyone knowing their roles.

Yate Town: Sainsbury, Taylor, Byrne, McMillan, Baker, Guest, Bell (Ball 87), Jenkins (Dempsey 49), English-Brown (L. Hall 83), McCootie, Lewis

Unused subs: Raison, Richardson-Swarbirch

Bookings: McMillan (36), Sainsbury (37), Byrne (45+2), Bell (87)

Bideford AFC: Seedhouse Evans, Heeney, Byrne (Webber 74), Winsor, Mayne, Yendle, Reay (Hill 75), Roberts, Down (Mitchell 82), Buchan, Ewing.

Unused sub: Turner

Bookings: Buchan (31)

Referee: Adam McAnoy

Attendance: 259

Yate Town Man of the Match: Finley Bell