Match Report: Yate Town 3-0 Willand Rovers

Yate Town 3 Willand Rovers 0

English-Brown 4, McCootie 44, Guest 64

Yate Town moved into a play-off place with a comfortable win against Willand Rovers, this being a repeat score of their win against another Rovers, Paulton Rovers, five days earlier on Easter Monday.

Yate Town manager, Darren Mullings, kept the same starting line up and bench as in the previous game and the Bluebells got off to a flying start when Joe Guest fed the ball out to Wayne Nderemani on the left and his first time cross found Calum English-Brown to slot home from 6 yards.

Calum English-Brown puts Yate Town ahead after 4 minutes.

Yate Town were in total control in the opening period and Chris Lines fired his free kick from 25 yards over the cross bar after a foul on Nderemani, Nick McCootie headed over from a Chris Lines free kick and then McCootie robbed a Willand defender and headed for goal but his angled shot was well saved by George Burton in the Willand goal.

In a rare attack on goal Willand’s Charlie Wright’s effort was saved by Aaron Sainsbury, and in another attack, Ross Edwards put his shot wide of the goal.

Yate Town goalkeeper Aaron Sainsbury saves from Charlie Wright of Willand.

Yate continued to pile on the pressure and marauding full-back James Taylor weaved his way into the Willand penalty area and caused havoc before the ball was eventually cleared. Oli Jenkins then shot into the side netting after being put through by Chris Lines and Nick McCootie headed over unchallenged from another Lines cross. Jenkins went close on two further occasions before eventually Yate Town’s scored their second goal after 44 minutes.

Ewan McMillans long pass up field found Nick McCootie who received the ball about 30 years from goal and showed great strength and composure to beat two defenders before shooting past Burton – the goal coming at a vital time, just before half-time, and it was no more that Yate Town deserved.

Nick McCootie scores just before half-time.

The second half started brightly when a Taylor cross was put wide by McCootie when it looked easier to score. Willand responded and Owen Howe shot straight at Aaron Sainsbury and just after the hour mark Yate Town scored a third.

Following a mazy run by James Taylor, his left foot shot was turned round the post by Burton and from the corner of the right Joe Guest ghosted into the penalty area to head home his third goal of the season.

Joe Guest scores with a header to put Yate Town 3-0 up.

Both managers used their full complement of substitutes and Willand carved out a couple of chances when Wright headed straight at Sainsbury and following confusion in the Yate Town penalty area after they gave the ball away, James Taylor headed Joshua Baker’s effort off the line, whilst, near the end of the game, Yate substitute Ryan Hillier fired just wide.

This was another assured and stylish win by Yate Town and as they now sit in fifth position in the league table, with just three games to go. Their next game is on Wednesday evening when they play Larkhall Athletic in Bath, who are one point behind the Bluebells but have three games in hand. Goal difference is very close amongst the teams around both clubs and could play a deciding factor come the end of the season.

Yate Town: Sainsbury, Taylor, Lewis, McMillan, Baker, Guest, Lines, Jenkins (Bell 78), English-Brown, McCootie (Hillier 75), Nderemani (Lewis 70)

Unused subs: Byrne, Dempsey

Bookings: Baker (24)

Willand Rovers: Burton, Laird, Kelly, Ford (Searle 56), Edwards, Guppy, Camilo, Hewitt (Byrne 68), Howe (Chastey 75), Baker, Wright

Unused subs: Woodman

Bookings: Laird (5) Guppy (45+1)

Yate Town Man of the Match: Joe Guest

Referee: Elliot Haddrell

Attendance: 220