Yate Town 0 Tavistock AFC 2
FA Trophy First Qualifying Round – Saturday 9th September
It was Yate’s last chance of the season to have a Cup run, this time in the FA Trophy but sadly, despite a spirited performance it was not taking their chances that was again their undoing
Manager John Rendell brought in full back James Byrne in place of Ewan McMillan who was unavailable, this being the only change from last Saturday’s defeat at Merthyr the FA Cup.
These two teams occupied the bottom two places of Southern League Division One South and served up a game played in very hot conditions, with the first half punctuated by drinks breaks that stopped any flow to the game.
However, the second produced better football and entrainment for the crowd of 216 and after Tavistock’s Dan Koita fired over for the visitors it was Yate who took control for long periods of the second half with visiting goalkeeper Aaron Darling making some good saves from Joe O’Loughlin and Dan Dempsey.
Despite getting into a number of promising positions the final ball so often did not reach its intended target and despite a few chances going wide it was drinks break and a double substitution by Tavistock that provided the breakthrough for the visitors as the game suddenly changed with the Tavistock looking dangerous.
With three minutes remaining substitute Jacob Bowker’s pass was thumped home by the other substitute Owen Pritchard who fired the visitors in front from a tight angle.
With Yate pushing for an equaliser, in the second minute of stoppage time, Bowker broke clear to put Tavistock into the next round.
If only Yate had taken their chances whilst they were on top in the second half then the result might have been different.
Next Saturday Yate Town are again at home, this time for a League match against Westbury United.
Yate Town: Sainsbury, Bryne, L. Hall, Mullings, Parsons, Peck, Pashen (Brown 63), Dempsey, Tooze (Lewis 58), O’Loughlin, Box (Hillier 58)
Unused sub: Oputeri
Yate Town bookings: Mullings, Byrne
Referee: Cain Collins