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Shortwood United
Yate Town
W Hawes (40')
Full time
Sat 17 Feb 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - West Attendance 114

Wood Concede Deep in injury time

Wood 1 Yate 1 - report by Harry Ash - pictures by Brian Rossiter

Yate snatched a point at the death at Shortwood on Saturday afternoon, but the way the second half played out, it should be Shortwood who feel they stole a point given Yate’s dominance. Paul Meredith said, “The lads did exactly what we wanted them to do today on the defensive side of the game. We didn’t quite get going on the attacking side which is a little disappointing because if we did the three points were there for the taking. Overall I think it was a fair result but it is disappointing when victory is taken away so close to the end.”

The first half was even and a decent spectacle, despite being largely uneventful (which was not helped by a heavy pitch). Yate had a goal ruled out after (two of their four) ex-Wood players, Steve Davies and Adam Price combined through the latter’s free kick, but Davies was offside as he nodded in from close range in the twenty-third minute. Six minutes later, Theo Llewellyn was booked for a head-high foot on Nick Humphreys, and the Yate midfielder was perhaps lucky to escape a straight red card. Shortwood opened the scoring with five minutes of the half to play, the impressive Jordan Morris crossing to Will Hawes who, in typical fashion, controlled and turned in one movement before finishing right-footed into the bottom left-hand corner.

Yate controlled the second half, playing almost exclusively in the Shortwood half, as the home side simply couldn’t keep hold of the ball for long enough to ease the pressure. Ten minutes or so into the half, three chances were created, and wasted, in quick succession. First, Kyle Tooze blasted a shot over the bar from the middle of the box following Davies’ cross; then, a minute later, Humphreys’ low cross was met by Hawes, whose shot was blocked, before the ball bounced out to Liam Meredith, who struck a half volley well over. Possibly Yate’s best chance of the entire encounter came in the fifty-sixth minute, as Sam Blake’s cross was headed across goal by Tooze, but Ross Langworthy mishit his shot wide from six yards out at the far post. With twenty-five minutes to play, Nick Peare lined up a thirty-yard shot with his left foot, which crashed against the cross bar.

The pressure on the Shortwood goal increased dramatically in the final ten minutes; the first of two last ditch clearances came when Blake’s seemingly goal-bound cross was headed away by Liam Meredith, before Peare’s near post header from a corner was headed off the line by Jack Freeman. With two minutes of normal time to play, Price struck a left-footed volley from the edge of the box, which trickled just wide with Pickering stranded. In the third minute of stoppage time, Price struck the same section of cross bar that Peare had half an hour earlier, with the midfielder curling a shot from just outside the box onto the woodwork. Shortwood failed to clear properly, which resulted in Davies’ shot from twenty yards being tipped over by Pickering. The resulting corner brought Yate’s equaliser, with the ball again not cleared, and it eventually fell to Brooks, who smashed in from ten yards. Shortwood eventually paid for their inability to keep possession in the second half, and, despite some impressive defending, could easily have lost considering the dominance Yate exerted throughout the second half.

Shortwood United:
Harry Pickering, Ryan Meredith, Tristan Haswell, Rich Thwaite, Ryan Thwaite, Harry Burns (Joe White 83’), Jack Freeman (Ismael Samyan 85’), Jordan Morris, Liam Meredith (C), Nick Humphreys, Will Hawes (Ben Prictor 70’)

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Rich Thwaite

Player of the Match

Rich Thwaite

Key moments

Goal Will Hawes scores for Shortwood United


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90:00 Player of the Match
Rich Thwaite is awarded player of the match for Shortwood United
82:00 Sub On
Joe White is substituted on for Shortwood United
82:00 Sub Off
Harry Burns is substituted off for Shortwood United
80:00 Sub Off
Jack Freeman is substituted off for Shortwood United
80:00 Sub On
Ismail Samiyan is substituted on for Shortwood United
69:00 Sub On
Ben Prictor is substituted on for Shortwood United
69:00 Sub Off
Will Hawes is substituted off for Shortwood United
68:00 Yellow Card
Jordan Morris is yellow carded for Shortwood United
End of period 1
40:00 Assist
Jordan Morris makes an assist for Shortwood United
40:00 Goal 1 - 0
Will Hawes scores for Shortwood United
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As it happened

  • Shortwood United
  • Yate Town
  • 0
  • Will Hawes Goal 40:00'
  • Jordan Morris Assist 40:00'
  • Jordan Morris Yellow Card 68:00'
  • Will Hawes Sub Off 69:00'
  • Ben Prictor Sub On 69:00'
  • Jack Freeman Sub Off 80:00'
  • Ismail Samiyan Sub On 80:00'
  • Harry Burns Sub Off 82:00'
  • Joe White Sub On 82:00'

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16. Mangotsfield United 42 41
17. Shortwood United 42 40
18. North Leigh 42 38
19. Paulton Rovers 42 37
20. Slimbridge 42 35
21. Barnstaple Town 42 29

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