Evo-Stick League South, Division One South
Yate Town 1 Barnstaple Town 2
Top team entertains early season strugglers had all the signs of a potential banana-skin and so it proved to be, writes John Davis.
Full credit though to improving Barnstaple-three consecutive wins now-who came with a job to do, defended in numbers and took the points with two breakaway goals.
It was another first half of missed chances for the home side. Ben Brooks slipped in the box when just about to test the goalkeeper, Ollie Mehew snatched at the chance and fired wide when Rob Holmes gave the ball away and efforts by Adam Price and then Mehew were scrambled clear.
Then in a rare breakout, the visitors took the lead, Harry Stevens' hopeful cross after a run up the right flank flicking off a defender and wrong-footing Lewis Thomas in the home goal.
Price then just failed to get on the end of a Brooks cross as play swung back to the other end and Josh Cann fired wide of the post after cutting inside to shoot with his right foot.
There was the chance for Price to repeat his goal scoring exploits from free kicks early in the second half but this time the midfielder was a little too high with his attempt.
The equaliser finally arrived on the hour mark with Josh Ford getting above everyone to power his header from Price's corner into the roof of the net.
Barnstaple were back in front ten minutes later, Stevens showing good pace down the left before sending over a long, curling cross which Tallan Mitchell volleyed in on the far post after timing his run to perfection.
A second equaliser then proved highly elusive as Barnstaple packed the goalmouth. Mehew lifted the ball over the bar from close range, Brooks had an effort held by Holmes, Joe Guest had a header blocked and Jack Twyman was just a whisker away from scoring at the death.
Attendance: 230. Entertainment value: 3/5
Yate Town: Thomas, Cann (Dawes 79 minutes), Keightley, Kamara, (Langworthy 62 minutes), Ford, Boulton, Price, Guest, Mehew, Brooks, Twyman. Subs not used: Rennie, Knight, Nembhard.
Despite the setback the team remain in top spot, the lead now cut to one point with a game in hand over second-placed Blackfield and Langley. A positive response to the defeat will certainly be required with an away game at Winchester next weekend followed by the visit of always competitive Cirencester Town.
Updated 16:18 - 11 Nov 2018 by Sebastian Parker