Yate were well and truly hit for six yesterday against a very strong Salisbury team who clearly were on a rebound after their shock defeat at home to Barnstaple last weekend. This was our first defeat in 2018 and ends our unbeaten run of seven games.
Hopes and confidence were high as we travelled to the Ray Mac stadium however Yate never really got going yesterday and Salisbury put us under pressure right from the kick-off. In fairness it could have been worse for Yate with Salisbury missing numerous opportunities in front of goal and I'm sure Polly and the players will be reflecting on such a poor performance yesterday.
Yate started the match with same team that played against Evesham which meant new signing Lewis Ellington and Kyle Tooze were on the bench. Both were used in the second half along with Theo Llewellyn and if there is anything positive to take from this match then it would be the last 20mins when we scored twice and did open up the Salisbury defence, however the game was already lost by then.
This was always going to be a tough game not helped at times by some controversial decisions by the referee especially the second penalty award to Salisbury however if we are still to stand any chance of making the play off positions then we need to accept that yesterday was a bad day at the office, learn from it and concentrate on the remaining games of the season.
The squad that Polly has assembled is one of the strongest we have had at Yate Town for many years and is capable of competing at the top. What better tonic to wash away yesterday's defeat would be a home victory against runaway leaders Taunton Town next weekend. That's our next challenge!
A full match report can be found on the Salisbury website.
Updated 12:01 - 9 Feb 2018 by Lawrence Wortman