Match Report by John Davis and Lawrence Wortman
Yate Town 0 Salisbury 1
Salisbury came into the game having hit sixteen goals in their last two matches but it took a highly dubious penalty late in the first half for them to take all three points from Yate.
On balance, it looked a good result for the home side but as encouraging as the gritty display was in boosting morale it again failed to yield any points in the battle to get away from the lower reaches of the table.
As expected Salisbury created much of the early pressure without really testing Harvey Rivers. Ed Perrett went close, Ryan Baggridge looked dangerous when he came forward for corners and Mayson Evans did well to block an effort from Chris Shepherd.
Yate's best chance fell to Ben Brooks but he shot over from a good position after Evans had worked the ball well down the right-hand side.
The penalty goal that decided the game came on forty-three minutes. Charlie Hitchings appeared to make clean contact on the ball with an outstretched leg as Shepherd moved into the box but the Salisbury player then went down under the challenge and soon recovered to beat Rivers with the spot kick.
The second half lacked goal-mouth action with Salisbury appearing content to sit back and Yate finding it difficult to break down a strong backline that soon massed whenever danger threatened.
Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist did test Nathan Ball in the Salisbury goal with a free kick early on but it was the only real save that the visiting goalkeeper had to make.
Leigh-Gilchrist just over-ran the ball when played through later while at the other end George Colson should have done better with a header when picked out by a Tom Whelan free kick.
Overall, a committed hard-working display from Yate without reward with Bristol Rovers youngsters, Ben Morgan, Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist and Cameron Ebbutt, all putting in a creditable shift for the cause.
Yate's next match is away to Taunton Town on Tuesday evening where a similar hard working performance will be required and hopefully some much needed points.
Yate Town: Rivers, Evans, Gregan, Abraham, Morgan, Hitchingsm Llewellyn, Harrison (Bryan 78 minutes), Leigh-Gilchrist, Brooks (Harding 65 minutes), Ebbutt (Gabbidini 85 minutes). Subs not used: Boulton, Anderson.
Updated 09:13 - 24 Sep 2017 by Lawrence Wortman