Report by John Davis
This was a good test for the Yate squad as most of the recent successes during this very encouraging run of form had come against sides below them in the league table.
Wimborne came to the Universal Components Stadium in fifth place and with the reputation of always being able to score goals against the home side.
The visitors from Dorset certainly started strongly and could have been a couple of goals in front early in the game. Billy Maybury drove a shot wide from a good position, a Toby Holmes blast was beaten out by Harvey Rivers and James Stokoe almost sneaked an effort in on the far post.
At the other end Kyle Tooze just over-ran the ball when put through but that apart most efforts on goal were from long range shots that sailed over the crossbar.
The start of the second half was a good illustration of how quickly fortunes can change within a game. One moment Wimborne should have taken the lead, the next the home side had broken away and, after almost scoring, had gone 1-0 up themselves.
It was Holmes who missed the Wimborne chance as his shot from the right of the goal drifted just the wrong side of the post on 48 minutes. Then, after Ben Brooks had broken clear up the right, Trey Anderson's shot from just inside the box had struck the top of the crossbar and gone over.
Two minutes later though there was no let-off for Wimborne as the alert Tooze latched onto a weak back pass and,with Gerard Benfield slow to come off his line, had chipped the ball over the stranded Wimborne goalkeeper and into an empty net.
An important second goal arrived ten minutes later, Anderson striding into the box and rounding Benfield before pulling the ball back from a wide position to where Brooks was left with a simple tap-in.
Later Steve Davies tested Benfield with a shot, new signing Ross Langworthy, who had come on as a substitute, blasted over from close range and Nick Peare almost squeezed the ball in from a narrow angle.
For Wimborne the game got grimmer late on as central defender Scott Arnold was shown a red card for a foul on Davies just outside the area.
Yate Town: Rivers, Evans,Gregan, Peare, Boulton, Hitchings, Price, Leigh-Gilchrist (Langworthy 63 minutes), Tooze (Blake 83 minutes), Brooks (Davies 69 minutes), Anderson. Subs not used: Gabbiadini, Mzungwana.
Attendance: 178. Newspaper man of the match: Kyle Tooze
Supporters man of the match: Trey Anderson
Updated 09:01 - 15 Jan 2018 by Lawrence Wortman