Longwell Green 1-2 Yate Town
Bluebells win at the Green
Early on, Jack Camm whipped a free-kick into the near post, and between Ben Brooks faintest of touches and a defensive deflection, the ball nestled in for 0-1. Deep crosses and Brooks' movement, dropping short to collect and lay the ball off first time before finding new space, were creating problems for the home defence. Yate had runners deep from midfield in the shape of Camm and Eugene Keary and some half chances were being fashioned.
Both sides played decent passing football in what was a good contest. A home attack found a useful position on the left but the cross from the bye line was overhit before Harvey Rivers was forced to stretch and gather low to his left as the Green pounced on a loose ball outside of the box.
The hosts were level early in the second half. Sam Boulton was adjudged to have pulled back a striker and, although Rivers saved the spot-kick brilliantly, the ball came off the bar for the taker to bury the rebound. Lifted by this, Longwell Green played with the more composure for a period and Rivers had to stand up well to deny them on the left.
Yate needed to raise their game whilst maintaining their patience, and they strung together a series of dangerous deliveries into the box without yielding any success. A worthy match winner almost came as Jack Ball connected superbly with a cross from George Box to arrow his volley towards the top corner. The home keeper pulled off a tremendous save to touch it onto the bar, before later going full length to keep out Box's fierce drive.
The bizarre winner for the visitors did come as a Green defender, trying to block out Ball getting to a cross, inadvertently headed past his own keeper.