Yate Town 0-1 Bideford
Yate can’t rock the Robins
In our first home league match, the game started brightly at a good tempo. The visitors were looking more threatening at first, attacking at pace especially down their left flank, and creating some decent half-chances, which went unconverted. For the Bluebells, Chris Gregan overlapped to cut a ball back from the byeline, but crucially no-one in the Yate attack line could profit from it.
As the home side settled, our set-pieces began to show more promise. From a fine Mitch Tippins corner, Brad Norris lost his marker to arch a header onto the bar, before interchanging with Tippins who saw his shot smothered.
Great, patient play from Norris tight in the corner created the chance to put over a cross, which wasn’t dealt with by the away defence and Tippins smashed a goal-bound effort on the full, only for it to be blocked away.
Early after the restart, Bideford put in a big penalty shout for what seemed an innocuous challenge, but the officials waved it away and this set a tone for the half. Strong tackles were going in and the game got feisty. Sloppy defending from Yate cost them, as a corner wasn’t dealt with and as the ball lingered dangerously in the 6 yard box, Craig Allan scrambled the ball in for the away side.
The home side lifted their play and the visitors resorted to niggly fouls to stem the pressure and disrupt the approach work, but again the real quality final ball was lacking, and Yate didn’t get that bit of luck they needed to register a score. Tippins surged forward and as the ball ran loose on the edge of the box, Norris spun to pull a low shot wide of the far post.
In search of a deserved point, the hosts were almost caught late on as Bideford broke down their left and fired in a shot that Harvey Rivers stretched to push away.