Taunton Town 1-4 Yate Town
Cameron ruffles the Peacocks’ feathers
Yate went to the home of the Peacocks in search of their first league victory against table-topping, unbeaten Taunton Town. The home side started well, as a far post corner was headed against the upright by Matt Wright, and this shortly led to another chance when Yate failed to deal with a throw-in and the half-chance was blocked away by Harvey Rivers.
Brad Abraham, tenacious as ever in midfield, opened up play with a pass out to the left to Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist and his superb, teasing cross at pace to the back post was headed home by Cameron Ebbutt on 14 minutes. Yate, to a man, worked and battled solidly, conceding the majority of possession to the hosts but frustrating them with their fine discipline and shape.
Charlie Hitchings and Ben Morgan were strong in the centre, and Giancarlo Gabbiadini showed great promise, until unfortunately coming off with an injury on 36 mins. Les Afful looked threatening for the home side, but was shepherded well by the visiting defence.
Taunton came out strong after the restart, as expected. From a build-up on their right, a header sailed over, before a few seconds of pinball in our box, and Rivers reacted sharply to Wright’s effort on goal. The equaliser came on 62 minutes, with Mark Preece heading in a corner delivered to the far post. 1-1
Within minutes, Abraham played out to the right wing. The ball came into the box and was held up nicely, causing indecision in the home defence, and Ebbutt nipped in to slot home the loose ball. The hosts pressed forward again, sweeping the ball just over after a cut-in from the right but as they committed forward, they began to leave themselves vulnerable at the back, especially against the pace of the Yate front-line.
Ebbutt was fed in the right channel but lifted his shot over, before capitalising on a wayward back-pass and racing clear to bend the ball wide of the keeper’s left hand into the bottom corner for a tremendous hat-trick, as 79 minutes elapsed. 1-3
As the home side struggled to make an indent in a well-organised and thoroughly combative Yate side, a final breakaway in the 89th minute allowed Ebbutt to chip a pass of pure quality into Leigh-Gilchrist, ghosting into the area, and he finished well into the corner for 1-4
A brilliant team display, everyone working their socks off, counter-attacking football at its best, and moments of sheer quality that turns the form book upside-down. This is hopefully the catalyst that kick starts the season.