Cinderford Town 0-0 Yate Town
Yate battle for a hard-earned point in the Forest
Apart from a set-piece each as goal attempts, neither keeper was really tested in the opening quarter but Cinderford had more possession and a lot of the game was played in the Yate defensive half. On 30 minutes, the hosts had the ball in the net after a corner was not cleared but the ref had spotted a handball from the striker.
Shortly after, the home side delivered a free-kick into the box and two goalbound attempts were kicked clear off the line. Cinderford were definitely in the ascendancy in a scrappy game on a heavy pitch that was starting to cut up. Yate approached decently but lacked quality in any final ball, and rode their luck a little in the first period.
The hosts continued in the same manner and the visitors had to defend for all their worth at times, but after the first 15 minutes, Yate began to settle better into the game. The match was then held up for a period for a repair to one of the nets, before the home side saw another effort cleared off the line. They also went very close after an attack down the right and a curling shot that was narrowly wide of the far post.
Late in the contest, the away side could have done a smash and grab and stolen all 3 points. James Difford broke through midfield and Yate were suddenly 3 on 2. Difford fed Kyle Tooze on the right but he unfortunately lifted a great chance over the bar. In a game where ultimately the pitch came out the winner, the Bluebells accepted a hard fought point.
Yate XI - Rivers, Evans, Gregan, Peare, Boulton, Hitchings, Price, Anderson, Tooze, Brooks (Difford), Mzungwana (Tanner)