North Leigh 1-4 Yate Town
Bluebells second half storm puts North Leigh through the mill
At Eynsham Park, home of the Millers, good chances were at a premium in the first period. Both sides tried to play their football on a greasy surface where the ball zipped through. Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist saw a shot blocked and Trey Anderson fired wide as Yate's attacks were built on solid, compact defending from the back line. The energetic Mayson Evans got up and down the right flank and Kyle Tooze gave the home side problems, notably when he drifted in from the left to hit a rising shot over.
The hosts worked a cross in from the right to register a header on target but Harvey Rivers was able to deal with it comfortably and at halftime the visitors had the balance of play and the better of the half chances.
Two early strikes put Yate in control after the restart. On 48 minutes, Leigh-Gilchrist collected a ball in the D, fashioned a sight of goal and drove fiercely goalwards. The keeper got a hand but couldn't stop the ball nestling in the left corner for 1-0, before Anderson linked to sweep the ball into the box. As the ball ballooned up, Ben Brooks watched it drop carefully and lashed home a fine low shot on the full. 2-0
Rivers punched away a goalbound header as the Millers rallied, and after a set-piece was headed back across goal, Ryan Paddock popped up at the post to reduce the arrears. Yate raised their game to hassle and stifle the home side all over park, looking to break at speed down the considerable Eynsham Park slope.
As Adam Price and Nick Peare took complete midfield control, the goal of the match came on 78 minutes. Leigh-Gilchrist moved to and fro on the edge of the box to open up a yard of space and curl an absolute stunner into the top right corner past the bemused home stopper for 3-1. Further attempts came in from Yate. Peare saw a good shot saved for Tooze to be unfortunate not to convert the rebound, Brooks hit a post and had another deflected over and Yate made changes to keep the pressure on.
In added time, Giancarlo Gabiaddini, off the bench, and up in support of Peare breaking through the middle, slammed a great shot low to the keeper's right to put the icing on the cake of a superb second half all-round team performance.
Yate XI -Rivers, Evans, Gregan (Blake), Peare, Boulton, Hitchings, Price (Mzungwana), Leigh-Gilchrist, Tooze(Gabiaddini), Brooks, Anderson