Swindon Supermarine 2-0 Yate Town
Spurned chances sink Yate at Marine
The first quarter was an equal, fast-paced encounter with both sides showed attacking intent. The home side favoured their right flank and, as a move shifted to the left, a cross-shot came in that flashed across the goal-face. Yate countered with Ross Langworthy who chose the wrong option as both Ben Brooks and Steve Davies looked to capitalise.
Harvey Rivers pulled off a double-save, getting down low to his right to push the ball away before smothering the scuffed follow-up and, late in the half, things got a little feisty amid a flurry of yellow cards in a short time.
The visitors had their best spell after the break. David Sims-Burgess made room to deliver onto the head of Davies, but the home keeper saved, before Davies himself put a dangerous ball into the box, which was incredibly sliced by a Marine defender over his own keeper’s head, spinning just wide of the post.
Matty Tanner’s cut-back from the left found Langworthy, whose goal-bound effort was blocked by the stopper’s feet before Marine got the crucial first score. A disputed free-kick just outside the area gave Michael Hopkins the chance to expertly whip the ball low around the wall into the corner, giving Rivers no chance. 10 minutes later, the away side were unable to clear a deep ball to the far post and poor marking allowed Matthew Coupe to hook in from close range for 2-0.
Late on, a Davies flick set Brooks racing free but he was thwarted as the Marine keeper stood up well and Yate were left to rue their missed opportunities.