Another match ; another solid performance; another victory that has now taken yate to the top of the table. It maybe early days however its still a great feeling to be top of the league table!
Yesterday after a difficult start which led to us conceding our first goal this season, we responded superbly and dominated the rest of the half and scored three well taken goals through NickPeare; Ross Langworthy and Charlie Hitchings
The second half failed to match the first however we were rarely troubled and saw the match out comfortably.
Another great team effort with noticeable performances from Charlie; Josh and Mayson at the back. Joe Guest and Sam Kamara in midfield and the other two goalscorers Nick Peare (5 so far this season) and Ross Langworthy.
Mangotsfield came at Yate from the off and, for the first ten minutes or so, looked most likely to open the scoring. This came as Mike Bryant ghosted into space a few yards out to plant a firm header beyond Lewis Thomas on 13 minutes from a deep right wing cross, and was the first goal conceded by the Bluebells this season.
This kicked the away side into gear and within two minutes, a set-piece had been won 25 yards out. The in-form Nick Peare stepped up to sweep a majestic free-kick into the top corner, giving Josh Dempsey no chance in the home goal, and Yate were level.
The visitors now took control. Olly Mehew's corner was cleared to the edge of the area and Jack Twyman lashed a fine volley goalwards, which brought a strong save from Dempsey before a break through central midfield saw Mehew feed Sam Kamara. His long range low shot was parried by the keeper into the path of Ross Langworthy, who was alert enough to tuck home the rebound on 31 minutes.
Four minutes later, with the away side now well on top and Langworthy unlucky not to net again but for Dempsey saving with his feet, Josh Ford met the resulting corner to power a header goalwards, and Charlie Hitchings got a touch on it to re-direct it into the net.
At the break Yate were comfortably in control.
The hosts started brightly again and Bryant got a slight contact on a corner. With the ball creeping towards the post, Kamara was able to nick the ball to safety before Yate again regained midfield supremacy, notably through Twyman and Joe Guest centrally, allowing Peare the licence to cause the home defence problems with his strength and aerial ability.
The two central midfielders linked to create a half-chance for Twyman whose rising shot cleared the frame before Mangotsfield almost got a foothold through Kyle Tooze whose fierce cross-shot was pushed away by Thomas.
With the work done in the first period, the visitors were able to soak the pressure from the home side and, in the last ten minutes, they raised their game again. Dempsey again proved himself a fine shot-stopper as he denied Mehew a score after he had intelligently cut in on the edge of the area.
Polly has assembled a squad that is clearly stronger than in recent seasons, added to that our work rate has intensified and its noticeable that when we lose possession we are quick to win it back. The confidence and belief across the squad is growing with every game and we are playing some excellent attacking football.
After three straight league wins and recent FA Cup progression, it is a lovely sight to see the Bluebells sat on top of the pile at this early stage. This has been a fantastic start to the new season and let's hope it continues and we are able to attract more people to come and watch us play.
Next up are Cinderford at home this weekend.
Updated 12:57 - 23 Sep 2018 by Sebastian Parker