Yate Town 7 – 2 Mangotsfield United
Yate, in the cup, sparkle with Seven-Up
Before the game, a minute’s silence was held, and impeccably observed and respected, for young Kieron Hackers, whose family is in everyone’s thoughts and prayers.
In a bright start to the contest, both sides created some good opportunities early on. Dan Dempsey worked his way into the box twice to get away shots at goal, whilst the visitors delivered into the danger area, calling Mason Hawkins into action more than once.
A fine Yate corner from Dylan Evans found Kieron Kay arriving late to crash the ball in for 1-0, only for the away side to immediately respond with an attack of their own down the left. The cutback led to a drilled shot that Hawkins got his hand to, but couldn’t prevent the equaliser. Deep crosses from the hosts were causing problems, and Yate saw a glanced header clip the post before Dempsey again weaved into the area to check back on his left foot, and curl in a fine individual goal off the back post. 2-1
Yate then maintained a period of pressure before the break but didn’t add to the score.
The second period started a little flat, before Luke Henderson had the ball in the net with a great header, only to be adjudged offside, and then Gianni Porcara settled things down with an unstoppable 25 yarder that left the opposing keeper standing and watching helplessly.
Shortly after, Kay set up Henderson to blast the ball under the keeper for 4-1 and another well-delivered corner from Evans to the near post enabled Joe Shutt to nick the ball in for Yate’s fifth.
To their credit, Mangotsfield were not finished as, after a corner of their own, the ball ricocheted around and was lashed forcefully into the top corner, for 5-2, before Evans’ exceptional left foot rounded things off for the home side.
Firstly, his deep corner found Sam Knight’s head close in and then he swept in a superb direct free-kick from 25 yards to complete the scoring, and progress the hosts to the next round.
A second half in which Yate found a new level, after Mangotsfield had more than equipped themselves before the break.