Radstock Town 5-0 Yate Town
Five star Radstock shine on dismal evening for Yate
In a decent start for both sides, the opening goal came as the hosts broke at pace from defence, attacking on their right flank. As the wide player cut back to bring out a full length save from Mason Hawkins, the rebound was netted. The visitors countered and a searching ball picked out Llewellyn Ntihemuke who forced the home keeper into a save at the near post. Yate were playing with a scratch side, with several making the step up from U16, and it would be a tough ask against the league leaders.
A debatable second goal followed, as at least one Radstock player appeared just offside, and a slightly scuffed shot eluded our keeper. 2-0.
Frustration followed as the away side couldn't link through midfield, conceded possession too often and were guilty of a couple late challenges. On the half-hour, the ball was given away in the middle and suddenly two home players had a run on goal. Hawkins saved the first effort but couldn't prevent the follow up being converted and before the break, the contest was over. An innocuous shot from the edge of the box bobbled up off the hard surface, and the unfortunate Hawkins spilt the ball at the feet of the striker, who gratefully tucked away the chance.
Changes were forced as the unlucky Nathan Goodwin-Worrell was taken off, unable to run off a knock and Yate had to adopt a makeshift back line, and the half-time whistle blew.
Radstock continued with the greater urgency, forcing errors although Yate came out with more purpose and solidity than in the first period. Our midfield began to impose their game better but a fifth strike killed off any semblance of hope. Seizing on a weak clearance, the home player flights the ball expertly from 25 yards over a stranded Hawkins. 5-0 and safe passage into the next round for Radstock.
Late on, Yate were unlucky not to grab a consolation after Gianni Porcara moved through the middle to put the ball into space wide on the right. From a deep cross onto the far post, Luke Henderson saw his header loop just over.