Tuffley Rovers U18s 0-5 Yate Town U18s
Pre-season up and running now
In a match which Yate dominated possession and ran out comfortable victors, it was refreshing to see the squad bounce back from their pre-season defeat at Slimbridge 7 days earlier. The visitors were settled enough to pass the ball around and patiently build from flank to flank, and from back to front, importantly retaining possession for long periods.
From an early set-piece that wasn’t cleared by the hosts, the ball sat up for Justin Hall on the edge of the box and he swept in a fine shot that looked destined for the top corner until the home keeper pulled off a tremendous save. Ellis Kow was leading the front line with strength and he clipped the bar with an excellent effort after stepping inside a tackle.
The chances Yate were creating came to fruition on 30 minutes when Rafel Jahar’s late run beyond the full back was picked out from midfield, and he tidily slotted the ball past the keeper’s left hand for 0-1. Later in the half, the same player took responsibility for a free-kick wide on the left and his low shot into the danger area took a slight deflection and skipped up to nestle low in the bottom corner. 0-2
Takayo Nembhard came off the bench to inject further pace in attack and he soon latched onto a deep ball from midfield to ride a challenge in the area and squeeze the ball in for 0-3. The away side were comfortable but showed the occasional sign of being a little too casual, and Tuffley almost capitalised when a cut-back from the right found their striker in space, only for his shot to cannon back off a post with Josh Blackman beaten.
Nembhard forced the home keeper into another fine save, before an intelligent surge through midfield from Will Simmons allowed Hall to pocket a rebound after the keeper had parried the initial goal-bound effort. Late on, the move of the match involving Hall, Nembhard and Simmons saw the ball moved swiftly from left to right across the home rear-guard, and Llewellyn Ntihemuke arrived in support to lash in at the far post and bring up the visitors fifth score.