Yate Town U18 0-0 Bath City U18
Pre-season concludes with a strong show
Yate finished their pre-season schedule with a fine draw against Bath City. Early on, the visitors fashioned a chance in the left channel, bringing a strong save from Mason Hawkins, before Takayo Nembhard burst a yard clear in the box to force the opposition keeper into an equally good block.
Yate played some lovely, compact passing football, especially in the first period, to work their openings, and occasionally mixing this up with balls over the top to utilise the pace of Nembhard and Justin Hall on the right. A nicely worked move set up Joey Martin-Tulloch to get a shot on target, well saved and unfortunately the rebound wasn't capitalised on.
Bath were threatening going forward themselves, notably when a decent passage of play led to the ball being fed out to the left, but the resulting shot was skewed wide of the upright. The hosts remained well-organised, disciplined and resilient in defence and midfield throughout, however, to counter the threats posed by the visitors. Late on, from a free-kick just outside the box, Sam Knight crashed in a great effort which the away keeper parried superbly.
The second half didn't have quite the same dynamic as the first in terms of attacking chances, but it remained a good, absorbing contest. Nembhard latched onto a through ball to be denied by a last ditch tackle, before Bath raised their game in the last quarter. They built up on the right to create an excellent opportunity in the middle, and Hawkins stretched full length to divert the low shot clear.
A fine all round team performance was epitomised by Knight as captain, breaking up a Bath attack in defence to bring the ball clear through midfield and get on the end in the opposition box to force a corner.