Yate Town U18 4-0 Bristol Manor Farm U18
U18s cup run continues
Quickly into their stride, Yate took the lead on 5 minutes when the ball was hooked into Takayo Nembhard from the left touchline, for him to fire in a low drive from the edge of the area, which squirmed through the unfortunate Farm keeper's fingers and crossed the line. The home side then maintained pressure on the visiting defence, through Nembhard and Ellis Kow.
Farm didn't come to make up the numbers, however, threatening themselves as they attacked. One build-up ended with a shot blocked on the line, and they fashioned a couple further half-chances, though not calling Mason Hawkins into action between the sticks. On 19 minutes, a quickly taken home throw and Kow had latched onto the chance, putting both the last Farm defender and the keeper under pressure. He was alert to get in, nick the ball and stroke it home into an unguarded net for 2-0.
As the break approached, Nembhard picked up a clearance to run at the last man tracking back. The striker moved left then right before curling in a sublime strike into the top right corner and the hosts were three goals to the good.
The away side started the second half with some drive and purpose, wrestling back the midfield control. Some confusion in the Yate backline almost gifted a goal but thankfully the loose ball was swept first-time to just clear the bar, before a well-built move ended with a cross to the back post and an effort from the Farm striker, off-balance and wide.
20 minutes into the half and Yate all but cemented the win. Luca Wilson, fresh off the bench, made a late run to the far post to bury a superb cross field pass from the right. To their credit, though, Farm resolved to keep their heads up and kept playing. Late on, they built patiently to create space for a shot on target and only Hawkins smart reaction save low down to his right prevented a consolation for the visitors.
Yate were able to introduce Justin Hall and Levi White during the half and signs are good in the competition for midfield places especially. The squad is beginning to shape up nicely in what is sure to be another season of tough encounters with strong sides, in this Premier Division.
A FA Youth cup run is a nice bonus, and next to come is an away trip to Portishead Town in the week beginning 1st October.