Yate find Clevedon tough to dis-Lodge
Yate complete their fixtures with a single goal defeat to Clevedon at Lodge Road's Jelf Stadium
Yate had the better of the early play, as Sam Knight headed just wide from an excellent Lewis Neal deep cross. Both sides had good impetus in their build-up, but the away side outnumbered the hosts on a swift counter-attack, ending in the ball being worked in from the right and being slipped past Mason Hawkins into the net for an early score.
Clevedon repeatedly looked for the outlet down the right, fizzing some dangerous crosses across the 6 yard box, but generally the home side defended compactly despite the early setback. Tom Backx led by example, a true captain's performance in his final game, tackling strongly, alert to the threats and supplying the midfield. Neal was unlucky to flick his shot just wide after challenging then controlling well and Gianni Porcara drove a half-cleared ball wide of the left upright.
Hawkins reacted quickly to palm a deflected shot to safety, before he was grateful to see another Clevedon effort sail wide after being drawn out of position.
The visitors started the second half briskly, looking to build on their lead, but Yate dealt with their threats well. Backx surged through midfield to supply Joe Shutt, whose touch escaped him, before Luke Henderson saw a header well saved.
The game's tempo and quality then dropped and changes were made. Backx was worthy of the crowd's ovation as he left the field, and of the guard of honour from his team-mates at the end, acknowledging his years of service to the club.
As the clock ticked down, Yate lifted their play and threw everything at the visiting defence, unfortunately without reward. Henderson caused panic as he weaved along the bye-line and the ball was scrambled away in the box, before Shutt raced in from the right to cut in and fire across the face of goal. The hosts had chances to get something from the game, but just lacked that little bit of composure, or luck, at the death.
MOTM - Tom Backx
The U18s see out the second half of their season with some consistent performances, a respectable league position, and the body of a settled squad, which hopefully will remain and be ready to build upon for the next campaign.