Yate Town 5-0 Paulton Rovers
U18s comfortable in victory as Henderson hits a hat-trick
From the kick-off, the play was encamped in the Paulton half, and the first score came after Tom Wookey took the ball from defence into midfield to feed Sam Knight on the right. He passed into Gianni Porcara, and then smartly took a defender away to allow space for Porcara to shoot from the edge of the box and in off the far post for 1-0. Shortly after, Tyler Edmunds went 1-on-1 with the visiting keeper, who saved well and Luke Henderson was unable to net the follow-up.
Dylan Evans was having success down the left flank and his deep cross found Edmunds first-time sidefooted effort, back across goal but wide, before another of his powerful deliveries to the near post was unfortunately spilled by the keeper and the ball spun over the line. 2-0. A delightful Porcara pass slipped into the left channel allowed Henderson to tuck the ball under the advancing custodian and Yate were three up.
Before the break, Knight saw an effort very well saved low down and Dan Dempsey skipped a couple of tackles to hit the post with a fine attempt.
From a build-up in the middle, Knight was set free on the right to deliver into the danger area and Henderson slammed a first-time shot off the bar, before the fourth strike came. Evans launched a cross from wide on the left, and Henderson timed his run across the keeper to get in a glancing header 3 yards out. Soon after, Yate became a bit wasteful with their goal attempts. A combination of some wayward shooting and some strong saves from the Paulton gloveman kept the score at 4-0.
Joe Shutt came off the bench to latch onto a searching ball on the right, to beat the keeper, see his shot come back off the post to him and then unselfishly teeing up Henderson for his hat-trick. Late on, Mason Hawkins, who had been a virtual spectator apart from smothering a couple of overhit Paulton passes, was called into action to tip away a shot destined for the bottom corner in the away side's best chance of the contest.
To their credit, however, Paulton kept going until the final whistle and didn't let their heads drop but they couldn't register a score.