Yate Town U18 4-1 Radstock Town U18
Yate become a four-ce to be reckoned with
Yate produced the team performance they have been threatening with a four-score victory over the league leaders. After two early forced changes, Dan Dempsey surged down the left to deliver a decent ball into the box, before testing the Radstock keeper with an effort from distance. Luke Henderson pocketed the rebound, but from an offside position.
Yate had settled well, taking the game to the visitors, maintaining some good possession, creating good approaches and holding a determined, disciplined back line. The away side’s best effort came from a shot from the left that was hacked off the line, before Rahel Jafar created space on the right to whip a killer ball low into the danger zone towards Henderson. Poised to pull the trigger, he was denied by a defender at full stretch putting through his own goal.
A superb strike put the hosts two up early after the restart. Gianni Porcara lofted a ball into space for Jafar to run onto and he steadied himself before cracking in a powerful volley from outside the box that the keeper could only despairingly push into the top corner. 2-0 and the home side were good value for this.
A long clearance from defence set Henderson away to chase. His presence caused problems for the away side, as the keeper and defender collided both trying to clear the danger, and a measured finish into the net, as the keeper attempted to get back, made the score 3-0. Radstock heads were down, they committed bodies forward to try and get a foothold, leaving gaps at the back, and Henderson burst clear to calmly slot in his second, and Yate’s fourth.
The sole consolation for the visitors came late on, as a corner was converted from close range. The home side comfortably saw out the remaining minutes, to register a well-deserved, well-overdue victory, proving that they can match the best of this division on their day.