Elmore U18 1-3 Yate Town U18
Yate produce a classic comeback
In a very even opening 15 minutes, both sides showed their attacking capabilities in the final third. A home build-up hit the bye-line on the right, and a lapse in concentration within the Yate defence allowed a shot on goal, which was denied by a sharp reflex reaction from Mason Hawkins. Justin Hall and Ellis Kow were troubling Elmore down our flanks, and Takayo Nembhard always looked likely to get a chance, especially with his turn of pace.
Late in the half, he surged towards goal from an acute angle and flashed a cross-shot right across the goal-line, before the hosts delivered a set-piece into the 6 yard box, which was headed back across the face of goal and hooked away from under the bar.
Although the half wasn’t rich in goal chances, it was a tight, absorbing encounter and Yate’s back-line of Troy Sutherland, Maison Wilson, Ewan McMillan and Bailey Lacey had to be alert and disciplined to nullify the threat that Elmore posed as an attacking force.
The visitors came out quickly after the interval, pressing hard in the Elmore half, before the home side surged through a gap in central midfield that suddenly opened up. The ball was fed into the right channel and the Elmore striker finished with aplomb low into the corner, from the edge of the box, to open the scoring. 1-0
Shortly after, Nembhard seized on a loose pass to round the keeper and shoot on goal. Incredibly, the ball rebounded off the post and managed to elude Joel Hall following up, and the hosts had escaped but Yate were lifted by this and they took the game to their counterparts.
Kow surged forward with great strength to test the home gloveman, before he swung in a brilliant cross right into the mix, and Joel Hall was able to smuggle in the equaliser. Sutherland was able to get forward at times as a right wing back, and his persistence paid off when he drove over a powerful cross after racing to the bye-line, and Nembhard crashed the ball in at the far post. 1-2
The away side then sprung open the offside trap for Nembhard to race onto a through ball, and he showed great composure to take the ball around the keeper and slam it into the net for his own brace. Late on, Elmore cannoned a free-kick off our bar before Nembhard, searching for the hat-trick, waltzed past three players before hitting the woodwork himself.