Two-goal Takayo steers Yate to victory at The Creek
Yate bounce back from FA Cup defeat with a four-goal league win
On a chilly night, on a dewy surface, this game was fast-paced from the start. Justin Hall cut in from the right to hit the bye-line and his lay-back just eluded Takayo Nembhard’s contact. From here, the hosts broke at speed and created a 1-on-1 to which Mason Hawkins stood strong and blocked the effort on goal. Yate’s keeper had to be further alert to parry from the spare home striker at the far post, following a Manor Farm free-kick.
The home side exerted midfield control and looked the more threatening of the two sides, until Hawkins launched a set-piece deep into the opposing box for Nembhard to chase and nick past the goalie, only for the chance to be cleared off the line.
A little against the balance of play, Yate opened the scoring as Nembhard got the faintest of touches on Ellis Kow’s penetrating corner, and then stunned the hosts further as he made space 25 yards out to let fly with a vicious dipping effort that beat the keeper convincingly. 0-2
Farm came out after the restart to press the visitors hard, whose back-line had to be vigilant and disciplined to withstand the surge from the home side. Yate were regaining midfield supremacy, notably through another fine captain’s shift from Sam Knight, and patiently built towards the right flank. Nembhard finished off the move with a killer cross, low to the far post, and Kow arrived to slam in the third.
Farm continued to keep their heads up as best they could and still created half-chances of their own without success, but it felt like the stuffing had been knocked out of them. Toby Walwin capped an excellent league debut, as a makeshift right back, with a searching run through midfield into the box, before tucking the ball away low into the bottom left corner, bringing up the fourth score and cementing the result.