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REPORT: Yate Town 3-1 Cinderford Town

By Sebastian Parker

Jubilant Bluebells promoted after Play Off Final victory at Lodge Road.

Young striker Ollie Mehew hit two vital goals as Yate came from behind to win the tie and secure elevation to Step Three for next season, writes John Davis .

It was way back in 2004-2005 that the Bluebells, under Richard Thompson, last stepped up to the higher level and many new destinations and different stadiums now await management, players and spectators come August, not to mention extra work for the coach driver's 'sat nav'.

Cinderford started the play-off final following a run of excellent form and they looked dangerous in the early stages forcing a series of corners and free kicks on the edge of the box.

It was from a corner that they took the lead in the 17th minute when Lorcan Sheehan's flag-kick was met unopposed by central defender Nick Rhodes who bundled the ball over the line from close range.

The visitors continued on top with Ben Watkins having a ground shot saved after a flowing five-man move and
Ross Grimshaw touching over a header from Rhodes that looked destined for the top corner.

Yate responded quickly, an Adam Price corner causing confusion in the Cinderford defence and Ollie Mehew deflecting the ball into the net past Alex Harris after Josh Ford had hammered it goalwards.

It was 2-1 to Yate just before the break. Jack Twyman and Mike Bryant worked well to thread the ball through to Mehew in the inside-left channel and the leading scorer steered it into the far corner despite Harris going full-stretch.

Bryant shaved the outside of the upright as the home side started the second half brightly while at the other end Grimshaw handled cleanly as Cinderford sent over a series of dangerous corners.

Ross Langworthy was foiled by some brave 'keeping from Harris after outstrippping the visitors's back-line before Yate's vital third goal arrived with twelve minutes left, Price rifling a low drive just inside the post after his free kick had been headed back to him outside the box.

There was still time for Grimshaw to block a Sheehan shot with his feet and Cinderford substitute Rich Greaves headed just wide when he met a long cross from the left-hand side.

Star man: Ollie Mehew (Tireless work-rate and two vital goals.). Attendance: 1091. Entertainment rating: 5/5.

Yate Town: Grimshaw, Evans, Humphreys, Peare, Ford, Boulton, Price, Guest, Mehew (Sims-Burgess 86 minutes), Bryant (Langworthy 67 minutes), Twyman (Kamara 70 minutes). Subs not used: Brooks, Carey.

Updated 15:48 - 7 May 2019 by Sebastian Parker

Where next?

Pre-Season Friendly - Yate Town v Bristol Rovers Paul Britton’s Yate will host Bristol Rovers at Lodge Road in a pre-season friendly on Saturday 6th July.
PREVIEW: Yate Town v Cinderford Town - Play Off Final The climax of a thrilling season comes to an end tomorrow afternoon, with promotion up for grabs.

Sat 6 Jul
1st Team Bristol Rovers
Friendly 13:00

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