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REPORT: Yate Town 3-2 Bristol Manor Farm

By Sebastian Parker

Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist stars as Yate's promotion charge continues at Lodge Road.

A dominant first half was followed by a nervy second period as a determined Manor Farm side added weight to the theory that ten men are often more difficult to break down than eleven, writes John Davis.

The home side gave a debut to young goalkeeper Aaron Sainsbury from Bristol City while Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist made a welcome return to the club and took his place in midfield to replace the suspended Nick Peare.

It was all Yate during the early stages with Farm goalkeeper Ben John denying Jack Twyman and Leigh-Gilchrist and Mike Bryant blasting over the crossbar after John had failed to hold a corner from Adam Price.

The opening goal came on 18 minutes. David Sims-Burgess' shot as he cut in from the left was not held by John and an alert Joe Guest squared the loose ball to Bryant who finished with the simplest of tap-ins.

The one-way traffic continued with Sims-Burgess hitting the crossbar before there followed five minutes of mayhem after John had tackled Leigh-Gilchrist on the edge of the box. When the dust settled, Farm's Stuart Tovey was shown a red card while John and Leigh-Gilchrist both received cautions.

Leigh-Gilchrist soon recovered to make it 2-0 with a delightful chip over John after a precision pass from Guest but Farm were right back in the game four minutes before the break when Jamie Adams finished off a move he had started in midfield by accepting Jordan Rogers' clever flick to beat Sainsbury.

Sims-Burgess hit the side netting in an early second half raid for the home side but it was the visitors who often looked the more dangerous outfit going forward.

Leigh-Gilchrist got his second goal of the game from close range after 55 minutes after Ollie Mehew had sprung the offside trap up the right but Farm hit back immediately to narrow the margin again, this time courtesy of a low drive from Lewis Bamford.

Sainsbury did well to save at the feet of Rogers as the visitors went in search of an equaliser and there were some tense moments for Yate even when Farm went down to nine men after a second yellow card for defender Lloyd Mills.

Admittedly there were chances to improve the goal difference at the other end too with Mehew and Langworthy having shots blocked and Leigh-Gilchrist squandering chances to complete his hat-trick when he was played through one-on-one.

Man of the match: Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist (An all-round energetic display capped with two goals-the first one a peach.)

Attendance: 333. Entertainment rating: 4/5.

Yate Town: Sainsbury, Humphreys, Keightley, Leigh-Gilchrist, Ford, Boulton, Price, Guest, Bryant (Langworthy 57 minutes), Sims-Burgess (Mehew 53 minutes), Twyman (Kamara 74 minutes). Sub not used: Brooks.

Highworth Town is now the destination for the away game next Saturday while promotion chasing AFC Totton will be the visitors to the Universal Components Stadium on February 23rd.

Goal highlights can be found on twitter courtesy of Nick Burgess -

Updated 16:25 - 17 Feb 2019 by Sebastian Parker

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