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REPORT: Yate Town 3-2 Winchester City

By Sebastian Parker

Superb ten man Yate come from behind to keep title hopes alive

A roller-coaster of a game illustrated this resilient squad are at their best when under adversity and often produce some of the best football seen at home when counter-attacking, writes John Davis.

It didn't take long for Winchester to show why they are among the league's leading goalscorers. They blitzed the Yate goal early in the game with the pacy Oli Bailey creating several good shooting chances for himself inside the first five minutes.

Simba Mlambo then had a ground shot saved by James Carey and Rob Carr cut in from the left wing to test Carey with another fierce drive.

The home side were restricted to set piece opportunities and it was very much against the run of play that they opened the scoring after 23 minutes. A cross from the right, which was headed on and then took a lucky deflection, found its way to Ollie Mehew on the left of the box and he kept his cool to drive the ball past Ryan Price.

Adam Price then looked likely to make it 2-0 after an assist from Mehew but he rolled the ball towards an open goal instead of breaking the net and Josh Harfield got back to make a last-ditch clearance.

Things then turned decidedly sour for Yate either side of half time. First Joe Guest was sent off after picking up a second yellow card for what seemed another innocuous offence and the visitors took immediate advantage to go 2-1 ahead.

Mlambo slammed in a loose ball to equalise with the second period only three minutes old and worse followed as Jamie Barron jinked around several defenders before shooting across Carey into the far corner.

The home side responded quickly to level when, after a break from defence had won a corner, Price's flag kick was headed goalwards by Mike Bryant and defender Joe Cook helped it into the top corner of the net.

The introduction of substitute Bryant had proved to be a master stroke as he continued to cause panic in the Winchester back-line ever time he and Mehew got free. It was no surprise then that the pair of them fashioned the eventual winner after 70 minutes.

Bryant instigated the move on the half way line and, after setting Mehew free to tease defenders down the left, moved into the centre where he accepted the return pass and fired a low drive past City's Price despite being pushed to the right-hand side of the goal.

Carey handled well when Winchester hit back and there was still time for Yate to increase the lead. Peare shot over from distance, Bryant had another effort blocked and Price was off target from just outside the area.

Man of the match: Olly Mehew (Scored the first goal, made the third and ran his socks off throughout the game.)

Attendance: 316. Entertainment rating 5/5.

Yate Town: Carey, Humphreys, Keightley, Peare, Ford, Evans, Price, Guest, Mehew (Brooks 85 minutes), Sims-Burgess (Bryant 51 minutes), Twyman (Kamara 80 minutes).

What is sure to be billed as "the title decider" takes place with the visit of Blackfield and Langley to the Universal Components Stadium on Saturday followed by the visit to Cinderford Town (Easter Saturday) and the home game with Melksham Town (Easter Money) over the holiday weekend.

Photo Credit: B.East Photography

Updated 15:51 - 12 Apr 2019 by Sebastian Parker

Where next?

PREVIEW: Yate Town v Blackfield & Langley 'Title decider' at Lodge Road on Saturday afternoon in our penultimate home game of the season.
PREVIEW: Yate Town v Winchester City Huge game tomorrow afternoon at Lodge Road.

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