Yate dig out a result to sink Wells
By Gary Davis
Two goals from Will Simmons see Yate through to victory
The opening section of this match was very untidy, with neither side able to retain any decent possession on a bobbly pitch, until Nathan Goodwin-Worrell hit a long defence-splitting pass, which found Will Simmons beating the offside trap to show his now-trademark cool finish low under the Wells keeper for 0-1. Yate were pressing high up, winning corners and looking to add to their tally, but the hosts were battling well, getting challenges in to break things up in an increasingly more congested midfield.
The home side showed decent approach signs but were too rushed in the final third, and the visitors needed to lift the tempo and play with more width. Ewan McMillan stood firm in central defence, even when he was isolated as the last man a little too often to be comfortable. Mason Hawkins played as an impromptu striker (with Ross Milloy retaining his place between the sticks), working hard to hold the ball up and was unfortunate with a couple of half-chances that came and went his way.
Early on after the restart, Hawkins chose to lay off to Simmons who, after his first attempt was blocked, slotted the loose ball in for 0-2 before Wells had their best chance following an attack on the right and a cut-back which was then skied over the bar from 6 yards. Switching Sam Knight to a central position from wide left allowed Rahel Jafar to step into this role, featuring again after a long lay-off through injury. This gave Yate more balance on both flanks, with Justin Hall having some creative success on the right, and the quality of their play improved to some degree.
A neat link-up between Joey Martin-Tulloch, Jafar and Maison Wilson led to Levi White’s header, which brought a fine, flying save from the home stopper, which he himself followed with a strong block after Toby Walwin had weaved into space. The game was scruffy but became more interesting as the home side registered a score, after a build-up on their left and a clever overhead hook into the corner of the net.
Yate were able to see the game out, however, but this was far from being a classic encounter or a good team display.