Set-piece success sends Yate soaring above Eagles
By Gary Davis
A solid Yate win sees them climb above Elmore (the Eagles) in the league table
On 5 minutes and in their first attack, a defensive slip allowed Elmore a clear run on goal and a crisp low finish to the left opened the scoring. Joey Martin-Tulloch soon restored parity for the hosts, weaving past several tackles to make space in the area and smash in the equaliser.
George Holland, busy and very involved in central midfield, narrowly missed the target with a fine, dipping drive before Nathan Goodwin-Worrell played a sublime lofted pass into Sam Knight, who had sprung the offside trap, but then saw his flick over the keeper hit the post. Martin-Tulloch then swept a classy corner-kick into the danger area and Holland met it with a bullet header to give the home side the advantage.
Elmore kept a decent shape, looking capable in attack, especially on the break, and from a near-post corner, Mason Hawkins pulled off an excellent point-blank reaction save to a flicked effort on target. By half-time, this was an absorbing contest.
The set-piece combination switched around for Yate as Martin-Tulloch met Holland’s deep corner to nod home and increase the advantage, before Reon Dawes tucked in from the right to bring a good, full-length save from the visiting keeper. The resulting corner from Holland was again delivered to the far post, where Ewan McMillan planted a header in for 4-1. The away side attacked down their right, the striker brought down a high pass well to hook in past Hawkins for 4-2 and this flattened Yate’s tempo for a period.
A great goal raised that tempo again. Holland launched an exceptional long-range pass inside the left back to Dawes arriving at speed, who took a fine touch before burying the ball low into the corner, and then a good combination on the right set up Joel Hall to convert the hosts’ sixth score.
This became a bit one-way now, with the Elmore keeper making several strong saves, Knight crashing a close-range shot off the bar, but there was no further scoring. Yate now leap-frog Elmore into 3rd place in the table and prepare for a succession of away trips.