Match Preview: Yate Town vs Tavistock AFC
The Lambs face another tricky away trip as they travel to inform Yate Town!!! By Luca Sperti
Tavistock will be looking to pick up their third win on the bounce this Tuesday, following their 3–4 win last Saturday against play-off chancing Bishop’s Cleeve. Goals from Liam Prynn, Jacob Bowker, Dan Koita, and an injury-time strike from Alex Battle were enough for Tavi to grab all three points away from home, for the first time since the 18th of November at Westbury United. Yate Town also picked up three points away from home last Saturday as they beat an improving Exmouth side 1-2 at Southern Road. Two goals in the space of three minutes from Joe Guest (in the 27th minute) and then former Chippenham Town man Nick McCootie (in the 30th minute) were enough for the Bluebells to take all three points back to Gloucestershire.
Yate are a team inform with Darren Mullings’ side currently unbeaten in 2024. Two draws against Bristol Manor Farm and Malvern Town earlier in the month, have been followed up by four impressive victories against Larkhall Athletic, Bemerton Heath Harlequins, Mousehole and Exmouth Town. Yate’s fine form has seen the club move up to 11th in the table with seven wins, six draws and nine defeats this season. Tavi currently sit 13th in the table, with eight wins, two draws and eight defeats. Tavistock still are yet to draw an away game this season, with the Devonshire based outfit winning five and losing four away from Langsford Park this season.
The match against Bishop’s Cleeve looked to be heading for a draw until Alex Battle’s powerful strike altered the scoreline in Tavi’s favour. Another away win for Tavistock, could see the Red and Black outfit move up to as high as 10th position in the table. However, a win for the home side could see the club move up to 7th position if other results go their way.
The last match between these two sides was back in early September in the FA Trophy, first qualifying round at Lodge Road. Tavi were 0-2 winners that day in the Gloucestershire sunshine thanks to goals from Owen Pritchard and Jacob Bowker. The two sides are yet to play each other this season in the league, with the reverse fixture between the two clubs due to be played on the 27th of April at Langsford Park.
Yate Town Key Players: Nick McCootie- The 35-year-old striker is a nailed-on choice for this list. The Veteran attacker signed for Yate Town from Taunton Town this January and has been a revelation so far scoring four goals in his four appearances. The striker’s arrival at Yate has accumulated in the clubs’ upturn in results which sees them sit in 11th position. McCootie started his career at Cinderford Town where he scored seven goals in all competitions in his first season. A move to Paulton Rovers followed where in two full seasons at the club McCootie made 90 appearances scoring an impressive 47 goals. In the 14/15 season still at Paulton, the attacker scored five goals in only 10 appearances which led to Bath City signing the frontman. McCootie made 144 appearances for Bath City in all competitions, for the National League South side, scoring 34 goals in a 3-and-a-half-year spell. Midway in the 17/18 season McCootie moved to fellow National League South side Chippenham Town, where he made 13 appearances in his half-season scoring four goals. The following season the attacker scored 12 in 40 for The Bluebirds including ten in the League. The next season saw the goal scorer drop down a division to recently relegated Weston- Super-Mare, in hopes to get the club promoted. The penalty specialist made 78 appearances at the Somerset based outfit scoring 17, but couldn’t help The Seagulls return to the sixth tier. McCootie then himself returned to the National League South with Taunton, where he made 47 appearances last season scoring three goals. This season in the same division the attacker scored two in 19, in the sixth tier of English Football. Following Taunton’s financial trouble, McCootie moved to Yate and has been a revelation since arrival. He will be one to lookout for this match.
Dylan Lewis- The winger started in the academy at Bristol City but did not make an appearance for the club. Lewis joined Slimbridge at the beginning of the 22/23 season and went on to make 11 appearances in all competitions scoring one goal. The attacker, who can also play in midfielder impressed Yate Town, who signed the man from Slimbridge halfway through the season. Lewis went on to make 18 appearances last season for Yate without finding the back of the net. This season has been Lewis’ break-through season at Yate as the forward has made 23 appearances scoring three goals in the process. The attacker has struck up a good relationship in recent-games with fellow winger Calum English-Brown, and he will be one to look out for in the match on Tuesday.
Finn Bell- The 19-year-old is on loan from League Two side Forest Green Rovers, who he has made four appearances for. Bell made his debut for FGR in October of 2020 coming on for Josh March against West Brom U21’s in 3-0 win in the EFL Trophy. Bell then made an appearance for Forest Green the following season against Brighton U21 in a 2-2 draw once again in the EFL Trophy. Bell went on to play twice for Rovers the following season in the EFL Trophy coming on against Newport County and Exeter City. The composed all-rounded midfielder then spent time out on loan at Cinderford Town last season, where he scored twice in 19 appearances in the League. Since joining Yate on loan this season Bell has made 13 appearances impressing with his distribution from the centre of the park as well as his work-rate.
Yate Town’s last five Results:
Saturday 27th January- Exmouth Town 1-2 Yate Town
Saturday 20th January- Mousehole AFC 0-1 Yate Town
Saturday 13th January- Yate Town 3-0 Bemerton Heath Harlequins
Tuesday 9th January- Yate Town 4-1 Larkhall Athletic
Saturday 6th January- Malvern Town 0-0 Yate Town
Tavistock AFC last five results:
Saturday 27th January- Bishop’s Cleeve 3-4 Tavistock AFC
Wednesday 17th January- Tavistock AFC 6-2 Frome Town
Saturday 13th January- Tavistock AFC 0-2 Exmouth Town
Tuesday 26th December- Tavistock AFC 1-2 Bideford AFC
Saturday 23rd December- Bemerton Heath Harlequins 2-1 Tavistock AFC
Tuesday 30th January- Kick-off 7;45pm
From Yate Town’s official club website Ground: The South West Interiors Stadium, Lodge Road, Yate, Gloucestershire, BS37, 7LE Adults: £12 Concessions: £8