Match Report: Yate Town vs Tavistock AFC

McCootie shines for Yate in disappointing result for Tavi!!!

By Luca Sperti

The Lambs fail to win for the first time in three, after they are beaten away to inform Yate Town. The home side started the match on the front foot, and it didn’t take long before The Bluebells took the lead. In the 15th minute, a through ball from the Yate midfield found its way to midfielder Oli Jenkins, the former Cribbs man got in between Tavistock defenders Taylor Scarff and Jack Endacott before slotting the ball past Aaron Dearing in the Lambs goal. Yate continued to pile on the pressure which was illustrated in the 21st minute after good play down the right by Calum English-Brown and right-back James Taylor, saw a half-chance come about after a cross by Taylor, however this was cleared by the Tavi defence. Only four minutes later Yate doubled their lead. Great free throwing football from Jenkins and English-Brown, saw the latter find a pass to Nick McCootie. The former Taunton striker used his experienced to shrug off a Tavi defender, before letting fly from the right of the box into the bottom left-corner. Dearing was left stranded, and it was McCootie 5th goal in as many appearances, since the former Chippenham Town man moved to the Gloucestershire based side in January. After that goal it was still one-way traffic as shots from Yate’s left-winger Dylan Lewis and defender James Byrne looked to be promising, however both shots, were high and went over the bar.

Five minutes before half-time, Tavi started to get in the game more and had more possession in the final third but did not look like threating the home side’s goal. In the 42nd minute the game was all but over after the inform side added a third. Once again, the right-wing was heavily involved with the Zimbabwean English-Brown once again being a handful for the Tavistock defenders. The winger was involved in the goal as he played the ball into the box to Taylor after receiving the ball from Oli Jenkins. Great skill in the box in a tight situation from Taylor saw the right-back get his shot away. The Truro City loanee’s shot was deflected off Tavistock defender Taylor Scarff, seeing the ball change direction and go under the feet of Dearing in the Tavistock goal. This is how the first half finished with the Bluebells in-complete control and for the second game in a matter off days the Lambs were behind at the break in a match after being second best.

Tavistock look to have improved in the first few minutes off the second half as in the 47th minute a shot from midfield by Alex Battle just whilst past the far post of Aaron Sainsbury’s goal. However, the home side didn’t take long to reestablish their dominance in the game as in the 52nd minute it was four to the team in white, thanks to another goal from the inform McCootie. A ball into the box founds its way to McCootie who took one touch before hitting a shot from close range. The first effort was blocked however the ball fell back to the former Paulton Rovers man, who from a tight angle smashed the ball past Dearing into the right of the goal from the left. Five minutes later it was 5-0 to the home side. The tricky English-Brown picked up the ball on the right before taking on three players and then curling the ball sweetly into the top-left corner past a helpless Dearing. It was the former Chicken Inn Fc players second off the season and it was what his performance deserved. In the 58th minute Yate made the first change of the encounter with Forest Green loanee Finn Bell be replaced by Lewis Hall. Two minutes later it was nearly a sixth for the home side after left-winger, Dylan Lewis look to recreate the goal fellow winger English-Brown scored on the other side of the pitch. Lewis cut inside onto his right, before smashing the ball into the far corner. The strike looked to be heading in before it smashed the post. In the 64th minute the impressive Nick McCootie was substituted for young Ryan Lewis-Hillier. McCootie was given a breather after another impressive performance, saw the veteran use his strengthen, experience and great technical ability to his advantage. A final substitution for Yate saw Oli Jenkins scorer of the first goal be replaced by Jack Ball with 68 minutes on the clock.

In the 72nd minute Tavistock pulled a goal back with their first shot on target. The Lambs got more into the game after the home side made all their substitutions, and from far out former Truro City midfielder Alex Battle smashed a speculative effort from distance, which beat Sainsbury in the Yate goal. It was the former Crawley Town man’s 12th goal of the season. It was also the attackers last involvement of the game as a minute later he was replaced by the versatile Tallan Burns. Ben Fowles and Ben Cross also came on in the 73rd minute for Tavi for Jacob Bowker and Charlie Elkington respectively. The only yellow card of the match was given to Yate Town substitute Jack Ball for a foul in the 81st minute. Very little happened after the caution, with Yate holding on to maintain their unbeaten start to 2024. The Bluebells entertain Melksham Town at home this coming Saturday whereas Tavi also have a home match this Saturday against an out of form Paulton Rovers side at Langsford Park.


Yate Town: Sainsbury, Taylor, Byrne, McMillan, Raison, Guest, Bell (Hall 58), Jenkins (Ball 68), English-Brown, McCootie, (Lewis-Hillier), Lewis

Tavistock AFC: Dearing, Endacott, Scarff, Elkington (Cross 73), Harrison, Prynn, Battle (Burns 73), Bowker (Fowles), Koita, O’Loughlin, Harris