Mens 2s vs. Royal Wotton Basset A 3-1
After a league win on the first Saturday of 2020, our Men's 2s were looking to keep their winning run going and cement their second place in the league. Their opponents, Royal Wotton Basset’s form had been much improved over their most recent games and the match started with both sides trying to impose themselves through the midfield and Yate’s older players were stretched by their more youthful opponents. However, Yate had the better of the early play and made some promising attacks down both wings. Alex and Matt built strong right wing attacks that couldn’t quite find their way through the Wotton Basset defence and neither could Josh and Will down the left flank. Yate eventually broke the deadlock when a well worked penalty corner was deflected in by Matt on the far post and the first half ended with Yate deservedly ahead by one goal.
The second half saw a determined Wotton Basset fight back into the game and it took all the experience of Ian R, Ian W and Martin to keep out several very fast attacks. Despite the heroics from the veteran Yate defence a right wing attack penetrated the D and Wotton Bassett drew level with a well worked, and well, deserved goal which left the Yate defence floundering. The game was now at its pivotal point and whom ever worked, and tried, the hardest would now prevail and Yate, sensing the moment, started to play their best hockey. Rob combined with Gareth to start to dominate the midfield and several excellent chances flashed just wide of the goal as Yate piled on attack after attack. One fast right wing attack started by Alex put through to Matt who’s shot hit the post which allowed Mike to finish skilfully from close range to put Yate ahead. Wotton Basset tried to push to get back into the game but Yate were now starting to play their best pass and move hockey and Yate added to their lead when Veteran Ian R, aged 67, was accidentally substituted as a forward instead of a full back. Ian was too polite to argue with where he was required to play so immediately joined the attackers and after a series of superb passes the ball was hit across the goal and Ian was on hand to hammer the ball home.
The game ended 3 goals to 1 to Yate after a very high quality and very well umpired match. The Yate hockey archives were lost in the blitz so the club is unable to be certain when Ian R last scored a goal but thankfully a number of long retired players were on hand to confirm that he is now the oldest Yate player to score a league goal for the club.
Men's 1s vs. Cardiff Met 3-2
Our Men's team travelled to Cardiff Met for their first league game of this half of the season. Yate started well, putting a lot of pressure on the University team. A well worked pass up to Matt B on the right wing allowed him to work the ball past four players and find the back of the goal.
Towards the end of the first half, Yate started to flag, allowing Met a couple of chances of scoring. Yate didn't let this pressure get past them, and were able to secure a second goal before half time.
Yate went into the second half knowing they had to keep the pressure on, and work the ball around their opponent. Following a Met free hit outside of Yate's D, a goal was conceded as a player managed to get their stick to the ball in front of the keeper, chipping the ball over all the players.
Yate didn't let this goal deter them, and they played on to secure their third goal of the game.
With less than ten minutes to go, Met were able to pick up a questionable pass from Yate's back line, which meant it was one of one for our keeper. Unfortunately, this meant Met were able to secure their second goal.
Yate kept their cool and ensured they retained the possession of the ball until the final whistle, meaning they secured the win.