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Our Men's teams start this half of the season with three wins!

January 15, 2020

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.

Men's 2nd XI take a Win against West Wilts

November 26, 2019

Our Men's 2nd team travelled to Warminster to play the fourth placed team with high hopes from the previous week. The game started well for Yate and West Wilts found it difficult to break out of their own half. Yate went close to scoring several times but either their touch let them down or the West Wilts goal keeper made a great save. The Yate defence tidied up any attack down the left and right sides of the pitch. The first half ended with Yate well on top but with West Wilts having a couple of break away chances.

 

Yate started as they left off in the 2nd half but were unable to find the back of the net. Yate's goal keeper was called on to make a couple of clearances. Yate’s defence held firm but their midfield and forwards then became a bit untidy with too many passes not going where they were intended. The West Wilts centre back then started stretching the Yate defence. Yate now started to be more precise with their passes and the momentum swung back to Yate. The deadlock was broken when an attack up the left side of the pitch found a player in space, who drive into the D, passed, and a goal was secured. West Wilts pushed to get back into the game but this left gaps for Yate to exploit. Yate were dominating the play and looked comfortable to close out the match but with 34 seconds remaining a mix up in defence gave West Wilts only their second penalty corner but thankfully their shot was blasted wide and Yate were the winners. This win cements Yate in 2nd place in the league and with some result going in their favour Yate look good to end the first half of the season firmly in 2nd place.

Men's 2nd XI Secure another Win

November 22, 2019

Our Men’s 2nd team hosted Old Bristolians in a game that would move either side into the top or middle portions of their division. Yate were without a number of their regular players as they were called up to play for the 1st team and Old Bristolians (OBs) started quickly and pressurised Yate’s defence. However, an organised defence allowed the momentum to soon shift towards Yate. The Yate midfield started to play well and several strong attacks penetrated the OBs defence and good scoring chances stayed out due to shots wide or good defending.

A goal for Yate was bound to come and a left wing attack started at left back and taken on with an accurate pass to the far post, the ball was tapped in. Half time came with OBs hanging on and Yate well on top.

 

The second half started with another really fast attack by Yate down their right, driving into the D and scoring a superb reverse stick goal only for the umpire to have already given a penalty corner, so the goal didn’t stand. The normally reliable Yate penalty corner hadn’t been as clinical as usual but Yate were able to score a very slick goal and put Yate 2 – 0 ahead. The play was now virtually all one way as Yate pressed and harried their opponents. The Yate defence and midfield made life very difficult for OBs to make any meaningful attacks and time and again Yate had strong attacks that didn’t quite go over the goal line. The final goal of the game came from a strong pass from the left of midfield that was brilliantly deflected in on the far post.

 

OBs managed one late attack that required Yate to make a superb save and the game ended with Yate 3 – 0 winners. The game was played in a superb spirit and OBs were magnanimous in defeat and were full of praise for the quality of play by the Yate youngsters.

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