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Yate Nomads 2s win 4-3 in a hard fought game vs OB’s Merlot

Updated: Jul 31, 2023

Yate Nomads 2s recording there first Division 4 summer league win of the season against a

well worked side from Old Bristolians.

Yate dominated the first 15 mins with solid ball control in midfield, with Elliott Smith, Ollie

Adams Steve Mason and Martin Emery controlling the play and feeding balls through to

Nomads forward line, who were winning short corners and having many chances before Will

Davies opened the scoring from a great move.

Old Bristolians then started to find their feet with ex Yate Player Mike Taylor controlling the

play and were challenging well in the middle of the park and breaking the ball down well,

taking full advantage of the hard work Old Bristolians equalised with some nice passing and

a very fast wing man, the score now 1-1.

Yate Nomads, with some neat play from youngsters Theo Sharman, Hayden Constable,

James Smith in mid field, increased the lead to 2-1 up with a goal from close range by Elliot

Smith. With the thought of winning Nomads kept pushing hard, and balls were flowing into

OB’s goal area, and neat play from Paul Anderson and Adam Powell created another short

corner, the ball was accurately injected in by Elliott Smith, which allowed Dom Chambers to

drill a hard shot from the top of the D into the bottom corner the goal increasing the score line

to 3-1.

Nomads Captain Simon Reeves half time team talk was to keep being positive and keep

putting OB’s under pressure.

The 2 nd half started and Yate Nomads relaxed thinking 3-1 was enough to win the game. Old

Bristolians then started fighting back with several short corners, one hitting a Yate defender

on the foot on the line resulting in them being awarded a penalty flick, GK Luke Davies was

wrong footed, and the score was 3-2.

OB’s kept up the pressure with stiff defending from Dom Chambers, Ian Weller and Will

Davies, but the onslaught of short corners continued from Old Bristolians found themselves

being awarded yet another penalty flick, the flick was flicked above the head of GK Luke

Davies converting it into the roof of the net making 3-3.

On came super sub, Josh Cullum, who pushed high up the pitch, along with Paul Anderson

stretched the OB’s defence.

With time running out and players from both teams were getting tired.

Yate Nomads found another gear, Rotating in the attacking D from Nomads forward line

allowed Elliot Smith to move down the right and playing the ball into the D and Simon

Reeves got a stick onto the ball and pushing it into the net from close range to make it 4-3.

Yate hung on to the score taking the victory, on the back of 2 previous draws elated all the

team, achieving their first win on the summer league season.

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