Calor Southern League Division One South & West: Guilford City 3 Yate Town 3
11:38am Monday 26th August 2013 in Sport
YATE Town paid the price for missed chances when they conceded an injury time equaliser at Guildford.
Although the Bluebells maintained their unbeaten start to the season, they should have won comfortably having led 3-1 with less than 20 minutes remaining.
A Mike Bryant header and a low drive by Lewis Haldane narrowly missed the target as Yate made a confident start.
Ricky Hulbert also headed just wide but Josh Dempsey had to be at full stretch at the other end to keep out Pat Cox’s effort after he met Laurence Walters’ cross.
Guildford took the lead on 31 minutes when Cox took advantage of a fumble by Dempsey from Calvin Thomas’ cross and tapped the ball into an empty net. Yate equalised seven minutes later after they were awarded a penalty when Hulbert was brought down in the box.
Although home keeper Aaron Bufton saved Haldane’s spot kick, Bryant followed in quickly to score from the rebound. Immediately after the break Bryant completed his double when he cut inside and hit a great shot into roof of the net.
Yate made it 3-1 on 55 minutes when Haldane headed in from close range after Ross Staley’s sublime chip came back off the crossbar.
At this stage the visitors were in control, but they failed to put the game to bed.
Guildford looked dangerous on the break and from set pieces, and reduced the arrears on 72 minutes through Tom Mudge, who volleyed home from a free kick.
Hulbert missed a header with the goal at his mercy before Cox smashed home his second goal of the game at the death after Thomas’ cross was flicked into his path by Andrew Dalhouse.
Yate Town face Bishop’s Cleeve at Lodge Road today (3pm).
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