Southern League Division One South & West: Yate Town 2 Merthyr Town 3
4:43pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in Sport
YATE TOWN’S unbeaten start to the season came to an end in a pulsating clash against Merthyr on Tuesday night.
The visitors went ahead after 12 minutes when Matthew Harris curled an inswinging cross from the left and captain Steve Williams got the lightest of touches on the ball with his head to divert it past goalkeeper Josh Dempsey.
Yate equalised ten minutes later when Mike Bryant flicked on a Jake Cox cross and Ross Staley’s volley from just inside the penalty area hit the ground before flying past Merthyr keeper Craig Morris into the corner of the net.
Lewis Haldane had a glorious opportunity to put Yate ahead just before half-time when he made a strong run and jinked past keeper Morris, but a Merthyr defender got back to block his shot.
Yate went ahead on 59 minutes when a mix-up between keeper Morris and centre-half Gary Colborne allowed Bryant to steal in and flick a header into the net unchallenged.
Merthyr responded immediately and equalised on the hour when substitute Ryan Newman cut in from the left and swept a low shot beyond Dempsey into the far corner of the net.
Newman also played a vital role in Merthyr’s winner after 74 minutes when he ran into the Yate penalty area and slipped a neat pass for Kris Leek, who fired low and hard past Dempsey.
Yate Town: Dempsey, Cox, Harrison, Chandler, Seery, Abraham, Harmer, Bryant, Hulbert (Jackson 83), Haldane, Staley (Lenihan 83).
- Goalkeeper Martin Horsell missed the game against Merthyr due to a bruised hip and is a doubt for the visit to Didcot Town on Saturday, while Danny Lane (hamstring) is definitely out.
Lewis Shipp has signed for Cadbury Heath on a dual registration to get some games under his belt.
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