Calor Southern League Division One South & West Yate Town 2 Wimborne Town 1
2:46pm Monday 19th August 2013 in Yate and Sodbury Sport
YATE TOWN erased memories of their painful opening day defeat to Wimborne Town two years ago by beginning their new campaign with a victory over the Dorset side at Lodge Road.
Summer signings Joe Chandler and Lewis Haldane scored on their competitive debuts as the Bluebells picked up three points from their first game for the first time in four years.
The early win will come as a particular relief to manager Rob Cousins, who has endured difficult starts in his only two full campaigns in charge with Wimborne triumphing 4-1 at Lodge Road in August 2011.
He has also faced a difficult rebuilding job over the summer following the departures of ten members of last season's squad and his starting line-up included seven summer signings, with a further seven new faces on the substitutes' bench.
Yate enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges and took the lead in the tenth minute when defender Chandler smashed the ball into the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the box.
Haldane thought he had opened his account for the season when he converted Ricky Hulbert's cross but he was flagged for offside and the goal was disallowed but Yate were in control as they went into the break with a 1-0 lead.
The hosts started the second half strongly and increased their lead when Hulbert headed down to Haldane, who volleyed home with great confidence in the 53rd minute.
It was his first goal in a competitive game since he scored for Port Vale in their 3-1 League Two win over Dagenham and Redbridge in April 2010.
Matt Kemble pulled a goal back for Wimborne in the 75th minute after a scramble in the box to set up a very nervy finish.
Ross Staley shot just wide for Yate before Wimborne were denied a late penalty when Jamie Davidson went down in the box.
Yate Town: Dempsey, Cox, Seery, Chandler, Wimble, Lenihan, Abraham, Bryant, Staley, Hulbert (Rogers 85), Haldane (Jackson 75). Subs not used: Staines, Shipp, Harrison, Horsell, Felix.
- Yate visit Taunton Town on Tuesday night (7.45pm).
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