Zamaretto Southern League Division One South & West: Yate Town 2 Tiverton Town 2 (match abandoned after 73 minutes)

YATE let a two-goal lead slip against Tiverton before torrential rain caused the game to be abandoned with 17 minutes left.

An intriguing finish looked in prospect when play-off chasing Tiverton pegged Yate back following goals from Tom Knighton and Dave Stone but the game will now have to be played again on another date yet to be arranged.

Yate goalkeeper Josh Dempsey did well to tip Andy Taylor’s free kick over the bar early on.

Hector Mackie shot wide from long range for the home side, who deservedly took the lead on 21 minutes.

Dave Stone’s shot was tipped onto the bar by goalkeeper Chris Wright and Matt Groves had an attempt blocked by Alex Faux before Knighton eventually tapped the loose ball in.

Knighton hobbled off against his former club soon after and Dempsey made a fine save to thwart Michael Nardiello and keep his side ahead at the break.

Within one minute of the restart Stone raced through and beat Wright to double Yate’s advantage.

However, Tiverton pulled a goal back in the 63rd minute Joe Bushin converted a cross by substitute Jules Emati-Emati.

Five minutes later Dempsey could only parry Nardiello’s shot and Emati-Emati was on hand to equalise with a low finish.

However, with conditions worsening the referee had no option but to bring an end to proceedings after 73 minutes.

Yate visit Bishops Cleeve on Wednesday (7.30pm).

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