Yate Town maintained their unbeaten start to the season, by increasing the run to six games in all competitions after a 1-1 draw at Salisbury City.

Paul Britton’s side are currently top of the Evo-Stik Southern League, after winning three and drawing one of their opening four league games.

Their unbeaten run continued when they travelled to Salisbury City in the FA Cup first Qualifying Round on Saturday.

The tie, a difficult one for Yate considering the stature of their opponents, was hotly contested with both sides seeking the win to secure the lucrative place in the next round.

Salisbury City, currently managed by former Premier League forward Steve Claridge, ply their trade in the Premier Division South and their quality was visible for large portions of the match.

However, a stubborn performance by Town saw the home side frustrated and their chances limited, with Joe Guest and Nick Peare again standing out in the midfield.

Yate fell behind to a well worked Salisbury goal in the 39th minute, up to that point they had rarely been troubled apart from a Lewis Benson free kick that led to a great save from Ross Grimshaw.

The Salisbury striker was played in by a brilliant reverse ball and thundered a shot past Grimshaw at the near post.

Yate quickly responded though, in the 42nd minute Mayson Evans delivered a deep cross to the far post that was superbly volleyed into the corner by David Simms-Burgess.

The forward had started the game following his equalising goal against Cinderford where he beat three defenders to tuck home.

Despite increased pressure from Salisbury in the second half, Yate had their chances and could have won the game through Simms-Burgess and Olly Mehew.

It was not to be for Yate, as both sides settled for a replay.

After the match, Britton admitted that the result was fair whilst also admitting: “The result was fair given the balance of the game.”

The replay will take place at the Universal Components Stadium, Lodge Road this Tuesday 11th September, with kick-off at 7.45pm.

A spokesperson for the club said: “We now look forward to welcoming Steve Claridge and his team for the replay this Tuesday evening and hope we can attract another good crowd. This should be another exciting match and hopefully our fantastic start to the season will continue.”

Tickets are available for the match, adults £9, concessions £6 and under 11’s are free.