Yate Town 1 Poole Town 1

A LAST-GASP Sam Bell equaliser saw Yate Town earn a deserved point, writes John Davis.

Perseverance was the key as a dogged second-half performance wore down the opposition, earned a deserved point and extended the unbeaten run to four games.

Adam Forster was called into action early on to keep out a close range header and later had to be off his line smartly as Marvin Brooks threatened to get through on goal.

At the other end, Aysa Corrick fired wide after being picked out by Jake Lee, Bell's shot from distance cleared the crossbar and Poole goalkeeper Luke Cairney did well to close down Tommy Conway when he got free up the left.

First half time was running out when Poole got in front. Luke Holmes made another strong run down the left and his curling cross was perfectly placed for Will Spetch who headed the ball across Forster and into the far corner.

Poole seemed quite content to sit back on their one goal advantage during the second half while Yate, certainly enjoying plenty of possession, lacked the decisiveness to make serious in-roads into the visitors' banks of defence.

Conway's run did set up a chance for Corrick mid-way through the half but Cairney stretched to push the ball away for a corner.

Despite the undoubted industry, Yate's chances of getting something from the game appeared to be disappearing fast until relief finally arrived in the last two minutes.

Poole gave away a needless free kick near the right touchline and, after they failed to clear the ball to safety, Guest drove it into the mix and Bell was on hand to add the finishing touch in a crowded goalmouth.

Star man: Joe Guest (Tireless performance in midfield and an assist for the equalising goal.)

Attendance: 259:

Entertainment rating: 3/5.

Yate Town: Forster, Keightley (Malshanskyj 86 minutes), Humphreys (Bamford 71 minutes), Boulton, Lee, Low, Kamara, Guest, Bell, Conway, Corrick. Subs not used: Taylor, Smith.

Yate travel to Hendon on Saturday, 3pm.

Pics: B.East Photography