YATE men’s first team are still looking for their first victory of the new De Cymru and Marches One season after a home draw with Cardiff and Met C on Saturday.

After rigorous training in the week, Yate were confident that they could build on the many positives from their loss the Saturday before when they went down 5-2 at home to Cleevillians.

Yate attacked from the start of the game and their quick movement off the ball was only restricted by some sloppy passing gifting possession to the students.

Cardiff Met C were barely in the game in the first half and it was no surprise that Yate took the lead following an interception in his own half by veteran Rob Austen who opened up an attack by Danny Pearce and Sam Patton with Michael Chaney finishing from close range.

Yate could have been several goals to the good at half-time but some modest finishing and good goal keeping kept the score to 1-0.

In the second-half, Yate continued to press but some more weak finishing squandered several good chances.

The game appeared to be all but over for Yate and their excellent team play and positive encouragement was confidently closing out the game.

Yet a small error by the defence allowing Cardiff Met to equalise.

Yate pressed for a winning goal but there was not enough time left to find the net and, with Yate’s finishing not being as polished as it might be, the game ended as a 1-1 draw.

Yate will draw many positive from this result even if a win eluded them and the team spirit and positive approach were exceptional.

Yate will be hoping to get that win when they travel away for the first time in the new league season to visit 11th-placed Cirencester on Saturday.