Yate Town - 13/08/22
Yate Town 2 - Hanwell Town 3
What a great day for the club, our first ever away game at Level Three in the non league playing pyramid and our first win at this level. Whilst we had been beaten 3-1 at home the previous Saturday by Truro City our opponents had won 1-0 at Hendon so we knew that we were in for a difficult fixture.
Our side showed several changes from the Truro defeat with Mack Miskin making his debut at left back in play of Massimo Giamettei, Connagh Wilks also on debut replacing the injured Mark Waters, Kain Adom replacing Gareth Chendlik and Adam Laaref replacing the unavailable Sam Saunders.
We also switched to a 4-3-3 formation with Adom and Laaref wide on the flanks. Adam’s promotion to the starting line up proved to be an inspired move and in the opening thirty minutes of the game he terrorised the Yate back line and Barney Soady, Yate’s full back, must have been in trepidation every time that he got the ball. In the very first minute he cut inside but fired the ball just over the crossbar. However it was Kweku Lucan who gave us the lead in the fifth minute with an excellent goal. Receiving the ball centrally just inside the Yate half he raced towards the goal leaving a couple of defenders in his wake before drilling the ball across the Yate keeper, Martin Horsell, into the roof of the net.
We might have made it two minutes later when an excellent move set up George Nicholas for a shot at goal but he shot straight at the keeper. Minutes later Adam again left Soady stranded as he cut inside onto his right foot but again he blazed the ball wide. However in the twentieth minute we increased our lead. A tremendous cross field pass from Calum Duffy found Adam again in a one to one situation with Soady and as he cut inside again, Soady pulled him down and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot. With regular penalty taker Gareth Chendlik on the bench, Adam himself took the kick and made no mistake sending Horsell the wrong way.
Within minutes we were three up as another good move down the left saw Jack Hutchinson cut in and fire the ball across the keeper into the net. It seemed beyond our wildest dreams that twenty minutes into the game that we were three up. However we had a rude awaking when after a disputed corner had been awarded again us, the ball was headed back across our goal from beyond the far post and a fierce drive was parried by Hugo who had not had a save to make in the game until then but the ball bounced out to Prince Henry who volleyed it back into our net.
This goal changed the course of the game and we were relieved when a great individual run by Yate’s Olly Mehew finished with him firing over the crossbar whilst at the other end, Adam again fired wide after cutting in from the left and then missed a gilt edged chance to regain our three goal lead. Yate were now enjoying lots of the ball and just before the interval they scored again when a cross from the left was diverted into the path of Joseph Tumelty and he finished with aplomb.
Yate made a strong start to the second half enjoying lots of possession as we sat back with all of the side behind the ball as Yate pushed for the equaliser but we looked the more likey side to score on the breakaway and Dernell Wynter who had replaced Kain Adom shot straight at the keeper when well placed. Dernell then missed an absolute sitter when Adam again cut in to the byline before pulling the ball back into his path.
With twenty minutes remaining Gareth Chendlik replaced the tiring Lucan up front. Yate continued to press but we defended very well in depth and Hugo hardly had to make a save of any consequence.
We looked like catching Yate on the break and should have scored again when Miskin set Adam free again down the left and he found Gareth unmarked at the far post but Garet’s first touch let him down and Horsell blocked his effort. Deep into injury time this miss almost cost us dear as in a goalmouth scramble, the ball bobbed about but was blocked on the line before it was cleared to safety.
Jack Hutchinson who along with his team mates had worked tirelessly through out, suffered from cramp and Massimo Giamettei came on for the final few minutes. Shortly afterwards the final whistle was blown and the three points were ours.
1.Hugo Sobte 2.Isaac Olorunfemie 3. Mack Miskin 4.Harry Rush (Capt), 5. Calum Duffy, 6. Connagh Wilks, 7. Adam Laaref, 8. George Nicholas, 9. Kweku Lucan, 10. Jack Hutchinson and 11. Kain Adom.
Dernell Winter for Adom (50), Gareth Chendlik for Lucan (79) and Massimo Giamattei for Hutchinson (90).
Callum Woodcock and Mathew MacKenzie.
Martin Horsell, Leighton Tuodolo, Barney Soady, Dennis Digie, Pierce Mitchell, Charlie Johnson, Brandon Smalley, Omar Taylor-Clarke, Prince Henry, Joseph Tumelty and Olly Mehew.
Matt Green for Smalley (65) and Zak Drew for Mehew (84).
Liban Ibrahim, Louis Evans and Toby Raison