Russell replies quickly to earn Clevedon a point
DERBY honours were even at Lodge Road, with both goals arriving inside the opening six minutes of this Division One South & West of the Evo-Stik Southern League game.
The draw leaves Yate second from bottom of the table, while Clevedon drop to ninth place, despite ending their two-match losing streak.
It was a typically competitive derby clash, but a lack of quality in the final third meant goalmouth action was at a premium.
Not that it looked that way in a whirlwind opening, with both sides getting on the scoresheet inside the opening 360 seconds.
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Less than two minutes had elapsed when Yate's Matt Groves took aim and his shot deflected off a visiting defender to beat goalkeeper Lee Matthews.
Clevedon levelled inside four minutes, however, former Bristol City midfielder Alex Russell beating a couple of defenders before firing past Josh Dempsey in the home goal.
The closest the visitors came to a second goal before the break was when centre-back Clayton Fortune struck a low drive that Dempsey did well to keep out.
At the other end, Matthews was forced into action when Yate's Mike Bryant sent a diving header goalwards.
The second half was beset by wayward shooting and poor final balls, with Clevedon's Ben Murray having the best effort when Dempsey saved his header.