Yate 'stunners' don't need any outside help
YATE Town Reserves manager Dale Dempsey praised his young squad for their "stunning" midweek win at Southmead CS Athletic – and hopes they can continue to improve and develop in the coming weeks.
Yate's second string won 6-1 at Southmead on Tuesday – and Dempsey said the fact their first team played on the same evening ensured no one could accuse his side of achieving a false result.
"We played very well – it was stunning, really," said Dempsey, whose team travel to Frampton United tomorrow. "But it's only what's been coming. This week we could be totally different, because we're a young side and it's difficult to predict what will happen from game to game.
"Southmead didn't have time to recover from us going 6-0 up inside 25 minutes. Every time we went forward, we scored – and they're not a bad side at all. In the second half they showed why they're right up there in the table. Our first team played on the same night, so no one could say anything about that. I know people talk each time we get a good result – but, with the run the first team are on, I can't see us having any of their players in the near future.
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"But we're happy with our young squad. You take the rough with the smooth, but they're working hard and it's my job to help bring them on – and that is a really enjoyable job."
Southmead, meanwhile, will be looking to bounce back when they travel to Bishop's Cleeve Reserves.
Player-boss Gary Booth believes Tuesday's thrashing has ended his team's chances of winning the title – but he believes a top-three finish in their first season in the County League would equal an impressive return. Defenders Vinnie Coote and Dave Hewitt may return tomorrow.
Chipping Sodbury Town will be without goalkeeper George Hale for their trip to Thornbury Town after he injured his knee in the collision that saw a Frampton United striker suffer a broken leg last week.
The match was abandoned in the 82nd minute with Sodbury trailing 3-0. Scott Gibson's side will also be without Mike England (hamstring) tomorrow, but Marc Hughes is back from suspension and Craig Davidge could also return to action. Ed Mullins will keep goal in Hale's absence.
Thornbury, without a game last week, will give Danny Thompson a late fitness test on his hamstring, while Shane Walker is promoted from the reserve team.
Henbury travel to Hanham Athletic in a Bristol derby – and Henbury boss Mark Love is eager to see his side end their bad run. Henbury have taken only two points from their last six games and have not won since November 17.
"We've got to start picking up points, because we need to stop the rot," said Love. "We've got ourselves into a bit of a rut and we need to get out of it. It's up to us to set down some good foundations for next season and that means winning games now."
Hanham boss Steve Burton will give late fitness tests to Shaun Morris, Craig Stone and Rob Burton.