Yate Town 3 - 0 Paulton Rovers
By Steven Longden
Rovers lose out to table toppers Yate.
On a tough afternoon for Rovers, Yate Town went top of the table with a 3-0 victory.
It was the home side who started the game the brighter and it was striker Mehew who got in on the Rovers goal in the 3rd minute but Forster was equal to it with a regulation save.
Rovers front pairing of Sam Jordan and Jack Ball were linking up well together and when Jordan got up well in the 17th minute to flick on Forster's clearance, Ball was inches away from the knock down to get in on goal.
Forster again had to be at his best on the 33rd minute when his acrobatic save denied a powerful hit by Price.
With half-time approaching, Rovers had a golden chance to take the lead when Lewis Dix floated in a pinpoint cross to Jordan at the back post. The front man rose like a salmon but his flick header flashed wide of the post.
Playing 8 minutes of added time in the first half due to an injured linesman, Yate got the break-through in the 6th added minute when Nick Peare squared the ball across the goal for Bryant to tap in from close range.
Early in the second half, Rovers responded well and had a great chance to get on level terms when Jordan took the ball down beautifully at the back-post to beat the defender but his near post shot was parried away by Grimshaw in goal.
Rovers continued to press forward for the equaliser with a series of corners and set pieces but the killer blow came for Rovers in the 68th minute when Peare started off a counter for Yate setting Sims-Burgess free who slotted under Forster to make it 2-0.
From then on, it was always going to be an uphill battle for Rovers to get back in the game and despite best efforts, the game was well and truly killed off when again on the counter, Mehew weaved his way through the Rovers defence to round Forster and roll the ball home into the empty net.
Full-Time: Yate Town 3 - 0 Paulton Rovers