Bluebells make club history at expense of Centurions
CIRENCESTER TOWN 1 YATE TOWN 2
CIRENCESTER Town were unable to stop the Yate Town juggernaut as the Bluebells chalked up a record-breaking eighth consecutive win at the Corinium Stadium.
In-form and, reportedly in demand, striker Scott Wilson gave the visitors the lead from the penalty spot after 19 minutes, before Sam Collier levelled for the Centurions on 32 minutes.
But Mitchell Page struck the winner for Rob Cousins' men in the opening minute of the second half and a superb save from Yate keeper Lubos Ancin in the dying minutes sealed the points.
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After a slow start it was Yate who struck first as James Mortimer-Jones was adjudged to have stopped Mike Bryant from reaching Geraint Bater's free-kick and a spot-kick was awarded.
And Wilson, a striker who is dual registered with Gloucester City, beat Welsh international goalkeeper Glyn Garner to secure his ninth goal in the past six games.
Wilson volleyed over the top after a superb ball from Yate's FA Cup hero Matt Groves before Cirencester appeared to have worked their way back into the game on the half-hour mark.
Aidan Bennett's burst into the box was halted by a challenge from Groves and another penalty was awarded.
Collier stepped up and struck the ball well, but Ancin guessed correctly and palmed away the Cirencester striker's shot.
He wouldn't be denied for long, however, as just a minute later he lined up a free-kick from distance and saw his skidding shot somehow evade Ancin's grasp and roll into the net.
Annoyed to be pegged back by their half-time cup of tea, Yate wasted little time in re-establishing their lead in the second period.
Wilson latched on to the ball and set strike partner Page up to lash the ball into the top corner of the net, giving Garner no chance.
Wing ace Josh Morse went close to an immediate reply as he gathered up a loose ball after a Bennett cross, but not for the last time Ancin rescued the visitors.
A combination of Garner and Shane Anson denied Yate a nerve-settling third goal with desperate clearances from Wilson and Bryant respectively.
And despite not threatening for the majority of the second half, Cirencester came close to nicking a point late in the game.
Mortimer-Jones struck the upright with a long-range shot on 82 minutes and was denied twice in injury time by a desperate Ancin as Yate hung on to make club history.
Cirencester: G Garner, S Anson, E Dunton, J Beeden, J Reid, J Mortimer-Jones, J Shepherd (S Griffin 73), B Wells, S Collier, A Bennett, J Morse (S Packer 73). Sub not used: B Hooper.
Yate Town: L Ancin, T Warren, J Cox, T Seery, N Bryant, G Bater, M Groves (H Purnell 90), E Vahid, M Page (M Meaker 68), S Wilson, D Wring. Subs not used: S Thomas, I Sarr, R Cousins.
Referee: D Eaton