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Report: Yate Town 6-0 Robins XI

9 November 2021

A young Cheltenham Town XI were knocked out of the Gloucestershire Senior Cup at the first round stage at Yate Town.

A Lodge Road ground that had held over 1,500 fans on Saturday in the FA Cup first round was the setting for the Robins' first venture into this season's competition.

And it was a young side who made the trip with only Andy Williams and Dylan Barkers, and academy graduates Grant Horton and Callum Ebanks representing the first team squad.

Yate meanwhile named a strong team and went ahead from as early as the seventh minute when former Bristol City man Ricardo Rees drove them in front.

Ebanks saw two chances in the space of two minutes saved by Andrew Hannah. Adulai Sambu and Felix Miles' balls into the powerful attacker set him free but he was denied by the Yate stopper.

Teenage goalkeeper Ben Hoy made an excellent save just past the half hour mark to deny Jamie Adams who had powered a shot on goal, but he couldn't stop the hosts doubling their lead before half time when a low shot took a deflection and found its way in.

An all important third goal came for Yate a short while into the second half when James Harding got the first of four second half goals.

The young Robins continued to carve out chances though and Felix Miles twice set up Williams for opportunities that were blocked by defenders and goalkeeper.

After Ebanks' header had skimmed wide from a Connor Jakeways cross, Yate scored their fourth when Harding benefited at the end of a counter-attack.

Williams was once again denied by Hannah as he attempted to get a goal back, while Ebanks was slipped in twice but couldn't find a consolation.

A late triple substitution offered even more young scholars match action, as Yate took advantage in the final minutes with the game gone to extend their lead.

Harding scored his hat-trick with Yate's fifth, and a sixth and final goal came when Harding got in at the near post at a set piece.

YATE: A Hannah, S Turl, B Tunnicliff, L Angel, M Bower, J Adams, J Allen, J Tumelty, D Sims-Burgess, J Harding, R Rees, M Thuo, S Kamara, J Hall, M Williams, S Fleetwood

CHELTENHAM: B Hoy, W Ramsey (J Simpson 76), W Taylor, W Armitage, G Horton, A Sambu, C Jakeways, D Barkers, F Miles (A Taylor 76), C Ebanks (C Dashfield 81), A Williams

Subs not used: T Spencer, R Spencer

Attendance: 124


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