May 05

GFA Senior Challenge Cup Final: Yate Town 3 – 2 Cheltenham Town

Yate Town deservedly won the Gloucestershire Senior Cup after an eventful victory over Cheltenham Town at Lodge Road.
Two bizarre own goals and a debatable penalty gave the 250-strong crowd some good entertainment as Rob Cousins’ Bluebells took the silverware.

Cheltenham, giving a chance to North Leigh hot shot Matt Taylor and three other trialists, started well, and took the lead after 16 minutes.

Midfielder Joe Turley hit the bar from 20 yards, and the rebound hit Yate keeper Josh Dempsey on the head and went in.
But Yate responded well and ended the half on top, levelling just before the interval.
Trialist Olumide Durojaiye, a Spurs midfielder who had played well in Cheltenham’s semi-final win at Bristol Rovers, was adjudged to have fouled Niekell Plummer, who got up and beat Dan Lloyd-Weston from the spot.

Within fifteen seconds of the restart, Yate led when Durojaiye gave the ball away and Russ Church galloped on to Adie Adams’ through ball to fire past Lloyd-Weston.

The Robins keeper was fishing the ball out of his net again four minutes later when a speculative through ball left him in a muddle and James Fawke headed past him under pressure from the impressive Church.

Taylor had a couple of half-chances for Cheltenham before Charlie Hitchings set up an interesting finale with a 25-yarder with five minutes left.

Yate survived a couple of almighty goalmouth scrambles, with Ethan Moore firing just wide, but on the balance of play, Yate deserved to lift the Cup.

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