Almost a mirror image of the fixture last season with the weather very warm and the pitch extremely hard as Yateley visited the early league leaders.
A bright start looked promising as, apart from a good header hitting the post from an Aston Clinton corner, nearly all control and attacking play came from Yateley, with Ross Neeves and Oliver Stutz having 1-on-1s with the ‘keeper. A goal was coming and only a matter of time. After 20 minutes, Yateley took the lead with a superb one-two from Ben Read to put Neeves in to score the opener.
Within 10 minutes, Aston Clinton equalised and Yateley scored their second when Harry Wilcox played a perfectly-weighted ball for Neeves to run onto and net his second. Some lovely interplay resulted in Read having a great chance to extend the lead only to fire over the bar. Aston Clinton equalised again with a fine move and good finish, becoming the more dangerous side for the rest of the half, scoring again after a mix-up by Yateley gifting them their third.
Aston Clinton started the second half as they finished the first. For 10 minutes they looked the most likely side to score. Dan Gosling‘s headed clearance off the line direct from a corner saved Yateley falling two down. The longer the half went on, the more Yateley took control back and it felt as if they could equalise then they would also score a winner.
Neeves’ header hit the crossbar and chanced continued into injury time when Yateley levelled with Callum Scott‘s header from a corner. The team showed their battling spirit to get the winner as another corner bounced out and Neeves completed his hat-trick by firing into the back of the net for Yateley’s third win in a row!
Yateley should have wrapped up the game in the first half instead of going in 3-2 down at half-time. However, they showed the same full commitment as the previous week to snatch victory at the end. With a number of long-term injuries, this has proved to show a great attitude from all the squad. Neeves continued his fine run of form with his hat-trick; the defence led by Tom Sharpe was fairly solid and Oliver Stutz had an excellent game with energy and enterprise.
But the difference was a superb performance from Chris Thornton in midfield who must have covered every blade of grass as he broke up play all over the pitch.
FT 3-4 C. Scott, Neeves (3)