YUFC 0-1 Overton United
GK Currey, Allen, Bidlake, Gosling, Marime, Read, Sharpe, Stocchetti, H. Wilcox, M. White, C. Wilcox (c)
Subs used: Domoney, Gibbons, King
Not used: Russell
A perfect afternoon for football as Yateley entertained Overton in the Hampshire Intermediate Cup. Overton started the brighter in the first 5 minutes before Yateley got their game on the go. Myles White put the ball in the net after 15 minutes from a good move, only to have been judged offside. A few minutes later, some excellent work from Allen and Read put White in, whose shot was cleared off the line. Yateley were becoming stronger as the game went on and looked the most likely to break the deadlock.
During this increased spell of good play, a Marime cross was met by Gosling, whose speculative overhead shot cleared the cross bar. Shortly after a lovely through ball from Allen with perfect pace put White in with a good chance but he hit his shot straight at the oncoming goalkeeper. Allen continued his good spell as he dribbled around a couple of defenders into the penalty area before firing his shot just over the bar.
As the ball went down the other end for an increasingly rare excursion into the Yateley half, Overton scored with a superb curled finish from the left-hand side. Overton surprisingly 1-0 up at half time.
The second half started with a change in goal, as defender, Charlie Wilcox, took over from the injured Currey. Within the first few minutes a free kick to Yateley saw a perfect cross from Harry Wilcox into the area which the onrushing Gosling at the back post put his close range shot over the bar. A terrific chance to level the game.
Yateley continued to press forward and Gosling did some great work closing down around the Overton area to win the ball and then take around the defender only to pick the goalkeeper out this time with his shot. YUFC were really in the ascendancy now and were playing some excellent football, creating many opportunities. Sharpe came close after breaking free from the Overton attention to fire a left footed shot low into the corner, which somehow the Overton goalkeeper managed to get down and pull off a fine save to tip onto the post. With 5 minutes to go, Sharpe played the perfect ball to White, whose effort produced another good save from the keeper. With time nearly up, White did well to break into the Overton penalty area, only to be ‘bundled’ to the ground before he could shoot.
Unlucky to not be awarded the penalty, Yateley continued to be the only threat for the 5 minutes of injury time but were unable to add a goal to a good performance. Yateley played some really good football through this game and created many opportunities and chances and deserved more. They were the more threatening team throughout the game and in particular dominated the second half. The Overton goalkeeper made some decent saves, the opposing centre half looked particularly good but the performance really should have been a Yateley win. The defence was rarely troubled and Will Bidlake and Joe Stocchetti who had an excellent game, coped well throughout. The energy and attitude of Ben Read stood out in the game and goes to show that
‘the old man’ (can’t resist it) of this young team has so much still to give.
Yateley United First Team’s next fixture is at away in the league against Langley on Saturday 10th November, 15:00 kick off.