THE 900 supporters at the South West Interiors Stadium were overjoyed last night when Yate Town beat Dover Athletic to put them through to the FA Cup first round for only the second time in the clubs history.
Yate’s James Harding scored the winner on the 75th minute after a cross from Jamie Adams came back out off Dovers keeper and Harding lobbed it into the back of the net.
Jubilant fans stormed the pitch in ‘absolute scenes’ after 9 minutes of injury time were played and the last kick of the match, a free kick to Dover- was skied over the Yate goal.
Chants of ‘We’re going to Wembley’ rang out across the ground as players were mobbed by supporters for selfies and hugs as Yate Town bounced with excitement over the 1-0 win.
In a post match interview, manager Paul Michael thanked the players and the supporters for the spectacular night: “I am so proud of the effort from the boys, they blocked goals, put their bodies on the line and in terms f effort we’ve had it all and we got the win.
“We held off the pressure at the end of the first half and tweaked a few things in half time that didn’t actually come off so we resorted back to our original tactics, got a foothold in it and got the goal.
“Hards goal was brilliant and his attitude is unbelievable.
“Its awesome to now be in round one, we were just taking it game by game but the FA Cup is addictive and now we’ve got to win the next one!
“There has been absolutely unbelievable support from the crowd here tonight, they rallied the boys and they played a massive part in tonights win, we hope to see them all next week against Yeovil.”
Yate Town will now face Yeovil Town at The South West Interiors stadium on November 6.
Details of kick off time and how to buy tickets to follow.