Yate began the weekend rock bottom of the table and after 11 defeats on the spin, they look destined for the drop before they ground out back-to-back 2-1 victories against Metropolitan Police and Merthyr Town over the Easter weekend.
It began on Saturday with a home tie against The Met, a side who have fallen away in their pursuit of a play-off place in recent weeks.
FULL TIME | Yate Town 2-1 Metropolitan Police.
We’ll fight till the end. pic.twitter.com/GsqVDPvFWJ
— Yate Town FC (@YateTownFC) April 8, 2023
The ‘On the beach’ phrase could probably have been applied to the visitors but for Yate, they know only wins in all of their remaining games will give them a chance of staying up.
And it was the perfect start in the sunshine as a super delivery from Lewis Hall inside the opening ten minutes caused all sorts of issues in the Met box and Bernard Tanner could only divert it into his own goal.
Luck was seemingly on Yate’s side and that continued into the second-half when another own-goal doubled the Bluebells’ lead. Kyle Tooze muscled his way through the defence and towards goal on the byline before his cross/shot can’t be saved by the keeper and went in off Liam Beach.
Martell Taylor-Crossdale pulled one back for the away side but it was not enough as Yate held on for a vital three points.
It would have meant very little if they backed that victory up with defeat but it was to be another successful day for Yate two days later on Easter Monday.
Merthyr did go 1-0 up after just two minutes through Owen Brain but Lucas Tomlinson brought the Bluebells level in the 20th minute.
With the game entering the final 15 minutes, Yate were pushing for the winner and they got it when Tooze’s shot was palmed into the path of Calvin Dinsley, who made no mistake from close range to complete the turnaround.
FULL TIME | Merthyr 1-2 Yate Town.
3️⃣ MASSIVE points in Wales 💪 pic.twitter.com/yNSkCsnUQg
— Yate Town FC (@YateTownFC) April 10, 2023
Yate remain favourites to go down and are still three points off safety having played three games more than Hendon but if they could go and win their final two games, who knows what might happen.
The Great Escape, anyone?