Yate Town 1-0 Street
A penalty late into the second half gave table toppers Yate Town all 3 points which ended Street's 6 match unbeaten run but manager Rich Fey would feel rather unfortunate to not come away with at least a point. It was fascinating encounter in front of a healthy crowd with both teams looking to get on the front foot and play but missed chances ultimately cost the Cobblers who remain 7th in the table.
Street certainly started the better with Craig Herrod, Steve Murray and Jamie Short looking sharp and attacking at every opportunity in search of that opening goal. In the first 20 minutes Murray shot wide, Herrod failed to work the GK, Short's effort was well blocked and Aidan Chainey's long range effort flew over the bar. Leigh Bailey then hooked a shot agonisingly over.
Liam Kingston then had to be at his best when he flew off his line to clear the danger with forward Ollie Mehew bearing down on goal. Before the break Street had a succession of corners as they piled on the pressure but Ross Grimshaw in the Yate goal was collecting everything and his handling was terrific all game.
It was more of an even contest second half with both teams not settling for a point. It was Street who had the next opportunity with Lewis Waldy and Murray firing straight at Grimshaw. Street again shot straight into the arms of the GK this time through Harry foster after being teed up by Short. Yate punished Street for these misses when just after Harry Warwick fizzed a shot just past the post they were awarded a penalty on 71 minutes when the referee saw a push in the box on Nick Peare when Street were throwing bodies on the line to block efforts at goal. Mehew stepped up and placed it well into the corner.
Street never gave up and kept pressing with Short's free kick was blocked, McErlain's effort comfortably saved and Ed Butcher couldn't quite find the final ball after a couple of exciting runs down the left.
Thank you Yate for their terrific hospitality and a big thank you for the Cobbler fans that made the trip. Nick and Callum's drum and horn giving supporters a few head aches!
Man of the match Aidan Chainey, fantastic performance form Street's midfield man.