Rovers beaten at Yate in GFA Amateur Cup
Yate Town 3
Staley (15 (pen), 33, 56 (pen))
Bristol Rovers 0
Rovers bowed meekly out of the GFA Senior Amateur Cup at the quarter final stage this evening.
Yate were worthy winners of the tie, played at Lodge Road, and former Rovers player Ross Staley did the damage, scoring a hat trick against his old club.
Although Rovers improved after a poor first half, they seldom looked like troubling a well organised Yate side and when they did they found another former Rovers player, Martin Horsell, in fine form.
Rovers began brightly and Horsell fumbled a Shaquille Hunter shot, while Pat Keary headed wide of the target.
Horsell made an excellent save from another Hunter effort before the home side took the lead thanks to Staley’s 15th minute penalty, awarded after Josh Southway was adjudged to have handled in the area.
Conor Gough made a comfortable save from Bradley Abraham’s close range header, but Staley struck again on 33 minutes when he beat Gough with an excellent curling left foot shot.
Ryan Brunt fired over the bar when well placed, but that was the closest Rovers came to pulling a goal back before the break.
Gough saved well from Connor Clifford five minutes after the restart, but Staley completed his hat trick on 56 minutes with his second penalty of the evening, awarded after Southway brought down Jake Jackson.
Horsell saved well from an acrobatic David Clarkson effort shortly afterwards and the keeper made another fine save from Alex Henshall.
However that was as good as it got for Rovers and the home side comfortably saw the game out to go through to the next round.
Team: Conor Gough, Josh Southway, Trey Anderson, Pat Keary, Jake Green, Shaquille Hunter, David Clarkson, Mitch Harding, Alex Henshall, Ellis Harrison, Ryan Brunt
Substitutes: Dominic Thomas, Danny Greenslade, Jamie Lucas, Carlos Barra, Kieran Preston