South­ern Yate sign Bryant and Humphreys as they seek swift re­turn to win­ning ways

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KNOCKED off the top of the league for the first time in sev­eral weeks, Yate Town man­ager Paul Brit­ton has re­sponded swiftly by sign­ing Man­gots­field United cap­tain Mike Bryant and Eve­sham United mid­fielder Nick Humphreys.

Bryant, an ac­com­plished and highly ex­pe­ri­enced mid­fielder, who has al­ready scored five goals for Man­gots­field this sea­son, goes straight into the squad for Yate’s game at home to Larkhall Ath­letic to­mor­row as they seek to bounce back af­ter de­feat at Paulton Rovers.

“When I first got the job at Yate Mike had just left to join Frome Town and I know he is a very good foot­baller,” said Brit­ton. “I spoke with him last sea­son but he had the arm­band at Man­gots­field so felt loy­alty to­wards them but has now de­cided to move on.

“He will def­i­nitely strengthen our squad and we are de­lighted he has agreed to join us.”

Yate have shown great re­silience this sea­son in bounc­ing back from de­feats and Brit­ton is ex­pect­ing a sim­i­larly ro­bust re­sponse for the match against Larkhall.

“The boys trained re­ally well on Tues­day and there was a mix­ture of dis­ap­point­ment and frus­tra­tion af­ter Satur­day,” added Brit­ton.

The frus­tra­tion would have been that they played 75 min­utes with ten men af­ter Josh Ford was sent off for two yel­low cards, the first of which led to the penalty that ul­ti­mately de­cided the match.

Ford is now sus­pended for the Larkhall game and will be joined on the side­lines by the in­jured pair of Mayson Evans (knee) and Ben Brooks (ham­string), but Adam Price is avail­able again and Dave Sims-Burgess gained valu­able match time as a sub­sti­tute at Paulton.

“Larkhall are al­ways a tough team to beat, but we’ll be look­ing to show that de­sire to put right last week’s de­feat,” said Brit­ton.

The loss of Bryant is the last thing Man­gots­field United man­ager Ol­lie Price needed ahead of the derby match against Bris­tol Manor Farm at The Creek, es­pe­cially com­ing on top of the re­cent de­par­ture of Tom War­ren and a fur­ther three­match sus­pen­sion to Kyle Tooze.

“They were three ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers I wanted to build my side around, but they have let me down and I have told them that,” said Price. “To be hon­est, it could be a bless­ing in dis­guise be­cause they weren’t show­ing the qual­ity we needed, but I am feel­ing let down by them.”

On the plus side, Price has signed ex­cit­ing Melk­sham Town striker Dan Demkiv, while Luke Spokes has re­jected a move to Larkhall Ath­letic. Price has also ap­pointed Neil Si­mons, for­merly the Chipping Sodbury man­ager, as his as­sis­tant.

Manor Farm have also suf­fered in­con­sis­ten­cies this sea­son but a rous­ing 2-1 win over play-off con­tenders Eve­sham United last week­end may prove to be a turn­ing point. “We have not won back-to­back games in the league yet this sea­son, so that is the aim now as we head into a very busy pe­riod,” said man­ager Lee Lashenko. “If we can put some points on the board we could quickly climb the ta­ble, but we will be re­spect­ful of Man­gots­field be­cause they will be a dan­ger­ous an­i­mal.”

They must to do so without John Lock for the next three games as the de­fender was sent off against Eve­sham so that breaks up his promis­ing part­ner­ship with Kai Fisher. “We will fill that gap by re-shuf­fling within the squad,” added Lashenko.

Paulton’s win against Yate has lifted spir­its at Win­ter­field Road and man­ager John Ren­dell will be look­ing for more of the same in a test­ing match away to play-off con­tenders Cirences­ter Town.

“With play­ers com­ing back we now have the bal­ance in the squad I’ve been search­ing for, es­pe­cially with new sign­ing Char­lie Hitch­ings strength­en­ing the de­fence and Jack Ball re­turn­ing up front,” said Ren­dell.

Yate Town’s new sign­ing, for­mer Man­gots­field United cap­tain Mike Bryant

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