Yates was appointed on Tuesday with John Schofield, who spent nine games at the helm while Martin Allen was on gardening leave, now reverting back to assistant.
But the former Kidderminster boss could not have been given a much harder task on his return to the club he spent five years with as a player between 1999 and 2004.
The postponement of last Saturday’s home clash against Burton has at least allowed defenders Lee Ridley and Michael Townsend extra time to fully recover from their calf injuries.
But veteran striker Julian Alsop is rated as 50/50 as he struggles to get over a knock.
Captain Shane Duff continues his rehabilitation from an Achilles injury but he is not expected back for some time yet.