Blue Square Conference South
Tuesday 18 September 2007 - Nyewood Lane - kick off 7.45pm
||Evans, Simpson, Rollo (c), G Jones, Holland, Harris (S Jones 83), Hogg (Keddle 58), Rogers, Edwards (Walsh 79), Gilroy,
McKeever. subs not used: Coupe, Davidge.
|man of the match:
|league position: 3rd
||next match: St Albans City (H)
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"A job well done" declared City boss John Relish, having seen his side win 3-1 at Nyewood Lane in Blue Square South last night.
Dave Gilroy led the way, bagging his first hat-trick for City to fire the visitors to third in the table and consign the Rocks to another home defeat.
"For once everything went to plan," added Relish. "We knew they could play a bit and we were determined to close them down and chase and harry.
"We went through a couple of dead spells, but they never really looked like hurting us. I was proud of the side's hard work."
The buckets and spades had scarcely been put away and the towels dried off before City got into holiday mood at the seaside.
An innocuous free-kick some 30 yards from goal down the right-hand side was taken by City's dead ball specialist, Mark McKeever.
Swung deep across the Bognor goal, it looked to be heading for touch.
However, the home defence reckoned without the pace of Gilroy. Timing his run to perfection, the striker fired home for his first of the evening.
Bognor came back at City and for a time looked to dominate.
Two corners in quick succession pressurised the visitors' defence and, when Jim Rollo fouled Luke Nightingale on the edge of the 18-yard box, the Rocks looked certain to take advantage.
However, despite a powerful kick, the ball was straight at Paul Evans in the City goal who easily took the catch.
The closest the home side came to equalising was right on the half-time whistle.
A free-kick on the right was fired into the Bath defence. Dan Beck shot from close range, only for Evans to acrobatically turn the ball away.
City opened the second half much as the first with Scott Rogers bringing out a diving save from Paul Jones in the Rocks goal.
With Lewis Hogg limping from the fray just ten minutes into the half, City went into their shells.
However, despite the home side having plenty of possession, Evans was largely a spectator as Bognor failed to press home their advantage.
With time beginning to run out, City again began to press forward.
With 20 minutes to go, Adie Harris got inside the home defence before playing the ball across the goal area. Gilroy was first to react, sliding the ball into the net.
By this stage, Bognor's heads were clearly down and Gilroy took advantage some ten minutes later, charging forward through the stationary home defence to net his third goal.
The home side finally penetrated the Bath defence with a minute to go, but it was never likely to be more than a consolation goal.