Blue Square Conference South
Saturday 22 December 2007 - Twerton Park - kick off 3.00pm
||Evans, G Jones, Rollo (c), Coupe, Holland, S Jones, Hogg, McKay, Edwards (Walsh 74), Gilroy (Partridge 79), Keddle.
subs not used: Simpson, Paul, Dunn.
|man of the match:
||K Johnson (Weston SM), I Harley (Yeovil), S Higgins (Westbury)
|league position: 5th
||next match: Dorchester (A)
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Lewis Hogg's disciplinary problems deepened as he was red-carded for the first time in his Bath City career in a home stalemate with struggling Bognor
Regis Town. The former Bristol Rovers midfielder left his teammates to battle on with 10 men for more than an hour after kicking out at Bognor's David
Birmingham in an off-the-ball incident. Hogg found himself in hot water with boss John Relish afterwards and his needless dismissal will see him sit out
his third suspension of the season next month, which will include the three Blue Square South away games against Eastleigh, Sutton and Hampton & Richmond.
Following his exit, Bognor had much of the possession and created at least four gilt-edged chances, but were let down by some woeful finishing as City
battled for a goalless draw that takes them back into the play-off places. Justyn McKay and Chris Holland returned from suspension, meaning Sekani Simpson
was dropped to the bench as City chased a league double over a Bognor side they defeated 3-1 away from home back in September.
But the visitors, fourth from bottom at the start of play, made the brighter start and Paul Evans was grateful to see a Dan Beck shot ricochet into his
arms after Luke Nightingale beat Gethin Jones on the byline. Bognor went even closer in the 13th minute when a clever Nightingale dummy allowed Sam Gargan
to run on to Charlie Balfe's through ball and round the advancing Evans, only for Jim Rollo to head his goal-bound shot behind for a corner. City had their
first clear chance midway through the half, but Darren Edwards could only scuff his shot wide of the far post from strike partner Dave Gilroy's left-wing
centre. The game's key moment arrived in the 27th minute after Bognor were awarded a free-kick on the halfway line. Hogg became involved in a couple of
heated exchanges with David Ray and Birmingham, before foolishly aiming a boot at the latter. Referee Kevin Johnson consulted one of his assistants before
summoning Hogg, sending him for an early bath and adding a red card to his collection of 13 yellows so far this term. Ray should have rubbed salt into
City's wounds once the free-kick was finally taken, firing badly over from six yards with only Evans to beat and the home defence all at sea. The same
player directed a free header wide of the far post from Beck's left-wing centre four minutes later and City were left thanking their lucky stars that they
were still on level terms. But the hosts, who showed an adventurous side by keeping two up front despite their numerical disadvantage finished the half the
stronger and Steve Jones' fierce low drive was blocked on its way to goal by a defender after Gilroy beat two men on the right.
Gilroy and Edwards were giving the away defence a hard time with their tireless running into the channels and the former's left-wing centre was almost
turned into his own net by Seb Wallis-Tayler six minutes after the break.
But, as City began to tire, so Bognor saw more and more of the ball and the otherwise impressive Beck somehow missed the target with the goal at his mercy after a heavy touch from McKay inside his own area.
Wallis-Tayler had the ball in the City net with 21 minutes left, although it was chalked off for an obvious foul on Evans, before City sent on Phillip Walsh for Edwards.
Walsh's first touch saw him head weakly into Bognor keeper Craig Stoner's arms, before Evans saved smartly from Mark Knee at the other end.
The City No 1 again came to his side's rescue with eight minutes to go, racing from his goal to thwart Nightingale after the Bognor skipper beat the City offside trap and raced through on goal.
The visitors were restricted to a couple of wayward efforts from distance after that and the final chance of the match fell City's way in the second minute of stoppage time.
McKay's flighted free-kick from the left was nodded down by Walsh into the path of fellow substitute Scott Partridge, but his effort on the turn lacked both power and direction and rolled wide of the far post.