Blue Square Conference South
Saturday 29 December 2007 - Woodspring Stadium - kick off 3.00pm
||Evans, G Jones, Rollo, Coupe (Simpson 60), Holland, S Jones (Keddle 78), Hogg, Harris, Edwards, Gilroy (Partridge 84),
McKay. subs not used: Walsh, Rogers.
|man of the match:
||Edwards (51), Hogg (87)
||S Jones (55), Edwards (71)
||J Comley (Windsor), P Stone (Bristol), S Oakey (Cheltenham)
|league position: 4th
||next match: Dorchester (H)
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Lewis Hogg repaid another chunk of his debt to his Bath City teammates with an inspirational display to help sink former club Weston at the Woodspring
Stadium. The midfielder began City's festive fixture programme with a needless early dismissal against Bognor Regis last Saturday, but followed up his
point-saving strike at Dorchester on Boxing Day with a late header to wrap up a thoroughly deserved win for the visitors. Darren Edwards broke the deadlock
in a tight affair six minutes into a second half City dominated, and they might have won by a more handsome margin such was their superiority in the
closing stages. The clash between Blue Square South's two West Country sides was given some added spice by the fact City boss John Relish and Weston
counterpart Tony Ricketts were both facing their old clubs. There were also a host of players on show who have turned out for both teams, with the most
notable being Weston new boy Mike Green, who until last week was registered to City while turning out in the BGB Premier Division for Clevedon Town. Relish
made one change to the side held at Dorchester, with Adie Harris replacing Paul Keddle in the starting XI and occupying the holding role in a diamond
midfield formation, with Hogg deployed behind the strikers with telling effect.
City were forced on to the back foot initially by a Weston side they had already beaten twice at Twerton Park this season, with lively Cheltenham loanee
Aaron Ledgister forcing Paul Evans into action with an early drive from distance. Ledgister had the ball in the City net on 10 minutes, but was adjudged to
have fouled Matt Coupe before firing past Evans. The visitors started to gain the upper hand midway through a first half of few goalscoring chances and
Green denied his former teammates with a clearing header from inside his own six-yard box after Gethin Jones whipped over a dangerous ball from the right.
Hogg's direct running was beginning to cause the hosts problems and he had a penalty shout turned down before cashing in on Charlie Comyn-Platt's slip to
play in Dave Gilroy, whose goal-bound effort was deflected behind by a combination of Green and Curtis Ujah for a corner. Justyn McKay was the next to have
a sight of goal after Hogg raced past Green on the left, but shot wide, and home keeper Ryan Northmore wasn't troubled until Comyn-Platt's clearance
ricocheted off teammate Andy Gurney and looped towards his own goal. Weston were presented with the best chance of the half in stoppage time when City
failed to clear Ledgister's left-wing cross properly, but Marc McGregor put his free header over the bar with Evans badly out of position.
City were in no mood to give their hosts a second bite of the cherry and started the second half as they meant to go on, with Chris Holland heading straight at Northmore before Edwards opened the scoring on 51 minutes.
Veteran Steve Jones found the space to send over an inviting right-footed cross from the left flank and the former Yate striker's well-placed header found the far corner of the net despite Northmore getting a heavy touch on the ball on its way in.
The visitors already looked assured in midfield and at the back and, despite the deteriorating conditions as the rain poured down, never looked like letting go of their advantage.
Weston's most notable attempt on goal in the second period came when Gurney tried his luck with a 30-yard free-kick - one of 22 awarded to the home side by whistle-happy official Justin Comley - and saw his fierce effort fly wide of Evans' near post.
McKay curled a free-kick over from a decent position 20 yards out at the other end before blasting wide from the edge of the box with eight minutes to go after his initial attempt was blocked.
Relish sent on Scott Partridge for a late cameo and within two minutes the substitute had laid on the goal that secured the points.
The striker collected the ball on the right flank after City cut through the Weston midfield with a series of passes and his inch-perfect cross found Hogg, who rose unchallenged to plant a header into the corner of Northmore's net.
The goal completely deflated the home side and City had three further chances in the final minutes, with McKay driving wide and having a shot blocked for a corner before Edwards flashed an effort across the face of goal in injury time.
The result was enough to lift City up a place to fourth in the Blue Square South table ahead of their second meeting in a week with Dorchester at Twerton Park on New Year's Day.