Blue Square Conference South
Saturday 16 February 2008 - Twerton Park - kick off 3.00pm
||Evans, Simpson (G Jones 18), Rollo (c), Coupe, Holland, McKay, Hogg, Rogers, Gilroy (Edwards 73), Partridge, Prince (Wood 73).
subs not used: S Jones, Harris.
|man of the match:
||R Martin (Weston SM), P Buckeridge (Eastleigh), M Taylor (Southampton)
|league position: 4th
||next match: St Albans City (A)
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Scott Partridge's first league goals in almost a year sent Bath City back into the Blue Square South play-off places as they saw of lowly Welling at
Twerton Park. Welling started the keener of the two sides, with Ohran Stewart having a long-range shot well saved by City keeper Paul Evans.
The visitors revealed early on that they were not a side determined to defend as Braintree had been last week.
However, there were times when their exuberance threatened to boil over and Amos Foyewa was booked early on for stepping in front of Matt Coupe as the City defender prepared to take a free-kick.
The same player then further earned the ire of the Twerton Park crowd as he caught Sekani Simpson, leaving the City defender sprawling and he was eventually chaired from the field with an injured foot.
Although they began to gain more possession, City were still struggling to seriously threaten the Welling goal and it was somewhat surprising that their first goal came from their first shot on target.
Evans' long, downfield clearance bounced once before coming to Dave Gilroy. Despite being surrounded by two Welling defenders, Gilroy managed to flick the ball on to Partridge on the edge of the 18-yard box and he lobbed the ball over the advanced Jamie Turner to register his first Blue Square South goal for the club.
City could have added to their total just before the interval.
Lewis Hogg was brought down just inside the D and Justyn McKay, in for Adie Harris, stepped up to take the kick. The ball ricocheted off the visitors'
defensive wall for a corner, which, despite Chris Holland getting his head to the ball, was eventually cleared to safety.
Despite having the bulk of the possession, City still struggled to press home their advantage - that is until Partridge struck again.
This time it was from 30 yards and from just inside the touchline as the forward aimed a looping, lengthy cross towards the far post. His radar may have been slightly awry as again the ball sailed over the keeper's head before slotting perfectly into the top-right hand corner of the net.
City then made a double substitution, bringing on Jason Wood and Darren Edwards for Luke Prince and Gilroy.
Of the two, it was Wood who starred in the remaining 20 minutes. Three times down the left hand side he got the better of the Welling defence to fire in crosses that both forwards and defenders alike struggled to reach.
With a touch more luck it could have been any even more convincing win for City, who now lie fourth in the table after defeats for Bishop's Stortford and Newport County elsewhere.