Blue Square Conference South
Monday 24 March 2008 - The Camrose Ground - kick off 3.00pm
||Evans, Simpson, Rollo (c), Coupe, Holland, Harris, Hogg, S Jones, Edwards (Walsh 70), Gilroy, McKeever (McKay 85).
subs not used: Paul, Wood, G Jones.
|man of the match:
||Gilroy (10, 21, 88 pen), Hogg (29)
||M McLaughlin, D Soltimirin, M Taylor
|league position: 6th
||next match: Braintree (A)
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Boss John Relish said before this Easter Monday fixture that only a victory would do if Bath City were to maintain any hope of a Blue Square South play-off
berth. His side did him proud. Dave Gilroy's fourth hat-trick of the season took him past the 20-goal mark for the campaign, while Lewis Hogg put his red
card misery behind him with a goal in what could prove to be his last outing of the campaign.
The visitors, with Adie Harris, Sekani Simpson and Mark McKeever back in the starting line-up, were dominant in the first half and signalled their
intentions early on when Steve Jones saw a shot from long range go just wide of the target. Next up was Gilroy with a header well saved from a McKeever
corner. Gilroy needn't have worried, though, because within seconds he got his first of the afternoon. Chris Holland played the ball to Darren Edwards, who,
with an expert flick, sent Gilroy on his way. He raced on down the left and, with Nick Jones in the Basingstoke goal coming off his line and then
hesitating, lobbed the keeper to perfection. Jones then demonstrated a somewhat flat learning curve when, just 11 minutes later, he committed an identical
error to a carbon-copy move. Again it was Edwards with the assist, the only difference this time was Gilroy coming in from the right. Again Jones came of
his line off his line and the lob that followed made it 2-0 to City. By now, City were rampant and four minutes later Hogg seized the initiative with a
fine run down the right which saw the midfielder cross into the box. The ball was sliced away by Jason Bristow but only back as far as Hogg. This time, he
delivered a beautiful curving shot which struck an upright on its way into the net. Basingstoke looked disillusioned and demoralised and a goal fest was in
prospect. However, it was different 'Stoke side who came out for the second half.
With only a minute gone, Michael Charles seized on a mis-placed Chris Holland header and, from the same spot as Gilroy's first goal, he attempted to match the City forward's lob.
But Paul Evans is a somewhat different prospect to his opposite number and Charles snatched at the ball, sending his shot high and wide.
From then on, the home side had a number of half chances and should have made more of at least three free-kicks on the edge of the 18-yard box.
However, City don't have one of the best defensive records in the league for nothing and, apart from Evans making one diving save from the lively Charles, Basingstoke were kept at bay.
Just when it looked as though the game would peter out towards the final whistle, City had one last throw of the dice.
An unlikely forward run by Steve Jones saw the veteran upended in the penalty area. Referee Mr McLaughlin pointed to the spot and, within seconds, Gilroy had his third goal, sending the hapless Jones the wrong way.
Hat-trick hero Gilroy raised the ball in triumph to the main stand as he left the field, accompanied by a manger with a grin as wide as the M3 motorway.
The win, City's first in five outings, saw them climb to sixth in the table, three points behind Bishop's Stortford in the final play-off place.