Friday 25 July - The Conigre - kick off 7.40pm
||Perrin, Simpson (Coupe 45), Rollo (c), G Jones, Holland, Rogers (Collier 68), Gibb (Gosling 35), Hogg, Edwards (Paul 65), Douglas,
Beswetherick (Badman 60). subs not used: none
|man of the match:
|league position: n/a
||next match: Paulton Rovers (A)
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Bath City's second friendly win of the summer at Melksham Town offered little cheer to boss John Relish, who saw summer signing Ali Gibb sidelined for the
first two months of the season. Gibb suffered an avulsion fracture of his ankle after a torn ligament ripped away a piece of bone and he was stretchered
from the field before spending the rest of the evening at Bath's Royal United Hospital. Relish could not hide his disappointment at the injury to the
32-year-old former Bristol Rovers man, who was signed to fill a position on the right flank and provide quality delivery from set-pieces. "It's a real blow
for us," said Relish. "It was a real coup for us to get him on board because you are talking about a player who has played 500 League games and is still in
a really good shape fitness-wise. It spoiled the night for us - you try and get through these pre-season games without injury and it's unfortunate. It
happened when he was running down the right and was tackled. He seemed to ride the challenge well enough, but fell, tried to get straight back up and was
then in some pain. It could have been worse because we are talking weeks rather than months, but he will miss the start of the season and it's a blow. He's
very disappointed because, talking to him, he was looking forward to starting his non-league career with us and now he'll have to wait a bit longer."
Lewis Hogg's early goal earned the visitors victory over Toolstation Premier Division side Melksham, who helped City on numerous occasions last season by
loaning them veteran keeper Steve Perrin at short notice. Perrin, who will be City keeper Paul Evans' permanent understudy this season and loaned to
Melksham in a reverse of the previous arrangement, played for the away side on Friday as the big South African was nursing a swollen knee. Jason Wood
(ankle) and trialist Martin Slocombe (groin) also missed the game with knocks and Sekani Simpson suffered a thigh strain which made him a doubt for last
night's date with Paulton Rovers at Winterfield Road.
Relish said: "Conditions weren't the best - the pitch was hard as we haven't had a lot of rain. But, aside from Ali and, to a much lesser extent, Sekani,
the lads who played got through it and got another game under their belts." Trialist Jon Beswetherick played for an hour after his 45-minute outing against
Oxford in midweek, while City old boy Lee Collier - who is now Larkhall's player-coach - made a return to the black and white stripes as a late substitute.
Relish added: "Lee played for me at Merthyr and asked to come training with us. It helped us and him to give him a run-out. It is possible we'll sign him
on a form, but there is nothing in the budget for Lee and he would only play for us in a competitive game if it was convenient for both parties."