Setanta Shield 3rd Round
Tuesday 4 November 2008 - Twerton Park - kick off 3.00pm
||P Evans, G Jones, Slocombe, Coupe (c), Holland, Badman, Simpson, Hogg (Collier 71), Paul (Edwards 56), Douglas (Gilroy 56), R Evans.
subs not used: S Jones, Rollo.
|man of the match:
||G Jones (59)
|league position: n/a
||next match: Bromley (H)
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Bath City slipped out of the Setanta Shield in disappointing fashion after a flat display against Salisbury.
The Whites had been beaten 1-0 by TeamBath just 10 days ago but looked a much better outfit on their return to Twerton Park and fully deserved their win.
Dave Gilroy - the four-goal hero in the previous round against Newport County - was rested, being joined on the bench by fellow striker Darren Edwards as
Adie Britton started with Stuart Douglas and Martin Paul up front.
And Paul had a sniff of goal as early as the fourth minute when a long clearance from Martin Slocombe dropped behind the Salisbury defence but Aaron Cook was able to get back and put in a timely tackle.
Instead, it was the visitors who took the lead after only seven minutes when Sean Clohessy's cross from the right found Robert Matthews at the back post, where he rose above a couple of City defenders to head past the despairing Paul Evans.
And he should have done better with a similar header three minutes later after being picked out by another right-wing cross, this time from Liam Feeney, but Matthews nodded wide.
City were finding it difficult to get into the game as Salisbury dominated possession, passing the ball around with a confidence which belied their recent poor run of form.
And the home side had a lucky escape in the 19th minute when Chris Holland attempted to chest down the ball in the City penalty area only to stumble and gift possession to Feeney, whose lay-off to Matthews was fortunately over-hit.
City needed a spark but Douglas was unable to provide it when, after being released by Richard Evans, he cut inside from the left but thumped his shot straight at Cook.
Douglas then had City's best chance in the 25th minute when Paul's fantastic low cross found him in the six-yard box but keeper James Bitner made a great block at his feet before gathering the ball in as it rolled goalwards.
Salisbury were looking by far the more composed team and put together some nice passing moves, one of which ended with Feeney's low cross being held at the second attempt by a relieved Evans as Scott Bartlett closed in.
Britton tried to shake things up at the start of the second half and switched to 4-1-4-1, with Gethin Jones moving inside to replace Matt Coupe, who was now deployed just in front of the back four. Sekani Simpson dropped to right back, with Paul taking his place on the flank.
And Coupe made his presence felt in midfield as he clattered into Feeney in the centre circle and was perhaps fortunate to escape with a talking to.
Apart from that, it was a pretty low-key start to the second period and it was no surprise to see Britton send on strike duo Gilroy and Edwards just before the hour mark, replacing Douglas and Paul.
Evans was looking the most impressive City player and he went mighty close to equalising in the 61st minute, unleashing a left-foot volley from the edge of the box which flew just millimetres wide of the far post.
Lewis Hogg tried his luck with a free-kick from 25 yards which was well struck but straight down the throat of keeper Bitner.
Britton played his last hand in the 72nd minute, sending on Lee Collier for Hogg just 60 seconds after Salisbury had replaced Feeney and goalscorer Matthews with Jonathan Davies and Charlie Griffin.
But while things livened up slightly in the last 15 minutes, chances were still few and far between - until the 90th minute.
That was when City really should have equalised, with Holland heading a free kick against the post and then Edwards somehow nodding the rebound wide from inside the six-yard box.
Evans produced a fantastic one-handed save to prevent sub Davies doubling the lead on the break in injury time but one goal proved to be enough to end City's hopes.