FA Trophy 1st Round
Saturday 13 December 2008 - Plainmoor - kick off 3.00pm
half-time: 0-0 result: L0-2 attendance: 1176

team: Perrin, G Jones (Gilroy 57), Slocombe, Coupe (Rogers 75), Holland, Rollo (c), Simpson, Hogg, Connolly, Douglas (Edwards 67), R Evans. subs not used: S Jones, Badman.
man of the match: Lewis Hogg
scorers: none
bookings: none
officials: W Barratt, S Annis, M Oldaker

league position: n/a form: WLWWWL next match: Welling Utd (A)

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Two second-half goals condemned Bath City to a FA Trophy first round exit at the hands of Blue Square Premier high-flyers Torquay United. The visitors had weathered an early storm and were beginning to create some chances of their own when they fell behind in the 52nd minute to a Lee Mansell strike. Substitute Dave Gilroy missed a glorious chance to equalise and that proved costly when Roscoe Dsane smashed home the Gulls' second in the 69th minute. Adie Britton went into the game with a 4-5-1 formation. Stuart Douglas was selected as the sole striker, while Jim Rollo once again played just in front of the back four - a system which worked to great effect at Chelmsford City last month. However, Ali Gibb's much-anticipated return from a long-term injury has been delayed after he suffered stiffness in his ankle following training on Thursday.

City found themselves under pressure from the kick off, with Wayne Carlisle firing a 25-yard effort just wide and Matt Green directing a free header straight at keeper Steve Perrin from eight yards, all inside the opening three minutes. Martin Slocombe also had to clear Carlisle's header off the line and Chris Hargreaves fizzed a rising drive just over the bar from 20 yards as the Gulls dominated the early exchanges. City slowly began to get into the game but it was Torquay who continued to look the most threatening, with Dsane slicing one shot wide and then having another one superbly blocked by Lewis Hogg. Hogg's next significant involvement was at the other end of the field when his cross from the right took a deflection, forcing Douglas to attempt an overhead kick which went out for a throw-in. City began to look much more composed as the half progressed and had another sniff of goal when Slocombe intercepted a throw-out by keeper Scott Bevan and put in a good cross from the left, which Douglas couldn't quite direct goalwards. Another good spell of City possession ended with Gethin Jones firing well over from 35 yards but things were definitely looking more encouraging for the visitors.

The visitors also made a promising start to the second period, with Hogg's direct run at the heart of the Torquay defence earning him a free-kick on the edge of the box. The midfielder took it himself but drilled it straight into the wall. Only an outstanding save prevented City taking the lead a minute later. Sekani Simpson whipped in a low cross from the right which Douglas, on the stretch, managed to steer goalwards but Bevan got down brilliantly to parry the shot. Instead, it was the hosts who took the lead, somewhat fortuitously, in the 52nd minute. Hargreaves' shot from the edge of the box hit Matt Coupe and ran invitingly for Mansell, who drilled a right-foot shot past Perrin. With City now chasing the game, Britton sent on Gilroy as a second striker, with Gethin Jones making way. Simpson dropped to right back and Hogg went to the wing. And Gilroy should have equalised with his first touch, dragging an angled drive wide of the far post after being played through by Adam Connolly's clever pass. Britton made his second change of the afternoon midway through the second half, replacing Douglas with Darren Edwards, who had scored twice after coming on as a sub against Braintree Town last week. But before he had any chance to make an impact, the tie was effectively killed off when Gulls striker Matt Green nicked the ball off Coupe before teeing up the unmarked Dsane to gleefully smash home Torquay's second goal. And Green almost found the back of the net himself three minutes later with a low drive from 20 yards which a diving Perrin did brilliantly to tip around the post at full stretch. Britton sent on Scott Rogers for centre-half Coupe as a final throw of the dice but, despite some hard work from the visitors, the tie fizzled out. Richard Evans forced a routine save from Bevan with a left-foot shot from the edge of the box and, at the other end, Carlisle blazed over when through on goal. Perrin also had to make a smart save from Tim Sills' close-range header but two goals were enough to send the Gulls through at City's expense.