Blue Square Conference South
Saturday 31 January 2009 - Twerton Park - kick off 3.00pm
||Perrin, Rollo (c), Slocombe (S Jones 79), Coupe, Holland, Connolly, Simpson, Hogg, Edwards (Douglas 76), Gilroy (Gibb 90),
R Evans. subs not used: Badman, G JOnes.
|man of the match:
||Edwards (9), Holland (90)
||Coupe (58), Hogg (72)
||A Serrano (Hemel), I Kavanagh (Winchester), M Taylor (Southampton)
|league position: 8th
||next match: Thurrock (H)
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late Chris Holland drive earned Bath City a dramatic victory over Newport County after an entertaining encounter at Twerton Park.
Darren Edwards had given City the lead after six minutes and Dave Gilroy wasted a great chance to double the lead as the hosts bossed the opening period.
However, County came back strongly after the break and quickly equalised, and at one stage looked the more likely to get a second.
City kept at their task though and were rewarded by Holland’s late winner.
The visitors had the first shot on goal when Wayne Turk fired over in the fourth minute, but City were soon in front.
A poor clearance by County left-back Martyn Giles fell to Lewis Hogg, whose header sent Edwards through on goal.
He took his time before calmly slotting the ball past visiting keeper Glyn Thompson to give City an early lead for the second Saturday running.
City slowly began to take control and Gilroy should have doubled the lead after 17 minutes when Adam Connolly’s pass sent him through on Thompson, but the visiting keeper came out quickly and made a good block before gathering the loose ball.
Despite City’s dominance, they were a little fortunate not to concede a penalty when Holland appeared to climb on Paul Cochlin in the area, but the referee waved away the appeals.
At the other end, Holland caused a couple of nervous moments in the County penalty area from set pieces during the opening period.
Hogg escaped a booking for a heavy challenge on Danny Rose on 26 minutes, but Turk was not so lucky after a foul on Sekani Simpson moments later.
City grew in confidence as the half wore on, producing some nice touches, while struggling to create clear-cut opportunities.
The midfield battle was being comfortably won by the home side, while Edwards and Gilroy’s workrate up front ensured County had little time on the ball.
Richard Evans shot well wide from the corner of the penalty area and Gilroy was tackled as he shaped to shoot on the edge of the area, but City could not take advantage of their control over the game before the interval.
They were soon made to pay when Hogg’s tackle on Kris Leek sent County striker Craig Reid racing through on goal and, despite getting a touch on the ball, Steve Perrin could not keep it out.
The hosts could not regain their grip on the game in the early stages of the second half, but Edwards’ header unexpectedly released Gilroy on the right 13 minutes in.
He got a shot in from a tight angle, but it was easily saved by Thompson.
Edwards also found himself in behind the County defence from Hogg’s volleyed pass, only to shoot wide under pressure.
However, the visitors were looking the more likely to take the lead at this stage, Rose’s free-kick forcing Perrin to punch clear midway though the half.
Hogg, who was having an effective game in midfield, then picked up a yellow card for a challenge on Rose.
Adie Britton sent on Stuart Douglas and Steve Jones during the final 15 minutes, and Douglas forced a goalline clearance from Rose in the 82nd minute from an Evans corner as City pushed forward for a winner.
And the decisive goal was not long in coming as, in the final minute of the 90, a long Jones free-kick was won on the edge of the area by Holland.
Gilroy flicked it on and Douglas was beaten to the ball by Steve Jenkins, but it fell to Holland and he drove it low, left-footed into the corner of the net, sparking huge celebrations among the City players and fans.
There was little to worry about during injury time as City held on for a 2-1 win to ensure they move into eighth place in Blue Square South, above rivals TeamBath, who were without a game today.