Blue Square Conference South
Saturday 21 February 2009 - Twerton Park - kick off 3.00pm
||Perrin, Simpson, Rollo (c) (Slocombe 83), G Jones, Holland, S Jones (Rogers 60), Hogg, Connolly, Edwards, Gilroy, R Evans
(Coupe 45). subs not used: Douglas, Caldwell.
|man of the match:
||M Philpott (Falmouth), B Mortimer (Bristol), M Halford (Bristol)
|league position: 9th
||next match: Weston SM (H)
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Steve Perrin's brave resistance was finally ended from the penalty spot as Hampton & Richmond Borough deservedly claimed the spoils against a below-par Bath City side.
The home keeper had pulled off a string of fantastic saves to thwart the visitors, who also rattled the woodwork four times, and looked to have earned a point when he blocked Francis Quarm's 77th-minute penalty, only for the Hampton midfielder to follow up and slot home the loose ball.
It was no more than Hampton deserved for a totally dominant display against a City side who never once got going, with Darren Edwards' speculative shot into the side-netting after 11 minutes and a late volley from Lewis Hogg their only efforts of note.
Adie Britton started with the same 11 which had finished strongly against AFC Wimbledon, meaning Matt Coupe dropped to the bench as City lined up 3-5-2.
But the tone of the game was set in the opening seconds as Perrin was forced to save bravely at Stuart Lake's feet after only two minutes.
And the keeper was called into action again moments later to make a brilliant instinctive stop after Orlando Jeffrey had met a corner with a powerful header. Lake scooped the rebound over the bar from close range.
But Perrin's best save was to come in the 14th minute after his defenders had gone to sleep at a corner. Barrie Matthews rolled the ball to Quarm who, from the right corner of the box, unleashed a stunning strike which Perrin managed to push onto the underside of the bar. The rebound dropped invitingly for Lawrence Yaku but the striker headed onto the top of the bar and over from just two yards.
Hampton were looking sharper all over the pitch as, despite having five players across midfield, City struggled to find a foothold in the game. When they did get possession it was squandered all too easily.
They did earn four free-kicks in the Hampton half and a couple of corners during a six-minute spell but all of the deliveries lacked quality.
Instead it was the visitors who continued to look most threatening, particularly down the right, and a Quarm cutback led to Lake side-footing the ball goalwards but fortunately straight at Perrin.
It was Matthews' turn to put in a good ball from the right a couple of minutes later, which hit Gethin Jones' chest and bounced goalwards before scrambled behind. From the resulting corner, Ian Hodges was left unmarked on the near post but headed over as the first half finished goalless.
It had been a disappointing opening 45 minutes for the hosts so it was no surprise when Britton made a change at the break, sending on defender Matt Coupe for winger Richard Evans and reverting to 4-4-2, with Hogg going to the left.
Not that it had much effect as Hampton continued to boss the game. Fortunately luck remained on City's side as the woodwork came to their rescue for the third time, Hodges' dipping shot rattling the crossbar.
Perrin then threw himself to his right to keep out a 25-yard drive from Graham Harper before Hampton's nemeses combined again moments later, the keeper getting the slightest of touches to divert Matthews' curling free-kick onto the bar.
The woodwork and Perrin were keeping City in the game, with Lake again being denied by an outstanding one-handed save from the keeper midway through the second half.
However, the resistance was finally ended with 13 minutes to go, albeit in slightly contentious circumstances. Harper's cross hit Jim Rollo's arm and, although there seemed no intent to handle, the referee immediately pointed to the spot.
Even then Perrin looked to have denied Hampton as he stuck out a hand to save Quarm's spot-kick but the visiting midfielder followed up to tap home the loose ball.
City never looked like salvaging a point, although they did finally register a shot on target in the 89th minute when Hogg volleyed straight at the keeper.
Sekani Simpson also went on a mazy run in injury-time, beating three players, but then slipped as he attempted to cross to sum up City's afternoon.