Blue Square Conference South
Saturday 7 March - Twerton Park - kick off 3.00pm
||P Evans, G Jones, Rollo (c) (Douglas 65), Coupe, Holland, Connolly, Hogg, Rogers, Edwards, Gilroy, R Evans (Simpson 79).
subs not used: S Jones, Caldwell, Badman.
|man of the match:
||R Evans (79)
||B Huxtable (Torrington), L Hoskin (Weston SM), M Lawrence (Bridgwater)
|league position: 10th
||next match: Fisher (A)
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Bath City's play-off hopes have been dealt a potentially fatal blow after they were beaten by second-from-bottom Bognor Regis Town.
After failing to convert a number of first-half chances, the hosts were hit by a sucker punch in the 64th minute when Ryan Gazet du Chattelier - on loan from Portsmouth - struck with City waiting for an offside decision which never came.
The manner of the goal added to the deep frustration felt around Twerton Park on a day when, despite getting into some good positions, City failed to force visiting keeper Stacey Harper into a save of note.
Adam Connolly was a late addition to the starting line-up, drafted in to replace Mark Badman who had been named in the starting XI but picked up a knock in the warm-up.
After a fairly low-key start, City began to apply pressure in the final third and could have gone ahead in the 11th minute when a corner reached Scott Rogers at the back post but he failed to make proper contact with his shot and the ball was scrambled off the line.
Connolly also might have done better 60 seconds later with a shot from the edge of the box which went tamely wide.
Lewis Hogg also saw a drive hit the backside of Bognor captain Sam Pearce, while Rogers fizzed a cross-shot just over the bar from a tight angle as City searched in vain for the opening goal.
City were not fully firing but were still creating good openings, one of the best falling to Chris Holland from a Richard Evans corner but the defender got over the ball and put a free header wide from eight yards.
Luck was on Bognor's side a couple of minutes later when keeper Harper fumbled a Hogg flick under pressure from Dave Gilroy but the City striker could only steer the loose ball into the side-netting.
Bognor offered very little going forward but Jahson Downes gave City a scare in the 40th minute when, from Scott Chamberlain's angled pass, he chested the ball away from the home defence but just far enough for keeper Paul Evans to get there before him.
There was another fright for City five minutes into the second half when a Bognor break ended with the ball being rolled across to Chamberlain at the back post. He looked set to score but Connolly slid with a fantastic block to deflect the ball behind for a corner.
The longer the game went without a goal, the more nervous and frustrated the home players and fans began to get and the less likely the breakthrough appeared to be.
Eventually the opening goal did come - and it went to Bognor in controversial circumstances. Gethin Jones had done well to clear from his right-back position but the ball was instantly played back down the line towards Seb Wallis-Taylor.
The Bognor player was in an offside position and the linesman briefly raised his flag but Wallis-Taylor held his hands up to indicate he wasn't interfering with play and allowed the ball to bounce through to Downes. Play was allowed to go on and the tiny striker rolled the ball across for Ryan Gazet du Chattelier to tap home.
With City's season disappearing, boss Adie Britton went for broke by taking off defender Jim Rollo and sending on Stuart Douglas as part of a three-pronged attack.
But the chances had largely dried up, with Hogg putting a free-kick well over the bar and Gilroy's header from a corner being nodded off the line by Kane Wills.
Richard Evans was having a particularly frustrating afternoon which was summed up in the 79th minute when, as he was being replaced by Sekani Simpson, he was called back onto the pitch to be booked for dissent.
Bognor also made a change, replacing goalscorer Gazet du Chattelier with Nathan Lynch who, with his first involvement, almost went through on goal. Matt Coupe was able to get back and knock the ball to keeper Paul Evans, but - because of his knee problem - he had to pick it up and concede an indirect free-kick which, luckily, came to nothing.
City got into some good crossing positions in the closing stages but failed to put in a decent delivery as Bognor held on for only their fifth win of the season.