Blue Square Conference South
Saturday 14 March 2009- Twerton Park - kick off 3.00pm
||P Evans, Rollo (c), Slocombe, Coupe, Holland, Connolly, Hogg, Rogers (Gibb 63), Edwards (Klein-Davies 55), Douglas (Gilroy 85),
Badman. subs not used: R Evans, Simpson.
|man of the match:
||Douglas (12, pen 70)
||M Pottage (Wincanton), S Wales (Tewlesbury), A Raggett (Weston SM)
|league position: 9th
||next match: Newport (A)
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A Stuart Douglas brace ended a run of disappointing defeats as Bath City beat Havant & Waterlooville 2-1 at Twerton Park.
Douglas headed in a Lewis Hogg corner early on but Luke Nightingale equalised for the visitors from the penalty spot before half-time.
The hosts looked comfortable in the second half but needed a generous penalty award to net the winner, with Douglas converting the spot-kick after the ball hit the hand of Paul Hinshelwood.
City could have taken the lead in the seventh minute when Chris Holland met a Hogg corner with a powerful header, but visiting keeper Kevin Scriven saved from point-blank range.
Havant skipper Ian Simpemba was booked for a foul on Scott Rogers a few minutes later and Hogg’s dangerous set-piece delivery earned the hosts another corner.
Hogg picked out Douglas from the corner and he beat Scriven to the ball to head City into the lead.
The visitors had penalty appeals turned down on 19 minutes when Simpemba burst into the City area and went down under the challenge of Rogers, but nothing was given.
Both sides struggled to get into their stride, with set pieces seeming the most likely source of further goals.
Martin Slocombe was forced to head a Havant corner over the bar, while Robbie Martin fired wide as the visitors started to threaten the City goal.
However, Darren Edwards could have doubled the lead on the half-hour after combining well with Hogg, but he delayed his shot and the ball was cleared.
Moments later, Matt Coupe was caught out when Craig Watkins stole the ball from him in the penalty area and the City defender brought Watkins down.
Referee Mark Pottage awarded the penalty and Nightingale sent Paul Evans the wrong way to equalise.
The rest of the first half was a scrappy affair, with Holland and Mark Badman having City’s best chances, but unable to convert them.
There was little sign of improvement from either side at the start of the second half and City boss Adie Britton brought on new signing Josh Klein-Davies 10 minutes in.
He and Douglas began to find some space as City looked to take control of the game, but the visitors went close 20 minutes in when Evans came out for a cross and was glad to see the ball trickle wide after colliding with Wes Fogden.
Five minutes later, City took the lead when a pass from Douglas hit the hand of Havant right-back Hinshelwood and the referee signalled the second penalty of the game.
Douglas was keen to take the penalty and dispatched it low into the left-hand corner for his second goal.
There was little goalmouth action over the remaining 20 minutes, the best chance falling to Klein-Davies from Douglas’ flick, but the debutant’s attempted lob sailed wide.
The visitors showed few signs of threatening an equaliser and City had little trouble holding on for victory.