Blue Square Conference South
Saturday 11 April 2009 - Twerton Park - kick off 3.00pm
||P Evans, G Jones, Rollo (c), Coupe, Holland, Connolly (S Jones 82), Simpson, Badman, Douglas (Gilroy 76), Edwards (Rogers 90),
Hogg. subs not used: Klein-Davies, Gibb.
|man of the match:
||Hogg (42), Rollo (58)
||M Amphlett (Kidderminster), T Wood (Quedgeley), S Wales (Tewkesbury)
|league position: 7th
||next match: Worcester City (H)
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Landlords Bath City beat tenants TeamBath 1-0 to maintain their unbeaten record against the University of Bath-based side thanks to an early Lewis Hogg goal.
They could have added further goals as they dominated the opening of the match, but TeamBath also threatened after weathering an early storm.
City went in front in the sixth minute when Sekani Simpson got the better of TeamBath left-back Andy Caton and his cross was missed by Stuart Douglas, leaving the waiting Hogg with a simple finish.
Hogg shot over two minutes later as City continued their positive start and nearly doubled their lead when Darren Edwards burst into the box to connect with Douglas’ knock-down, but TeamBath keeper Jake Meredith tipped the ball over.
The resulting Hogg corner was cleared, but fell to the midfielder again and he drilled his shot just wide.
Simpson continued to torment Caton on the right and his 14th-minute cross narrowly evaded the outstretched leg of Adam Connolly.
TeamBath’s first chance fell to captain Gary Warren but he guided his header wide from Marc Canham’s free-kick.
Simpson continued his tricks on the right wing, evading three defenders only to see Warren intercept his cross.
Edwards’ shouts for a penalty were turned down midway through the half and Gethin Jones’ teasing left-foot cross caused difficulty for Meredith, but the Twerton Park tenants began to gain a foothold in the game and created a couple of chances just before the half-hour.
Takumi Ake combined with Matt Cooper but Ake’s shot presented Paul Evans with a comfortable save.
Shaun Benison won a free-kick moments later but his shot from 25 yards, although well struck, again caused few problems for the tall City keeper.
The game threatened to peter out over the final 15 minutes of the half, although Ake nearly found himself through on goal and Hogg picked up a yellow card for a challenge on Matt Lock.
The first chance of the second half fell to City when Hogg set up Connolly and his volley forced Meredith to make the save.
TeamBath nearly equalised moments later when Caton's long free-kick was headed down by Warren, but Cooper could only direct his header straight at Evans from six yards.
City countered and Edwards neatly chipped the ball over the defender before his shot was saved by Meredith.
TeamBath offered more going forward than in the early stages of the first half, with an Ake cross just eluding his team-mates and Evans flapping at the ball from a Warren pass.
Meredith pulled off a remarkable save in the 60th minute when Hogg's corner was met by the head of Chris Holland and the ball was heading for the top corner before the TeamBath keeper tipped it over.
City could have doubled their advantage midway through the second half, but Douglas shot wide after being played through by Hogg.
Two minutes later, a Simpson cross was dropped by Meredith under pressure from Douglas, but Warren was on hand to clear for a corner as City kept the pressure on.
City remained on top and Connolly had a shot blocked, while Douglas shot weakly at the keeper when well placed on 72 minutes, before being replaced by Gilroy four minutes later.
There were few chances over the final 15 minutes as both sides began to look tired in the sunshine.
Substitute Gilroy nearly sealed the victory in the third minute of stoppage time but Meredith pushed his shot away for a corner.
However, the final whistle sounded moments later to signal City's victory.