Blue Square Conference South
Monday 13 April 2009 - Twerton Park - kick off 3.00pm
||P Evans, Simpson. Rollo (c), Coupe, Holland, S Jones, Gibb (G Jones 71), Badman (Connolly 87), Douglas, Gilroy (Klein-Davies 74),
Hogg. subs not used: Rogers, Slocombe.
|man of the match:
||Douglas (12), S Jones (85)
||A Rodda (Exeter), M Lawrence (Bridgwater), S Berner (Cullompton)
|league position: 7th
||next match: Chelmsford City (H)
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Chris Holland's first-half header was enough to keep Bath City's slim hopes of reaching the play-offs alive.
The centre half nodded home his sixth goal of the season from Lewis Hogg's corner in the 22nd minute to secure three vital points.
That keeps City in seventh place, three points clear of Welling who were 5-0 winners at Fisher Athletic, and that - depending on the outcome of Hampton & Richmond's ground grading - could be good enough for a play-off place.
Adie Britton made three changes to the team which beat TeamBath on Saturday, with Steve Jones, Ali Gibb and Dave Gilroy coming in for Gethin Jones, Adam Connolly and Darren Edwards, who dropped out of the 16 altogether.
Worcester boss Richard Dryden also made sweeping changes to the team which had lost at home to Weston, naming assistant boss Carl Heeley in the starting line-up and himself on the bench.
And it was the visitors who had the first shot on goal, Matthew Dinsmore firing just wide inside the opening minute.
City's first sniff came in the ninth minute when Matt Coupe's controlled clearance released Stuart Douglas but Craig Wilding - playing in defence for Worcester instead of his usual forward role - was able to close down the danger.
Douglas became the first player in the book three minutes later following a slightly late challenge on Heeley.
At this stage Worcester were just about edging proceedings but things swung firmly in City's favour midway though the first period.
Hogg's inswinging corner was firmly headed home by Holland to put the hosts ahead and they went on to dominate the remainder of the half.
Gibb had a curling free-kick pushed around the post by keeper Daniel McDonnell, then picked out Holland with a fine cross but the defender headed wide from 12 yards.
And it was from another Gibb free-kick that Douglas had two efforts from close range, both of which were blocked during a melee.
City were almost caught cold at the start of the second half when Dinsmore had an effort at goal within 20 seconds of the restart but Paul Evans was alert enough to tip it over the bar.
And the keeper had to make another stop a couple of minutes later, holding on to Robert Davies' free-kick at the second attempt as a host of players closed in.
City reasserted some pressure but without being able to fashion a shot on goal and it was Worcester who had the next chance of note, Dave Bampton's drive from 20 yards being blocked by Jim Rollo.
Having looked a threat in the first half, Gibb's influence had faded after the break and he was the first City player to be replaced, coming off for Gethin Jones in the 71st minute.
The sub almost made an immediate impact, bursting forward from right back but overhitting the pass which could have Douglas in the clear.
Josh Klein-Davies was also sent on for Gilroy in the 74th minute as Britton sought to inject some life into the City attack.
And it had some effect as City produced their first two chances of note in the half in quick succession. First Hogg released Mark Badman with a fantastic volleyed pass but the midfielder got the ball stuck under his feet and the chance was cleared.
However, City quickly regained possession and when Klein-Davies's shot from a tight angle was parried by keeper McDonnell, Douglas looked set to score from the rebound but nodded over.
That miss almost proved very costly a couple of minutes later when substitute Matthew Dodd got around Sekani Simpson and pulled the ball back for Marco Adaggio but the Worcester striker's shot came back off the underside of the bar.
It was Klein-Davies's turn to be denied by the woodwork in injury time when his superb overhead kick crashed against the bar and the striker also fired into the side netting from Gethin Jones' flick but one goal proved to be enough.