Blue Square South
Tuesday 11 August 2009 - Twerton Park - kick off 7.45pm
||Puddy, Jones (Browning 76), Rollo (c), Coupe, Holland, Connolly, Simpson, Badman, Edwards (Mohamed 79), Jombati (Perrott 87),
Evans. subs not used: Douglas, Cornwall.
|man of the match:
||A Bromley (Plympton), A Ricketts (Bristol), M Long (Bridport)
|league position: 9th
||next match: Welling Utd (H)
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Darren Edwards scored his second goal in as many games to set Bath City on their way to a first win of the season.
It was no more than they deserved after a dominant display in which they were much the better team but struggled to create clear-cut chances.
Adie Britton largely kept faith with the team which lost 4-3 at Chelmsford City, with Will Puddy - at fault for all the goals on Saturday - continuing in goal.
The only change saw Gethin Jones come in at right-back and Sido Jombati push forward into attack, with midfielder Marcus Browning dropping to the bench alongside new signing Kaid Mohamed.
As they had done at the Melbourne Stadium, City started confidently and knocked the ball around well in the opening stages.
One flowing move saw Sekani Simpson and Jombati move the ball out to Richard Evans in space inside the box but rather than drive in a cross-shot, the winger floated it towards the penalty spot and the danger was cleared.
At the other end, Puddy had an earlier settler when he comfortably held a Staforde Palmer shot at the near post.
City were edging proceedings without creating any clear-cut chances. Jombati produced a brilliant challenge to rob defender Nevin Saroya inside the box but wasted his good work by failing to pick out a colleague with his pass.
The home side's best chance arrived midway through the half when Simpson's mis-hit cross fell perfectly into Edwards' stride but he completely scuffed his shot from eight yards.
The ball was cleared to Evans, whose lofted delivery into the box skimmed Jombati's head on its way through to keeper Chris Tardif.
The Maidenhead stopper's next contribution was right out of the top drawer, diving low to his right to keep out Jombati's prod goalwards following an excellent run and cross by Simpson.
Mark Badman became the first player in the book in the 36th minute, adding to the two yellow cards he picked up at Chelmsford on Saturday, following a late challenge on Bobby Behzadi.
Maidenhead were offering little threat but it did need a strong challenge from Matt Coupe to stop Ries Stanislaus going through, the City centre-half injuring himself in the process and needing lengthy treatment.
The final chance of the half came when Edwards controlled Gethin Jones' long ball down the right channel and then tried to catch the keeper by surprise with a lob but it dropped the wrong side of the post.
The second half almost began in embarrassing fashion for Tardif when he dropped a routine cross on to Edwards' head. Right-back Jack Bradshaw then fell on the ball and there was a brief melee before Tardif managed to gratefully reclaim possession.
Maidenhead posed a little more of a threat going forward, with Palmer being crowded out after a positive run and Bradshaw firing in a shot on target but straight at Puddy.
But apart from that the game had gone decidedly flat and clearly needed a spark to bring it to life.
Simpson almost provided it with a well-timed through-ball to release Edwards but the striker had to stretch as the keeper rushed out and could only divert his lob wide of the far post.
His next effort was on target, though, and provided City with the long-awaited breakthrough. The goal came about thanks to excellent harrying by Jombati, who used his strength to dispossess defender Saroya and play in the galloping Edwards.
The striker took a touch before coolly placing his shot past Tardif at his near post.
Maidenhead responded well and applied some sustained pressure for the first time in the game but City did well to stay strong at a succession of corners.
The visitors then made the first changes, sending on Aryan Tajbakhsh and Alex Wall for winger Sam Collins and Palmer respectively.
Britton also made a substitution, bringing on Marcus Browning for Jones with Simpson dropping to right-back.
Edwards dragged another shot wide in the 79th minute, which proved to be his last involvement before being replaced by new signing Mohamed.
Mike Perrott also came on for his Twerton Park debut - in black and white stripes at least - in place of man of the match Jombati.
However, they did almost snatch a point in the fourth minute of injury-time when Rise Stanislaus found space on the edge of the box but his shot deflected just wide.