Coronation Cup sponsored by Bizarre Bath Comedy Walk
Sunday 26 July 2009- Twerton Park - kick off 3.00pm
||Perrin, Jombarti, Rollo (c), Coupe, Jones, Connolly (Taylor 86), Simpson, Badman (Cornwall 70), Edwards (Perrott 69),
Douglas (Caldwell 86), Evans (Hogg 70). subs not used: Northmore, T Evans, Allward.
|man of the match:
||Badman (74), Hogg (88)
||S Knapp (Bristol), R Torczuk (Frome), B Danaher (Bristol)
|league position: n/a
||next match: Gloucester City (A)
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Bath City got their hands on some pre-season silverware after beating ten-man Chippenham Town in an ill-tempered affair at Twerton Park.
Winning skipper Jim Rollo was presented with the Coronation Cup, a trophy first given to City back in 1937 and revived for this friendly between two traditional rivals.
City, fielding virtually a first-choice starting XI, bossed the match from the opening whistle but only had one goal to show for their efforts.
It arrived after four minutes and there was a hint of good fortune about it, with Sido Jombarti's miscued pass deflecting off Chippenham defender Ian Harvey and through to Stuart Douglas.
The striker's shot was parried by keeper Chris Snoddy but dropped perfectly for Richard Evans to nod home at the back post.
Evans provided good width down the left during the first half, while Jombarti and Sekani Simpson showed signs of a promising understanding down the right but the final delivery from the flanks was disappointing.
Snoddy only had two other saves to make in the opening period, a routine take from Gethin Jones' long-range drive and a smart block inside the six-yard box from Darren Edwards' toe-poke.
Chippenham offered very little and had to wait until the final kick of the first half before finally having a shot, Tarik Khalil's effort going straight at Steve Perrin.
City remained by far the better team after the break but again without really threatening to add to their lead. Edwards dragged an effort wide after a good turn on the edge of the box, then the striker got in the way of a goalbound half-volley from Adam Connolly and Douglas failed to get a shot away when he had time and space in the area.
With Chippenham struggling to make an impression, their frustration bubbled to the surface in a series of niggly tackles, one of which left City captain Jim Rollo needing treatment on a leg injury and visiting striker Sam Allison in the book.
Keeper Snoddy was also shown the yellow card moments later after handling the ball outside the box under pressure from Simpson.
And the ill discipline eventually led to Chippenham midfielder Kye Holly being shown the red card by referee Simon Knapp following handbags between the two sets of players as they waited for a corner.
Further bookings followed for Mark Badman and Chippenham's Lewis Powell as the game became scrappy, with a series of substitutions not helping the flow.
Two of City's replacement went close to doubling the lead but Mike Perrott's low shot was blocked by Snoddy's legs and Aaron Cornwall's follow-up effort was blocked on the line.
Perrott and Cornwall looked lively when they came on and Jamie Taylor produced a memorable dummy during his five-minute cameo appearance but fellow sub Lewis Hogg managed to end up in the book and was then spoken to at length after disputing the decision.