Blue Square South
Saturday 29 August 2009 - The Avenue Stadium - kick off 3.00pm
||Perrin, Simpson, Rollo (c), Coupe, Jones, Connolly, Jombati (Perrott 72), Badman (Browning 45), Edwards, Mohamed (Caldwell 88), Hogg.
subs not used: Gwinnett, Dunn.
|man of the match:
||Badman (25), Edwards (41)
||Mohamed (59), Jones (70)
|league position: 12th
||next match: Worcester City
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Bath City continued their average of four goals per game this season as they shared the points with Dorchester Town.
All the goals came in the second quarter of an entertaining game, with Mark Badman and Darren Edwards scoring in between a deflected effort from Neil Martin and a header from City old boy Phil Walsh.
With influential defender Chris Holland ruled out through injury, Gethin Jones stood in at centre-half for City while striker Kaid Mohamed made his first start for the club alongside Edwards.
Midfielder Badman returned from his one-match suspension to replace Marcus Browning, who dropped to the bench, and Steve Perrin continued in goal in place of the injured Will Puddy.
The game took a while to settle down, with the best chances of the opening 10 minutes coming from free-kicks in virtually identical positions, 20 yards out and just to the left of goal.
The first went to City following a handball by Dorchester skipper Mark Jermyn but Lewis Hogg's effort hit the wall. The second went to the hosts following a lunge by Matt Coupe on Jake Smeeton but Martin's shot deflected safely through to Perrin.
Coupe had the chance to make a positive impact at the other end in the 10th minute when, from City's first corner, the ball dropped to him eight yards out but he took a touch, which allowed Jamie Gleeson to nick the ball off his toes.
However, it was from Dorchester's first corner that the hosts took a 20th minute lead, albeit with some good fortune. The flag-kick hit a couple of City defenders on its way across goal and had to be cleared off the line by Adam Connolly at the far post. The ball was cleared as far as Martin, whose instant shot from 30 yards took a deflection off Badman and looped past the helpless Perrin into the net.
The keeper pulled off a fine save at his near post four minutes later to prevent Martin from doubling the lead with an angled drive as City briefly wobbled.
But the visitors found themselves back on level terms in the 26th minute when a long throw was allowed to bounce across the box by Dorchester keeper Ryan Northmore and Badman was on hand to bundle the ball home from close range.
And City should have gone ahead in the 36th minute when Sido Jombati, playing on the right wing, worked the ball back on to his left foot before whipping in a fantastic cross which picked out Mohamed eight yards out. However, the striker directed his free header straight at Northmore.
Play went straight down the other end where Martin's dangerous cross was nodded back across goal by Walsh but Perrin managed to push the ball away from the lurking Matt Groves.
City were enjoying their best spell of the half, though, and took the lead in the 42nd minute after an excellent link-up between Hogg and Edwards. The move started with a dummy from Hogg to allow the ball to run through to Edwards, who then exchanged passes with the midfielder and, following a slip by Jermyn, found himself with space in the box.
Rather than shoot first time, the striker showed great composure to step inside covering defender Harry Montacute before drilling the ball past Northmore.
It was a superb goal but, sadly, not enough to give the visitors an interval lead as Dorchester levelled with virtually the last touch of the half. It came from former City striker Walsh, who got his head on the end of an Ivan Forbes centre to send the teams into the break all square.
Adie Britton was forced to make a change for the second half, a hamstring injury for Badman meaning he had to be replaced by Browning for Badman.
Dorchester had the first real chance of the half, Jim Rollo producing a fantastic block when Forbes smashed in a low cross-shot.
Walsh also thumped a rising shot into the side-netting but apart from that, City's defence was looking more like the reliable, solid unit fans have come to expect over the past few years.
There was some cause for concern for City in the 64th minute when Hogg, who had been grimacing throughout the game, went down clutching his knee following a tackle on Gleesson but, following lengthy treatment, he was able to carry on.
The visitors had failed to create a chance of note after the break so it was no surprise to see Britton make an attacking change in the 72nd minute, sending on Mike Perrott for the quiet Jombati.
They finally had their first shot on target in the 81st minute, although's Connolly's effort - a left-foot volley after his initial shot was blocked - was never likely to beat Northmore.
The keeper did have to pull off a good stop five minutes later, though, when Perrott got the wrong side of Jermyn and fired in a shot which Northmore pushed over at the near post.
And Perrott stung his hands again moments later with a header from Connolly's cross as City threatened to pinch the points.
However, it needed a fantastic double save from Perrin in injury-time to ensure they came away with one, the keeper saving brilliantly from Walsh and Gleeson in quick succession.