Blue Square South
Saturday 5 September 2009 - Woodside Park - kick off 3.00pm
||Perrin, Simpson, Rollo (c), Coupe, Jones, Connolly, Jombati (Caldwell 87), Hogg, Edwards, Mohamed, Perrott (Gwinnett 83).
subs not used: Evans.
|man of the match:
||Connolly (9), Edwards (24,59), Hogg (65), Mohamed (82)
|league position: 9th
||next match: Eastleigh (H)
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If Bath City travelled to Essex in fear and trepidation at having only 11 fit players, two youngsters and an injured midfielder to call upon against mid-table rivals Bishopís Stortford, it didnít show.
Adie Brittonís side scored five times away from home for the first time in Blue Square South and in doing so matched their biggest winning margin since promotion to the division.
A momentary scare in the opening minutes which saw Steve Perrin only half clear a Stortford free-kick with a weak punch was soon forgotten when City scored from what was virtually their first attack.
The goal came at the end of a seven-man move which started with a downfield kick from Perrin. His clearance was well taken by Darren Edwards, who flicked the ball to Kaid Mohamed on the right. Sides were then switched via Lewis Hogg, Sekani Simpson and Mike Perrott, whose blocked shot was stabbed home by a delighted Adam Connolly.
From then on City could do no wrong while for the home team equally little went right. Their occasional shots more endangered the corner flag than the net and passes were intercepted with a nonchalant ease by the City back row and midfield.
On 24 minutes the visitors went 2-0 up. A long ball downfield was casually nodded back by Mark Wright, who obviously thought he had heard a call from his keeper. Mohamed stepped around him and passed the ball for Edwards to fire home from close range.
The travelling City fans could not believe it but, having previously held leads away from home only to fail to secure victory, more traditional anxieties returned just before the interval.
With the home side at long last beginning to press forward, Bertie Brayley narrowly headed wide with Perrin looking to make a last minute save despite referee Mr Hair awarding a goal kick.
A minute later Stortford were back in the game after Jim Rollo slipped following a Wright cross, allowing Charlie Sheringham Ė the son of Teddy - to creep in at the far post and pull the deficit back to a single goal.
At the start of the second half the home side made a double substitution, moving to three up front but despite increased possession they still made little impact on the City defence. It was a failing for which they were soon punished.
Edwards scored his second just before the hour mark from a corner after Gethin Jones headed the ball down.
Six minutes later the game was all over as a contest after Stortford substitute Ashley Nicholls handled the ball 20 yards from goal. It was in a virtually identical spot to the one from which Hogg had scored at Woodside Park last season and the diminutive midfielder was not going to allow anybody else a chance, exquisitely curving the ball around the defensive wall before seeing it settle in the bottom right-hand corner of keeper Ed Thompsonís net.
There was still time for the home side to be made even more miserable after Sheringham missed a penalty and City got their final reward and fifth goal of the afternoon with eight minutes to go.
Mohamed, who had worked tirelessly, had just seen a good chance blocked by the Stortford defence, followed by a long-range shot that sailed narrowly over the crossbar.
However, his third attempt came good. He sprung a tired-looking home offside trap, expertly took the ball over the top down on to his right foot and slid his shot past Thompson to complete what manager Britton later described as his perfect day.