Blue Square South
Tuesday 8 September 2009 - Twerton Park - kick off 7.45pm
||Perrin, Simpson (Evans 60), Rollo (c), Coupe, Jones, Connolly, Jombati (Gwinnett 83), Hogg, Edwards, Mohamed, Perrott.
subs not used: Taylor, Caldwell.
|man of the match:
||Sido Jomabati/Mike Perrott
||Hogg (17), Edwards (38), Evans (74)
||D Eaton (Tewkesbury), S Oakey (Cheltenham), D Leach (Witney)
|league position: 11th
||next match: Lewes
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Two early goals proved decisive as Bath City were beaten at home by Eastleigh in Blue Square South tonight.
Adie Britton’s men went into the game on a high following their stunning 5-1 win at Bishop’s Stortford on Saturday and, with the manager’s hand forced by a catalogue of injuries, were unchanged for the clash. Youngster Jamie Taylor was added to a bench that also included fellow teenagers Raiff Gwinnett and Ashley Caldwell and a half-fit Richard Evans.
The fans were still trickling into the ground when Eastleigh were gifted the lead with barely two minutes gone.
Gethin Jones appeared to misjudge Brett Poate’s throw-in from the left as it bounced innocuously into the area and was punished for his slip by Andy Forbes, who stole in before coolly slipping the ball under Steve Perrin.
The goal set the tone for the opening 20 minutes as City were repeatedly forced back onto the ropes.
Forbes connected well with Poate’s right-wing corner but saw his header beaten away by Perrin, who was flattened by a hefty challenge from centre back Tom Jordan two minutes later.
Fortunately the veteran keeper was able to play on after treatment and was called into action again when Aaron Martin met Trevor Challis’ deep free-kick on the volley, parrying the ball to safety.
But City did not survive for long and fell further behind after Lewis Hogg was booked for a late challenge on Peter Adeniyi just inside the home half. Poate floated the ball into the box and Jordan, a former City player, rose highest to send a downward header under Perrin and into the net.
City’s first shot on target arrived on 20 minutes when Adam Connolly’s harmless drive was fielded by Jason Matthews.
An increasingly physical contest began to boil over after Adeniyi clattered Mohamed and followed Hogg into the book, while what appeared to be a late challenge by Poate on Sido Jombati went completely unpunished.
Jones then headed just wide from a left-wing Hogg corner as City fashioned their best chance of the half.
Eastleigh were incredibly fortunate not to go down to 10 men five minutes before the break. A foul on Jordan sparked another melee which saw ex-Bristol Rovers full-back Challis first lash out and then go head to head with Darren Edwards. After consulting an assistant, referee Derek Eaton elected to book the pair of them, a move which went down like a lead balloon with the home supporters.
There had been a multitude of stoppages in the first period but Mr Eaton seemed anxious to give both sets of players the chance to cool off and blew for half-time having played only three additional minutes, leaving the field with a chorus of boos from the fans and some harsh words from City management duo Adie Britton and Lee Howells ringing in his ears.
Eastleigh boss Iain Baird substituted Challis at the interval, with Shaun McAuley replacing him for the second half.
The visitors appeared in control during a relatively quiet start to the second half but should have had their advantage halved on 55 minutes. Martin failed to control Jim Rollo’s ball into the box and was duly chased down by Jombati, who rifled high over the bar with the goal at his mercy.
Britton immediately made his first switch of the evening, replacing Sekani Simpson with Evans, who has spent the last three weeks on the sidelines with a bruised foot.
But the substitute quickly found his stride and saw a couple of dangerous left-wing centres cleared by a stretched defence before Hogg’s drive from the edge of the area ricocheted behind for a fruitless corner.
City continued to press and Kaid Mohamed failed to connect properly with another Evans cross before Edwards squandered a shooting chance after being set up by Perrott from the opposite flank.
Evans then became the third City player cautioned for arguing with a referee’s assistant with 20 minutes left.
With Eastleigh looking to take the sting out of the game at every opportunity and a tired-looking City struggling to break down the visitors’ solid centre-back pairing, Britton introduced Gwinnett for Jombati.
The youngster soon produced a cross from the right that briefly lifted the crowd but Edwards went down easily as he looked to connect with it and his tenuous claims for a penalty were waved away.
Edwards went close with two minutes to go, cutting in from the right wing before producing a shot that flew across the face of Matthews’ goal and inches past the far post.