Blue Square South
Saturday 31 October 2009 - Twerton Park - kick off 3.00pm
||Robinson, Jombati, Rollo (c), Jones, Holland, Connolly, Simpson (Pelecaci 71), Badman (Evans 86), Edwards (Douglas 78), Perrott,
Hogg. subs not used: Coupe, Browning.
|man of the match:
||C Lymer, V Penfold, A Mawby
|league position: 13th
||next match: Grimsby Town (A)
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Any watching scouts from FA Cup opponents Grimsby Town could have been forgiven for being uncertain what to make of this performance by Bath City.
Strong at the back and creative in midfield, they lacked the penetration up front to unlock a stubborn Bromley defence despite having the lion's share of possession.
A lacklustre first half saw City only sporadically test keeper Gareth Williams while Bromley, particularly through Warren Mc Bean, always looked a threat on the break.
City’s two best chances came though Mike Perrott, starting in an unaccustomed role up front with Darren Edwards. On 38 minutes after switching with Lewis Hogg down the left, he put in a curving shot that was well taken by Gareth Williams.
Then, just four minutes before the interval, he had a further chance which he this time put straight into the keeper's hands.
However, the threat from McBean - a player who loves to score at Twerton Park having notched four in two visits last season - looked more menacing. After 20 minutes he got the better of defender Sido Jombati but his intended lob of City keeper Ryan Robinson was not high enough and was easily collected.
His second good opportunity, later in the half, saw him nearly get the better of Jombati but at the last minute the defender stretched out a leg to do enough to deflect the ball so that McBean's shot cannoned off Robinson's legs and into his arms.
The second half was more of the same as Bromley retreated even further and the City midfield began to control the match,and again it was Perrott of the two forwards who looked the more likely to score.
On 53 minutes he played a nice one-two with Edwards but his shot, although powerful, was straight into the visiting keeper's arms.
Fortune seemed to be turning City’s way when McBean limped off with a thigh injury although his successor Marcus Cassius looked to be just as much of a threat on the break as the man he replaced.
With quarter of an hour to go, a mistake in midfield by Florin Pelecaci - on for Sekani Simpson - left Cassius chasing unmarked towards goal with Adam Connolly rushing back in his wake. The difference for City was new keeper Robinson - seeing the danger, he raced off his line and got to the ball inches before Cassius before clearing into touch.
City, meanwhile, were continuing to batter the Bromley defence but without success. A succession of corners were either cleared by the visiting centre backs or by Williams.
Even with only four minutes to go, when Williams made his first mistake of the afternoon, coming for a Lewis Hogg corner that he failed to reach, Perrott’s powerful header was cleared off the line.
City could have snatched the game right at the death when Stuart Douglas - on for a tired looking Edwards - saw his header acrobatically turned over the cross bar by Williams.
However, as manager Adie Britton reflected after the game against a team which has lost just one game since the August bank holiday, perhaps a draw was a creditable if not welcome result.