FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
Saturday 21 November 2009 - York Road - kick off 3.00pm
||Robinson, Simpson, Rollo (c) (Evans 72), Coupe, Holland, Connolly, Jombati, Badman (Pelecaci 60), Edwards (Perrott 65),
Mohamed, Hogg. subs not used: Browning, Howells.
|man of the match:
||Adam Connolly/Sido Jombati
||Hogg (25), Badman (30)
||A Fielding (Oxon)
|league position: n/a
||next match: Forest Green (H)
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A goalkeeping blunder from Ryan Robinson comdemned Bath City to their first-ever defeat against Maidenhead United and ended their interest in the FA Trophy for another season.
Robinson failed to deal with an innocuous cross midway through the second half and Kieron St Aimie pounced to pinch the Magpies' first winner against City in nine attempts.
City were not at their best but will look back on missed opportunities, including a first-half penalty which Darren Edwards hit against the post.
Edwards, who had missed the previous two games with a rib injury, started up front in place of Stuart Douglas, who missed the third-round tie through illness.
Holland was also able to start after passing a fitness test on his injured knee but with Gethin Jones still out with a groin strain, City were forced to name assistant manager Lee Howells as their fifth substitute.
The opening minutes were distinctly uninspiring, in keeping with the low-key atmosphere around the ground.
It took until the 15th minute for either team to create a chance of note and it went to the visitors. A frequently used free-kick from deep saw Jim Rollo pick out Holland, whose header across goal was just too far in front of Matt Coupe at the back post.
City went even closer a couple of minutes later when Sido Jombati's cross picked out Edwards, whose goalbound shot hit team-mate Adam Connolly. Edwards retrieved the loose ball but saw his second effort hit the midriff of defender Will Hendry, then Connolly thumped the rebound wide.
But the best chance to break the deadlock came in the 23rd minute when Mark Badman was fouled in the box by Marcus Rose and referee Adam Fielding immediately pointed to the spot. However, a rather casual penalty from Edwards hit the post, although the keeper would probably have saved it anyway.
Maidenhead had their first effort a couple of minutes later as the game finally came to life, Hendry's clever low free-kick forcing a good save at his near post from Robinson.
But most of the threat was coming from City with Jombati scuffing a shot wide of the near post under pressure and Connolly dragging an effort off target from 20 yards, while Mohamed drew a routine save from Chris Tardif.
And Jombati squandered another good chance at the end of a quick break from City, the Portuguese winger blazing over the bar after being teed up by Edwards' intelligent backheel.
Maidenhead made a change just after the break, with David Clarke coming on in right midfield and Bobby Behzadi going to left-back to replace Tom Baddeley.
However, the substitute found himself on the back foot in the early stages of the second half as Lewis Hogg produced a couple of jinking runs down the left to help ensure City maintained the upper hand.
But still the opening goal remained elusive, with Mohamed missing a glorious chance in the 55th minute. Rollo's deep ball into the box was flicked on by Mark Badman and fell perfectly for Mohamed six yards out but the Welsh striker stabbed it wide.
City boss Adie Britton made his first change on the hour mark, replacing Badman - who had been harshly booked in the first half - with Romanian midfielder Florin Pelecaci.
Mike Perrott came on for Edwards five minutes later, just moments after Maidenhead had sent on Lee Barney for Marcus Rose, as both managers tried to bring some freshness to what was becoming a stale game.
Further impetus was added for the visitors in the 69th minute - but not in the way they would have wanted as they fell behind to a soft goal. Behzadi's looping cross from the left seemed harmless but Robinson could only punch the ball up in the air as he attempted to clear at the back post and it fell to St Aimie, who had the simple task of tapping home.
With City now needing a goal to maintain their interest in the competition, Britton took off left-back Rollo and sent on winger Richard Evans as part of a three-pronged attack.
But the visitors were still struggling to find a breakthrough and found themselves to resorting to handball appeals three times in quick succession, all of which were waved away by the referee.
City continued to push forward and, in injury-time, an Evans cross was nodded back across the six-yard box by Perrott but Mohamed could not quite control the ball and the danger was cleared.
That proved to be City's final chance of the game as their poor record in the FA Trophy continued.