Blue Square South
Saturday 5 December 2009 - Twerton Park - kick off 3.00pm
||Robinson, Simpson, Rollo, Jones, Holland, Connolly, Jombati (Stolcers 67), Badman, Edwards (Browning 85), Mohamed
(Douglas 59), Hogg. subs not used: Evans, Caldwell.
|man of the match:
||A Serrano (Hemel Hempstead), J Forescue (Bournemouth), K Horrigan (Poole)
|league position: 9th
||next match: Braintree Town (A)
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Bath City played out a 1-1 draw at home to Newport County after a disappointing second half at Twerton Park.
The first 45 minutes saw two goals, with Sido Jombati heading City into the lead before Craig Reid's penalty levelled the scores.
There were plenty of other chances in the first half, with County finishing the stronger, but the second half saw few scoring opportunities and neither side deserved a winner, as City extended their unbeaten league run to seven matches.
Adie Britton started with the same line-up that lost to Forest Green in the FA Cup before beating Woking 5-0 in the league midweek for Bath City's clash against Newport County at Twerton Park.
The only changes were on the bench, with Ashley Caldwell and Richard Evans taking the places of Mike Perrott, who has gone on loan to Frome Town, and Florin Pelecaci.
Among the Newport line-up were former City players Paul Cochlin and Scott Rogers, but Dave Gilroy was denied a chance to play against his former side due to injury.
The first chance fell to City when Kaid Mohamed escaped on the left after good work from Lewis Hogg and Darren Edwards, but Mohamed could not find Sido Jombati with his low cross/shot.
County nearly responded in the ninth minute when Adam Connolly fouled Gary Warren just outside the box and Sam Foley's free-kick was tipped over by Ryan Robinson.
City took the lead five minutes later when Hogg earned a corner with a dangerous low shot, before delivering the corner himself, which saw Jombati jump highest to head home his first goal for the club.
However, the lead only lasted seven minutes as Chris Holland was adjudged to have brought down Foley in the penalty area and Craig Reid converted the spot-kick.
The City centre-back will be disappointed to have given away the penalty as Foley was going away from goal near the corner of the penalty area and Holland did not need to make the challenge.
Edwards went close to restoring City's lead in spectacular style when Holland won a header from a long free-kick and Edwards spun and volleyed towards goal, but the ball landed on the roof of the net.
At the other end, Jamie Collins saw his whipped cross fly across the face of goal as no one could connect with it.
City enjoyed a short spell of pressure but Reid missed a chance to put the visitors ahead when he volleyed well over following Ashan Holgate's header down from Charlie Henry's cross.
Reid then twice fired over from outside the box as Newport began to get on top. Foley also tried his luck from long range but saw his shot fly just wide of Robinson's right-hand post.
County had another chance to take the lead in first-half injury time when Reid played in Holgate, but his shot was well stopped by Robinson and, with the visitors having enjoyed the better of things in the second quarter of the match, City were grateful to hear the half-time whistle go.
Both sides struggled to get going after the break and the first chance fell to Adam Connolly, whose low shot went wide nine minutes in, while Jombati also saw his effort miss the target moments later.
Stuart Douglas came on for Mohamed in the 59th minute as City looked to inject some life into the game, while the first booking came six minutes later when Charlie Henry fouled Connolly.
Former Latvian international Andrejs Stolcers was introduced midway through the half for his second appearance for City as the match continued in stop-start fashion, with little goalmouth action.
A poor left-footed volley from Stolcers which went well over the bar on 71 minutes offered little to relieve the boredom for the 1,404 fans inside Twerton Park, who would have hoped for better after an exciting first half.
The visitors launched a promising counter-attack six minutes later but substitute Kerry Morgan could only shoot wide under pressure.
County made a double substitution seven minutes from time, with the tall figure of recent American signing James Coutts coming on up front, while Marcus Browning then replaced Edwards for City.
County finished the match the stronger but neither side deserved a second-half goal and the match finished 1-1.