Blue Square South
Saturday 27 February 2010 - Park View Road - kick off 3.00pm
||Robinson, Jombati, Rollo (c), Coupe, Holland, Connolly, Simpson, Badman (Bartlett 64), Edwards (Mackie 90), Mohamed
(Gilroy 84), Harris. subs not used: Browning, Howells.
|man of the match:
||Mohamed (41), Gilroy (90+3)
||L Venamore (Maidstone), K Welsh (Sittingbourne), R Baker (Maidstone)
|league position: 3rd
||next match: Thurrock (H)
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Bath City inflicted a first defeat of 2010 on in-form Welling United to move into third place in Blue Square South.
Goals from Kaid Mohamed and Dave Gilroy – his first since rejoining the club on loan – saw City cash in on defeats for play-off rivals Braintree and Staines.
Mohamed had replaced Gilroy in the starting line-up, while Gethin Jones’ absence following a stomach upset meant City lined up with a 3-5-2 formation and a back line of Matt Coupe, Jim Rollo and Chris Holland.
It was a tactic that worked well, for while City may not have created many chances in the opening period, they dominated in midfield and reduced the home side only to the occasional long shot.
However, despite having plenty of control and possession the large travelling contingent of City fans had to wait until the 23rd minute for their side’s first real chance on goal.
From an Adam Connolly free-kick, Holland headed the ball back into the Welling area only for Adie Harris’ shot to be blocked by the defence. With the home side failing to clear their lines the ball came wide on the right to Mark Badman, whose goal attempt was well taken by keeper Charlie Mitten.
Despite further shots from Mohamed and Darren Edwards, City maintained their control, but without posing too much threat until just before the interval.
Harris picked up the ball in midfield and played it wide to Mohamed on the right. The forward chased down the pitch, stretching the defence. With Edwards racing through the middle it looked odds on for Mohamed to square the ball to his fellow forward but as he reached the 18-yard box he unleashed a stunning angled shot which gave United keeper Mitten no chance and City the perfect pre-interval fillip.
In the second half it might have been expected that United would come out all guns blazing. Instead, as City manager Adie Britton confessed, the visitors enjoyed their best spell of the game.
With 10 minutes of the second period gone the impressive Connolly laid the ball off for Sido Jombati, who fired high over the crossbar.
Two minutes later it was again Connolly, this time with a free-kick, who acted as playmaker. Holland headed the ball back across goal, where only a superb save by Mitten off defender Andy Sambrook saved Welling from conceding an own goal.
It was sufficient to shake the home side from their torpor and City were fortunate on 59 minutes when, from a Welling corner, Tom Whitnell saw his shot rebound off the cross bar.
As City began to tire the game opened up and there were chances for both sides. Harris had a shot come back off the upright, followed by Mohamed firing over the bar.
Meanwhile, at the other end City conceded a free-kick on the edge of the area and were again fortunate to see the ball rebound off the bar.
With his team visibly struggling, Britton brought on first Gilroy for Mohamed and then, as four minutes added time was signalled by the match officials, Hector Mackie for Edwards.
It proved to be a masterstroke. Keeper Mitton had come up for what looked as if it would be the home side’s final corner. City managed to clear the ball out to midfield where Jack Parkinson, conscious he had to give his keeper time to get back, tried to hold the ball up.
It was a delay that proved costly. He was robbed on the halfway line by Gilroy, who sprayed the ball out to the right for Mackie’s first touch.
The youngster tore down the wing, drew the defenders, before at the last minute flicking the ball back to Gilroy. The striker doesn’t often miss from 10 yards and as he slid the ball into the net the massed fans behind the goal erupted as City sealed all three points.