Blue Square South
Saturday 13 March 2010 - Silverlake Stadium - kick off 3.00pm
||Robinson, Jombati, Rollo (c), Jones, Holland, Connolly, Simpson, Badman (Harris 84), Edwards (Bartlett 80), Mohamed
(Gilroy 73), Hogg. subs not used: Browning, Perrott.
|man of the match:
||Mohamed (pen 29)
||Jombati (35), Connolly (71)
|league position: 5th
||next match: Hampton (A)
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Bath City took their unbeaten run to 10 matches as their clash with Blue Square South play-off rivals Eastleigh finished all square.
Kaid Mohamed's 29th-minute penalty gave City a half-time lead that was cancelled out by Ross Bottomley midway through the second period.
Sido Jombati was red-carded in the closing stages but City easily held on for a point that keeps them in the play-off places, although wins elsewhere for Staines and Braintree see them drop from third to fifth.
The home side were on top in the opening stages as they looked to put a poor run of form at the Silverlake Stadium behind them.
Peter Adeniyi and Shaun McAuley in particular put pressure on the right-hand side of the City defence, although little threat was posed to Ryan Robinson’s goal.
City’s only real chance early on came after Mark Badman won a free-kick on the edge of the Eastleigh D. Lewis Hogg curled his kick around the defensive wall but also about a yard wide of the post.
Eastleigh continued to press forward with Ashley Nicholls having a shot cleared over the bar by defender Chris Holland and then Robinson, under pressure, punched the ball clear from a Spitfires corner.
Gradually City came back into the game and could have gone ahead when a long ball played downfield by Holland found Hogg on the left. His cross was only inches from being turned over his own line by Nicholls.
The opening goal came just before the half hour and as a result of somewhat bizarre circumstances. Midfielder Luke Wilkinson was shepherding a ball back for a goal kick under pressure from Hogg and conceded a needless corner. Adam Connolly swung the ball into the home penalty area and, although there was a melee of players pushing and shoving, the referee blew for a penalty, judging that Wilkinson had tugged Darren Edwards’ shirt when he went to jump for the ball.
Mohamed put his spot kick to the keeper’s left and although Bill Lumley in the home goal dived the right way he was unable to stop the ball crossing the line.
City then began to dominate as they put pressure on in midfield but were unable to add to their lead. At the same time the game also began to get tetchy with Warren Goodhind and Shaun McAuley being booked for Eastleigh along with Jombati, somewhat unfairly, after a fracas with McAuley.
City started the brighter of the sides after the break with Edwards narrowly failing to score after Lumley made a double save with his feet.
Just as the game looked to be petering out of energy on a rather boggy pitch, Eastleigh then drew level.
Substitute Sam Butler made a good run down the left before pulling the ball back across the City area. As it skidded across the pitch neither defender or attacker could get a foot on the ball until Bottomley fired a powerful shot into the City net at the far post.
Suddenly the home side came alive and Robinson did well on 71 minutes to turn a close-range shot from Bottomley over the bar.
When Jombati was dismissed for a second yellow card it looked as if City might just be in for a very difficult last 15 minutes. But with Adie Harris and Scott Bartlett coming on for Edwards and Badman to join Dave Gilroy, who had already replaced a tiring Mohamed, City easily kept the home side at bay.