Blue Square South
Saturday 20 March 2010 - Twerton Park - kick off 3.00pm
half-time: 0-3 result: L2-4 attendance: 629

team: Robinson, Jombati, Rollo (c), Jones, Holland, Connolly, Bartlett (Mackie 52) (Gilroy 68), Badman, Edwards, Mohamed, Hogg. subs not used: Coupe, Browning, Harris.
man of the match: Sido Jombati
scorers: Gilroy (74), Holland (79)
bookings: Bartlett (25), Badman (70), Hogg (81)
dismissal: Badman (81)
officials: S Plane (Pershore), B Durie (Tewkesbury), S Wales (Tewlesbury)

league position: 6th form: WWWDLL next match: Lewes (A)

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Bath City's second-half comeback was not enough as Braintree took all three points at Twerton Park. George Purcell scored once and Sean Marks twice to give the visitors a half-time lead, while City missed a hatful of chances. Dave Gilroy and Chris Holland scored to restore City's chances but, after Mark Badman was sent off, Purcell scored his second to seal Braintree's win in injury time.

The first chance fell to City when Lewis Hogg's free-kick was met by the head of Holland, but his flicked header went just wide. However, Braintree took the lead against the run of play when Purcell's powerful 16th-minute free-kick flew into the net past the despairing dive of Ryan Robinson in the City goal. There was little goalmouth action over the next 10 minutes but City began to build some momentum and Scott Bartlett sent Kaid Mohamed through on goal, only for the striker's powerful shot to come back off the inside of the post. Gethin Jones then headed a Hogg free-kick just wide, while Mohamed struck a shot well off-target from a tight angle with two team-mates waiting in the middle. The hosts continued to trouble Braintree's defence and Holland's pass sent Darren Edwards through on goal on the left-hand side but his weak left-foot shot was easily saved by Craig Holloway. An equaliser seemed to be inevitable but the visitors doubled their lead when Bradley Quinton managed to find room to cross from the left and Marks arrived to head home from close range with Robinson stranded. A Hogg free-kick was deflected wide as City came forward again but they went further behind in the 45th minute when Jones lost the ball, allowing Rikki Burbridge to set up Marks for his second as Jim Rollo appealed in vain for offside. Edwards' shot was blocked by the foot of team-mate Mohamed in injury time to sum up a frustrating first half for City.

Bartlett suffered a shoulder injury and was forced off seven minutes into the second half, replaced by Hector Mackie. A weak Edwards header was easily saved and he also blasted a shot over the bar, while Badman picked up a yellow card for dissent. Braintree also looked dangerous and Purcell sent a volley well wide as the rain started to fall at Twerton Park. Hogg had a shot blocked before the match was delayed for a few minutes after an injury to assistant referee Brian Durie. Mackie's short spell on the pitch came to an end when he was injured, with Gilroy coming off the bench as the second half struggled to get going. However, the substitution paid off as Gilroy volleyed home on the turn to give City some hope. Moments later, Holland fired over from long range but he was on target with a header in the 79th minute to restore some hope for City. Tempers boiled over after a foul by Hogg 10 minutes from time, resulting in three yellow cards, one of which was the second for Badman, who was sent for an early bath. Despite being down to 10 men, City still came forward and had a penalty appeal turned down, while Mohamed shot well over from just outside the box. Purcell could have sealed it for Braintree in the first minute of injury time but could not get the ball under control and eventually shot wide. Mohamed then missed a glorious chance to equalise when, from Sido Jombati's long cross and with the goal at his mercy, he could not enough on his volley when a header into the empty net seemed the right option. City were made to pay moments later when Purcell volleyed home from the edge of the box to complete the visitors' victory.