Blue Square Bet Premier
Saturday 4 September 2010 - Twerton Park - kick off 3.10pm
||Robinson, Simpson, Rollo (c), Jones, Webb, Harris (Badman 76), Connolly, Canham, Edwards (Phillips 79), Mohamed, Mackie (Reid 62). subs not used: Coupe, Hart.
|man of the match:
||S Bratt (Walsall), A Newell (Yate), I Kavanagh (Winchester)
|league position: 22nd
||next match: AFC Wimbledon (A)
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Darren Edwards' late header rescued a point for Bath City at Twerton Park after the visitors had gone ahead in the opening period.
City looked strong for much of the first half but were caught out when Mike Pearson scored from a set-piece move.
Chances were few and far between for most of the game and free-kicks and corners always seemed to be City's most likely source of a goal, and so it proved when Edwards headed home Canham's corner in the 77th minute to ensure the match finished 1-1.
City made two changes from Monday's home defeat as Jim Rollo and Kaid Mohamed came into the starting line-up, with Rollo wearing the captain's armband in his first start of the season, while the injured Sido Jombati missed out and Lee Phillips dropped to the bench due to an injury concern.
The kick-off was put back ten minutes after Barrow were late arriving at the ground, despite staying in Bristol overnight.
The match got off to a slow start and neither side were able to create a clear-cut chance early on.
City pressed well and launched some promising attacks but with little end product and the first chance went to the visitors when Mark Boyd's free-kick was deflected away by the wall.
The hosts were also given a free-kick on the edge of the box after Edwards was fouled on 21 minutes and a neat move gave Canham the chance to shoot but it was blocked.
City seemed to be in control as Sekani Simpson had a shot blocked after a good attacking move and an Adam Connolly free-kick was stopped by the wall.
However, the visitors worked their way into the game and Simon Wiles shot just over on the half-hour before the opening goal arrived two minutes later.
Simon Spender's long free-kick was headed down by Jason Walker and Pearson was on hand to fire the ball home.
City responded quickly and Mohamed won a series of free-kicks in promising position but he then twice headed wide from Canham deliveries.
The final five minutes of the half were mostly one-way traffic as City pushed forward but they only had a Hector Mackie shot that went well off-target to show for it.
Barrow had a penalty appeal turned down in injury time as James Owen went down under Danny Webb's challenge but the half finished 1-0 to the visitors.
The first chance of the second half fell to Barrow when Owen headed wide from a Spender cross and the visitors had penalty appeals turned down again when Owen went down under the challenge of City keeper Ryan Robinson, but the referee was unimpressed and showed Owen a yellow card.
City's response saw good work from Adie Harris on the left and his cross was met by Edwards, but the header looped up and was easily saved.
The game began to lose a bit of intensity and City manager Adie Britton responded by sending on Jake Reid for Mackie and going three up front on 62 minutes.
Walker had a glorious chance to double Barrow's lead midway through the second half after a mistake by Robinson but he blazed wide, injuring himself in the process.
His replacement Cook should also have scored five minutes later after a long ball sent him through on Robinson, who hesitated initially but then saved Cook's shot.
City equalised in the 77th minute when Canham's corner was met by Edwards, who powered a header home from among a crowd of players.
Barrow's lead was nearly restored two minutes later but Cook's 25-yard dipping volley was tipped over by Robinson.
Pearson then miskicked from a Barrow corner and City counter-attacked at pace, only for Gethin Jones' cross to go beyond his team-mates.
A late flurry of activity saw Jones go close to netting City a winner with a spectacular volley and Reid head over from a Canham free-kick but it finished 1-1.