FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round Replay
Tuesday 26 October 2010 - Twerton Park - kick off 7.45pm
||Robinson, Jombati, J Edwards, Rollo (c), Jones, Harris (Canham 45), Murray (Webb 45), Russell, Connolly, D Edwards, Mackie (Phillips 80). subs not used: Burnell, Borhy, Hart.
|man of the match:
||Jombati (5), Connolly (21), Mackie (33)
||Rollo (79), Robinson (88), Jombati (90)
||L Collins (Woking), K Morris (Hereford), A Matthews (Stroud)
|league position: n/a
||next match: Luton Town (A)
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Wasteful Bath City paid the price for an evening of absolutely dreadful defending as a last-gasp goal knocked them out of the FA Cup.
The home side were unable to cope with corners all night and conceded from three of them, including one in injury-time as Kyle Lapham headed Swindon Supermarine into the first round proper for the first-time ever.
It was a controversial goal, with the ball appearing to hit the underside of the bar rather than cross the line, but it was no more than the visitors deserved after battling back from 3-1 down.
Both teams were guilty of some dreadful defending in the first half, which led to Nick Stanley giving Swindon Supermarine an early lead before City hit back through Sido Jombati, Adam Connolly and Hector Mackie.
However, both Matt Robinson and Leigh Henry were allowed to score from corners in the five minutes before half-time to deservedly bring the visitors all square.
City made three changes to the side which drew at Swindon on Saturday, two of them forced. Kaid Mohamed twisted his ankle in that game and was ruled out completely, while a knock restricted Marc Canham to a substitute's role.
Into the starting XI came Adie Harris and Hector Mackie, while Darren Edwards was picked up front in place of Lee Phillips who was named on the bench alongside - for the first time this season - Joe Burnell.
However, City were very slow out of the blocks and Nick Stanley had already driven a long-range shot wide when he headed the visitors into a third-minute lead.
City old boy Jamie Gosling showed good footwork to work some space on the left before crossing for Stanley, who was left completely unmarked six yards out to flick the ball over a stranded Ryan Robinson.
It was terrible defending from the home side but Supermarine's back line were equally culpable a minute later as City got back on level terms. Scott Murray whipped in a free-kick from the right and Sido Jombati rise at the back post to nod a simple header into the far corner of the net.
The relentless pace continued for the opening quarter, with Alex Russell fizzing a 25-yard drive just over the angle in the 15th minute.
Supermarine should have regained the lead soon after, following more great work from Gosling. He nicked the ball off Gethin Jones outside the box and managed to wriggle past the defender before pulling it back to Ashan Holgate who, from eight yards, drilled his shot straight at keeper Robinson.
The visitors were made to pay a heavy price for that miss as, within 60 seconds, City were in front. There seemed to be little danger when Connolly collected the ball just outside the box but his angled cross caught keeper Mark Scott unawares and drifted in at the far post.
If City's fans thought that might deflate the visitors, they were sorely mistaken as Supermarine launched a spirited response and pegged the home team for a five-minute spell. Fortunately City were able to survive, although more by luck than judgment on a couple of occasions.
And they gave themselves some precious breathing space in the 33rd minute, thanks to another mistake by Scott. The keeper came to the edge of the box to collect an aimless ball forward but was too hesitant and Mackie bravely nipped in to head into an empty net.
There was a sigh of relief around the ground but any thoughts that the fans could totally relax were put on hold a couple of minutes later when visiting captain Chris Taylor curled a shot just millimetres wide.
And the nerves were definitely back four minutes before half-time when Matt Robinson was allowed to head home at the near post from Ben Wells' corner.
It should have been all square a couple of minutes later when the home defence again left a player unmarked in acres of space. This time it was Wells, who was picked out on the edge of the box by Holgate but thumped his shot into Ryan Robinson's midriff.
But City were unable to hold on until the break as Supermarine levelled in injury-time - and again it was an awful goal to concede. Taylor's corner was nodded up rather than away by a home defender and fell for former City player Henry, whose header seemed to drop into the net in slow motion.
City boss Adie Britton was clearly angry at what he'd seen and made two changes at half-time. Off came Harris and Murray to be replaced by Canham and Danny Webb, who slotted in at centre-half alongside captain Jim Rollo. Jones moved to right-back and Joe Edwards pushed forward into midfield.
The changes almost paid dividends immediately as, within 30 seconds of the restart, Edwards put in a cross which Russell could only divert into the hands of Scott.
Mackie tested the keeper's handling from further out ten minutes later but City's confidence visibly drained when they conceded two corners in quick succession - both of which could have led to goals.
The first was played to the back stick where Kyle Lapham's free header was pushed behind by Ryan Robinson, then the second was nodded just over by Matt Robinson at the near post.
City were suddenly a bag of nerves again but should have settled them on the hour mark when Russell's cross deflected off Matt Robinson and dropped perfectly for Darren Edwards. However, with time to take aim, he instead lashed at his shot and blazed it well over from eight yards.
At the other end of the pitch, Ryan Robinson was having a very poor night with crosses and refused to come off his line again when Lapham drifted a cross in, allowing Stanley to get a touch which - fortunately for the home side - dropped on to the roof of the net.
The keeper did better a couple of minutes later, saving smartly at his near post from Gosling's snap-shot, and he almost provided an assist when a long clearance dropped for Russell but his shot was comfortably saved.
Britton made his final change 11 minutes from time, taking off Mackie and sending on Phillips to form a two-man attack with Darren Edwards.
The first booking of the game arrived moments later, Rollo going in the book after bringing down former City team-mate Gosling.
And the resulting free-kick again led to chaos in the City box, with Robinson rooted to his line once more and grateful that Henry's thumping shot through a crowd of bodies was straight into his chest.
Supermarine felt the tie was there for the taking and made an attacking change with eight minutes to go, sending on striker Steve Cook for Holgate.
And their adventure was rewarded in the 90th minute when Lapham met another dangerous corner with a header, which Joe Edwards appeared to divert onto the underside of the bar. However, the referee adjudged it had crossed the line, even though the linesman did not flag.
Scott then made a fabulous save to keep out Canham's goalbound free-kick in injury time to secure a famous victory for the delirious visitors.