Blue Square Bet Premier
Saturday 13 November 2010 - Haig Avenue - kick off 3.00pm
||Pentney, Rollo (c) (Burnell 45), Jones, Webb, Jombati, J Edwards, Connolly (Murray 76), Canham, Russell, Phillips (Harris 88), Mohamed. subs not used: Robinson, D Edwards.
|man of the match:
||Mohamed (49), Webb (78), Phillips (85)
||J Edwards (82)
|league position: 14th
||next match: Fleetwood Town (H)
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One of the most common of the many footballing clichés is about a match being a game of two halves. However, rarely can a side have played so poorly in one only to emerge victorious in another as Bath City as they stormed to their second league victory in succession at Southport this afternoon.
Trailing 2-0 at the break, City roared back to win through goals from Kaid Mohamed, Danny Webb and Lee Phillips and are now 14th in the Blue Square Bet Premier table.
The opening goal came just after the quarter-hour mark. City had somehow managed to withstand a succession of Southport attacks driven by a mixture of free-kicks, corners and long throws, all of which left the visiting defence looking highly jittery.
They eventually fell to the long throw when yet again Matty McGinn launched the ball into the box. It was headed clear by Sido Jombati but only as far as Paul Barrett, whose powerful volley from 20 yards gave Carl Pentney no chance.
If City thought that would satisfy the home side they were much mistaken as chance after chance rained in on the away goal.
Two minutes later it was the turn of Chris Simm to head over the crossbar. Then Adam Flynn shot narrowly wide, followed by another McGinn long throw that Davis headed just over the bar.
Southport doubled their lead when on 25 minutes City again ineptly defended the home side’s fifth corner of the match and Powell stabbed the ball home.
City had only managed to produce only one shot on goal until that point, Mohamed seeing a shot well parried by Ports’ keeper Tony McMillan.
They did manage to gain slightly better possession as the half came to a close, but Pentney still had to make good saves to deny McGinn and Simm.
As Philips and manager Adie Britton later confessed, harsh words were spoken in the City dressing room at half-time. Whatever was said they were words that worked.
In the second period the visitors looked a different side. With the half only four minutes old Alex Russell pushed the ball sideways to Mohamed, who set off on a curling run down the right before his shot from a tight angle was deflected into the net. Suddenly City were dominant and it was the home side on the back foot.
In order to hold on to the lead Southport manager Liam Watson made a crucial substitution, taking off striker Simm and leaving the experienced Liam McNeil to battle away up front on his own.
It was a move that further handed the initiative to City and they drew level on 78 minutes when Marc Canham put in a cross which Webb headed home.
City looked as if they might have missed out on a victory when referee Mr Khatib failed to spot a blatant trip in the box on Joe Edwards but they needn’t have worried.
With just five minutes to go Mohamed picked up the ball on the right and took it to the byline before crossing for Philips, who had run 30 yards to get into position, to fire home his fifth goal in four matches.