Blue Square Bet Premier
Saturday 2 April 2011 - Twerton Park - kick off 3.00pm
|| Robinson, Simpson, Jombati, Jones (c), Clough, Burnell (Mackie 79), Canham (Rollo 70), Connolly, Watkins, Murray (Lennox 60), Phillips. subs not used: Borhy, Henry.
|man of the match:
||M Amphlett (Kidderminster), J Mayhew (Dudley), T Blanch (Cheltenham)
|league position: 10th
||next match: Gateshead (A)
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For the second time in seven days, Bath City had Lee Phillips to thank as they got their weekend double header with Gateshead off to the perfect start with a narrow win at Twerton Park.
Just as it had been at Barrow a week ago, City's top scorer proved the difference between the two sides when a crisp strike early in the second half secured all three points for the hosts.
Gateshead can feel somewhat aggrieved at the result, however, as they threatened an equaliser on numerous occasions only for the woodwork and some fine keeping from City stopper Ryan Robinson to keep them out.
Manager Adie Britton stuck with the same starting 11 that recorded the fine win at Barrow a week ago by naming an unchanged City line-up while visiting boss Ian Bogie was clearly determined to halt his side’s recent woeful form by making five changes to the side that lost 2-1 at Newport County on Tuesday night.
The much-changed visitors got off to the better start without really creating a clear-cut opportunity as City appeared sluggish in the opening exchanges. The combination of Craig Baxter and Martin Brittain looked dangerous on the right-hand side but their deliveries into the box were comfortably dealt with by Robinson.
The closest Gateshead came to opening the scoring was when James Marwood found Nathan Fisher in the City box but Sekani Simpson and Charlie Clough combined to squeeze him out. Fisher then looked to fashion another opening for himself after cutting in from the left but he could only lash over the top from the edge of the area.
The home side were worryingly subdued as the usually reliable midfield struggled to gain a foothold in the match with a Simpson cross into Scott Murray the best effort they could muster but full-back Baxter ushered out the danger.
With the match in danger of becoming a stagnated affair, two chances that rattled the woodwork in the space of a minute suddenly saw it kick-started into life.
First, the unmarked Jon Shaw headed a Brittain cross against the City bar before the home side then broke where Marley Watkins crashed a 20-yard effort against the post with keeper Tim Deasy beaten.
Watkins’ strike saw City burst into life and he then combined with Marc Canham to create another good opportunity for the home side. Canham’s perfectly-weighted ball split Gateshead centre backs Ben Clark and Michael Liddle but Deasy got down well to save Watkins’ effort.
Three minutes before the break, Adam Connolly wasted Bath’s best chance to go ahead after good work from Sido Jombati. The full-back burst down the left-hand side before pulling back to the unmarked Connolly but the midfielder dragged his shot wide from just inside the box as the half ended goalless.
The goal that City had been threatening finally arrived shortly after the restart when Watkins combined with Phillips. Watkins threaded the ball into the box and the striker spun between Clark and Liddle to fire past Deasy from 12 yards.
Gateshead quickly pressed for an equaliser and Phil Turnbull went close to grabbing one with two good efforts. First he saw a fine 20-yard strike tipped over the top by Robinson before heading the resulting Brittain corner against the bar.
Watkins then went close to grabbing the goal his performance deserved but he fired over from the edge of the box before Phillips should have doubled the home side’s advantage soon after.
When Turnbull dithered on the edge of the Gateshead box, Connolly was quick to rob him of the ball and feed Phillips but the unmarked strike blazed over from close range.
Robinson had to be alert to deny the visitors an equaliser on two more occasions in the closing stages as first, substitute Richard Offiong miscontrolled Marwood’s cross allowing the home keeper to pounce before Marwood’s through ball looked to release Shaw but Robinson was quick off his line to smother the danger.
City will be thankful that their keeper was in such good form and will need a big improvement if they are to secure another positive result during the 300-mile trip to the North East on Monday night.