Blue Square Bet Premier
Saturday 24 September 2011 - Twerton Park - kick off 3.00pm
half-time: 0-1 result: L0-1 attendance: 734

team: Garner, Simpson (Murray 66), Hogg, Preece, Gallinagh, Canham, Connolly, Swallow, Burnell (c) (Rollo 8), Agdestein (Watkins 45), Phillips. subs not used: Egan, Matthews.
man of the match: Jim Rollo
scorers: none
bookings: none
officials: R Wigglesworth (Doncaster), S Phipps (Abingdon), M Mellor (Hemel Hempstead)

league position: 24th form: LLLLDL next match: Ebbsfleet Utd (A)

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Bath City were made to pay for conceding an early goal and wasting a host of chances as their winless run continued with a 1-0 defeat at home to Kettering.

The hosts had a nightmare start as the visitors went ahead in the second minute when Jerel Ifel headed down for Djoumin Sangare to half-volley home past Glyn Garner. After that, City were more than a match for Kettering and could even have been level within two minutes as Marc Canham's cross was flicked on by Lee Phillips but Mark Preece's header was straight at keeper Laurie Walker. Most of City's attacking threat came down the right, where Ben Swallow impressed with the ball at his feet and Sekani Simpson joined in the attack to good effect. Swallow was on the left initially though and created an opportunity in the eighth minute when his shot was parried and Lewis Hogg's effort was deflected over. Shortly afterwards, Jim Rollo came on for the injured Joe Burnell. Torbjorn Agdestein had a header deflected wide and nearly went through on goal as City continued to threaten, while Kettering also found some space at times. Phillips could have brought the scores level on 26 minutes after bringing Swallow's cross under control but Walker blocked the shot. Five minutes later Phillips headed inches wide from Simpson's cross as lady luck refused to shine on City's forwards. Swallow tested the keeper with a long-range shot and saw another effort go wide but the visitors finished the half the stronger and Adam Cunnington was twice denied by Garner.

Marley Watkins came on at half-time as City looked to turn things around and it seemed to have the desired effect, with the hosts dominating the early stages. Swallow shot wide from long distance from a promising counter-attack and had a curling shot deflected for a corner, from which Canham's delivery found Rollo unmarked only a few yards in front of goal but somehow his volley went wide with the empty net in front of him. Watkins, Canham and Andy Gallinagh also had chances as City were completely on top, so it came as something of a surprise to see Scott Murray come on for Simpson after 66 minutes. The attacking change seemed to slow City's momentum and Kettering started to threaten on the break, with Adam Cunnington shooting wide from the edge of the box. City huffed and puffed over the closing stages but had few real chances to show for it other than long-range efforts from Swallow and Murray.