Blue Square Bet Premier
Tuesday 11 October 2011 - Twerton Park - kick off 7.45pm
||Garner, Gallinagh, Stonehouse, Jones (c), Clough, Burnell (Watkins 20), M Canham, Connolly (Murray 89), Hogg (Russell 82), Phillips, S Canham. subs not used: Rollo, Cook.
|man of the match:
||Clough (12), M Canham (pen 25, pen 79)
||G Horwood (Luton), S Plane (Pershore), E Smart (Rowley Regis)
|league position: 24th
||next match: Braintree Town (A)
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Bath City were unable to provide ill manager Adie Britton with a pick-me-up as they twice squandered the lead during a seven-goal thriller against Cambridge.
Flu meant Britton was absent as Charlie Clough's scrambled early effort and a Marc Canham penalty twice gave his side the first-half advantage.
However, they were pegged back by fine strikes from Michael Gash and Ashley Carew before Luke Berry's close-range header put the visitors ahead 15 minutes from time.
Canham's second penalty of the night looked like it might have earned City a deserved point but their hopes were dashed by a stunning dipping volley from Tom Shaw.
The hosts, led for the night by assistant manager Lee Howells, named an unchanged 16 from Saturday's game against Darlington, which resulted in City's first win of the season.
Despite that boost, they made a tentative start and Cambridge twice threatened in the opening ten minutes, with Carew's curling free-kick being punched away by keeper Glyn Garner and Harrison Dunk dragging a shot wide after picking up a hurried clearance from Gethin Jones.
However, it was City who got the opening goal with their first attempt of the night. Marc Canham floated in a free-kick which cleared Lee Phillips' but was headed home at the back post by Clough.
The lead lasted just three minutes, though, before a long cross-field pass from visiting skipper James Jennings was brilliantly chested down by Gash, who rifled past Garner for his sixth goal against City in three games.
The hosts were dealt another blow in the 20th minute when Joe Burnell caught his studs in the turf as he tried to keep the ball in play. It was immediately clear that the midfielder was in trouble and he was quickly replaced by Marley Watkins.
The substitute made an immediate impact as his direct run earned a corner which Cambridge could only half clear to Marc Canham. His cross struck the hand of Jennings and the linesman flagged for a penalty, which Canham confidently smashed down the middle to restore City's lead.
But Cambridge were still looking dangerous going forward and went mighty close to levelling again when Gash chested the ball down to Berry, whose first-time strike clipped the outside of the post.
Both team were creating chances, though, and Phillips should have at least hit the target when Adam Connolly found him unmarked inside the box but the striker's scuffed shot went tamely wide.
That miss proved to be costly as Cambridge equalised for a second time in the 39th minute - and in some style. Gash worked some space on the right and rolled the ball across to Carew, whose magnificent first touch saw him turn inside two close markers while his second flew into the net.
Carew's snap-shot forced a good save from Garner just seconds after half-time, with Berry's header from the subsequent corner clipping the bar as the visitors signalled their intent to go for all three points.
Berry had another sight of goal in the 59th minute as he was picked out by Carew's whipped cross but, while the striker got power in his header, he also got too much loft on it and it flew over the bar.
Clough had an even better chance with a header at the other end moments later after Marc Canham's free-kick found him at the back post but the City defender somehow missed the target.
Sean Canham then almost cashed in some defensive confusion as the Cambridge keeper and his centre-halves all came to clear Connolly's dinked pass but they just managed to recover and scramble the ball to safety.
And a good spell for City continued as another perfectly-flighted Marc Canham free-kick was flicked on by Phillips but guided wide by Clough, who could have had a hat-trick on the night.
Cambridge boss Jez George made his first change of the night midway through the second half, replacing Dunk with Jordan Patrick, as both teams went in search of a winner.
Each went close with long-distance efforts in the space of 60 seconds, with Marc Canham's audacious half-volley from 45 yards dropping just over the bar and a 30-yard drive from Cambridge right-back Kevin Roberts' stinging the hands of Garner.
However, it was the visitors who edged in front again 15 minutes from time, and from much closer in. A good tackle from Paul Stonehouse stopped another direct charge from Carew but at the expense of a corner, which was whipped in and headed home from inside the six-yard box by Berry.
That delivery proved to be the impressive Carew's last involvement as he was surprisingly replaced by Ryan Charles before the game restarted.
City will have been glad to see the back of him and were given another lift in the 79th minute when they were awarded their second penalty of the night. Again it looked a tad harsh as Coulson smashed the ball against the arm of fellow defender Rory McAuley as he attempted to clear a Watkins cross.
Referee Graham Horwood again pointed to the spot and Marc Canham this time found the bottom corner of the net to restore parity.
A fantastic parry from Garner prevented Tom Shaw from putting Cambridge ahead again but he would not be denied and, with six minutes, volleyed home a superb looping effort from 20 yards following a sliced clearance from Canham.
City sent on Scott Murray as they chased an equaliser but it was not to be, with Jones having a header blocked on the line in the fifth minute of injury-time.