Blue Square Bet Premier
Saturday 15 October 2011 - Cressing Road - kick off 3.00pm
||Garner, Simpson (Watkins 46), Jones (c), Clough (Rollo 23), Stonehouse, Gallinagh, Conolly, M Canham, Hogg (Russell 61), Phillips, S Canham. subs not used: Murray, Cook.
|man of the match:
||Jones (3), Watkins (71), Phillips (90+4)
||M Canham (53), Rollo (58), Gallinagh (88)
|league position: 24th
||next match: Stockport County (H)
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Bath City's never-say-die attitude from last season made a dramatic reappearance as Lee Phillips' injury-time header rescued a point from what had seemed destined to be a fruitless trip to Braintree.
City showed a remarkable resilience throughout 2010-11, battling until the final whistle to pick up points on several occasions.
That spirit had been somewhat lacking throughout City's disastrous start this year but Phillips' powerful header – virtually the last touch of the match – showed that Adie Britton's side are not going to give up without a fight this time either.
The visitors got off to the perfect start when they took the lead inside three minutes. Having conceded in the early stages on more than one occasion this term, the shoe was on the other foot when skipper Gethin Jones looped a header over Nathan McDonald after climbing highest to reach Marc Canham's free-kick.
However, the strike seemed to be City's undoing and two goals in three minutes saw the hosts get their noses in front a quarter of the way through the contest.
First, Ben Wright curled a sublime effort into the top corner to level the scores after Andy Gallinagh had blocked Matt Johnson's original effort before an inexcusable display of inexperience from Charlie Clough allowed Mark McCammon to put Braintree ahead.
The City central defender went down injured after winning an aerial duel with Jai Reason but instead of falling to the floor on the pitch, Clough staggered beyond the touchline before collapsing. Referee Tim Robinson allowed play to continue and Braintree forced a corner, from which McCammon bundled the ball home as City failed to deal with Reason's delivery.
The event signalled the end of Clough's afternoon as his injury saw him replaced by Jim Rollo but, had he received treatment on the pitch, the goal would surely never have arisen.
Braintree were on top for the remainder of the half but had to wait until three minutes after the interval to grab their second goal, which came from more poor City defending at a set piece.
Wright delivered a deep free-kick to the back post, where Matt Paine was allowed too much time and space to head home past Glyn Garner.
Staring down the barrel of what would have been a 12th defeat in 16 league games, City suddenly rose to the occasion and substitute Marley Watkins gave them a glimmer of hope with 19 minutes to play. The wideman rose highest to meet Canham's corner and headed past McDonald to set up a thrilling finale.
Try as they might, the visitors could not quite fashion an opening as the game drew to a close. However, just as it seemed they would come up short again, Phillips struck in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
Paul Stonehouse's cross was blocked, falling to the feet of Canham and he lifted the ball towards the penalty spot where Phillips, wearing heavy bandaging from an earlier clash of heads, nodded past McDonald to send visiting players and fans into raptures.
The point was probably one City just about deserved having gone on all out attack in the closing stages but, even despite the late nature of the leveller, once again a shaky performance at the back has left them thinking what might have been.