FA Trophy 3rd Round
Tuesday 7 February - Twerton Park - kick off 7.45pm
||Garner, Simpson (Rollo 58), Stonehouse, Burnell (c) (Cook 88), Gallinagh, Shepherd, Connolly, M Canham, Russell (Egan 85), Watkins, Phillips. subs not used: Matthews.
|man of the match:
||A Davies (Southampton), D Cook (Gosport), R Hodges (Milton Keynes)
|league position: n/a
||next match: Gateshead (A)
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Bath City's Wembley dreams are over for another year after Grimsby Town came from behind to book their place in the FA Trophy quarter-finals.
The home team were good value for their half-time lead, provided by Exeter City loanee Chris Shephard on his debut, but a defensive error allowed Anthony Elding to equalise before substitute Rob Duffy bagged the winner ten minutes from time.
Defeat was tough on City, who were not just looking to reach the last eight of the Trophy for only the second time in their history but were also keen to banish the memory of last month's 6-0 league thrashing by the Mariners.
But Grimsby are the Conference's form team and posed an instant threat, with Michael Coulson pulling a shot narrowly wide after just 15 seconds and Elding being forced wide by the alert Glyn Garner after beating the offside trap.
It took City a while to settle into the game but Grimsby keeper James McKeown was forced to make a fine block with his feet after Lee Phillips - making his first home start for two months - turned a good cross from the right goalwards.
That seemed to lift the home side and they went on to boss the next 20 minutes, producing some neat approach play in midfield and on the flanks.
The diminutive Shephard was to the fore in their better moves and, moments after slicing a shot narrowly wide from the edge of the box, he found the net to give City a deserved lead.
Grimsby defender Gary Silk failed to clear Marley Watkins' ball from the right and it fell for the loanee, whose shot from six yards deflected off Scott Garner and underneath the helpless keeper.
The goal sparked the Mariners back into life and City keeper Garner had to make a magnificent point-blank save to prevent Liam Hearn - who hit a hat-trick against City last month - equalising after the hosts failed to clear a free-kick.
However, the keeper was arguably at fault when Grimsby did level eight minutes into the second half. It was again from a set-piece, with Garner coming for Coulson's floated free-kick but colliding with defender Sekani Simpson, allowing Elding to nod home.
Simpson needed lengthy treatment after that collision and eventually trudged off the pitch looking groggy to be replaced by club captain Jim Rollo.
City also looked punch-drunk for a while but cleared their heads and began to threaten again, with Phillips being denied by Silk's fantastic last-ditch tackle and Rollo having had a header cleared off the line from a corner.
Grimsby's response was to send on Anthony Church and Duffy - and the latter needed just two minutes to give his side the lead. City's defence failed to cut out a Conor Townsend cross from the left and the Mariners substitute was able to take a touch before rifling home from eight yards.
Adie Britton responded by sending on attacking duo Josh Egan and Jamie Cook in the closing stages but, despite applying some pressure and five minutes of stoppage time, City didn't really look like taking the tie to a replay.
Their only real chance fell to Marc Canham in the 93rd minute but his near-post shot was beaten away by McKeown.