Blue Square Bet South
Saturday 18 August 2012 - Park View Road - kick off 3.00pm
||Garner, Simpson, Preece, Ball, Jones (c), Low, Burnell (Canham 86), Harris, Brown, Morgan (Guthrie 59), Griffin (Keats 72). subs not used: Rollo, Norris.
|man of the match:
||S Butler, J Smith, A Wilson
|league position: 9th
||next match: Maidenhead Utd (H)
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Bath City showed a new-found resilience as they held off Welling United's late charge to pick up a point on the opening day of the Blue Square Bet South season.
The visitors had to withstand a heavy onslaught as the Wings pressed for a winner at Park View Road, with Adie Britton's side showing they have a lot more fight in them than during the previous disappointing Blue Square Premier campaign.
Home goalkeeper Sam Mott gifted City the lead in the first half when he could only palm debutant Aaron Brown's long-range shot into the top corner. Ross Lafayette levelled with a powerful header after the break and Glyn Garner ensured his side left with a point, denying Scott Kinch with a brilliant last-minute save.
Garner showed his class in the first minute of the game to tip wide a powerful Lafayette volley. At the other end, Kerry Morgan's clever ball released Charlie Griffin but he could only pick out Mott with his cross.
City broke the deadlock in fortuitous circumstances, with Brown shaking off Loui Fazakerley before trying his luck from 30 yards. Mott seemed to have the effort covered but as he attempted to tip the ball over the bar he only succeeded in helping it into the top corner.
Griffin went close to second soon after but headed Brown's corner over the top after losing his man at the near post, while Garner continued to frustrate the Wings before the break. The City stopper held firm to keep out efforts from Luis Cumbers and Joe Healy.
The searing heat affected the players after the break but the hosts' coped better with it to force a leveller. Lafayette outmuscled Danny Ball to meet Theo Fairweather-Johnson's cross at the back post and power a header past Garner.
The goal lifted the hosts and they dominated until the full-time whistle but struggled to fashion out any real opportunities. They thought their defining moment had arrived with just a minute to play but again Garner had the final say.
Harry Baker's teasing cross was met perfectly by substitute Kinch, whose looping header seemed destined for the top corner only for Garner to pull off a stunning stop at full stretch.
City boss Britton will be delighted at overcoming such a tough challenge and can head into Tuesday's clash with Maidenhead United at Mayday Trust Park confident of bagging a maiden victory.