Blue Square Bet South
Saturday 25 August - Mayday Trust Park - kick off 3.00pm
||Garner, Simpson, Burnell, Preece, Jones (c), Ball, Harris (Keats 82), Connolly, Griffin (Norris 65), Guthrie, Low (Canham 75). subs not used: Cummings, Mellor.
|man of the match:
||Low (10), Guthrie (72)
||Ball (59), Burnell (87)
||A Quelch (New Milton), K Bailey (High Wycombe), I Douglas (Thatcham)
|league position: 1st
||next match: Dorechester (A)
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A goal each from Josh Low and Kurtis Guthrie gave Bath City a second successive victory to send them top of the Blue Square Bet South on goals scored.
Havant & Waterlooville threatened occasionally but City had enough firepower to overcome the visitors in sometimes difficult conditions at a showery Mayday Trust Park.
After a quiet start, Havant had the first chance when Ollie Palmer was allowed space by the City defence but his 25-yard shot was easily saved by Glyn Garner.
However, City went ahead after ten minutes when Low collected Adie Harris' pass and took the ball forward. Havant backed off and Low took advantage to fire a shot into the bottom corner from just outside the box.
Low nearly got his second after 18 minutes but Havant keeper Clark Masters pushed his shot out for a corner, from which Danny Ball saw his shot blocked.
The visitors began to threaten, with Tony Taggart causing problems on the right. Three times within the space of a minute the City goal was lucky to survive as Joe Burnell blocked a goalbound shot, Garner pushed a dangerous cross away and Sam Pearce then headed over.
City finished the half well and a Low corner found its way to Ball just outside the box but his shot was saved.
Charlie Griffin wasted two early second-half chances for City, shooting wide after latching on to Guthrie's header and then sending a header wide himself when unmarked from Low's free-kick.
Heavy rain made life difficult for both sides to play football for much of the second half, with Havant pushing forward but struggling to create clear-cut chances.
Youngster Brad Norris was sent on for City and he created his side's second goal when his shot was blocked but Guthrie was on hand to smash the ball home from close range.
Havant continued to press for a way back into the game and thought they had it when substitute Stevan Ramsey's volley went over Garner and found the net, only to be disallowed for offside.
The final action of the match saw City substitute Marc Canham test the keeper with a free-kick but Masters dived to his left to push the ball away.
City, Boreham Wood and Salisbury City all have seven points from their first three matches, with City sharing a goal difference of +4 with Boreham but having scored a goal more.