Saturday 11 August 2012 - Lodge Road - kick off 3.00pm
||Garner (Mellor 45), Cummings (Rollo 55), A Brown, Preece, Burnell (c), Ball (Jones 45), Connolly (Canham 29), Harris (Keates 70), Griffin (Norris 73), Morgan (McLaggon 45), Low. subs not used: C Brown.
|man of the match:
||Low (12), Keates (86)
|league position: n/a
||next match: Welling Utd (A)
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Bath City ended their pre-season campaign on a winning note with victory over Yate Town at Lodge Road on Saturday.
Yet this was a contest that revealed some familiar failings as much as it showed promise for the future, as manager Adie Britton readily confessed afterwards.
“I thought in the first half we moved the ball well and should have scored more,” said Britton.
“In the second I was really disappointed, even though there were a lot of changes. Everybody in the squad has to be able to perform, yet there was no real
purpose to our play. The only exceptions were the two development boys, Brad Norris and Noah Keates. When they came on I thought they put a bit of urgency
into us. Quite clearly we are going to have to find our A-game next Saturday because Welling, together with Dover and Eastleigh, are one of the best sides
in the league.”
City’s first goal came early on and was the result of a nice one-two between Josh Low and Kerry Morgan, ending with the former sliding the ball across Yate keeper Lubos Ancin.
From then on City flattered to deceive as Luke Cummings and Charlie Griffin both had reasonable goal-bound attempts saved.
However, Yate stuck to their task well and just before the interval Jake Cox put the ball narrowly wide, while Danny Wring squandered a free-kick from a good position as his effort rebounded off the ever-combative Adie Harris.
The second half saw a number of changes, most noticeable of which for City was the introduction of Bristol Rovers youngster Kayne McLaggon, on for Morgan. It was a change that added some additional zest, yet one where the diminutive forward rarely looked like finding the net.
Instead it was Yate who caught the eye, equalising early in the second period when Matt Groves, another Bristol Rovers old boy, caught the City defence napping to steal in down the left before firing past substitute keeper Jason Mellor.
From then on, with both sides making a succession of changes, the game settled into a relaxed mode on a hot and sunny afternoon, with the only relief from the languid tedium coming with just ten minutes to go.
The Yate keeper looked to release the ball downfield but his powerful kick only found the on-rushing Keates. The ball ricocheted off the City substitute and into the net to give the visitors a somewhat unlikely winning goal.
Afterwards, Britton said of his continuing search for firepower: “Although we are hoping to offer Aaron Brown something to at least keep him for a few
weeks, what money I have I want to keep for a striker. We have been very close to a couple of signings in the last fortnight but none of them have come off.
I do want somebody who can bring us 15-20 goals, not just someone who will contribute around ten. As we found last season decent strikers buy you time. You
can dominate possession but without the goals you are always under pressure. We now have six or seven ex-City players who are playing full-time at
Conference level or above. Because of our finances and not being full-time they are players we have not been able to keep. It may take us a couple of years
but we now have to unearth the next crop of talent. It could be frustrating for a time, but we will find them.”