Blue Square Bet South
Saturday 3 November 2012 - Mayday Trust Park - kick off 3.00pm
||Garner, Ball, Brown, Hooman (Preece 62), Jones (c), Burnell (Connolly 43), Allen, Keats, S Canham, Griffin (Morgan 89), Low. subs not used: Rollo, Cummings.
|man of the match:
||Griffin (17, 84), S Canham (90+2)
||M D'Aguilar (Cannock), S Woodley (Tidworth), S Ogles (Eastleigh)
|league position: 10th
||next match: Wellington (SPC) (A)
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Sean Canham headed home an injury-time winner as Bath City won a topsy-turvy encounter against high-flying Farnborough.
Charlie Griffin had earlier marked his return from injury by scoring twice, a 17th-minute opener and a wonderful late equaliser direct from a free-kick, after a Reece Connolly strike and Dan Bennett's deflected effort had turned the game on its head.
It was a fantastic victory for City, who lost both Joe Burnell and defender Harry Hooman to injury during the game.
City boss Lee Howells was able to pair Griffin and on-loan Sean Canham in attack for the first time and they made a lively start to the game, posing a threat to the Farnborough defence and linking well with Josh Low and Chris Allen.
So it was no surprise that three of those attack-minded players would combine to produce the opening goal in the 17th minute, Canham's lay-off being immediately played through by Allen for Griffin to slot home with great composure from the edge of the box.
Allen showed he is a class act at both ends of the field by preventing what looked like a certain equaliser just after the half-hour mark, producing a great tackle inside his own six-yard box as Reece Connolly went to fire home.
That chance from some sloppy defensive play and there was more of the same 60 seconds later as possession was gifted to Dave Tarpey, who in turn found Steve Laidler but he slipped as he shot and the ball went straight into Glyn Garner's hands.
Burnell also had to produce an important last-ditch block after Tarpey had found space in the box but injured himself in the process and had to be replaced by Adam Connolly, who missed the midweek 3-1 defeat at Eastleigh with a foot injury.
But, despite City producing the better passing football, the chances were now going Farnborough's way and captain Alan Inns headed narrowly wide from a corner before Tarpey got the ball trapped under his feet six yards out.
City managed to get to half-time with the lead intact and started the second period attacking a new goalkeeper, with Farnborough replacing the injured Craig Bradshaw - who had tweaked his groin in the warm-up - with Jamie Norris.
He was called into action inside 16 seconds, saving Low's curling shot from 25 yards, as City made attempted to regain control at the start of the second half.
However, they shot themselves in the foot in the 56th minute when they allowed Reece Connolly to find space from a short corner and switch the ball to his right foot before drilling a low shot through a crowded six-yard box and into the net.
It was a massive blow for City, who then lost a second player to injury when centre-half Hooman went down with an apparent groin strain and had to be replaced by Mark Preece.
City tried to rouse themselves and a wonderful driven cross from Aaron Brown deflected behind off Farnborough defender Alan Inns when it could easily have gone into his own net, while Low saw a powerful shot fly wide of the far post from 20 yards.
However, the momentum now felt it was Farnborough and they edged ahead 12 minutes from time, albeit with a bit of good fortune as Dan Bennett's well-struck shot from 18 yards deflected off Preece and past the wrong-footed Garner.
The game looked to be getting away from City but they got back on level terms in fine style six minutes from time. Canham was dragged down on the edge of the box and Griffin stepped up to place the free-kick around the wall and past the stranded Norris into the net.
It was his eighth goal of the season but the striker was not able to complete his hat-trick as he was replaced by Kerry Morgan. However, the substitute was to have a major impact as well.
It was his magnificent cross from the right, two minutes into injury-time, that was headed home from six yards by Canham to spark wild scenes of celebration.
The drama wasn't over yet, though, and Reece Jones saw a cross-shot come back off the underside of the bar and roll along the goalline with virtually the last touch of the game as City held on for the three points.