Blue Square Bet South
Tuesday 8 January 2013 - Woodspring Stadium - kick off 7.45pm
||attendance: to follow
||Mellor, Simpson, Ball, Burnell, Jones (c), Connolly, Keats, Allen (M Canham 71), Nichols, Griffin (Stephenson 77), Low (Morgan 73). subs not used: Brown, Preece.
|man of the match:
||Nichols (8), Griffin (12), Low (70), Stephenson (90+3)
||Allen (17), Nichols (59)
||S Plane (Pershore)
|league position: 12th
||next match: Havant (A)
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Bath City registered their first win since November 17 as they arrested their slide down the Blue Square Bet South table with a morale-boosting derby success at the Woodspring Stadium.
Quick-fire early strikes from forwards Tom Nichols and the recalled Charlie Griffin proved decisive and, although a lively Weston side saw plenty of the ball and pulled one back through Ross Stearn's penalty, second-half goals from Josh Low and debutant Mike Stephenson wrapped up the points.
Weston – 2-1 winners at Mayday Trust Park on Boxing Day - made the brighter start and Kayne McClaggon cut in from the left before unleashing a shot that Jason Mellor did well to palm round his right post.
The City keeper then pushed a powerful 25-yard Ashley Kington free-kick over the top before the visitors broke at pace to take an eighth-minute lead. Josh Low made ground down the left and sent over a superb cross to pick out Nichols, who was afforded the freedom of the penalty area and made no mistake from close range to register his first goal for the club.
Four minutes later and City were 2-0 up. Nichols and Griffin both had efforts saved by Lloyd Irish after intricate play from Dan Ball and Chris Allen, the latter's effort tipped behind for a corner. Nichols delivered it from the left and strike partner Griffin met the ball with a thumping header that flew into the roof of the net.
Visibly lifted by his goal, on-loan Exeter youngster Nichols had another low shot parried by Irish but Weston regained their composure and dominated possession for the remainder of the half.
Mellor did well to turn away McClaggon's downward header from Pete Monks' left-wing centre but the goal the hosts deserved arrived on 27 minutes.
Gethin Jones' needless shove on Jamie Price gave referee Steven Plane little option but to point to the spot and Stearn beat Mellor low to his left.
The City number one did brilliantly to foil the dangerous Stearn and then McClaggon with a double save nine minutes before the break, while a sweet Kington strike whistled just wide as the visitors held on to their advantage until half-time.
Weston looked a more cohesive unit than their visitors and continued in the ascendancy at the start of the second period. But they were kept at arms' length and Stearn put their best chance wide from the edge of the box after good play from Price on the right.With the hosts appearing to run out of ideas,
City gradually got themselves on top and Irish was relieved to see the ball bounce in front of his goalline after making a mess of Adam Connolly's stinging drive from 25 yards.
Low then put the ball wide of the far post after being played in by Nichols on the left but made no mistake when he raced into the box unchallenged with 20 minutes to go and produced a neat finish to lift the ball over the advancing Irish.
City coach Lee Howells then made three substitutions in the space of eight minutes, the third seeing recent arrival from Clevedon Stephenson handed his debut as he came on for goalscorer Griffin.
The visitors saw out the closing stages with just one moment of alarm, Jones clearing substitute Dayle Grubb's looping effort off the line after Mellor failed to claim the ball.
And Stephenson rounded off a great night for City in the third minute of stoppage time, pouncing to fire the ball into the roof of the net after Nichols broke free and crossed from the right.