Blue Square Bet South
Saturday 27 April 2013 - Mayday Trust Park - kick off 3.00pm
||Mellor, Low, Brown (c), Jones, Preece (Lennox 64), Burnell (Simpson 45), Connolly, Allen (Morgan 70), Griffin, Keats, Ball. subs not used: Rollo, Canham.
|man of the match:
||Mellor (54), Low (58)
||A Quelch, M Bloor, A Foster
|league position: 11th
||next match: Next Season
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When you go into the last match of the season on the back of an eight-game unbeaten run, the last thing you expect is a heavy home defeat. Yet that was just what Bath City suffered at the hands of an imperious Sutton United side at Mayday Trust Park this afternoon.
If City’s run-in had been impressive, the visitors’ end to the campaign was even more imposing. They finished with eight straight wins to drag themselves from the edge of the relegation zone to within two points of the play-offs, eventually having to settle for sixth place.
However, at the start of this fixture there was little hint of the drubbing that was to come. City opened the livelier of the two sides, with Charlie Griffin having the ball in the back of the net inside the first minute before being given offside.
Sutton easily matched City going forward, though, with Leroy Griffiths squandering a golden opportunity from eight yards as the City defence stood paralysed, apart from keeper Jason Mellor, who pulled off a smart reaction save.
Despite City matching their opponents for possession it was the visitors who always looked the sharper in front of goal. They very nearly went in front when the impressive Marvin Williams made a good run down the right, cutting inside to leave Gethin Jones stranded. Somehow he managed to push the ball too far in front of him when clear on goal, leaving Mark Preece to punt a clearance downfield.
United did take the lead when Jones again failed to deal with a cross in the home box and Williams, after tangling with City keeper Jason Mellor, was on hand to knock the ball into the top corner of the net under pressure from Preece.
Both sides continued to press as the half came to a close, with Sam Rents and James Folkes having chances for the visitors and Griffin just flicking the ball wide from City’s first corner.
The second half proved to be a different story, although City again started the brighter of the two with substitute Sekani Simpson, on for Joe Burnell, producing a good early run down the right only for Noah Keats to shoot straight into the arms of Sutton keeper Tom Lovelock.
Then the nightmare began. Seven minutes after the interval Williams made another darting run down the left flank and pulled the ball back to Griffiths, who, unmarked, fired into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.
Within 60 seconds of the restart City were in trouble again. This time keeper Mellor came for an under-hit back pass from defender Dan Ball and collided with Griffiths. After booking Mellor, referee Adrian Quelch had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and Craig Dundas stepped up before making no mistake with his penalty.
With just over an hour gone, Williams again took advantage of a defensive lapse. Ball went to leave a pass floated over the top for his keeper but, without enough pace on it, Williams nipped in to tuck the ball into the City net for his second and his side’s fourth of the afternoon.
By then City looked shell-shocked. In the closing stages they did attempt to respond through substitutes Kerry Morgan and Joe Lennox but never really looked like getting back into the game.
Morgan shot miles wide within minutes of coming on for an injured Chris Allen and then in the closing stages of the game Griffin and Ball had chances, both being deflected behind for corners.