Friday 12 July 2013 - Mayday Trust Park - kick off 7.30pm
||Mellor (Barton 75), Simpson (Bowman 70), Gallinagh (c) (Rollo 75), Ball (tbc 75), Preece, Addlesbury (Allen HT), Stearn (Burnell HT), Connolly (Collins HT), Pratt (Kay 70), Watkins (Russell 66), Low (Keates HT). subs not used: none
|man of the match:
||Stearn (pen 14), Watkins (5)
|league position: n/a
||next match: Plymouth Argyle (H)
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Bath City’s new attacking trio made an instant impression in front of a four-figure Mayday Trust Park crowd as Friday night’s friendly clash with Bristol Rovers ended all-square
Former Weston-super-Mare winger Ross Stearn opened the scoring with a confident low penalty to Rovers keeper Conor Gough’s left after being upended just inside the box by youngster Alefe Santos.
The npower League 2 visitors, who went into the game on the back of a gruelling week of training at Stoke Rochford Hall Hotel, Lincolnshire, drew level before the half-hour when Eliot Richards’ cross was tapped in by Ryan Brunt.
Matt Harrold combined with David Clarkson to fire past Jason Mellor and give Rovers the lead just after the restart but City striker Dave Pratt threaded the ball through for fellow summer signing Andy Watkins to finish well and restore parity three minutes later.
Mellor was called upon to make a fine save from Clarkson but City were full value for their draw in a game that attracted a bumper pre-season gate of 1,131.
Rovers boss John Ward said afterwards: “Whilst I could easily have arranged a game that would have seen us win comfortably, this was a tough football match and a good workout for us. We have had a tough week, in terms of physical work, and finished off with the type of game we were expecting.
I was really pleased with it. I’m not looking for any easy options, and neither should my players. We didn’t get any tonight and had to work hard for what we got against a team that worked hard against us. I think it was a good night and the fans appear to have enjoyed it
Tonight my players have completed at least 45 minutes against strong opponents who made us work extremely hard.
I expected a little bit of weariness from my players, in what we knew would be a competitive football match and that’s exactly what we got and we have come through without any real injury problems, which is the main thing.”