Saturday 14 September 2013 - Mayday Trust Park - kick off 3.00pm
||Mellor, Gallinagh (c), Salmon, Ball, Preece, Adelsbury, Stearn (Simpson 83), Connolly, Pratt, Allen (Keats 72), Low (Brown 75). subs not used: Burnell, Bowman.
|man of the match:
||Stearn (23), Pratt (49)
||A Degnarain, S Glyde, S Wales
|league position: 10th
||next match: Staines Town (A)
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Tonbridge Angels scored in the opening and closing minutes of the match to leave Mayday Trust Park with an unlikely point against Bath City.
Summer signings Ross Stearn and Dave Pratt looked to have secured a deserved victory for the hosts but Angels substitute Mark Lovell stunned them with a fine finish in injury-time.
City did the double over Angels last season but found themselves behind after just 73 seconds. In that time they conceded two corners, the second of which fell to Nathan Pinney in the six-yard box. His first shot was blocked by keeper Jason Mellor but he managed to force home the rebound.
The home side were without Andy Watkins, who limped off with a knee injury in the closing stages of last weekend's 1-1 draw at Ebbsfleet United, meaning Josh Low came in for his first start of the season.
And he almost equalised in bizarre fashion in the sixth minute, with Mellor's long clearance being flicked on by Pratt and hitting an unsuspecting Low on the knee before bouncing off the foot of the post with visiting keeper Clark Masters stranded.
But Low was much more aware in the 23rd minute as City drew level. When Chris Allen - making his first start of 2013-14 - was fouled in the D by David Ijaha, Low joined the Angels defensive wall before pulling away and leaving a space for Stearn to drill a low free-kick through into the net.
Masters may have been disappointed not to keep the effort out but he made amends six minutes before half-time when Low's flick found Pratt on the edge of the box, only for his beautifully-struck shot to be brilliantly tipped around the post by the diving keeper.
But Pratt was not to be denied and, four minutes into the second half, got the goal his energetic display deserved as he ghosted in between two defenders to deftly volley Ben Adelsbury's excellent cross past Masters.
Angels had faded after their bright start, particularly goalscorer Pinney, and he was replaced on the hour mark by the towering Mikel Suarez.
But City were the better team by this point and almost made it 3-1 in the 70th minute when Pratt found Adam Connolly 22 yards out and he created some space before firing in a dipping left-footed shot which rattled the crossbar.
The hosts made their first changes soon after, with Noah Keats and Aaron Brown replacing Allen and Low, while Tonbridge sent on Lovell for Henry Muggeridge.
One of Keats' first touches was to play in Stearn but the winger's angled drive hit the side-netting, with some of the home fans thinking the ball had gone in.
That was Stearn's last major involvement as he was replaced by Sekani Simpson with seven minutes to go as City decided to protect their lead.
However, it was not to be as, two minutes into injury-time, Lovell managed to get goalside of the otherwise impressive Will Salmon and drove a brilliant shot past the outstretched Mellor.