Tuesday 17 September 2013 - Wheatsheaf Park - kick off 7.45
||Mellor, Gallinagh, Salmon, Ball, Preece, Adlesbury, Stearn, Connolly (Keats 62), Pratt, Allen, Low. subs not used: Burnell, Simpson, Brown, Rollo.
|man of the match:
||Ball (52), Preece (90)
|league position: 12th
||next match: Dover Ath (H)
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Bajram Pashaj scored a deflected last-gasp winner as Bath City suffered their second defeat of the season at Staines Town.
It was the second time in four days that Lee Howells' men had been frustrated by a late strike from a substitute, following on from Mark Lovell's injury-time equaliser for Tonbridge Angels on Saturday.
However, the visitors were angered after having a goal of their own disallowed in the dying seconds of the game.
Ross Stearn's driven free-kick was pushed up by Kyle Merson, with the ball then dropping down and hitting the keeper on the shoulder before bouncing in.
However, referee Paul Harris claimed that Merson had been bundled over by Will Salmon and Dave Pratt and, despite vigorous protests from City, blew for a foul.
It was an event-packed final flourish to an otherwise drab game played at times in torrential rain.
City’s brightest moment came early on when Stearn dribbled past three players down the right and fired in a narrow shot angle which was tipped over the bar.
Ben Adlesbury got his head onto the resulting corner but could only nod tamely into the keeper's hands.
If City edged the opening 15 minutes, the next quarter-of-an-hour belonged to Staines but the closest they went was when Louie Thophanous' curving shot from 25 yards slid past Jason Mellor's upright.
Just after the half-hour, Mark Taylor picked up a pass from the excellent Jordan Brown and fired in a shot which went just inches wide of the upright.
Those moments apart, chances were few and far between for either side as good incisive passing seemed inevitably to be followed by woeful crossing and poor finishing.
Theophenous presented the main threat up front for Staines but was well shadowed by Dan Ball and Mark Preece.
For City Josh Low provided some invention, although Dave Pratt looked tired and as a striker less effective than when alongside Andy Watkins.
Stearn demonstrated the positive and negative sides of his character, as occasional moments of real footballing skill were too often overshadowed by trying to beat the last man and a readiness to shoot when a pass was sometimes the better option.
Despite this, City looked on course for their first clean sheet of the season and to become the first visiting team to leave Wheatsheaf Road with a point so far.
But with 89 minutes on the clock, the ball bounced up for substitute Pashaj some 20 yards out, who took a hopeful punt at goal.
It never looked likely to trouble Mellor until it took a substantial deflection off the side of Scott Taylor to leave the City keeper stranded.
In the end it was a dejected City side that left a sodden Staines with only one point to show from their last two matches when it could so easily have been more.