Saturday 7 December 2013 - Mayday Trust Park - kick off 3.00pm
||Mellor, Simpson, Brown, Preece, Gallinagh (c), Burnell, Bowman, Connolly, Keats (Allen 7), Watkins (Adelsbury 79), Low. subs not used: Ricketts, Rollo.
|man of the match:
||Watkins (45+1), Preece (46)
||Brown (45), Preece (47), Low (63), Burnell (79)
||R Hulme, M Chalkley, S Barry
|league position: 8th
||next match: Hayes & Yeading (A)
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Joe Burnell saw red for the first time in his long career as Boreham Wood grabbed a late, late leveller to deny Bath City a quickfire Skrill South double.
City, who led until stoppage time thanks to goals either side of the interval from Andy Watkins and Mark Preece, were left feeling robbed at the final whistle despite continuing their unbeaten run in a bad-tempered encounter.
The hosts went into the game on the back of a 1-0 success in the reverse fixture last Saturday but had Ross Stearn and Dan Ball suspended and Dave Pratt injured. Things got worse for the home side when Noah Keats limped out of the action on seven minutes.
Ciry might have lacked the pace and variability that their three first-choice front combination of Pratt, Stearn and Watkins normally give them but there was no lack of determination and commitment. With Josh Low playing alongside the sole remaining striker in Watkins, there was no lack of skill either.
Yet much of the first half was scrappy, with what chances there were falling to City. Low got free through the centre after just three minutes before shooting wide and then Aaron Brown put in a powerful shot that James Russell did well to parry.
Just when the game seemed destined for a goalless half-time stalemate, suddenly two came along together.
First, Brow, fouled Mario Notto on the byline and, after a moment’s hesitation, referee Richard Hulme awarded the visitors a penalty. Notto converted it, firing the ball hard and low to Jason Mellor’s left.
From the restart and in first-half injury time, City pressed forward. Low chased a cross-field ball down the right and was obstructed by Ben Nunn and Brown’s free-kick to the far post was fired in from close range by Watkins.
They took the lead with the second half only a minute old as Brown swung over right-wing corner and Mark Preece headed home powerfully.
From then on, the game again became scrappy as the visitors contested every decision. With a number of off-the-ball incidents making it a difficult game to manage referee Hulme called both captains together to calm things down.
City still had the better chances. Early in the half Watkins forced a near-post save from Russell, before Brown’s effort was pushed away one-handed by the keeper.
However, they picked up a series of caution, with Preece yellow-carded for obstructing the keeper and Brown, Low and Burnell following him into the book. It was the latter’s card, for a high tackle, that led to the game’s decisive twist.
Two minutes into stoppage time City conceded a free-kick halfway inside their own half. Burnell, who had been going for the ball, was adjudged to have kicked it away by the referee and was given his marching orders.
With the man who tends to marshal the home defence missing, the ball was delivered into the City box and, through a crowd of players, substitute Karl Brown touched it into the net.
City dropped down to eighth place in the league, although with four clubs tied on 27 points there is still much for them to play for over the packed Christmas holiday period.