Saturday 19 April 2014 - Privett Park - kick off 3.00pm
||Moore, Simpson (Bowman 73), Ball, Gallinagh, Walsh (Brown 57), Connolly, Allen, Keats (Stearn 57) Pratt, Watkins, Low. subs not used: Wring, Burnell.
|man of the match:
||Pratt (pen 45)
||C Brook, L Crowhurst, M Lee
|league position: 7th
||next match: Farnborough (H)
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Privett Park is rapidly becoming Bath City’s nemesis. Last season it saw Adie Britton move to a director of football role as City crashed out of the FA Cup to then Southern League Gosport Borough.
This time it was City’s slender Skrill South play-off ambitions that were dashed as on a bouncy and dusty pitch they were rolled over by an in-form Borough side.
It was the home team who opened as the more direct and effective of the two sides. Within minutes of the kick-off Ian Richardson saw his header tipped over the crossbar by keeper Stuart Moore.
Eleven minutes gone and City had their first chance as Josh Low’s flicked header from a Chris Allen free-kick was pushed around the post for a City corner.
However, back came Borough and this time it was Justin Bennett who got the better of Phil Walsh, only for his shot to be blocked by Sekani Simpson at the near post.
The home side then went ahead on the half-hour mark. A ball crossed into the box saw the defence dither as Moore remained rooted to his goalline. Dan Wooden was given far too much space and pushed the ball out to his left to allow Danny Smith the simplest of shots to put Borough in front.
Seconds later it could have been 2-0 as Dan Ball failed to charge down a cross from the right but was relieved to see Adam Wilde put his shot over the bar.
Just when it looked as if City would go into the interval behind, they earned a somewhat fortunate reprieve. Adam Connolly played in Dave Pratt and as the forward raced into the penalty area, defender Sam Pearce handled the bouncing ball to concede a penalty which Pratt duly converted.
If City expected the goal to be the start of a comeback, something that has become a familiar routine in recent weeks, Borough clearly had other ideas. With the second period only six minutes old another cross into the penalty area saw an unmarked Wooden easily get between Walsh and keeper Moore to restore the home side’s lead.
It was another defensive lapse but enough to shake City out of their lethargy as, for the first and only time in the game, they looked to establish some dominance. Andy Watkins twice had shots, the first of which was turned aside by Smith to earn a corner, before he then forced keeper Nathan Ashmore into a fine save.
The best of the chances then fell to the unlikely foot of Simpson, who had another powerful shot saved by the excellent Ashmore from the edge of the box.
As the clock began to tick down, however, City then suffered a mortal blow. A corner was conceded as the defence dithered and Sam Pearce climbed highest to head home. Then, as Borough celebrated, referee Carl Brooke saw Moore raise his arm to a home player and City had a keeper dismissed for the second time this season.
With no shot-stopper on the bench, Low elected to go between the sticks. It produced the odd moment of hilarity, as even Borough seemed reluctant to shoot and the stand-in made two reasonable saves. It was, however, no more than a footnote to this game and in effect to City’s season.