Pre-Season Friendly
Thursday 10 July 2014 - Plain Ham - kick off 7.30pm
half-time: 1-0 result: W2-0 attendance: n/a

team: Butler (Mellor 60), Southway (Bowman 60), Mitchell (Slocombe 67), Rollo (c) (Simpson 65), Keary (Gallinagh 65), Evans, Gibbons, Shipp (Ball 67), Stearn (Pratt HT), Kington (Artus 34), Ricketts (Allen 65). subs not used: none
man of the match: Sam Butler
scorers: Ricketts (4), Pratt (70)
bookings: none
officials: to follow

league position: n/a form: -----W next match: Cardiff City (H)

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Bath City warmed up for Saturday’s visit of Sky Bet Championship side Cardiff City with a comfortable victory at Larkhall Athletic as their pre-season campaign got under way on Thursday night. Youngster Jordan Ricketts and Dave Pratt found the net at Plain Ham as City had just too much for Southern League newcomers Larkhall. A youthful City line-up took to the field but they showed no sign of nerves and broke the deadlock after just four minutes. The home keeper failed to deal with a back-pass and Ricketts pounced to roll the ball into an empty net. City stopper Sam Butler was then required to pull off several good saves as Toolstation Premier Division champions Larkhall dragged themselves back into the game. Defender Ryan Mitchell also headed two efforts off the line for the visitors and the Larks should have got themselves on level terms midway through the half when City triallist Pat Keary handled in the box. Keeper Butler again came to City’s rescue, however, pulling off an excellent stop to keep the resultant spot-kick out. The visitors soon retook control of the contest and Ricketts and new signing Frankie Artus both went close to increasing their lead before half-time. The second half was frequently disrupted by substitutions but City remained in the ascendency and added a second goal when a low Pratt effort found the net with the aid of a slight deflection. Adie Britton and Lee Howells can expect a much stiffer test of City’s credentials on Saturday as they continue their preparations for the new Conference South season when Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brings his Cardiff side to Twerton Park (2pm).