Pre-Season Friendly
Saturday 19 July 2014 - Twerton Park - kick off 3.00pm
half-time: 0-0 result: W1-0 attendance: 837

team: Mellor, Bowman (Leary 63), Slocombe, Gallinagh (c), Ball, Simpson, Artus (Allen 53), Kington (Adelsbury 53), Pratt, Watkins (Evans 83), Hemmings (Stearn 37). subs not used: Ricketts, Gibbons, Mitchell.
man of the match: Andy Watkins
scorers: Keary (81)
bookings: none
officials: P Rees, S Turner, K Williams

league position: n/a form: --WDLW next match: Cheltenham Town (H)

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A crowd of more than 800 watched trialist Pat Keary's late header give Bath City a 1-0 victory over former tenants Bristol Rovers in Saturday's friendly at Twerton Park. The goal - an 82nd-minute header from fellow substitute Ross Stearn's inswinging corner - would have been particularly sweet for Keary, a former captain of Rovers' centre of excellence who was released by the Gas in the summer after one senior appearance. Stearn was a first-half replacement for Chas Hemmings, whose injury was the only disappointment of an encouraging afternoon for Conference South side City. On a day when the pre-match thunderstorms give way to bright sunshine, man of the match Andy Watkins posed a constant threat to the visiting defence and forced a good one-on-one save from Kieran Preston before skimming the post with another fine effort. Stearn and Dave Pratt also drew saves from the Rovers keeper and captain Dan Ball had a second-half effort deflected wide. Rovers' best chance saw a quick break end with sub Jamie Lucas going through on goal but Jason Mellor - who had hurt his shoulder in a heavy fall earlier on - made a fine block. City are at home again next Saturday against League 2 outfit Cheltenham Town.