Vanarama Conference South
Saturday 15 November 2014 - Twerton Park - kick off 3.00pm
half-time: 1-0 result: W4-0 attendance: 539

team: Mellor, Bowman (Walsh 80), Gallinagh (c), Keary, Simpson, Hemmings, Watkins, Allen, Pratt, McCootie (Stearn 68), Artus (Kington 74). subs not used: Adelsbury, Rollo.
man of the match: Chas Hemmings
scorers: Own Goal (19). McCootie (62), Keary (74), Pratt (90+1)
bookings: Artus (35), McCootie (39), Bowman (58)
officials: C O'Donnell, W Cartmel, E Moore

league position: 11th form: LLWdWW next match: Gosport Borough (H)

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Bath City recorded their biggest win of the season as they brushed aside ten-men Maidenhead United to move up to 11th in the Vanarama Conference South table. The home side were full value for the three points but were given a helping hand by Maidenhead as Leon Solomon put the ball into his own net in the 18th minute for the only goal of the first half. Nick McCootie doubled City's lead 17 minutes into the second period and the visitors' chances of getting back into the contest were effectively ended moments later when Harry Pritchard saw red. Pat Keary made it 3-0 to City in the 74th minute and Dave Pratt completed a fine afternoon for the home team - who have now recorded three successive clean sheets in the league - when he struck in injury-time.

Before this match all the talk at Twerton Park was about Maidenhead’s former Premier League player DJ Campbell leading the visitors attack. In the end Campbell proved to be anonymous for much of the game, substituted in the 66th minute with City completing a stunning victory of the Berkshire side by the final whistle. Buoyed by Campbell’s unexpected return, Maidenhead came out of the blocks quickly and created the first good chance as Danny Green cut in from the right, beat a couple of players and smashed a shot over the cross bar from just inside the box. United continued to press in the opening stages. Green had another chance, shooting wide from the right edge of the area after Andy Gallinagh had cheaply conceded possession and then Dave Tarpey’s dangerous cross from the left was headed over by Eddie Hutchinson, with Campbell just behind him waiting to tap in. Gradually, City began to assert themselves on the match and created their first clear chance after 12 minutes. The referee played a good advantage when Dan Bowman was clipped playing a pass to Nick McCootie’s feet. The striker drove into the box and cut the ball back for Frankie Artus to smash towards goal but for Leon Solomon on the line to block the shot. However, Solomon was not so fortunate shortly afterwards when Andy Watkins, adjudged narrowly onside, sprinted towards goal with just the keeper to beat. After Britt had beaten his shot out, Watkins headed the ball across goal, but with no City player around Solomon inexplicably headed into his own net. From then on it was all City. Allen hit the woodwork from a mishit cross and then a fine pass from Chas Hemmings set McCootie away. After beating the defender, he should have cut the ball back rather than shooting straight at Britt’s near post. United rallied and Green had his third good chance towards the end of the half, but his shot towards Mellor’s unguarded net was blocked by Gallinagh, Maidenhead’s last real chance. The previously effective Tarpey was then forced off with an injured shoulder after a heavy challenge from Artus as the first period fizzled out.

The second half began in similar vein to the start of the first, with the visitors at last beginning to exert some pressure. But again as in the first forty five minutes City soaked up the pressure and then hit back on the counter attack. Just after the hour mark Hemmings played a lovely pass to Dave Pratt on the edge of the area. Instead of shooting, Pratt knocked the ball in front of him and centred for McCootie who volleyed in his first league goal of the season from six yards. Maidenhead’s woes were then compounded by a straight red card for Harry Pritchard for an apparent elbow on Dan Bowman, and moments later the ineffective Campbell was withdrawn. City then added to their total in the 71st minute. Pat Keary stabbed home through a clutch of players after Artus’s corner was fumbled by Britt into his path for his first competitive goal for the club. The home side then rounded off their afternoon when Pratt completed the rout a minute from time. The excellent Hemmings played a defence splitting slide rule pass into Pratt’s path, and the forward easily finished with a crisp shot. City, who also had the luxury of reintroducing Phil Walsh after injury towards the end easily saw out the remaining minutes to pick up their third successive league clean sheet and go six unbeaten at Twerton Park. The East Thurrock debacle is already starting to feel like a distant memory. Read more: Follow us: @BathChron on Twitter | BathChron on Facebook