Vanarama Conference South
Saturday 21 March 2015 - Paddy Power Stadium - kick off 3.00pm
||Mellor, Bowman, Gallinagh, Keary, Walsh (Ball 76), Kington, Stearn, Diallo, McCootie, Watkins (Allen 68), Artus (Hemmings 81). subs not used: Rollo.
|man of the match:
||(Stearn 9, 72), McCootie (14, 54), Artus (44), Watkins (22,42)
||T Wood, M Dadds, S Shaw
|league position: 11th
||next match: Bromley (H)
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Many Bath City fans might have thought the 11-goal match at Twerton Park a month ago was as close to a goal feast as you are ever likely to see but it was given a good run for its money in a stunning victory over Farnborough at Cherrywood Road.
Farnborough looked disinterested from the start and were destroyed by half-time. It was the weakest performance by any side that City have faced in Vanarama Conference South this season.
The rout began as early as the ninth minute with a great ball down the centre from Pat Keary. Ross Stearn ran on, taking it out to the byline on the left, before cutting back inside. He flicked the ball off a defender before his eventual deflected shot slipped under the body of Dillon Barnes. It was Barnes' first appearance for Farnborough since their defeat at Twerton Park. He must have dreaded what was to come.
Five minutes later and Stearn this time turned playmaker. He slipped the ball down the right flank for Nick McCootie to run on to. The athletic forward cut inside before firing the ball across goal and into the net.
Briefly Farnborugh flickered into life but even then not without a touch of farce. Naby Diallo was pulled up for a handball some 22 yards out from goal on the Farnborough right. Michael Richens completely mis-hit his free-kick and as most of the players looked one way the ball flicked another before it landed in front of a surprised and grateful Dan Bennett, who stabbed it home.
At that point in many games you might expect the opposition to come back into the match but little materialised from the Borough forward line and their defence continued to have more holes than Rab C Nesbit's string vest.
Twenty two minutes gone and a nice one-two between Andy Watkins and McCootie just inside the Farnbough half, saw the former run twenty five yards to slot the ball home.
City continued to press, with Stearn, McCootie and Watkins all having further chances before the visitors applied the coup de grace twice before the interval.
Two corners in quick succession saw Watkins double his tally, this time from no more than six yards.
Then moments before half-time the defence failed to clear another corner and Frankie Artus had a shot from just inside the penalty area that skidded along the ground before leaving Barnes stranded. The goal was initially awarded to McCootie although the forward later admitted that, although he poked a foot out, he got nothing on the ball.
If Borough thought that half-time might provide some relief, City showed they were not prepared to let them off the hook with their sixth just nine minutes into the second period. It was probably the best goal of the afternoon.
From inside the Borough half, Diallo flighted a ball for McCootie to run on to. He pushed the ball on before deftly flicking it over the advancing Barnes.
Again for a moment Borough briefly came to life when, 20 minutes from time, a free-kick taken by Jordan Robertson was given to Bennett, who put in a powerful shot that gave Jason Mellor no chance.
There was still time for City to equal their goal tally from a month ago at Twerton Park, with Stearn getting his second of the afternoon. Again Diallo helped to make it possible. The midfielder took the ball past two defenders before laying it back to Stearn. He raced forward, took it past Barnes before slotting it home.
The home team left the pitch with boos ringing round Cherrywood Road. No doubt the City fans and players would have preferred the football chant of 'can we play you every week', such has been the dominance of City over Borough this season.