Vanarama Conference South
Tuesday 31 March 2015 - Twerton Park - kick off 7.45pm
||Mellor, Bowman (Gallinagh 71), Diallo, Walsh, Ball (c), Keary (Simpson 71), Stearn, Hemmings, Pratt, Watkins, Kington (Allen 81). subs not used: Rollo, Perry.
|man of the match:
||S Knapp, S Annis, D Goard
|league position: 12th
||next match: Havant & W'ville (A)
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Bath City recorded their first goalless draw of the year as third-from-bottom Hayes & Yeading returned from a windy Twerton Park with a useful point in the battle to beat the drop.
Tuesday's match, despite Hayes lying only one place off the relegation zone, had a decidedly end of season, nothing-much-at stake feel to it.
True it was a game not helped by a bumpy pitch, a ferocious wind blowing down from the Bristol end and a visiting team that got what they came for, namely a point. Yet the overall lesson that City may well take from the contest is that they still have something to learn when faced with a side determined to defend.
The first half was all a question of what might have been for both sides. Twice in the early stages the visitors had half-chances.
A ball in to the box from a free-kick that Jason Mellor only caught at the second attempt was followed by Luke Williams firing over after a long run.
For City, every good move was accompanied by either a poor pass or an inability to get a shot in through a crowded defence. Bowman had one smothered on 20 minutes from a great cross by Naby Diallo. Six minutes later another cross in from the left saw Andy Watkins just flick the ball over the Hayes bar.
Yet the best opportunities for both sides came just before the interval. On 38 minutes a cross from the right by Ross Stear found Phil Walsh at the far post and virtually on the byline, but he put his header into the side-netting.
Two minutes before the interval the lively Greg Morgan released Lewis Ferrell, whose shot only sailed a yard over Mellor's bar.
In the second period Hayes started by far the brighter of the two sides. Morgan had a great run into the penalty area after Ashley Kington gave the ball away in midfield, before passing to Adam Everitt whose shot was blocked.
City gradually woke up and a good ball from Chas Hemmings came to Dave Pratt, whose cross was only inches away from being headed home by Watkins.
By now City were beginning to press forward with good effect. On sixty four minutes Stearn played a ball back to Ashley Kington, who then from 30 yards found Pratt. The forward hung in the air as Kington's pass came to him but his header back across goal went narrowly wide of keeper Grant Smith's far post.
City continued to press and with 20 minutes to go had their best chance of the match. A great run by Watkins down the right led to an early shot that rebounded off the Hayes bar before being cleared by the defence.
At that point the question was could City move up a gear and finish the game off. They certainly had chances to do so. Pratt, who managed to play a one-two off defender James Fenion, put his shot wide, Hemmings put in a dipping ball from 30 yards that skidded narrowly over the bar over and Stearn had a great chance from a free kick 20 yards out but put the ball harmlessly wide.
There was just one final opportunity in stoppage time. Again Stearn put in a good run down the right but Smith in the visitors' goal was alive to the shot. He palmed the ball away to his left, with it eventually being cleared by the defence.