Vanarama National League South
Saturday 21 November 2015 - Grosvenor Vale - kick off 3.00pm
half-time: 0-1 result: L0-2 attendance: 602

team: Phillips, Gallinagh (c), Adelsbury, Smith, Ball, Williams (Hemmings 75), Watkins, Artus, Pratt, McCootie (Yeoman 69), Mohamed. subs not used: Simpson, John.
man of the match: Andy Gallinagh
scorers: none
bookings: Artus (32), Ball (86)
officials: L Venamore, C Myatt, S Finnigan

league position: 9th form: WLLLDL next match: Bognor Regis (FAT) (A)

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Two controversial goals in the first and last five minutes saw Bath City succumb to their first defeat at Wealdstone for exactly 40 years, despite enjoying the lion's share of possession. An early penalty from Jefferson Louis and a late clincher from Matt Ball proved enough for the home side, and leaves the visitors without an away win in the league since August 22. However, the validity of both of the game's strikes can certainly be called into question.

The debate began in just the second minute. A lovely pass from Ball played Scott Davies in on the left-hand edge of the penalty area and he felt enough of a nudge from birthday boy Dan Ball to tumble in the box. The referee was convinced enough to point to the spot and Louis dispatched the penalty decisively via Steve Phillips' right-hand upright. City tried to fire back instantly. Dave Pratt set Andy Watkins clear with a delightfully threaded through pass but, like on Tuesday night at Margate, Watkins lacked composure and drove his shot straight at Jonathan North in the Wealdstone goal. At the other end the flanks were proving a useful outlet. The tricky Shaun Lucien snaked past a couple of defenders and forced a good save from Phillips at his near post from the left before an even better opportunity came from wide on the right. Davies' free-kick was headed down by skipper Tom Hamblin and very nearly buried by Dale Binns at the back post, but the ex-Sutton United man couldn't quite make a firm connection. With gilt-edged chances few and far between, City might have gone in at half-time level. Jack Smith - in unfamiliar territory - sliced a half-volley wide after Andy Gallinagh had shown great balance to slalom past a couple of challenges and deliver one of the better crosses of the afternoon right into the heart of the area. Dave Pratt standing just behind Smith, however, may have been hoping for the young defender to miss the ball altogether and gift him a tap in.

Ben Adelsbury may feel he should have equalised five minutes into the second half when a corner from the left fell for him 12 yards out. But, after doing all the hard work by twisting and turning away from a couple of defenders, the resulting shot was clipped wide. Despite being gifted all the possession, City lacked end product throughout, although they did manage to fashion their best opportunity with 15 minutes remaining. Artus swept a ball out to the right for Gallinagh and he fired a cross shot across goal. Pratt, on the stretch six yards out, somehow contrived to head over the bar but much to his relief the linesman's offside flag spared him from potential embarrassment. After soaking up the pressure, Wealdstone then struck the killer blow as Binns hooked one down the left hand channel looking for Matt Ball. Despite seemingly collecting the ball from well over the touchline and appearing to be coming back from an offside position, the referee ignored both potential infringements and played on. Ball took full advantage by feeding substitute Bradley Hudson-Odoi, who skipped past a couple of challenges and powered in a drive which Phillips could only parry out. Naturally it was the villain of the piece Ball who followed up for a simple yet somewhat cruel finish. Read more: Follow us: @BathChron on Twitter | BathChron on Facebook