Vanarama National League South
Saturday 5 December 2015 - Twerton Park - kick off 3.00pm
||Phillips, Simpson (Bowman 64), Gallinagh (c), Batten, Ball, Hemmings, Artus (John 90), Adelsbury, Pratt, Watkins, Mohamed (McCootie HT). subs not used: Williams, Smith.
|man of the match:
||Watkins (54), Ball (81)
||R Mackay, A Dine, T Donnellan
|league position: 9th
||next match: Ebbsfleet United (A)
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Bath City succumbed to a 97th-minute winner as Hayes & Yeading United robbed them of a richly-deserved point following a rousing comeback from a dismal first half and two missed penalties.
Dan Ball looked to have earned the Romans a point when he headed home from a corner with eight minutes left on the clock.
But after a lengthy stoppage for an injury to a Hayes player had delayed the closing stages, the visitors snatched the points when Elliott Benyon turned home a shot at the death.
An incredible individual goal from Matt Jay and a cool Luke Williams finish had the visitors 2-0 up before Frankie Artus missed the first of two spot kicks.
But the Romans came out for the second period a different team and - after a second Artus miss from 12 yards - drew level through Andy Watkins and Ball.
They had made a reasonable start, too, making the first forays into either penalty area.
Ben Adelsbury clipped a clever ball for Watkins to collect on the left side of the penalty area. The frontman skipped past a defender and charged at the byline, but chose to shoot from a tight angle with Dave Pratt lurking in the middle.
But Hayes soon grabbed the ascendancy, almost taking advantage of Steve Phillips flapping underneath a corner, with Jay's effort deflected wide.
The resulting corner was whipped dangerously into the box and headed wide by Devante McKain from six yards out.
However, the visitors would take the lead from their next attack with an stunning piece of skill from Jay.
He picked up on a loose ball, beat a defender on the edge of the box, spun past two more and casually slipped his shot into the bottom corner.
Hayes keeper Dan Lincoln was the next to start an attack, plucking a corner from the air and hurling a 50-yard pass for Mason Spence.
Andy Gallinagh slipped, allowing the winger to skip into the box, but Sekani Simpson got back in time to turn his cross away.
There was brief respite when Kaid Mohamed blazed a free-kick over the bar at the other end, before Hayes struck the crossbar through a Benyon header.
But within two minutes they would double their lead as Spence charged down the left, cut back on Simpson and laid a ball back for Williams to caress into the bottom corner.
A teasing Gallinagh centre narrowly evaded Pratt and skewed off the head of Watkins before City were handed a gilt-edged chance to get back into the contest.
McKain clumsily bundled Watkins over in the box, only for Frankie Artus – on his return to the starting line-up from suspension – to drill his spot-kick down the middle and give Lincoln a relatively easy stop.
But for Watkins slicing a half-volley into the side netting, Hayes finished the half on top with Adam Everitt scything an effort wide and a Williams cross evading Benyon by inches.
Nick McCootie replaced Mohamed for the second half and made an immediate impact with a cross that narrowly beat a diving Pratt.
It proved the start of a strong reaction to another poor 45 minutes from the Romans.
They were handed a second penalty when Watkins tumbled in the box, but Artus once again saw his spot-kick kept out by Lincoln.
Rather than be disheartened, City continued their fightback and were finally rewarded with a goal.
Lincoln, under pressure from Pratt and McCootie, could only punch a cross as far as Watkins, who prodded into the vacant net.
Adelsbury crashed another effort into the advertising hoardings within a minute, while McCootie had a sharp shot on the turn held by Lincoln.
Hayes would still create a number of chances, no better than a phase of play that saw Phillips keep out a Spence effort with his feet and Dan Ball clear Jay's rebound effort off the line.
Back came the Romans. Gallinagh played a high ball into the left-hand channel for McCootie, who cut inside and drew a low save from Lincoln at his near post.
Pratt was handed a golden opportunity to level the game in the 68th minute, running into space from a Nick McCootie flick, but fired his shot out of the ground.
Hayes substitute Josh Scott then shot wide with 15 minutes to go as his side looked to put the game to bed.
Gallinagh was soon bailed out by Phillips, who came out quick enough to block Benyon's effort from a weak back pass, with Ball sliding in to keep the loose ball away from Jay.
And the leveller came with eight minutes to run as an Adelsbury swung over a deep corner that Ball powered home.
The hosts did not stop there as Artus struck a long-range effort past the post and Watkins, after a silky first touch off the outside of his right boot, shot low but straight at Lincoln.
With two minutes to go, Hayes player Lewis Ferrell went down injured and was stretchered off, leading to a five-minute delay.
The visitors had the better of the game after the restart, and in the seventh minute of stoppage-time they robbed City of a deserved point.
Steve Phillips did well to parry an initial Jay shot, but it fell straight to the feet of Benyon, who turned home from an acute angle despite a touch from the City custodian.