Vanarama National League South
Tuesday 23 February 2016 - Westleigh Park - kick off 7.45pm
||Phillips (c), Gallinagh, Ball, Batten, Taylor, Artus, Murphy, Kelly (Kington 71), Richards. McCootie (Pratt 62), Watkins. subs not used: Bowman, Greenslade, Hemmings.
|man of the match:
||Taylor (58), Ball (79)
|league position: 16th
||next match: Hemel Hempstead (A)
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Andy Watkins bundled in a 92nd minute leveller to earn Bath City a share of a spoils against fellow strugglers Havant & Waterlooville.
The hosts had taken an early lead through Nic Ciardini, but were finally undone by the City frontman in stoppage time to earn a priceless point for Gary Owers' men.
Both teams were unchanged from the weekend, and it was Havant who started the brighter on a pitch more suited for sandcastles than football.
Their promising opening was rewarded with a goal in the 12th minute.
Scott Donnelly managed to keep the ball in play on the left after Andy Gallinagh misjudged the bounce on the tricky surface, and he teed up Ciardini, whose side-footed effort from ten yards appeared to deceive City keeper Steve Phillips, as he could only watch the ball sneak into the far corner.
Lee Bradbury's men had their tails up and spurned a glorious opportunity to increase their lead when the lively Ciardini drove in a cross from the left which was met by the onrushing Ben Swallow, but the former City loanee hurried his shot off target from 12 yards.
Donnelly nearly added a second when his effort from distance clipped the top of the bar, and the Hawks top scorer then created an opening for Brian Stock, whose rifled drive from 30 yards arrowed inches wide of Phillips' right-hand post.
City had posed little threat at the other end with Ryan Young not particularly overworked, but the second half proved a different story.
Although, the visitors were dealt a setback when Nick McCootie limped off on the hour to be replaced by Dave Pratt.
The Hampshire outfit survived a couple of goalmouth scrambles, with vociferous appeals for a goal during one after a real melee saw Eliot Richards' attempted backheel on the line cleared by Dan Strugnell.
Watkins was next to come close for City. He latched onto Frankie Artus' precise ball over the top and outpaced the home defence, but Young was equal to his thunderous drive, parrying it behind for a corner.
The drama arrived in the final few minutes, with extra additional time after referee Adrian Quelch was unintentionally flattened by a stray clearance, which saw him receive treatment.
Five minutes were added on as a result, and in the second of these, City found the goal their second half efforts deserved.
Artus' corner from the left was flicked on by Pratt, and Watkins stole in at the far post to gleefully head in an equaliser which could prove vital come the season's end.