Vanarama National League South
Tuesday 9 August 2016 - Twerton Park - kick off 7.45pm
||Phillips, Rigg, Ball (c), Batten (Fleetwood 70), Monthe, Hemmings (Marshall HT), Diallo, Murphy, McCootie (Hunter HT), Morgan, Watkins. subs not used: Bowman, Hutchinson.
|man of the match:
||McCootie (43), Watkins (86), Ball (87)
||C Lymer, S Kyle, M Heavey
|league position: 20th
||next match: St Albans City (H)
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Shawn McClousky's first-half brace won the Somerset derby for Weston-super-Mare and left Bath City pointless two games into the National League South season.
The on-loan Bristol City youngster twice took advantage of a lackadaisical Romans defence to net on the break.
Marvin Morgan headed home his first goal for City with five minutes to go, providing the hosts with some late hope.
But a series of desperate attacks came to nothing, leaving them with two slim defeats to their name.
Gary Owers made one change to the team that started Saturday's loss at Margate; Billy Murphy making a full return from injury having come off the bench at Hartsdown Park.
Weston, meanwhile, named former City favourite Sekani Simpson and Ashley Kington in their starting line-up, which also included Joe McClennan – briefly a Roman last pre-season – and former Bath College student Jordan Williams, who had been on trial at Twerton Park this term.
Within seconds of the game kicking off, McClousky found his way in behind the City defence and brought a stop from Steve Phillips.
That set-piece was side-footed into Phillips' hands by Jake Mawford, and within moments the hosts were bearing down on goal at the other end, Morgan forcing a save from Luke Purnell as he struggled to get the ball out from under his feet.
Morgan found himself in a good position again after Nick McCootie hustled the ball away from Jason Pope, but ran into trouble.
And soon enough the ball was sent downfield where McClousky found himself in behind and made no mistake, slotting through Phillips' legs.
For the next 20 minutes it was City that ran the game without ever finding a clear sight of goal.
McCootie, who looked sharper than ever, scuffed a shot wide and was involved in most of the Romans' breaks forward.
There was a scare when Mawford was almost played in straight from a goal-kick, but City continued to press.
Andy Watkins twice had attempted crosses cleared away and a shot blocked following excellent interplay between Naby Diallo, Chas Hemmings and Morgan.
Yet it was another counter that undid the home defence, who were haplessly disorganised as Mawford was able to spin a pass through for McClousky to sprint clear and dink over Phillips for his second.
With their momentum broken, City struggled to create almost anything before break, other than McCootie and Morgan almost bundling their way in behind.
In an attempt to change the game, Owers replaced McCootie with Shaquille Hunter and Hemmings with Lee Marshall at the restart.
However, Weston almost carved out a third when McClennan darted across the top of the box and laid the ball off for George Dowling to bend around the right-hand post.
Watkins roared in to dispossess a back-tracking Williams and, despite being obviously fouled, forced Purnell into a sharp save with a powerful strike from an audacious position.
City frustration continued to grow as luck evaded them.
Diallo zipped in a shot that was deflected just behind, while a Rigg cross skimmed off the head of Clayton Fortune and hit the roof of the net.
McClennan drew a stop from Phillips low at his near post, but it was the home side that grew increasingly dominant as the half wore on.
Diallo almost found the net with a long-range free-kick that eluded the lurking Monthe and had Purnell springing to his left just in the nick of time.
The Weston stopper was kept busy throughout the second period, plucking a number of set-plays from the air and then keeping out another shot after Watkins cut back in from the right and fired goalward.
There would be some late reward for the Romans when Morgan powered a Rigg cross into the top corner despite a strong hand from Purnell.
Wave after wave of desperate attacks followed, with Watkins booked for diving in a worthy City penalty shout.
The best chance they could carve out was a misdirected Murphy header – the midfielder attempting to get some semblance of power on a looping Rigg cross – as time ran out.