Vanarama National League South
Saturday 13 August 2016 - Twerton Park - kick off 3.00pm
half-time: 1-0 result: W3-0 attendance: 367

team: Phillips, Bowman, Ball (c), Hemmings, Monthe, Rigg, Diallo (Fleetwood 71), Murphy, McCootie, Morgan (Hunter 63), Watkins (Hutchinson 78). subs not used: Marshall, Batten.
man of the match: Chas Hemmings
scorers: Hemmings (34), Monthe (65), Fleetwood (80)
bookings: none
officials: M Whaley, L Rutter, M Halford

league position: 14th form: --LLW next match: Truro City (A)

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Bath City notched their first points of the campaign as ten-man St Albans City were comfortably dispatched at Twerton Park. Chas Hemmings' towering first-half header was all that separated the sides in a game that remained fairly even until Ben Herd was shown a second yellow card. Soon enough, Manny Monthe double the lead with another header and Stuart Fleetwood came off the bench to complete the scoring with ten minutes to play. Gary Owers made one change to the starting line-up as Dan Bowman replaced Jack Batten to force a reshuffle. Bowman sat at right-back, pushing George Rigg into central midfield and Hemmings into the centre of defence to partner Monthe.

There were a handful of hairy moments for the hosts in the first half, the first coming within minutes as they failed to fully clear a Lee Chappell long throw and Junior Morias thumped an overhead kick just over the bar City's first chance of the afternoon came from a hopeful high hoof from a pressured Bowman. Marvin Morgan made the most of it with a flick on for Andy Watkins, ranging in from the left, who turned and shot to force Saints keeper James Russell into a low stop at his near post. More Romans nerves were frayed as Phillips twice flapped under another Chappell throw a constant nuisance throughout the first half. Ryan Johnson hit the bar with a looping header, with the rebound coming out for Louie Theophanous to nod goalwards, Hemmings luckily in the right place to head away from the line. Set-pieces were a source of frustration for Owers after the midweek defeat to Weston-super-Mare and City were largely wasteful with them again for the first half-hour. A number of corners failed to beat the first man, while Rigg sent a free-kick straight into the wall from a presentable position. Yet it was a corner that proved the source of their goal. Billy Murphy whipped a deep ball in from the right for Hemmings to rise majestically and nod just inside the post.

After the break they made a bright opening salvo Morgan drilling in a dangerous cross that the Saints hacked half clear, before drawing a diving stop from Russell with a drilled effort. Just as City had done on Tuesday night, St Albans had little luck creating clear-cut chances in search of an equaliser. The hosts nearly came up with a second dead-ball goal when a central Murphy free-kick was missed by Ben Martin and the ball was scrambled away from a prowling Hemmings. The Saints then made matters worse for themselves when Herd was flashed a second yellow for tugging back Watkins out on the left leaving the pitch without waiting for the referee to brandish the cards. And soon enough City had a second, again from a set-piece. It was a simple goal, Murphy floating in a free-kick for Monthe to flick past the helpless Russell from six yards. Substitute Rhys Hoenes scooped wide for the toiling ten men of St Albans, before the Romans came forward again. A whipped Bowman cross from the right just evaded substitute Fleetwood and squirmed away from the keeper, falling for Watkins, whose prod could not beat the defender on the line. Watkins and Fleetwood each pulled efforts off target as the home side firmly controlled the closing stages. The third duly arrived in the 80th minute as Bowman played a neat one-two with Josh Hutchinson and squared for Fleetwood to tap in with Russell out of the picture. Theophanous cracked the post for St Albans, although the game wound down with City on the front foot Hunter drawing a sprawling save from Russell after being slipped in by Fleetwood.