Vanarama National League South
Monday 29 August 2016 - Tatnum Ground - kick off 3.00pm
half-time: 0-0 result: L0-1 attendance: 797

team: O'Leary, Bowman, Ball (c), Hemmings, Monthe, Rigg, Diallo (Hutchinson 63), Murphy, Fleetwood, Morgan (McCootie HT), Watkins. subs not used: Marshall, Batten, Elcock.
man of the match: Andy Watkins
scorers: none
bookings: McCootie (88)
officials: A Laver, C Hubbard, A James

league position: 8th form: LWWWWL next match: Whitehawk (H)

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Bath City's lack of cutting edge cost them dear as Poole Town struck two minutes from time to take all three bank holiday points. Both halves followed a similar pattern of play as the Romans dominated for a good 30 minutes before giving up the impetus to Poole. During their time on top, City were unable to make the most of at least three presentable chances. Stuart Fleetwood and Naby Diallo were left to curse two misses, while Diallo also saw a miscued header ping back off the woodwork. And in the end Poole sneaked the win when Michael Walker fired home with two minutes to play. Gary Owers made two changes to the starting line-up that overcame East Thurrock United on Saturday; Fleetwood and Andy Watkins coming in for Shaquille Hunter and Nick McCootie up front.

City bossed the game for the opening 25 minutes but were unable to take their chances. The hosts were forced to waste one of their subs early when keeper Nick Hutchings was forced off trying to keep a Dan Bowman cross away from Andy Watkins. A series of corners also came to nothing bar Dan Ball thrashing an effort into the advertising hoardings, but they should have gone ahead soon after. Marvin Morgan tapped a neat pass in to Diallo, who in turn played Fleetwood in behind, but the frontman got little power on his effort and Rees was able to mop up. Poole had a couple of penalty shouts in the first period, the first coming when Ryan Case went down under a challenge from Manny Monthe, without any luck. Much of the home side's danger came from the right-hand side and tricky winger Luke Burbidge. On more than one occasion he had the City defence scrambling as he zigged and zagged his way into the box. Gloveman Max O'Leary also had to keep his wits about him when a deep Steve Devlin free-kick bounced right the way through to his gloves. A stroke of luck almost had the Romans in front when Watkins dug out a cross for Diallo, whose mishit header bounced into the ground but rebounded up and off the inside of the post, with Rees then palming the ball away before it could find a way over the line. The more the half went on the more Poole grew into proceedings, while the Romans began to misplace passes and wilt in the high heat. Frontman Luke Roberts was a tricky prospect for the defence, particularly Manny Monthe. Roberts was held off by the burly centre-half when a quality ball over the top almost fell into his path, but on the second occasion he got in behind and flashed a shot across goal. Before the half-time whistle blew there was one more penalty shout for the Dolphins when a corner was recycled, sent into the area and bounced up against Bowman, but again the referee was unmoved.

The visitors saw off some initial pressure after the break and set about wrestling back control of the game. And they wasted another dream chance when a sweeping move found its way to Watkins, who stood up a cross to the far post where a diving Diallo missed an open goal with his head. McCootie and Watkins were off target with further chances, while the City pressure was only briefly broken when a Devlin piledriver forced O'Leary into a diving stop. However, the impetus remained with the Romans, although they almost got the opener in fluky circumstances when another Watkins centre stayed true and Rees had to tip over McCootie spooning the resulting corner over the top. Yet more pressure from Watkins down the left almost resulted in a goal for substitute Josh Hutchinson, whose shot was hounded down by the defence. Rees then had fortune on his side when a Hutchinson flick-on bounced up and over his leap, but the keeper was able to recover with Fleetwood lurking. However, just like the first period it was the home side that ended the game on the front foot. The Romans held out until two minutes from time, when a shot pinballed around the defence and Walker curled in at O'Leary's near post to win his side the game.