Vanarama National League South
Saturday 3 September 2016 - Twerton Park - kick off 3.00pm
||O'Leary, Hickford, Ball (c), Hemmings, Monthe, Rigg, Diallo, Murphy (Artus 77), McCootie, Hunter (Hutchinson 73), Watkins (Fleetwood 89). subs not used: Marshall, Battten.
|man of the match:
||Hunter (22), Monthe (88)
||A Ricketts, R Cockle, Halford
|league position: 5th
||next match: Oxford City (H)
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Manny Monthe fired in the winning goal two minutes from time as Bath City downed Whitehawk for a cathartic triumph.
They had held a half-time lead through Shaquille Hunter's second Romans goal, but the visitors hauled themselves level when Albi Llenga headed home unmarked.
Chances were tough to come by for the closing stages of the second period until Monthe thundered in the decisive goal in the 88th minute – five days after Poole Town had sentenced them to defeat at exactly the same time.
There were three changes to the Romans' starting line-up as Forest Green Rovers loanee Harry Hickford came in for his debut, replacing Dan Bowman at right-back.
Marvin Morgan was also unable to recover from the injury that saw him taken off at half-time against Poole and Stuart Fleetwood dropped to the bench, the pair replaced by Nick McCootie and Hunter.
Despite the game kicking off in torrential rain there was plenty of energy on the pitch as play went from end-to-end.
The conditions may not have helped Naby Diallo when he struggled to control the ball in a good position and saw his eventual shot blocked.
City lived on the edge at the other end when Danny Mills ran at the disorganised defence and had an effort of his own shut down.
The rebound fell for Mike West, whose drive was deflected behind, while Hunter's first opportunity of the afternoon met a similar fate.
A throw-in almost undid the Romans as it bounced over the defence and Mills set West in for another chance that was closed down.
The Whitehawk goal somehow survived when Monthe – up for a corner – got a cross in towards McCootie that was hacked away from almost on the goal-line.
But the breakthrough finally arrived on 22 minutes and it came from a tidy City move.
Diallo chested a high ball into the path of McCootie, who fed Andy Watkins into space down the right, and he sent a raking cross towards the back post for Hunter to slap past visiting custodian Adri Munoz.
They should have been 2-0 ahead before the half was up when Diallo won the ball on the edge of the Whitehawk box and played in McCootie, but he placed his shot wide of the far post with just the keeper to beat.
However, the Hawks passed up a carbon copy opportunity at the other end when Ahmed Abdulla fed West in to push wide.
City came out with vigour to start the second period and had a goal ruled out for offside within minutes.
They won the ball back up the pitch, where Diallo's pass inside was dummied by McCootie for Hunter. The wideman's prodded shot was pushed away by Munoz for McCootie to tap in, only for play to be hauled back when the flag went up.
McCootie fluffed his lines with his next shooting chance after Hickford had got forward on the overlap, and was left to rue that swing and miss when Whitehawk levelled.
It was a simple goal for the away side too, as Llenga rose unmarked to send Abdulla's free-kick past Max O'Leary.
George Rigg flashed an audacious effort just wide of a scrambling Munoz's left-hand upright, while Watkins got a free run at goal from the right and elected for a pass in to McCootie, which was cut out.
Whitehawk frontman Mills then fouled O'Leary in the process of nodding a corner over the line as his side began to take control of the play.
However, their pressure never told and the game evened out in the closing stages, which was peppered by set-pieces.
In the end it was City that got the winner, stemming from another dead-ball that came to nothing initially, but ran for Monthe to fire against a defender from the edge of the box.
The loose ball ran for McCootie, whose attempted dink was closed down by Munoz and fell nicely for Monthe to hammer into the roof of the net.