Vanarama National League South
Tuesday 13 September 2016 - Twerton Park - kick off 7.50pm
||O'Leary, Rigg, Ball (c), Hemmings (Bowman 60), Monthe, Batten, Diallo, Murphy, McCootie (Fleetwood 83), Hunter (Hutchinson 81), Artus. subs not used: Marshall, Hickford.
|man of the match:
||Hunter (pen 34), McCootie (65), Diallo (72), Hutchinson (pen 87)
||S Yianni, C Scriven, M Underhay
|league position: 8th
||next match: Oxford City (FAC) (H)
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Bath City's horrible recent run against Gosport comprehensively came to an end as Gary Owers claimed his 50th win in charge of the Romans in all competitions.
Having lacked a clinical edge on numerous occasions this season, the boss watched on in delight as four different scorers combined in City's biggest win of the campaign to date.
There was a delayed start to proceedings because of a temporary floodlight failure, and it seemed to affect the early rhythm for both sides.
The first clear chance of the game fell to the visitors' Josh Carmichael. After linking up brilliantly with Ben Wright, he burst into the box but saw his strike met by the superb reflexes of Max O'Leary, who got a strong hand to tip the ball around the post.
In truth it was a rare moment of quality in the opening half-hour. City's play was slack with several passes going astray, against a Gosport side unable to capitalise with a creative spark absent in their play.
Boro's Warren Bentley missed a great opportunity to break the deadlock on 32 minutes. Ben Harding's expertly flighted ball picked out the forward, who took a touch before blazing over from 15 yards.
They paid for this wastefulness a minute later when a ball over the top from Manny Monthe found Shaquille Hunter. The winger was going away from goal, but Callum Cunniffe inexplicably lunged in and swept his legs away for a penalty. Following Billy Murphy's failure from the spot on Saturday, this time Hunter stepped up and placed his penalty just out of the reach of Martin Rice.
Nick McCootie, whose endless work saw him running almost on empty towards the end of the first half, hammered a shot wide after holding off Sam Pearce as a mediocre half drew to a close.
Gosport, who had won their last five meetings against City, looked keen to extend that run after the break. Tom Bird's cross from the left was met by the head of diminutive Bentley, but he nodded just wide.
A comical spell of play, more suited to Sunday morning players at Lansdown, almost saw the Hampshire side find a leveler. A series of sliced clearances and wayward passes saw the ball somehow ricochet to Wright, but he looped a shot over the bar when he should have tested O'Leary.
The introduction of Dan Bowman for Chas Hemmings sparked life into City's performance. He was moved to right midfield, with Naby Diallo into the middle. It worked a treat as City doubled their lead on 65 minutes.
Diallo picked up possession in midfield and slipped it through to McCootie. The forward initially appeared to lose control, but he managed to regain the ball and pick his spot in the corner with defenders and goalkeeper closing in. It was an excellent finish and his third goal in three games.
Once again the change of shape played a part in City's third of the evening. Bowman's probing run on the right was followed by a perfect pull-back to Diallo. His shot wasn't the cleanest, but had enough to deceive Rice and nestle into the net.
Josh Hutchinson and Stuart Fleetwood were introduced for the excellent Hunter and McCootie, who were both hugely impressive after the break - the latter being rewarded with the man of the match award from the sponsors.
Bentley headed harmlessly wide in a rare second-half opening for Gosport, whose evening went from bad to worse as they conceded a second needless penalty with four minutes remaining.
This time it was captain Joe Oastler who was culpable as he recklessly slid in on Hutchinson, with referee Savvas Yianni having little option but to point to the spot again. As with the first penalty, the player fouled took responsibility, Hutchinson calmly sending Rice the wrong way for his first goal for the club.
It rounded off the evening perfectly. 4-0 perhaps flattered the hosts but should be a perfect tonic ahead of Saturday's Emirates FA Cup second qualifying round tie at home to Oxford City.