FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round
Saturday 1 October 2016 - Parkfield - kick off 3.00pm
||O'Leary, Rigg, Ball (c) (Batten 27), Artus, Monthe, Hemmings, Murphy, Diallo (Bowman 62), Fleetwood (Hutchinson 62), Morgan, Watkins. subs not used: Marshall.
|man of the match:
|league position: n/a
||next match: Potters Bar Town (FAC) (H)
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Lacklustre Bath City were held to a stalemate by lowly Potters Bar Town as they were forced into a Tuesday night replay at Twerton Park.
They dominated the opening stages without ever really making any serious opportunities.
But after making one break forward and drawing a save from Romans stopper Max O'Leary, the home side got hold of the game and finished the first period on top.
After a slow start, the second period burst into an end-to-end last 25 minutes, but City could not take the chances they created and were just too scrappy with the ball to take a hold of the match.
For the opening 20 or so minutes the Romans were in full control of the contest as Bar appeared content to sit back and soak up the pressure.
Stuart Fleetwood, Andy Watkins and Frankie Artus had early efforts that failed to break debutant keeper Ravan Constable into a sweat.
Fleetwood also flicked over a corner as City continued to press the issue before the game slowly began to turn.
Some defensive disorganisation allowed home frontman Eoin Casey – often a lonely figure up front as the Scholars put ten men behind the ball – to get in behind and draw a save from Max O'Leary's feet.
Back at the other end, Billy Murphy and Andy Watkins worked a neat short corner routine and cut the ball back for Fleetwood to bring a sprawling save from Constable.
Just before the half-hour City then lost Dan Ball to injury, pushing Manny Monthe out to left-back as Jack Batten came on to play in the centre.
With his new-found freedom, Monthe almost immediately powered forward from left-back and speared in an effort that Constable bobbled and eventually held.
But from thereon, Potters Bar gained the upper hand, having grown in confidence since Casey's sight of goal.
Carl McCluskey flicked a Michael Murray set-piece just past the post, before Murray himself skimmed the side netting with a 28-yard free-kick.
That pressure was punctuated by a Chas Hemmings header that found Constable's midriff, before another Murray dead-ball had Roman hearts in mouths.
This time it was a hard, flat corner that somehow found a route through for Ryan Forde to half-volley inches wide of the post.
Again the second period began with City on the front foot. Billy Murphy hooked in a corner that an unmarked Marvin Morgan headed low, but straight at Constable.
However, a more settled Potters Bar outfit kept the game on an even keel, and they almost found a way in behind when Ashley Nathaniel-George got the better of two defenders but could not find a team-mate with his cutback.
With 25 minutes to go a drab half suddenly sparked into life.
Watkins almost lobbed Constable with a deft chip that the keeper scrambled back to save, but again the hosts hit right back.
Substitute Lamar Simpson somehow squeezed away from two defenders and survived a handball shout before beating another man and firing into O'Leary's gloves.
Straight back at it, City pressed further and had Dan Bowman – brought on with Josh Hutchinson in a double substitution – trying a shot that was deflected behind.
Less than convincing City defending got Simpson in behind, with his cross half-cleared as far as Chris Doyle, but he could only volley at O'Leary.
City's on-loan stopper was forced into a more difficult save ten minutes from time when Murray aimed for the top corner with another free-kick.
Constable again frustrated the Romans as he popped up to grab a header from Morgan following good trickery and a cross from Watkins on the left.
And minutes later, the frontman then nodded a Hutchinson centre across goal and wide from a similar position.
One final, stuttering break just about made its way to the box, but ended with Watkins striking a half-volley into man-of-the-match Constable as the tie headed back to Bath.