Vanarama National League South
Saturday 7 January 2017 - Twerton Park - kick off 3.00pm
||O'Leary, Rigg, Welch-Hayes, Batten, Andresson (Watkins HT), Hemmings, Murphy, Artus (c), McCootie (Hunter 84), Morgan, Diallo (Lemonheigh-Evans 76). subs not used: Simpson, Hutchinson.
|man of the match:
||M Whaley, M Shapland, L Roberts
|league position: 12th
||next match: Bishop's Stortford (H)
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Bath City were left cursing yet another wasted penalty as they missed out on all three points against Hampton & Richmond Borough.
They had gone into the break deservedly ahead thanks to Jack Batten's 33rd-minute header.
But Hampton came out for the second half with more intent and drew level in the final quarter-hour through deadly hitman Nicke Kabamba.
The Romans could and should have won it after Marvin Morgan was pulled down in the box, only for Frankie Artus to become the latest victim of the penalty curse that has cost them so many points this term.
From the off it was City, often slow starters, who showed the greater energy and purpose.
They burst forward and won a corner in the opening minute, with Hampton only threatening sporadically on the counter.
Artus got the first effort in on goal with a dipping drive that fell just over the bar.
The visitors felt they should have had a penalty when Kabamba was felled in the box, arguing heavily when the referee instead gave them a free-kick that was blasted into the wall.
Yet such chances were rare, the Romans creating two efforts in quick succession when an Axel Andresson cross just evaded Nick McCootie and Morgan's touch let him down in the box on a bursting break.
Another Morgan shot was deflected wide, Artus nodded a free-kick off target and Chas Hemmings flashed an effort across goal before the opener arrived.
An Andresson effort was pushed wide and Murphy put the resulting corner onto the head of Batten, whose shot was too powerful for Hampton keeper Sam Howes to keep out.
The Beavers finally put together an extended spell of pressure as the half drew to a close, but City largely kept them out of the box.
The only chance of note fell to centre-half Joe Hicks, but he was unable to keep his six-yard header down.
The second period started in mirroring fashion as Hampton made a concerted effort to get back in the game.
Yet it took them ten minutes to carve open an opportunity – and only a half-chance at that – when Hicks and centre-half partner Nathan Collier both rose to head a far-post free-kick over.
Back at the other end, City got a rare shot in when McCootie wonderfully took down a Miles Welch-Hayes cross, turned inside and set back for Naby Diallo to drag past an upright.
The Romans also had a penalty shout rejected when Morgan had his arm dragged back under a free-kick, although the ball may have been too hot for him regardless.
A bursting Josh Casey run to the byline and cross caused a scramble in the City box, but the ball was eventually cleared after momentary panic.
The game appeared to ebbing away with little more action, only for a nondescript free-kick to get Hampton on terms.
The set-piece was hoiked into the box and nodded down for an unmarked Kabamba to spin round and volley past Max O'Leary.
Debutant Connor Lemonheigh-Evans was unable to make his mark with a shot straight at Howes, but City's golden opportunity to poach the points from the spot came and went.
It was Morgan that won the penalty, dragged down backing into a defender at the edge of the box, but Artus' low, central shot was pushed back out, the midfielder nodding the rebound over.
Both sides could have stolen the win stoppage time when Hicks clattered the bar with a header for Hampton, while a couple of City breaks and a last-gasp free-kick came to nothing.