Vanarama National League South
Saturday 11 March 2017 - Twerton Park - kick off 3.00pm
||O'Leary, Rigg, Welch-Hayes, Batten, Andresson (Diallo 59), Artus (c), Watkins, Hemmings, McCootie, Morgan (Hunter 64), McCoulsky (Hutchinson 70). subs not used: Simpson, Marshall.
|man of the match:
||Andresson (9, pen 20), McCoulsky (31, 58), McCootie (40), Hunter (90+2)
||Batten (70), Welch-Hayes (78), Artus (82)
||G Parsons, C Simpson, J Robinson
|league position: 11th
||next match: Weston Super Mare (A)
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Bath City routed hapless Hemel Hempstead Town with six unanswered goals for a record National League South triumph.
The points were virtually sewn up within 20 minutes as Axel Andresson netted a free-kick and penalty as the Hertfordshire outfit were reduced to ten men.
Shawn McCoulsky and Nick McCootie also etched their names onto the scoresheet by half-time for a 4-0 interval advantage.
Opportunities continued to flow in the second half, McCoulsky notching his second and Shaquille Hunter stepping off the bench to tap in a stoppage-time goal – tallying up the Romans' biggest league win in a decade.
The game looked open for the hosts right from the get-go, with the Hemel defence pushing up as high as the halfway line whenever they attacked.
City had plenty of opportunity to run at their back-tracking defenders, just the scenario that led to the opening goal as McCootie picked up the ball and beat one challenge before being felled 25 yards out.
Andresson shrugged off his centre-back tag to the ball up and over the wall and into the top-right corner with finesse.
At the other end, Hemel striker Charlie Sheringham screamed for a penalty when he went down underneath a high ball with Jack Batten and was promptly told to get back to his feet.
The visitor's adventurous defensive set-up came back to haunt them when Marvin Morgan picked up the rebound from a failed pass and bounded goalwards with only Arnaud Mendy in his way.
The defender was all over Morgan and eventually chopped him down in the box, being flashed a red card that somewhat harshly sent him limping off to the showers.
Ice cool Andresson stepped up to the spot and sent Hemel stopper Jamie Butler the wrong way with a perfectly placed penalty into the bottom corner.
City still had to deal with the occasional forward foray, never more so than when Jordan Parkes thrashed a low shot towards the far corner, which ricocheted off Miles Welch-Hayes and had to be scrambled from the line by Max O'Leary's palms as a green shirt lurked.
A quality cross-field ball from Chas Hemmings picked out George Rigg in acres of space on the right, the ball squirming to McCootie when the full-back was tackled, but the striker sliced an effort across goal with no defender in sight.
Robinson then had O'Leary make a relatively routine save before the Romans racked up a third.
Morgan and McCootie combined for the latter to send a cross-shot over the six-yard box, where McCoulsky jabbed in from a couple of yards.
The fourth was utter simplicity. From wide left, Watkins chipped a fine ball over the defence for McCootie to run in and loop a header past a stranded Butler.
City could have made it five either side of the break. Before the whistle McCootie hooked a header too high from an Artus free-kick.
And their first chance of the second period came and went when Artus found himself charging onto a bouncing ball in behind and laid off for McCoulsky, who drew a sharp diving stop from the Hemel custodian.
Sheringham, son of Manchester United legend Teddy, tried to take the ball around O'Leary on a rare Hemel break, only to be thwarted as the keeper slid out to snatch possession off his toes.
Delightfully intricate build-up play set McCoulsky in to test Butler again, the parried ball inches behind an onrushing McCootie with the goal gaping.
Still City came forward. Rigg beat a defender and set-up McCootie to blaze over, but the fifth would not be long in coming.
Instigator Artus collected a loose ball midway in the Hemel half and ran at the heart of the defence.
Rather than temped to shoot himself, the City skipper knocked an easy pass on for McCoulsky to clip his second into the bottom corner.
In fairness the visitors showed potential up top - Sheringham chested down a quick free-kick and dragged wide, while Parkes was kept out of a top corner by O'Leary in the closing stages – but the game had been long dead by then.
There were even further chances for the Romans. A superb angled pass into the box from Batten found Watkins, prevented from slotting the sixth by a sprawling Butler.
Hitman McCootie scooped another shot over the top as City recycled possession, and also audaciously tried to take the ball round the keeper, while O'Leary had his woodwork rattled by a wide Parkes free-kick.
Yet the last word went to the hosts when Hunter found himself in behind and prodded the record breaking sixth into the net.