Vanarama National League South
Tuesday 14 March 2017 - Woodspring Stadium - kick off 7.45pm
half-time: 0-1 result: W2-1 attendance: 594

team: O'Leary, Rigg, Welch-Hayes, Batten, Andresson, Artus (c), Watkins (Hemmings 89), Murphy, McCootie (Hunter 84), Morgan (Diallo 56), McCoulsky. subs not used: Simpson. Hutchinson.
man of the match: Nick McCootie
scorers: Andresson (pen 68), McCoulsky (88)
bookings: Diallo (61), McCoulsky (89)
officials: J Smith, A Sheppard, E Turner

league position: 9th form: WLLLWW next match: Eastbourne Borough (A)

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Shawn McCoulsky proved the Somerset derby matchwinner again as his late goal helped Bath City complete a rare comeback win at Weston-super-Mare. It had been 29 months since the Romans last came from behind to win a league game on the road on that occasion at Sutton United. And in the end McCouslky, whose brace sunk City when Weston visited Twerton Park in August, won the day when he bundled past home stopper Luke Purnell with two minutes to run. They had gone into the break behind when former Romans loanee Aden Baldwin nodded past Max O'Leary in a first half the visitors struggled to get to grips with. A second yellow card for Weston defender Rollin Menayese turned the tide and allowed boss Gary Owers to make some adventurous tactical tweaks. Axel Andresson drilled home the leveller from the penalty spot before McCoulsky completed the turnaround.

The game started at a rollicking pace as Weston closed down City from the kick-off and immediately went on the front foot for a sustained three minutes. Eventually the visitors would clear the pressure and set about opening the scoring themselves. Billy Murphy swung free-kick into the box from wide on the right that dropped to Marvin Morgan, whose first-time shot ballooned off target from inside the six-yard box. They came even closer within minutes from another Murphy set piece. This time his delivery looped up and had Weston keeper Purnell flapping. The ball dropped on Jack Batten's head, but his goalbound shot was cleared off the line by a last-ditch clearance. The very next action saw the hosts go in front as Baldwin got the run on Andresson to plant a perfectly-placed header into the top corner. With that the game lulled dramatically as the pace dropped, Weston happy to knock the ball around and City struggling to find much in the way of quality. The more pertinent threat came from the Seagulls, with Menayese heading a free-kick into the ground from a good position and Jacob Cane firing in a stinging volley that the City defence cleared. Visiting attacks rarely made it into the penalty area, although Nick McCootie would find a yard of space and get a long-range shot in that flew into the sizeable terrace behind the Weston goal Another former Romans loanee, Danny Greenslade, saw a deflected cross loop high into the high and befuddle O'Leary. He eventually tried to clear the ball with his feet, only to see it fall for Jake Lee to slide in and slice wide. Andy Watkins turned and hit an ambitious shot that bounced into the breadbasket of home stopper Luke Purnell, who had to make a better save just before the break. A clever free-kick had Miles Welch-Hayes running into unguarded territory on the left. His cross was touched goalwards by Watkins and pushed away by Purnell, McCootie putting the loose ball back in for Watkins to skew past the post.

The second half action began with Andresson eyeing up a second free-kick goal in four days, his accurate effort patted down by a well-positioned Purnell. Although the balance of play began on an even keel after the restart it was Weston that created the more chances. Batten was in the right spot to nudge a Baldwin header off the line from a corner, while Jake Reid failed to connect with a presentable volley and Lee nodded over. The match swung right back in the Romans' favour a minute before the hour when Menayese was given his marching orders. McCoulsky looked well set to break clear down the left before being nudged over by the Weston centre-half, a foul deemed worthy of a second yellow by the referee. Owers sensed an opportune time to roll the dice and did so by virtually switching to a 4-2-4 formation. That move paid off as Watkins and McCootie combined delightfully in the right side of the box and the latter was tripped. City's now designated penalty taker Andresson took a short run-up to the spot and sent Purnell the wrong way, putting some mustard on his penalty for good measure. With their tails up the Romans set about getting a winner and had rustled the side netting, via a deflection, when Watkins spun round to fire a clever Welch-Hayes header goalward. The resulting corner fell for Andresson to drill in a low, blocked shot. After a slow ten minutes, City again began to force the issue for the final five. Purnell twice denied Watkins with a sharp save at his near-post and diving full-stretch to keep out his header from the resulting corner. The momentum eventually told as Murphy cottoned on to a loose ball and nudged McCoulsky in behind to find the net and seal the points, the frontman booked for exuberantly celebrating with the City fans waiting to embrace him.