Vanarama National League South
Monday 17 April 2017 - Twerton Park - kick off 3.00pm
half-time: 1-0 result: W3-0 attendance: 602

team: O'Leary, Rigg (Simpson HT), Welch-Hayes, Batten, Andresson (c), Artus, Watkins, Murphy, McCootie (Diallo 72), Morgan (Hemmings 72), McCoulsky. subs not used: Hutchinson, Hunter.
man of the match: Marvin Morgan
scorers: Morgan (14), McCoulsky (50), Hemmings (86)
bookings: Welch-Hayes (22), Murphy (67)
officials: M Buonassisi, A Sheppard, A Berrow

league position: 9th form: LLLWLW next match: Chelmsford City (A)

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Bath City finally got their first win over a top-seven side this season as Poole Town were eased aside at Twerton Park. The away side, whose play-off hopes are reliant on an appeal after they failed National League ground criteria, rarely looked like promotion contenders as the Romans kept their opponents comfortably at bay all afternoon. Marvin Morgan bagged his ninth goal of the season to put them a goal up at the interval, with Shawn McCoulsky and second-half substitute Chas Hemmings completing the scoring.

Gary Owers made two changes to the team that were beaten by East Thurrock United two days earlier, as Frankie Artus and Marvin Morgan returned to the starting line-up in place of Hemmings and Naby Diallo. Wideman Shaquille Hunter also put his banishment behind him as he found himself back on the bench, having made amends with his team-mates and manager in the week. Poole made the first incursion into either penalty area when Luke Roberts and Marvin Brooks combined to send over a cross, which just evaded Carl Pettefer's head. The opener arrived at the other end just before the quarter-hour as an Axel Andresson long throw paid dividends. McCoulsky and Nick McCootie both attacked the delivery, which popped up perfectly for Morgan to nod past visiting stopper Nick Hutchings. Another Marvin almost equalised within minutes when only Max O'Leary's trailing leg kept out Marvin Brooks' downward header. Past that, the Dolphins rarely threatened until first-half stoppage time. City thought they had gone 2-0 up when McCoulsky picked a wonderful through ball for McCootie, who held off his defender and slipped into the corner before being pulled up for a late offside call. Will Spetch spun and hit a 35-yard half volley that landed comfortably in O'Leary's breadbasket, before City broke upfield from a Poole corner and McCootie scuffed his final shot for an easy Hutchings pick-up. Next to be denied was Andy Watkins, latching onto an intricate Billy Murphy pass at the corner of the six-yard box and slapping his shot into Hutchings. McCoulsky flicked the resulting corner wide and Morgan flashed a shot past the near post as the Romans continued to dominate without reward. They also struck the post by half-time when Watkins got the faintest of touches to a deep cross and watched the ball bounce slowly onto Poole's left-hand post in near slow motion.

City might have been lucky to go into the break with a full complement of players when McCootie made a rash challenge at the byline, though the visitors' Steve Devlin also escaped without caution when he appeared to take out Watkins, having already been booked. The second goal City deserved finally arrived five minutes into the second period as Morgan turned provider. He controlled on halfway and played McCoulsky in, beating the offside trap and coolly slotting one-on-one. The Bristol City loanee might have followed that up with a second when he blazed over from the edge the box, after turning down options left and right. Poole were denied a route back into the game when Shaun Cooper's effort, hit first-time from a towering knockdown, beat O'Leary but was turned off the line by Miles Welch-Hayes. That aside the Dorset club never found themselves in on goal again. Indeed, McCoulsky even hit the crossbar when set one-v-one again late on, before City nabbed a well-deserved third. Hemmings was the scorer, rifling in as Hutchings tried to get back to his feet after keeping out a pointblank Andresson header. There was even time for McCoulsky to be denied by a Hutchings save from his downward header at the death as the Romans had to settle for a three-goal triumph.