Saturday, April 30, 2011

Goals galore as Bath and Weston-super-Mare draw

Weston-super-Mare 3 - 3 Bath City (Blue Square South)

As fans left Woodspring Park they will no doubt have agreed that neither team deserved to lose this game.

In an enthralling match which saw both sides throw caution to the wind, it was football which was ultimately the winner.

Bath finally took the lead when striker Wayne Gray scored a powerful effort on 57 minutes. Striker Josh Llewellyn then equalised for Weston-super-Mare in the 67th minute with a placed shot.

Experienced striker Marc McGregor put the home side in front in the 75th minute with a well timed close range finish. Bath's equaliser came through Amadou Kouman as he seized on Clayton Fortune's mistake to score a real poacher's effort. McGregor then added his 2nd goal of the game with a close range header on 84 minutes.

The Weston-super-Mare fans might have hoped that McGregor had scored the winner but it was not to be. Bath's equaliser came through Jason Mycoe as he seized on Tony Bedeau's mistake to score a placed shot. Better late than never for Bath and the fans were clearly delighted with Mycoe's impact.

Attendance: 509

We picked up a solid 1-0 win over Braintree to place us in 2nd, but Chelmsford still claimed a victory to keep them one point ahead. Going into the Weston-super-Mare game we needed Chelmsford to falter as well as peg a win for ourselves. Into the 2nd half we were relatively comfortable at 1-0 up, but 2 quickfire goals had us on full press to net some more ourselves. In the end a flurry of goals provided a great spectacle, but the 3-3 result meant our only hope was Chelmsford losing against Woking at home. It was not to be as they thumped in 3-0 to take the title.

Luckily Braintree and Salisbury both tied too, so we ended up 2nd overall. Not that it matters too much, making he playoff is enough to have a shot at promotion. Hopefully the finals campaign can help the bank balance.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Vintage display ensures Bath victory

Bath City 2 - 1 Salisbury City (Blue Square South)

Bath City taught Salisbury City a lesson at Twerton Park this afternoon. A brace from Paul Murray helped Bath to victory.

Midfielder Craig Rocastle got Salisbury off to a flyer by scoring a powerful effort from the edge of the area on 7 minutes. Journeyman midfielder Paul Murray then equalised for Bath in the 27th minute with a long range curling shot.

Murray scored what proved to be the winner for the home side in the 53rd minute with a screamer from the edge of the area. With Salisbury staring at defeat, there was controversy as full-back Christopher Wylie then had a penalty shout turned down.

Attendance: 1067

First of the double-header out of the way with a decent showing at home. This puts us 3rd, and only a point behind Chelmsford and Braintree. We should leapfrog Braintree too if we win against them in a couple of days' time. Chelmsford could still stay ahead though. We need them to lose or draw at least one game out of the remaining two to claim the title.