Bath City fight back to beat lower-league Buckland in FA Cup
MATCH REPORT: Buckland Athletic (Hammon 51) Bath City 2 (Brown 58, Guthrie 75)
By Andrew Kerslake
Kurtis Guthrie headed the winner as Bath City came from behind to beat Toolstation League hosts Buckland Athletic to reach the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.
The match always had the potential of being a banana skin - emphasised even more so with Buckland turning out in an all yellow strip – yet the visitors survived a tough encounter in Devon to go into the hat for Monday's draw.
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Chances were few and far between in the first half, with City's Charlie Griffin always looking the man most likely to find the net. He came closest on 14 minutes when Adam Connolly laid the ball off to him, only for the forward's shot to rebound off an upright.
For the most part, Buckland appeared content to sit back, absorb pressure and try and catch their opponents on the break. With Gavin Hammon and Jamie Mudge breaking through the centre, it looked a tactic that had plenty of potential.
It came closest to succeeding a minute before the interval when Danny Gaze got the better of Luke Cummings down the left and put in a perfect cross. Mudge, arriving late, had the goal at his mercy but lent back and fired high over the crossbar. As the former Tiverton forward fell to the ground in disbelief he clearly realised he had missed a golden opportunity.
However, six minutes after the interval it was the home side that went ahead. Buckland pressed forward, only for Glyn Garner punch a threatening cross clear. The ball fell to Dean Stevens and he flicked it to his right for Hammon, whose 20-yard shot found the corner of the net.
For a moment City looked shaken. However, they regrouped and again pressed forward. They got their reward when Chris Allen set Aaron Brown racing down the left. He put in an equally powerful shot to beat Kenny Griffiths in the Buckland goal.
Then, with just under 20 minutes to go, Cummings' cross from the right was headed home by Guthrie.
In the closing stages the home side pressed forward, but City were able to hold out for the victory.
Buckland Athletic: (3-5-2) Griffiths, Booth, Gaze, Green (Edwards 50), Carter, Kelly, Revell, Lewis, Hammon, Mudge (Museley 66), Stevens. Subs not used: Wright, Lynch, Burgess.
Bath City: (3-5-2) Garner, Cummings, Brown (Preece 74), Burnell (Ball 44), Jones, Rollo, Connolly, Canham (Keats 58), Griffin, Guthrie, Allen. Subs not used: Harris, Morgan, Mellor, Norris.
Referee: Simon Knapp (Gloucester).