FAN'S VIEW: Bath City walk the walk after winning week
Pete McCormack provides a fan's view on events at Bath City Football Club...
Two 3-0 wins and things look a whole lot better for Bath City.
The team finally got that all-elusive win at Mayday Trust Park against Tonbridge Angels on Saturday, and with some style.
When the visitors controlled the first 25 minutes, another bleak day looked in prospect but a flurry of City chances ended with a goal just before half-time.
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It came from Noah Keats after a pinball moment in the Tonbridge area when the ball appeared to hit both posts before it was smashed home.
The second half was one-way traffic and we could enjoy a final half-hour without the usual nerves.
While Charlie Griffin and supporters’ man of the match Kerry Morgan sealed the win, the young guns worked tirelessly – Elliott Chamberlain in particular.
I was a little harsh on Brad Norris for his miss at the death but he and Jordan Walker both did well in the short time they were on the pitch.
I watched the game with an old friend of mine who came up from Kent to see Tonbridge. He arrived by train but an intrepid few walked all the way to Bath and back – some 300-plus miles – to raise funds for charity and a clubhouse at their home ground.
City fans are no strangers to this type of sacrifice. I remember walking to Chippenham in 2002 with now-retired club director Paul Williams.
Terry Mullan ran the distance, while current directors Phil Weaver and Andrew Pierce cycled to Worcester. A group of us did the 40-odd miles to Newport a few years ago and Sebastian Buckley cycled to Dorchester, all to raise money for City.
It is a great non-league tradition and I salute the Tonbridge fans for a magnificent effort.
After Saturday’s joyful win, the encouraging away form continued at Eastbourne on Tuesday with another resounding success and it was great to see centre-back Mark Preece on the scoresheet.
City go into a home game against basement club Truro City this weekend confident of a victory that will see them secure in the top half of the table.
Now that the home jinx is lifted, dare you miss City’s chance to close the gap on the play-off places?
I was also pleased to see that the Charity Commission is looking again at The Recreation Ground development.
As one of the 244 'objectors', I have written again to ask that if it is approved there must be guarantees about access for other sports.
The Rec cannot solely be the preserve of the rugby club.