FAN'S VIEW: Defeat in Cornwall saw City's season hit a new low
Bath City fan Pete McCormack reflects on at a disappointing week at Mayday Trust Park...
After taking one point from a possible 15, City plunged towards the Blue Square Bet South relegation zone.
Tuesday night's defeat at rock-bottom Truro City took the season to a new low.
The goalless draw with Boreham Wood on Saturday saw lots of effort from the team but no real spark and the dwindling City faithful – there were only 500 at Saturday's game – were left wondering when the early-season form would return.
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Being two points off the bottom three will test the patience of City fans. I still believe that this squad has the quality to challenge at the other end of the table but each poor result tests that faith.
More voices are calling for change but a win over Gosport in the FA Cup this Saturday will surely help.
I have to say that the
atmosphere at last Saturday's game against Boreham Wood was very flat and, save for the Legion's singing in the second half, the sparse Poplar side crowd might have gone to sleep.
On Saturday, I was taken with the performances of City's Welsh connection. Gethin Jones now has more than 300 games under his belt for City and will surely be one of the first names on Adie Britton's team sheet.
When Kerry Morgan came on, he excited the Legion down the left. Luke Cummings and Glyn Garner played well and Adie Harris made up the Welsh quintet on the bench.
It got me thinking about City's Welsh players of old. The most famous is former Welsh international Paul Bodin, who played for the club in the 1980s and then returned as player/manager in 1998.
In more recent times, Andy Williams – who played against Brazil in the Maracana no less – graced the wing in the struggling City side of ten years ago.
Swindon and Derby legend Rod Thomas, capped 50 times, played a couple of times for City in the 1970s, as did former Swansea man Brian Evans.
For me, though, one of City's greatest managers, Brian Godfrey, was the star Welsh import. He presided over the championship year of 1977-78, which featured a 29-game run from the start of the season. Brian had three Welsh caps, including a game against Italy.
There are probably others that I have missed!
So why the Welsh connection? Well it is only an hour away, at least once the Severn Bridge was built in the 1960s. However, my own parents came to Bath from South Wales in the 1950s and took the long route around Gloucester by road.
At school there were always Welsh PE teachers with fierce reputations. Many readers will remember Oldfield Boys School, which had a Welsh headmaster when I was there.
Looking ahead, City fans will undertake their annual sponsored walk on Sunday, October 14. Contact Shane Morgan via the club on 01225 423087 for details.