Injury-hit Bath City beaten in thriller at Salisbury
MATCH REPORT: Salisbury City 3 (White 6, Fitchett pen 39, Dutton 56) Bath City 2 (Griffin 16 Keats 75)
By Andrew Kerslake
Bath City missed out on the chance to return to the top of the Blue Square Bet South standings after defeat in a thrilling clash at Salisbury.
So often local derbies fail to live up to expectations yet for the neutral this game had everything. Goals, penalties, commitment and two groups of highly vocal supporters.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Sunday, May 26 2013
City assistant manager Lee Howells summed it up pithily when he said: "Wrong result but it felt like a proper match."
The home side started much the brighter in the clash of two of the season’s early front-runners and got their just reward after just six minutes. Brian Dutton turned Danny Ball on the left and his inch-perfect cross gave Jamie White the chance to fire past debutant City keeper Jason Mellor, who replaced Glyn Garner between the posts.
Injury-hit City then suffered further problems when Sekani Simpson limped from the pitch after 12 minutes to be replaced by summer signing from Neath Luke Cummings.
Somehow the visitors pulled themselves back into the game from virtually their first attack, former Salisbury player Charlie Griffin equalising from close range when he got on the end of a Cummings cross.
The sides matched each other until six minutes before the interval when the home side restored their advantage.
A long ball downfield by former City man Callum Hart picked out White. His cross saw Mellor come off his line and miss the ball and, as Gethin Jones tried desperately to get back, the centre-back handled in the area. Daniel Fitchett easily converted the resulting spot-kick.
City’s woes then further deepened when Joe Burnell limped out of the action with a dead leg
Bath’s woes then further deepened when Joe Burnell limped off with a dead leg just four minutes before the interval and Salisbury began the second half as they had the first, adding a third goal in the 56th minute.
Captain Dutton received the ball on the edge of the 18-yard box and put a perfect volley the ball beyond Mellor’s reach.
However, the visitors refused to give in and with 15 minutes to go substitute Noah Keats pulled a goal back with a stunning strike from 25 yards.
And City so nearly gained a share of the spoils in the closing seconds.
Deep into stoppage time they laid siege to the home goal and, as the referee glanced at his watch, first Kurtis Guthrie had a shot parried by keeper Will Puddy before Griffin's follow-up effort was stopped on the line by Emmanuel Udoji.
Salisbury City: Puddy, Udoji, Hart, Clark, Clarke, Dutton, McPhee, Brett, White, Fitchett, Lewis. Subs: Matthews, Scott, Baggrdige, Roberts, Clarke.
Bath City: Mellor, Simpson, Keats Preece, Jones, Burnell, Connolly, Canham, Guthrie, Griffin, Ball. Subs: Morgan, Cummings, Norris, Garner.