Luckless Arsenal are left to rue missed opportunities
BATH SUNDAY Bath Arsenal were unlucky to come away empty-handed against last season's runners- up Larkhall, losing their Roper Rhodes Bathrooms Bath & District Sunday League Division 1 opener 2-1.
Both teams started well on a large pitch at the University of Bath and it looked as though the first period would end goalless as Joe Goalsworthy and Jason Harrison both missed good chances for Arsenal and Jake Banks did likewise at the other end.
On the stroke of half-time, however, the ball was given away cheaply by the Gunners' defence and keeper Dave Clark was lobbed from long range.
Larkhall extended their lead just after half-time but Arsenal battled back and a goal from Jason Harrison gave them hope. The Gunners piled on the pressure but Michael Brown faltered twice in front of an open goal as Larkhall took maximum points.
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In Division 3, Walcot Wanderers opened up with an 11-2 hiding of TAS, whose scorers were Tom Smart and James Bates.
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