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Bath City v Weston-super-Mare AFC

Bath City 2 - 6 Weston-super-Mare AFC
15 Aug 2023 - 19:45Twerton Park

In incredible fashion, Scott Bartlett’s side hit six past their local rivals Bath City away from home to win 6-2.

Bath came out the blocks strongest, Dan Hayfield heading a Tom Smith cross over from six yards. Marlon Jackson then fired a shot across goal and wide from 25 yards, while down the other end former Seagull Scott Wilson had a 25-yard attempt pushed round the post by Harry Lee.

Romans centre-back Ben Morgan had a shot deflected wide from six yards out when receiving a Scott Wilson lay-off from a corner, before Wilson saw a backheel flick narrowly go over the target from inside the six-yard area when Luke Russe helped the ball toward goal from a Jordan Thomas corner. Morgan then headed a Thomas corner over the bar.

The Seagulls were to take the lead when skipper Dayle Grubb got the ball out on the left and played a smart give-and-go with James Dodd on the edge of the area. The pass back to the skipper was perfect, allowing him to get round his marker without breaking stride before hammering in for the opener, on his first start of the season.

Dodd flicked a Grubb corner into the side netting at the front post, before Grubb curled a 25-yard free-kick over the bar following a foul on Jackson. Ollie Wright was then called into action when pushing a Grubb curling effort round the post.

The Seagulls were to double their lead however from the following corner, Jordan Bastin’s corner causing havoc inside the area. Wright came to punch, but having come through a crowd of players, his resulting fist away spun up behind him and over the line to see Weston claim their second of the evening.

Bath had the final few attempts of the half, Joe Raynes seeing a curling effort held by Lee, before the loanee could easily collect a Morgan shot on the turn after bringing down a Ewan Clark corner. Lee was then called into action again in added-on time, holding a Hayfield attempt from 18 yards.

Bastin had the second half’s first opportunity when being found on the right-hand side, his low effort from 18 yards gathered by Wright in the Bath net. Clark then went close when he latched onto a Raynes pass into the area, jinking onto his left foot and seeing his effort strike the bar.

A third was to come for the visitors when Rex Mannings found Bastin inside, who cut along the 18-yard line onto his left and drilled an effort into the bottom corner, despite Wright getting a touch to the effort.

The fourth was to come on the hour mark when Bastin slipped a delightful ball through in behind for Jackson, who was allowed to bare down on goal one-on-one. With superb composure, he rounded Wright and slotted into an empty net despite a Bath defender’s attempts to clear off the line.

The fifth goal was to come when Jagger Cane won the ball in the air from a Wright goal-kick. Mannings wrestled with Jack Batten for the ball and came out strongest, shrugging his opponent off on the edge of the area before curling into the back of the net past Wright on his left foot just inside the area.

The Romans were to get themselves a consolation goal when Clark made it to the byline and stood a cross up to the back post. Arriving on the scene was Hayfield, who swept in past Lee on his right foot from six yards, the first time that Weston had conceded this season.

A sixth goal was to come four minutes before the end of normal time to put the icing on the cake for the Seagulls, when a great ball found Bastin out on the left. The winger controlled the ball and delivered an inch-perfect low cross for Keiran Thomas steaming into the middle as the furthest man forward, and he slotted in first-time.

There was still time within added-on time for the Romans to grab another goal, when substitute Cody Cooke rose at the back post to head in a Thomas cross from the left.

FT: Bath City 2-6 Weston (Hayfield 75, Cooke 90+1 – Grubb 15, Wright OG 39, Bastin 52, Jackson 60, Mannings 67, Thomas 86)
Attendance: 1,435.

Weston XI: Lee, Thomas, Pope, Jagger Cane, Humphries, Avery, Mannings (Murray 82), Dodd (Morton 69), Jackson (Soule 69), Grubb (C), Bastin. Unused substitute: Purnell.

MOTM: Jordan Bastin.