Late Watkins strike earns Bath point

Bath City 2 – 2 Bromley

Anderson (og) 59’, Watkins 89′;  Goldberg 18′, Cook (pen) 35′

Kick Off: Saturday 28 March 2015 15:00

Competition: Vanarama Conference South

Attendance: 515

A late Andy Watkins goal capped a fine second half display from Bath City as they rescued a point against league leaders Bromley at Twerton Park. The visitors went into the interval 2-0 up after goals from Bradley Goldberg and Anthony Cook before a Joe Anderson own goal gave Bath hope. It was substitute Watkins who had the final say though, as his equaliser secured a draw for Bath and dented Bromley’s promotion hopes.

In the first half, it was Bromley who settled quicker, with only a last ditch tackle by Bath centre back Pat Keary denying them a 5th minute lead. The visitors were looking comfortable in possession and City keeper Jason Mellor needed to be alert to keep out a 25 yard Anthony Cook free-kick.  The home side started to get a foot-hold in the game with Dan Bowman and Ross Stearn combining well but Nick McCootie could only mishit Stearn’s cross, before Stearn tried his luck with a swerving effort from 25 yards that Alan Julian saved with his feet.

Bath came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with league leaders Bromley
Bath came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with league leaders Bromley

Despite City enjoying their best spell of the game, it was Bromley who took an 18th minute lead when Keary and Dan Ball left the ball to each other, allowing Bradley Goldberg to race through and calmly slot past Mellor. The game then turned into a scrappy affair with both teams giving away a succession of free-kicks and neither keeper being tested. However, Bromley’s greater control in possession meant they were looking the more threatening, and they were awarded a penalty in the 35th minute when winger Cook drove into the box before being upended by Keary. The 25 year old stepped up himself, dispatching the spot kick to Mellor’s right to double the visitors lead before half time.

The interval seemed to reinvigorate the home side with Bromley keeper Alan Julian doing well to deny Dave Pratt after he had deflected Chas Hemmings’ drive goalwards before smothering the ball at Nick McCootie’s feet after a heavy touch by the striker. Bath continued to play on the front foot though and their goal duly arrived, all be it in fortuitous circumstances. Naby Diallo and Dave Pratt exchanged a one-two on the edge of the area but Diallo’s shot was heading wide before being deflected into his own net by Joe Anderson.

The goal appeared to increase Bromley’s nerves, with the away side showing little in attack and just looking to hold onto their slender advantage. Ross Stearn saw a 20 yard free kick sail over the bar before blazing wide from 8 yards after a jinking run from Ashley Kington. However, with time running out, a Bath equaliser finally arrived, as Stearn’s cross from the right was deflected onto the cross bar and Andy Watkins was on hand to fire home the rebound. As the game headed into injury time, Bromley finally showed some adventure but substitute Danny Waldren could only send his header over the City bar. The result sees Bromley slip to second in the Vanarama conference South table, behind Boreham Wood, whilst Bath fall to 12th.

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