Davies stunner wins the points at Bath

Bath City

Bath City

Thomas (54)
Slough Town

Slough Town

Spasov (38), Davies (59)
A Scott Davies stunner slayed the Romans at Twerton Park, writes Freddie Gatrell.

In what was a tense affair on a cold evening against the Somerset based outfit, Scott Davies’ men had what it takes to bring all three points back home to Slough.

The Rebels began the half the stronger of the two sides, with Munashe Sundire’s neat threaded pass releasing Leon Chambers-Parillon, who saw his low driven effort well parried by Will Buse inside the opening two minutes.

David Ogbonna proved to be the main troublemaker for the majority of the first 45 minutes, giving the Romans’ defence all sorts of issues from wide areas.

Despite a determined high press from the Rebels, chances remained at a premium for the first 25 minutes, with the Slough front-line missing that killer instinct.

However, this determination was eventually rewarded for the travelling side, with Bulgarian forward, Slavi Spasov, netting his 4th goal in as many games. Luke Russe conceded possession and Sundire’s direct run deep into the 18-yard box resulted in a powerful low drive flashing across the face of the goal, where Spasov’s excellent attacking awareness afforded him time and space to turn the ball into an empty net, silencing the home support.

Moments before the half-time whistle Danny Greenslade rose highest in a packed Slough Town 18-yard box, nodding his effort just over the bar, much to the disbelief of the Bath City faithful.

Slough were good value for their first half advantage and rightfully went into the dressing room a goal to the good.

The second half started in very different manner for the visitors, with the home side’s Oscar Thorn offering much of the promising attacking play in the opening moments of the second half. He found space down the right-hand side time and time again, and a well disguised pass found the feet of Jordan Thomas, whose clever skills allowed him an extra yard to nail the ball into the top left corner, past Dan Lincoln, restoring parity in a back-and-forth game.

The Bath City equaliser had been coming and appeared to awaken the Rebels from their slumber, with the mounting pressure resulting in a promising free-kick opportunity. Up stepped Scott Davies, whose viciously whipped set-piece comfortably beat the Romans’ wall, sailing past Buse, and nicking off the left upright as it settled in the back of the net.

The introduction of Nathan Minhas for Spasov appeared to spell more problems for the Bath back line. Jeanmal Prosper capitalised on a turnover of possession in midfield, driving forward into the box before setting up a deliciously inviting chance for Minhas, who unfortunately fired high and wide when he should have made it three for the Rebels.

With moments to go in the match, a series of errors saw Joe Dandy and Dan Lincoln collide with each other, allowing Bath an effort on target which was denied by Temi Eweka, who arrived just in time to clear it away.

Despite a rather generous period of additional time, the Rebels had enough to keep hold of all three points. This result see Slough move up to 13th place in the table, still with two games in hand on those above.

Bath City Lineup

Will Buse, Joe Raynes, Dan Greenslade, Jordan Dyer, Kieran Parselle (c), Dan Hayfield, Cody Cooke, Elliott Frear (Scott Wilson 69), Jordan Thomas, Oscar Thorn, Luke Russe (Chris Lines 42). Unused substitutes: Jack Batten, Tom Smith, Ewan Clark.


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