Marine 0 Bath City 4

Emirates FA Cup 2nd Round Qualifying | Saturday 21st September 2019

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Marine 0 Bath City 4

Posted by Keith Yeomans


by Brian Davis(Media & Press Officer)
Bath City ran out comfortable winners at the Webbswood in a game that wasn’t really close and showed the gap between The National League South and the Southern League Premier with a professional and classy victory. The difference in class, ability and budget between Step 4 v Step 3 and Step 3 v Step 2 has been clearly on show at the Webbswood in the last fortnight.

Joe Shepherd and Bath’s Owura Edwards in one of many tussles Joe Shepherd and Bath’s Owura Edwards in one of many tussles
© Jeff Youd Photography

The Romans came into the tie as favourites and showed that class often and early in the second round qualifying fixture. Former Marine transfer target Adam Mann and Harry Hamblin forced Martin Horsell into two early saves but the keeper was eventually beaten on 35 minutes when Ryan Brunt headed home at the back post from an Owura Edwards deep cross.

It was starting to look like it might be a game that the hosts could hold on to half time with the game goalless but the strikers header would have torn up any early notes made by the home sides management team and leave them with everything to do in the second half.

Home captain Stuart Fleetwood had an effort blocked in the box but the blues rarely threatened the visiting keeper Ryan Clarke over the 90 minutes which will leave the team frustrated, especially after carving out so any chances only a week earlier at Taunton Town who themselves have National League aspirations.

HT: 0-1

With no half time changes made they left it fifteen minutes before making changes which this season has been quite the magic touch, however, with Lee Spalding ready to bring both Kane Simpson and Calvin Dinsley on at a goal down, The Roman’s dominated possession and went two up before he could get his fresh players on as Tom Smith was afforded space in the box to fire home high into the net.

Bath’s Tom Smith scores their third goal Bath’s Tom Smith scores their third goal into the top corner
© Jeff Youd Photography

With the Walton Casuals comeback still not too far in the rear view mirror there was still a glimmer of hope but that sparkle quickly faded and it was quickly 3-0 when substitute Andy Watkins finished low into the corner under the keeper to seal the victory with just over twenty minutes remaining. The minutes from the end centre half Matt Bower nodded in to put a bow on the victory and send the home fans back up the M4 very happy.

A melee of players watch on as Henry Spalding clears A melee of players watch on as Henry Spalding clears the ball
© Jeff Youd Photography

A disappointing day for Supermarine who looked off the pace and a combination of their bad day and Bath’s good day always meant a mountain was going to be climbed to get anything out of the game. A sign of where the club will need to be every week if they did make the lofty heights of Step 2 in the non-league pyramid!

FT: 0-4
Attendance: 461


Bath photo’s
© Jeff Youd Photography



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Bath City programme online


Manager: Lee Spalding
Line-up: 1. Martin Horsell 2. Joe Shepherd 3. Louis Spalding 4. Jamie Edge 5. Matt Williams 6. Simon Downer 7. Henry Spalding (18. Calvin Dinsley 60’) 8. Mat Liddiard 9. Stuart Fleetwood (c) (15. Harry Williams 68’) 10. Conor McDonagh 11. Brad Gray (16. Kane Simpson 60’) Subs not used: 12. Brad Hooper, 14. Ryan Campbell, 17. Michael Hopkins, 19. Matt Coupe
Goalscorers: None
Star Man: Joe Shepherd
Mat Liddiard 23’, Matt Williams 82’ Yellow Card

None Yellow & Red Card

None Red Card

Manager: Phil Bater
Line-up: 1. Ryan Clarke (c) 2. Joe Raynes 3. Connor Riley-Lowe 4. Tom Smith 7. Adam Mann (8. Andy Watkins 60’) 10. Ryan Brunt 11. Ross Stern 14. Matt Bower 15. Owura Edwards 18. Alex Hartridge 20. Harry Hamblin
Subs not used: 12. Dan Rooney, 13. Harvey Wiles-Richards [GK]
Goalscorers: Ryan Brunt 34’, Tom Smith 60’, Andy Watkins 65’, Matt Bower 87’
Star Man: Tom Smith
Tom Smith 16’ Yellow Card

None Yellow & Red Card

None Red Card


Referee: Scott Tallis (Coventry)
Assistant Referees: Matthew Jackson (Market Harborough), Daniel Frizzell (Carterton)



Keith Yeomans
Keith Yeomans