The Hawks continued their impressive unbeaten start to the season with a 3-0 win away at Bath in the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup.
Paul Doswell’s men, who hadn’t reached round one of this competition since 2014, started superbly and should’ve been ahead 2 minutes in. Wright nipped in and directed the ball into Iaciofano’s path just inside the area. His shot deflected behind for a corner.
Bath thought they had taken the lead on 7 minutes. Tom Smith took aim from range, but his clever side footed effort zipped off the surface and just wide.
On 13 minutes, Iaciofano played a nice one-two with Wright, but goalkeeper Ryan Clarke did well to smother the ball at his feet as he latched on to the final pass.
The Hawks broke the deadlock on 21 minutes, Tommy Wright picked the ball up on the edge of the penalty area and ran at the Bath defence. He struck the ball perfectly into the top corner which left Clarke in goal with absolutely no chance.
Moments later, the home side almost equalised. Sam Magri headed the ball out of danger after Freddie Hinds drew a top save from Ross Worner from inside the penalty area.
The away side nearly doubled their lead just before half-time. Josh Taylor let fly from the edge of the area, but it whistled just past the post.
HT – BATH CITY 0 HAWKS 1
In a half with few chances, the Hawks extended their lead shy of the hour mark. Roarie Deacon with a firm hit from 20 yards that flew into the bottom corner. He came in from the left before firing his effort hard and low in at the near post.
The Romans did come close to pulling one back through substitute Lloyd James on 65 minutes. The ball fell kindly to him outside the box following a corner, he got the shot away but it went just over the crossbar.
On 87 minutes, the hosts should’ve got themselves back in the game. Tommy Conway couldn’t bundle the ball past Moussa Diarra on the goal-line, after Worner fumbled a low cross into the striker’s path.
The Hawks’ almost rounded off with a third in stoppage time. Substitute Lucas Sinclair did brilliantly down the left hand side after getting away from two men. But the winger’s eventual cross was just out of the reach of Wright.
The visitors did get their third in the last minute of play to round off a fantastic day at the office for the Hawks. An unmarked Theo Widdrington powered home after the ball ricocheted to him inside the area.
FT – BATH CITY 0 HAWKS 3
Hawks starting XI – Worner, Read, Straker, Diarra, Magri, Robson, Clifford, Taylor, Deacon, Iaciofano, Wright
Subs used – Widdrington, Gomis, Sinclair
Subs not used – Tupper, Walton, McLennan, Ajakaiye