Paul Doswell’s side makes just the one change as Jamie Collins returns from injury in the place of Paul Rooney. The squad line up in a 4-3-3 formation, as the Hawks look to continue their unbeaten run in the league and climb up the table.
Prior to kick off, Abdulai Baggie was named Player of the Month for November.
Passley was taken off due to a collision, and was replaced by Benny Read within the first 10 minutes. Bath took the lead from Frear’s free-kick which was flicked in well by Cooke just before the 20 minute mark. Hawks found themselves in the position where they were chasing a lead once again.
Hawks equalised just 15 minutes later when McCarthy’s headed pass was nodded in by Tommy Wright with a cool finish. Just before half-time, Bath City regained their lead with a monstrous strike from Cooke who squeezed it past Mannion. The Hawks needed to start strong to overturn their lead in the second half.
They doubled their lead in the second half when Fletcher had a good twenty yard effort which was fired in bottom corner and past Will Mannion. A frustrating second half for the Hawks meant Bath held the ball where they could to sit on their lead.
McCarthy had a great opportunity to get a goal back with five minutes to go but it was palmed away by Clarke. Bath’s regimented performance was enough to keep the Hawks at bay as they suffer a home defeat.
Play was stopped within the first few minutes as Josh Passley was involved in a collision, as Benny Read replaces the injured full back.
The Romans’ first shot on goal was a poor one as Frear’s long range effort was over the bar. They continued their efforts as Bath City took the lead within 18 minutes from a free kick which was flicked in by Batten.
Clifford picked up the ball on the flank and tried to square it across goal but was cleared as far as Gobern who volleyed the ball towards the Bath goal but it was caught by Clarke. The ball was in the net moments later from a Hawks corner but Clarke was fouled in the process.
Hawks equalised in great fashion 10 minutes before the break as Roberts’ cross was met by Jake McCarthy’s head who knocked the ball to Wright who could nod it in from a yard away.
Just before half time The Romans took the lead once again as Jay Raynes won the ball high up the pitch, slipped in Cooke who smashed the ball near post and squeezed it past Will Mannion.
HT – Hawks 1, Bath City 2
Roberts had the first shot of the half as his left-footed effort is over the bar of Clarke’s goal. He had a similar shot moments after but it was curled wide.
The Romans doubled their lead when Fletcher picks up the ball from a rebounded cross and fired it bottom corner from 20 yards out. The Hawks found themselves two goals down with 35 minutes to go.
Paul Doswell looked to get back in the game with a change, as Leon Chambers-Parillon replaced James Roberts who had a frustrating afternoon. The formation shifted slightly as Baggie and Wright moved up top with Chambers-Parillon creating a diamond midfield.
A quiet few moments were ended when Cooke tried an ambitious effort to lob Will Mannion but it was caught well.
Baggie calmly tapped the ball to Wright to lay off a left footed strike which was over the bar. Bath held onto the ball well with ten minutes to go as they tried to keep their lead.
Wright and McCarthy had chances to get a goal back, Wright’s strike was over the bar and McCarthy’s effort was saved well. Five minutes added time wasn’t enough for the Hawks to get back in it.
FT – Hawks 1, Bath City 3
Hawks XI: Mannion, Passley, Oastler ©, McCarthy, Clifford, Baggie, Newton, Collins, Gobern, Wright, Roberts
Hawks Subs: Searle, Read, Widdrington, Bailey, Chambers-Parillon
Bath XI: Clarke ©, Raynes, Delaney, Batten, Wood, Fletcher, Cooke, Frear, Jones, Dyer, Touray
Bath Subs: Holness, Smith, Fuller, James, Sims-Burgess
Written By: Adam Nixon