Bath City Match Report

May 3, 2006

[image1] On the sixteenth anniversary of winning the old third division with Gerry Francis, Twerton Park was a far quieter place last night in comparison. Empty stands and terracing echoed to the noise of players shouting instructions and encouragement where sixteen years ago Gasheads cheered at the sight of Rovers attaining victory over the old enemy from BS3 in a near capacity attendance.

Following on from the narrow defeat in the recent Bristol Fans Derby at Ashton Gate, the Rovers fans team travelled to Bath to take on a Bath City fans team in a bid to raise extra money for the Childrens Hopsice whilst also raising money for the Bath City Supporters Club.

[image2] Bath City gave a start to old pro John  Freeguard, brought in to maybe take a stroll down memory lane and help the youngsters benefit from his wealth of experience.The Rovers fans squad was pretty much unchanged from the City match.

Bath started the brighter, putting good posession together, but not really getting near to a chance on goal. Rovers fans polayed their way into the game and from then on the exchanges were fairly even until midway through the half.

With the ball seemingly out of danger, White pounced on a mistake from a Bath defender, then took the ball into the box and chipped the home keeper from 18 yards to give Rovers the lead. Shortly afterwards, Walkins followed up a ball in the box which bounced awkwardly and Watkins was there to double the visitor’s advantage.

[image3] At this stage, it was looking like the Gas would run away with the game, but soon, Bath gave themselves a lifelline with a goal from the edge of the area from Hill, after good work from Freeguard. Soon after, Freeguard scored something of a wonder goal having beaten 4 or 5 Rovers defenders to slot home to equalise for the Romans.

At the start of the second half, it was quite a different City team that came out. Rovers were soon inot their stride though, hitting the post on a number of occassions and Bath were lucky to have a player where the ball bounced out to every time.

[image4] With 20 minutes to go, White scored Rovers third goal, but eyes were elsewhere as disaster struck. Bath defender Scott had gone down off the ball and it did not look good at all. The Bath physio had a good look and decided an ambulance was needed as Scott was in considerable pain with a possible spinal injury. The referee decided there was no alternative but to abandon the game at that point, giving potential for a re match in the future.

After the game there was a presentation in the clubhouse with speeches and video to conclude a good evening fostering good relations between Bath and Rovers fans. Everybodies thoughts go to Mark Scott and all at Rovers hope he makes a speedy recovery.

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Pictures provided by Simon Matthews 

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