Bath City slip to disappointing home defeat against Bromley
Bath City crashed to a 2-0 defeat at home to mid-table Bromley on a bitterly cold night at Mayday Trust Park.
The disappointing hosts were undone by goals from Louie Theophanous and Pierre Joseph-Dubois either side of the interval as they failed to build on last week’s impressive victory at Weston-super-Mare
City were playing only their third home Blue Square Bet Premier game since the beginning of November and head coach Lee Howells made one enforced change to the side that beat Weston, with Chris Allen’s injury earning Mark Preece a recall at the heart of the defence.
Noah Keats produced City’s only shot on target of the half four minutes in, collecting Tom Nichols’ pass 20 yards out before unleashing a powerful effort that was beaten away by Joe Welch.
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Tony Finn produced a wayward effort at the other end after Jason Mellor failed to claim Joseph-Dubois’ cross, while the lively-looking Nichols cut in from the left and shot well wide of the near post just before the half-hour mark.
Bromley scored seven minutes before the break. Joseph-Dubois found space in midfield and threaded the ball through to Theophanous, who stole a yard on Gethin Jones before driving a confident low finish under the advancing Mellor and into the net.
Bromley doubled their advantage on 56 minutes. The roles were reversed as Theophanous’ chip into the six-yard box was chested goalwards by Joseph-Dubois and the ball rolled over the line, despite Mellor’s desperate attempt to grab it. The goal was awarded by an assistant referee,
Bath’s Charlie Griffin just failed to connect with Kerry Morgan’s low cross from the right. He then headed straight into the arms of keeper Joe Welch.