Josh Low nets last-gasp equaliser for Bath City against Truro City
Substitute Josh Low forced home an equaliser with virtually the last touch of the game to ensure Bath City claimed a 1-1 draw and avoided becoming the first team this season to be beaten twice by rock-bottom Truro City.
A dismal Blue Square Bet South game looked to be petering out into a goalless draw until the 90th minute when visiting striker Andrew Watkins produced a superb 25-yard lob which sailed over stranded City goalkeeper Jason Mellor and into the net.
However, with seconds remaining, Aaron Brown’s cross from the left was flicked on by Gethin Jones and then by Charlie Griffin for fellow sub Low to smash home at the far post.
Bath went into the match on the back of successive 3-0 wins, over Tonbridge Angels and Eastbourne Borough, which had taken them into the top ten of the Blue Square Bet South table for the first time since Boxing Day.
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Truro, meanwhile, have been well adrift at the bottom virtually all season having been deducted ten points for going into administration.
However, they won the reverse fixture back in October and again proved difficult for Bath to break down during an instantly forgettable opening 45 minutes.
Elliott Chamberlain produced the only shot on target, an angled drive which never really looked like beating goalkeeper Luke Payne at his near post, and Kerry Morgan – preferred in attack to Griffin – scuffed a first-time effort wide from the edge of the 18-yard box.
Truro offered little threat going forward and suffered a blow on the half-hour mark when free-kick specialist Martin Watts caught his studs in the turf and twisted his knee, forcing a lengthy stoppage and he was replaced by Ben Williams.
Bath had a couple of penalty appeals waved away at the start of the second half, with Chamberlain’s volley on the turn appearing to hit the arm of defender Paul Kendall from close range.
Chris Allen was then barged off the ball in the box by Ben Gerring, but referee Barry Holderness deemed the challenge to be shoulder to shoulder.
Truro made a second change 11 minutes into the second period, with former Bristol Rovers and Fulham front-man Barry Hayles being replaced by Matt Wright, and they produced their first shot of note when Andrew Watkins volleyed over.
Bath made their first switch at the midway point of the second half, with the quiet Morgan being replaced by Low.
It was feared earlier in the week that he could be out for the season with a broken bone in his back, but a scan gave him the all-clear.
Marc Canham also came on for Adam Connolly, who picked up a knock just after half-time and clearly had not been able to run it off, while leading scorer Griffin was finally introduced 12 minutes from time in place of Allen.
No more chances were created, though, and the game looked destined to finish goalless before finally springing into life in injury-time.