Noah Keats rescues point for Bath City against Chelmsford City
Noah Keats headed a stoppage-time equaliser as Bath City ended a run of three successive Blue Square Bet South defeats with a hard-earned 2-2 draw against Chelmsford City in awful weather conditions.
The hosts had taken a ninth-minute lead through skipper Gethin Jones, but found themselves pegged back by Justin Miller’s left-footed rocket before a moment of good fortune for Michael Bakere put the visitors in front.
The game went ahead despite torrential overnight rain and heavy showers just before kick-off. Referee John Brooks almost called it off at 2pm but Chelmsford, having made the long journey from Essex, were keen for the match to be played and Bath agreed.
The pitch churned up and the ball was slippery, causing a relatively routine Robert Edmans header to squirm away from Bath goalkeeper Jason Mellor in the opening stages, but Jones was on hand to clear the danger.
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The home skipper was also in the right place at the right time to open the scoring after nine minutes. Chelmsford allowed a low free-kick to skid across the six-yard box and Jones’ shot took a deflection to wrong-foot the goalkeeper.
The visitors almost produced a wonderful reply when Joe White’s raking pass picked out Jack Ainsley, whose first-time cross was headed goalwards by Kyle Vassell, but Mellor got down brilliantly to his left to make a fine save.
However, the goalkeeper could only watch in the 33rd minute as Miller unleashed a 25-yard rocket, which nestled in the bottom corner.
Bath’s luck ran out in first-half injury-time as they conceded a bizarre second. Jones attempted to clear a scuffed shot from Bakere, but only succeeded in hitting it against the Chelmsford striker, with the ball hitting the post before rolling over the line.
Bath were rewarded for their efforts in second-half injury-time, though, as Josh Low stood up a cross, which Keats gleefully headed home.
Salisbury’s match at home to Dover was abandoned due to heavy rain at half-time with the score 0-0.
Weston-super-Mare’s match away to Basingstoke was postponed.