Sekani Simpson goal sees Bath City beat leaders Welling United
Sekani Simpson’s first league goal for four-and-a-half years fired Bath City to a surprise but thoroughly deserved 1-0 victory over table-topping Welling United.
The full-back, who last scored against St Albans City in October 2008, produced a composed finish nine minutes before half-time to secure three welcome points.
Welling had a miserable night, which was made worse in the closing stages when Giannoulis Fakinos was sent off for an apparent stamp on Adam Connolly just 13 minutes after coming on as substitute.
City made a strong start, but looked certain to go behind in the 12th minute when Kiernan Hughes-Mason cleverly turned Dan Ball and fed Ross Lafayette inside the six-yard box, only for the Welling striker to get the ball stuck under his feet.
In the 36th minute Noah Keats forced Welling to concede possession and City kept the ball alive before Joe Burnell lifted a lovely pass over the back-line for the onrushing Simpson.
The full-back’s first touch expertly took him around visiting keeper Turner and his second put the ball in the back of the net..
City deserved the lead and twice went close to doubling it in the early stages of the second half. The superb Elliott Chamberlain brilliantly chested the ball down on the left wing and drove past two defenders before firing in a rising shot which Turner could only push over the bar.
The visiting keeper made an even better stop seconds later when the subsequent corner was cleared as far as Adam Connolly, whose 30-yard skimmer was tipped around the post at full stretch by Turner.