After the final whistle, Jerry Gill marched his side in our direction so his players and staff could applaud the home supporters, after what had been a challenging afternoon at Twerton Park.
Bath City played host to top of the table Wealdstone on this bleak and breezy December day. Our group spent the hours prior to kickoff fueling ourselves on burgers at Magu Diner so we were suitably prepared for the conditions.
This was a battle of two teams at the top of their division, with Bath unbeaten at home since August and Wealdstone flying high atop the league. The visitors had travelled well and brought considerable support from north London. Their fans were in high spirits as the match got underway.
Sadly for spectators, the game was a pretty dour affair from an entertainment perspective, with very little to get excited about from an attacking standpoint. One for the purists perhaps. This is going to be a short post because chances were extremely limited for both sides. Wealdstone were content to waste time in the second half, apparently happy with a point away from home and a clean sheet.
Bath couldn’t find their stride and struggled to link play in the final third all afternoon. They improved as the second half progressed but still lacked that extra something to truly test Wealdstone’s disciplined defence. Bath’s midfield dynamo Tom Smith, the reigning Vanarama National League South Player of the Month, was energetic as always but even he couldn’t unpick the lock.
Centre back Dan Bowry, a recent loanee to the club from Cheltenham Town, showed his class with a fine defensive performance and kept the Wealdstone forwards from creating much of a threat. It was our first time seeing Bowry in person and it’s clear his ceiling is beyond this tier of the English football ladder.
In all honestly the match was a largely forgettable affair but Bath will be happy with the result. A clean sheet against the league leaders is impressive and the unbeaten run at home lives on.