My trip to Twerton Park for this clash between Bath City and Weymouth is going to have to be a bit shorter than usual. I have some writing duties elsewhere occupying the majority of my time, so this one will be brief.
Fifth-placed Bath hosted the fourth-placed Terras in this non-league encounter between two teams I’m very familiar with. You see, I grew up 15 minutes away from Weymouth. I went to school in Weymouth. I’ve been to a bunch of games there, and a few times I even sat in the chairman’s box as a kid.
But I absolutely detest Weymouth.
After I finished school, I worked my first full-time job in the town centre. I like to think I saw every type of personality the human species has to offer in the popular seaside town. I don’t mean that in a positive way. Weymouth is the worst.
As a result, I never felt much affinity towards Weymouth FC. I leaned towards Dorchester Town when it came to my local clubs. Perhaps I have a thing for teams in black and white stripes. But when Weymouth got promoted to the same league as Bath, my current local team, it was instantly one of the fixtures I wanted to attend.
The visitors traveled well, bringing a sizable group with them – the train from Weymouth is only two hours away. It helped Bath achieve their highest attendance of the season, with 1,902 fans making the effort to watch this battle between the playoff contenders.
The game itself was a tight affair with limited opportunities in front of goal. Bath came closest in the second half when substitute Ryan Brunt headed a cross onto the post, and was off balance in his attempt to put home the rebound. The City defence were impressive in limiting the Weymouth attack to a few pot-shots from range, never worrying 17-year-old goalkeeper Harvey Wiles-Richards, making his home debut.
City were depleted with injuries but performed admirably against an organised Weymouth side. Things got worse for Bath when fullback Joe Raynes was stretchered off with a broken ankle in the second half. Already missing a host of key players, Raynes’ absence will be felt heavily; he is one of City’s most important and talented players.
The final score ended 0-0, with both sides seemingly content to keep a clean sheet. It was a fair result in the end.