Kington 49’, Brooks 90’
Kick Off : Saturday September 27, 2014 15:00
Competition : FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round
Attendance : 547
Bath City and Poole Town face a replay after a controversial late Marvin Brooks strike secured a 1-1 draw for the visitors in the FA cup second qualifying round at Twerton Park. A first Bath goal for central midfielder Ashley Kington early in the second half looked to have secured the victory for the home side against their lower league opposition but Brooks’ intervention means the sides will face each other again on Tuesday night.
In a tight first half with few clear-cut opportunities it was Poole who settled the quicker, demonstrating their confidence from sitting 1st in the Southern League Premier Division. The right-side combination of full-back Lewis Tallack and winger Luke Burbridge caused the Bath back-line early problems and only a vital late interception from centre-back Dan Ball denied the visitors a clear shot on goal. City slowly grew into the game but were limited to long range strikes before the best chance of the half fell to Town midfielder Josh O’Hanlon who headed wide when unmarked from a corner. The closest the home side came to breaking the deadlock before the interval was when Poole left-back Keith Emerson headed over his own crossbar following a dangerous Ashley Kington free-kick.
The match sprung into life straight after the interval though when a Poole attack straight from the kick-off required a goal-line clearance after more good work from Tallack. Bath responded well with the lively Andy Watkings and Nick McCootie linking-up. Watkins was looking like City’s most likely source of a breakthrough and following good work on the left-wing, the midfielder’s cross was only partially cleared by the Poole defence. The ball fell to the onrushing Kington whose first-time strike flew into the top corner leaving goalkeeper Nick Hutchings helpless.
Bath continued to look the better team with more good work from Watkins setting up McCootie, but a wild finish let the front-man down. However, City survived a scare when Poole centre-midfielder Mark Jermyn headed against the woodwork following a defensive lapse from the home side. The close-call seemed to focus City’s attention though with another good spell of pressure culminating in striker David Pratt rounding keeper Hutchings before being crowded out by Town defenders. Just two minutes later, the front-man glanced wide after a right-wing cross from McCootie.
Sensing his team were under the cosh, Poole manager Tom Killick made a change in formation, sacrificing full-back Tallack and moving to three at the back. The alteration almost paid dividends straight away as substitute Neil Martin sliced a volley wide. Despite this, City continued to look the better side and created further chances with Pratt again heading wide, Ben Adelsbury dragging a shot when well-placed and centre-back Ball missing a good chance after another dangerous Kington set-piece.
With 5 minutes remaining Poole stepped up the pressure with striker Gosney skewing wide. The away side’s resilience was rewarded in the 90th minute though after a clumsy challenge from Ball gave them a free-kick in a dangerous position. City keeper Jason Mellor appeared to be fouled as he went to claim the cross, but, with no free-kick given, Town continued, and Josh O’Hanlon struck the bar before the rebound fell to Brooks who stroked home to send the Poole fans wild and ensure a reply for his side.