For the second season in a row I would be starting the season at Twerton Park – my favourite Non-League ground. This time last year I was there for their 1-0 loss to Bristol City in which the only goal of the game was a scored from the penalty spot by Aaron Wilbraham. Both sides had fairly average seasons last term and will be hoping for better this campaign. What I saw in the game today looks good for Bath for the coming season.
Twerton Park is one of my local grounds being just 7 miles away from my front door which does have its benefits, especially with me being all to familiar with 2 hour + trips home after games so as I sit here writing this at 5PM it does make me wonder why I put myself through these long trips. I guess the next time I get a brilliant game after a long journey I’ll remember exactly why!
Bath City have been plying their trade in the National League South since they were relegated from the then known Conference Premier in 2011/12 season. They have failed to compete enough to gain promotion back to the top division in the Non-League pyramid. They play their games at Twerton Park, the biggest ground within the National League South which an official capacity of 8,840.
Their opponents, Partick Thistle, had a decent season in the Scottish Premiership finishing in a respectful 9th position with the help of Kris Doolan netting 14 times during the campaign. The reason for this interesting Pre-Season game is as a part of their small tour based in Bath. As well as this fixture they also used their time down South to put 6 goals past Cirencester Town. This was set to be a much tougher test and that is exactly what it proved to be.
Bath looked the dangerous side for the entire 90 minutes with a very attacking style of play which was really entertaining for the 302 fans that were in attendance at the very early friendly in the season. They are to be rewarded with a fantastic result, beating the Scottish Premiership side 4-0 in a shock result, even for a pre-season friendly! A late 1st half penalty was just exactly what Bath deserved, going into the break with a 1-0 lead.
The second half was even more dominant as they scored 3 goals in 20 minutes or so against a side that were adjusting to the new season with a number of players on trial & trying to cement their name down on the game. The second came directly from a corner but the 3rd was somewhat more special, a superb strike by Shaquille Hunter which was unstoppable. It is great seeing people you know from years ago play and score in games such as this. The 4th goal was much more unfortunate with a good save rebounding off a helpless defender and slowly rolling into the goal to make it 4-0 to the Non-League side.
Good luck to both sides in their respective leagues for the upcoming season. I look forward to coming back to Bath in the near future and hope that I may get an opportunity to visit Scotland soon!
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