Saints 2 Bath City 0

The Saints climbed to second in the table, and only goal difference separating them from league leaders Braintree Town, with a 2-0 win over Bath City at Clarence Park on Non-League Day.

The visitors started brightly with Dean Snedker saving well from Nat Jarvis in the opening two minutes. The Saints then had a great chance to go ahead when Rhys Murrell-Williamson’s cross from the right was met by Zane Banton but he placed his header just wide from close range. However, on the stroke of half-time, Banton and Shaun Lucien combined well to open up the Bath City defence for Murrell-Williamson to pass the ball past ‘keeper Luke Southwood and into the far corner of the net.

The second half saw the Saints take the game to Bath City and they nearly went further ahead when Banton found Charlie Walker in space on the edge of the box but his well hit shot went inches wide of the post. However, the Saints got the important second goal when Jack Batten’s attempted back-pass to Southwood was under-hit; allowing Lucien to nip in and roll the ball past the keeper for Walker to score. The Saints came close to further extending their lead with Lucien driving a shot wide and substitute Sam Merson being denied when one on one with Southwood. However, with the defence limiting Bath City to very few shots on goal, the Saints saw out the remaining minutes comfortably to run out 2-0 winners.

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