24 October 2017. Dartford win 1:2. Goals by Alfie Pavey (27' and 79'), goal for Bath City Tom Smith (45'). Tom Smith's goal was a cracker ...
Ten-man Dartford soared to the top of the National League South with a hard-fought 2-1 win away to Bath City at Twerton Park.
A double from League top scorer Alfie Pavey sandwiched between a half time strike from Tom Smith was enough to secure the three points.
Richard Sho-Silva was missing from the squad against the Romans meaning captain Elliot Bradbrook paired up with Ronnie Vint in central defence.
The match began with Ryan Hayes trying his luck immediately shooting straight from kick off and hitting the crossbar. In form striker Alfie Pavey looked lively and when Lee Noble crossed the ball on 32 minutes Pavey headed home. The lead lasted almost up to the interval but Tom Smith equalised before half-time. Dartford failed to break down ten men Chelmsford City on Saturday, but this time the Darts had to be resolute after Andy Pugh was dismissed. Despite the disadvantage Pavey pounced again to win the match 2-1 and keep up his record of almost a goal a game.
The win was slightly marred by a straight red card for Andy Pugh with twenty minutes left after a late challenge on Dan Ball but despite having the fewer players, Pavey was on hand to grab the win ten minutes later.
The result means the Darts are ahead of the chasing pack on goal difference, albeit having played a game more whilst Jerry Gill’s woes continue having failed to grab a league win since taking managerial charge three weeks ago.
Bath City FC, nicknamed The Romans, is a semi-professional English football club. It was founded in 1889 as Bath AFC, the club changed its name to Bath Railway in 1902 before settling on the name Bath City F.C. Bath City's history is entirely in non-league football now playing in the National League South, the sixth tier of English football. The side play their home games at Twerton Park, Twerton. In May 2017, Bath City FC officially became a community owned football club. As a result of the win, Dartford now top the Vanarama National League South table for the second time this season.
Bath City: Luke Southwood, George Rigg, Anthony Straker (C), Tom Smith, Ryan Case, Dan Ball, Andy Watins, Billy Murphy, Marvin Morgan, Frankie Artus, Nat Jarvis. Subs: Opi Edwards, Jamie Lucas, Kaid Mohamed, James Ollis, Jason Mellor.
Dartford: Deren Ibrahim, Danny Harris, Keaton Wood, Alex Brown, Ronnie Vint, Lee Noble, Ryan Hayes, Elliot Bradbrook (C), Alfie Pavey, Andy Pugh, Lyle Della-Verde. Subs: Tom Murphy, Warren Mfula, Temi Eweka, Henri Fulton, Duane Ofori-Acheampong.
Officials: Alex Blake, Nigel Whitefield, Colin Hubbard.
Keywords:Bath City, Dartford, National League South, Romans, Vanarama, football, non-league, soccer
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