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Bath City
Hampton & Richmond Borough
J Batten (33')
Full time
N Kabamba (78')
Sat 7 Jan 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - National League South Attendance 615

Beavers deny Romans the win

...as a Nicke Kabamba equaliser nicks the draw and Sam Howes has a great debut.

In what could have been a difficult game, the Beavers rode their luck a little to get a draw against a fast and positive Bath City side.

The hosts took the game to Hampton right from the off, and the midfield looked out of sorts as Bath kept the Beavers from settling down.

On 10 minutes, Artus ballooned a shot over the bar as he found some space in front of the Hampton back four.

A couple of minutes later the Beavers thought they had got a penalty and Nicke Kabamba was clipped right on the edge of the box, but the referee pulled it back a few inches outside for a free kick. Hippolyte-Patrick had the attempt but it went straight into the wall.

Debutant keeper Sam Howes was by far the busier of the two but showed confidence as he commanded his area throughout the Romans pressure. On 15 minutes, he had to throw himself to his right to get a fingertip to force a corner from a Marvin Morgan shot as it flew towards the back post.

Just after the half hour, Howes had to do it again but he had no chance from the resulting corner. Billy Murphy drilled it into the near post and defender Jack Batten was just able to get enough on the ball to divert it past Howes.

Hampton started to at least get back on terms as regards possession and Joe Hicks met a Josh casey corner but the header looped onto the roof of the net.

As the half ended, Brendan Kiernan, who had ben kept shackled by the Romans midfield, finally managed to get a sight of goal, but it curled wide of the post.

The second half was more of a stalemate as the Beavers tried to force the game, and the Bath midfield and defence holding firm, neither side creating open chances in the early part of the half.

Just after the hour, Josh Casey worked himself some space in the left corner, and pinged over a cross that generated some panic on front of the Romans goal, but in the end, it was cleared.

The Beavers were not really creating many openings but with 12 minutes, they grabbed an equaliser, somewhat out of the blue.

A long ball into the box found its way to Nicke Kabamba inside the 6 yard box; swivelling, he hit a neat volley past O'Leary to give the travelling support something to shout about.

With 3 minutes to go, the game nearly turned on what looked to be a pretty poor decision by the referee. Joe Hicks and Marvin Morgan looked to have had a bit of a wrestle right on the edge of the box, both players falling backwards into the area as Morgan tried to get loose. Surprisingly, it was given as a spot-kick, despite the initial holding taking place just outside of the 18 yard area.

Captain Frankie Artus stepped up to take the kick, hoping to break the Romans bad penalty form. The kick was not a good one though, and Sam Howes dived to his right to parry the shot, capping a fine debut as the rebound was nodded over the bar.

Dowse was pleased with the point but afterwards thought it could have been a better performance as the midfield didn't look as robust as normal.

Key moments

33:00
Goal Jack Batten scores for Bath City
78:00
Goal Nicke Kabamba scores for Hampton & Richmond Borough

Highlights

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90:00 Sub Off
Leon Solomon is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough
90:00 Sub On
Tom Jelley is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough
87:00 Missed Penalty
Frankie Artus misses a penalty for Bath City
84:00 Sub Off
Nick McCootie is substituted off for Bath City
84:00 Sub On
Shaquille Hunter is substituted on for Bath City
78:00 Goal 1 - 1
Nicke Kabamba scores for Hampton & Richmond Borough
76:00 Sub Off
Naby Diallo is substituted off for Bath City
76:00 Sub On
Connor Lemonheigh-Evans is substituted on for Bath City
70:00 Sub Off
Christian Jolley is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough
70:00 Sub On
Jerome Federico is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough
46:00 Sub Off
Axel Andressen is substituted off for Bath City
46:00 Sub On
Andy Watkins is substituted on for Bath City
End of period 1
33:00 Goal 1 - 0
Jack Batten scores for Bath City
32:00 Yellow Card
Michael Kamara is yellow carded for Hampton & Richmond Borough
22:00 Yellow Card
George Rigg is yellow carded for Bath City
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As it happened

  • Bath City
  • Hampton & Richmond Borough
  • 0
  • George Rigg Yellow Card 22:00'
  • Michael Kamara Yellow Card 32:00'
  • Jack Batten Goal 33:00'
  • Andy Watkins Sub On 46:00'
  • Axel Andressen Sub Off 46:00'
  • Christian Jolley Sub Off 70:00'
  • Jerome Federico Sub On 70:00'
  • Naby Diallo Sub Off 76:00'
  • Connor Lemonheigh-Evans Sub On 76:00'
  • Nicke Kabamba Goal 78:00'
  • Nick McCootie Sub Off 84:00'
  • Shaquille Hunter Sub On 84:00'
  • Frankie Artus Missed Penalty 87:00'
  • Leon Solomon Sub Off 90:00'
  • Tom Jelley Sub On 90:00'

Team selection

Howes, Samuel Howes, Samuel
Kamara, Michael Kamara, Michael
Casey, Joshua Casey, Joshua
Hicks, Joe Hicks, Joe
Collier, Nathan Collier, Nathan
Hippolyte-Patrick, Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick, Shaquille
Jolley, Christian Jolley, Christian
Odametey, Harold Odametey, Harold
Solomon, Leon Solomon, Leon
Kiernan, Brendan Kiernan, Brendan
Kabamba, Nicke Kabamba, Nicke
Bath City
  • 1. Max O'Leary
  • 2. George Rigg
  • 3. Miles Welch-Hayes
  • 4. Jack Batten
  • 5. Axel Andressen
  • 6. Chas Hemmings
  • 7. Billy Murphy
  • 8. Frankie Artus
  • 9. Nick McCootie
  • 10. Marvin Morgan
  • 11. Naby Diallo
  • 12. Andy Watkins
  • 14. Shaquille Hunter
  • 15. Sekani Simpson
  • 16. Connor Lemonheigh-Evans
  • 17. Josh Hutchinson

League round up

Standings

# Team Pl Pts
1. Maidenhead United 42 98
2. Ebbsfleet United 42 96
3. Dartford 42 84
4. Chelmsford City 42 82
5. Poole Town 42 71
6. Hungerford Town 42 70
7. Hampton & Richmond Borough 42 69

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