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.