Hampton's recent revival was thoroughly derailed on a night at Twerton Park with a performance that Gary McCann felt afterwards was 'a distant shadow of recent levels'.
The Beavers started in a positive manner, and in the first 15 minutes, looked the equal of the Romans, but in what looked a bit of a soft penalty, Ryan Brunt was deemed to have been fouled in the box, despite the Hampton protestations to the contrary. The penalty was converted by Brunt himself, who stepped up and lashed it past Laurie Walker's outstretched right hand.
Hampton stayed positive and looked for all the world to have earned a penalty of their own not long afterwards, as Ryan Hill appeared to have been brought down in the box as he drove into the box between two defenders.
To everyone's astonishment, both Beaver and Roman alike, the referee only awarded a free kick about a foot outside the area. Despite the disappointment, Hill stepped up and fired the kick through the wall, forcing a block by keeper Ryan Clarke; Ruaridh Donaldson fired the rebound back , which Clarke was able to push wide.
Just after the half hour, in almost a carbon-copy of the previous incident, Hill looked again to have been felled just inside the area, and the Hampton fans felt sure this time. Yet once again, the referee awarded a free kick, the ball placed only inches outside of the line of the 18 yard area. However, this time the kick hit the wall and went out for a corner.
Bath City had definitely had the best of the decisions in the first half and in the second, they took advantage of it, keeping the Beavers on the back foot right from the off as the team had to concentrate on defending.
With about 20 minutes to go, Bath finally broke through the stubborn Hampton defending as Brunt managed to divert a near post cross from Tom Smith past Walker from lose range.
Up front, Danilo Orsi-Dadomo almost had a reward for all his tireless efforts tying the home defence in knots as he wriggled his way into the box, but his shot was agonisingly wide under pressure from keeper Clarke.
There was less than 10 minutes left as Bath City finally sealed the game, Smith taking advantage of a loose ball just outside the box to crash the shot past Walker, as the Beavers didn't manage to clear a cross from the right hand side.