Posted by sean on October 16, 2007 at 10:59 pm in Bath City with No Comments

I’m just recovering and drying off after getting rather wet going to Twerton Park to watch Bath City play Weston Super Mare in the Setanta Shield.

I don’t rate the S.S. at all. In fact I think it is a distraction from the league and FA Cup and is detrimental to a club’s season; especially as the rules state you have to play 10 of your regular 11 players in each round – a ridiculous clause, and one I find to be bordering on illegal.

While standing alongside 167 other fans, soaking wet and sodden, I was almost praying for Weston to win. The game went on and on, and the scoreline remained at 0-0. Late into the game, Matt Coupe got a goal for City. I didn’t know whether to cheer or cry. I did neither. Instead I clapped modestly; in the way you may applaud a child in a school pantomime who hasn’t performed very well. The rain which had been falling steadily for 90minutes then turned into a monsoon – perfect timing for Weston to grab an equaliser and force another 30minutes of dire football.

The final half hour was played in horrendous conditions. City fans winched as players fell to the water-logged pitch, following bone shattering tackles from clumsy Weston defenders. Luckily all Bath players got away unscaved. Unluckily City won the game 3-2 and will be forced to play an equally pointless and dangerous game against Newport next month.

Rubbish competition and one which Setanta; who are supposed to be priding themselves in offering quality football in a Sky dominated world, should be ashamed of.

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