Posted by sean on May 2, 2007 at 10:49 am in Bath City, Non League with No Comments

Last night I wandered down to Twerton Park. Bath City’s season may be over, but their tax funded tenants, Team Bath, still have play off games to contend. Not being a fan of the university team, I went along to give my support to their opposition, Hemel Hempstead.

The atmosphere was somewhat different to that of a City game – for one thing there were hardly any home fans. There were also three sets of supporters. Hemel brought a small army of fans, along with some massive flags. Team Bath had a handful of friends and family of the “students” but still a very poor turn out for a semi-final home tie. The vast majority of the crowd was in fact Bath City supporters, coming down to gloat about their recent victory and try to mess things up for Team Bath.

Disappointingly Team Bath won 3-1 and will play in the final on Saturday. Highlights of the evening included their over excited announcer on the tannoy. I half expected him to shout out “Let’s get ready to rumble!” He did make me laugh though – at the start of the match, he wished happy 60th birthday to a “life long Team Bath fan”. Considering Team Tax have only been in existence since the late 90’s, I struggle to believe he has been supporting them all his life!

After the game, I wandered down to the club bar with a group of slightly down hearted Bath City fans to watch the final part of the Liverpool/Chelsea game. What a great tie. I was so pleased for Liverpool. Well done to all their fans and players.

The Team Bath and Hemel players also joined us and ate a healthy post-match meal of sausage and chips – no wonder City are champions. The Hemel players seemed surprisingly upbeat considering their promotion dreams had just been shattered. Proof that even in non-league football, some players just don’t give a damn about their club.

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