Posted by sean on August 14, 2010 at 9:49 pm in Bath City with No Comments


When Bath City won promotion to the National Conference back in May, I didn’t expect our first game of the new campaign to be played in a Southern League quality ground in front of just 328 people. I guess that’s what you have to expect when your first away game is against Hayes & Yeading United.

I know Bath City’s own attendances leaves a lot to be desired, but that is what you get when you are based in a town that’s primary sport involves an egg-shaped ball. I am not sure what other activities are on offer in Hayes. Having walked through the place two years ago, I would assume smashing bottles and graffiti are popular past times.

Still, the grounds can only get better. Hopefully, as the season progresses, the weather will also improve. It pissed it down today. I would like to think (and certainly hope) we will get better results, having lost 2-1. However, the lads cannot be faulted for their effort – having a ball cleared off the line, a penalty denied and a free kick which hit the bar. Lady Luck is a cow and was not on our side today.

The journey hope was quick and stress free. My tea was bought from a service station – a meal “deal” consisting of a BLT sandwich, a packet of crisps and a bag of Maltesers – all for £3.99 – not your typical motorway services daylight robbery, more a case of petty theft on their part. I was back in my flat shortly after 7pm. When we play Gateshead in February, I won’t even be halfway home at that time!

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