Posted by sean on November 2, 2014 at 9:13 pm in Bath City with No Comments

Yesterday saw Bath City play at home for the first time since last week’s FA Cup exit. It was a case of ‘after the Lord Mayor’s Show’, although given the nature of the cup exit – losing 7-1 – perhaps it should be ‘after the Lord Mayor defecated on everyone’.

Unlike other home games, where we turn up shortly before kick-off, we arrived at Twerton Park two hours before the game started. The reason for this exceptional punctuality was because we were all being wined and dined on prawn sandwiches as part of a hospitality package/match sponsorship.

Claire’s parents had organised the occasion in celebration of their Pearl Wedding Anniversary (that’s 30 years of marriage). Twerton Park is a lovely ground. It is full of charm; however it is falling apart in places (to be fair, this adds to its charm). I was therefore interested into how Bath City could do ‘posh nosh’.

I was pleasantly surprised – there was not a prawn sandwich in sight. Roast dinner was the main course, with meat-free shepherd’s pie for the vegetarians. This was followed by a wide choice of desserts. I was adventurous and went for chocolate ice cream. The facilities and service were excellent and could not be faulted. Well done, Bath City and, of course, congratulations to Alison and Paul, Claire’s parents, on their anniversary.

The match was a lot better than last week. Although, let’s be honest, it couldn’t have been much worse. They lost 7-1 to East Thurrock, so this week’s opponents, St Albans City, could have won 5-0, and it would have still been an improvement! Not only did Bath City concede 7 goals less than a week ago, but they scored 1 more. If you’re not good at maths, that means they won 2-0. A very pleasing result.

It was up to us, as match sponsors, to choose the afternoon’s man of the match. Luckily we didn’t have to make such a decision during last week’s debacle. The man of the match was decided on votes from the sponsors and their guests. Claire and I both chose Andy Watkins, a pacey little striker who, in my opinion, ran his socks off and caused St Albans lots of problems. Sadly, we were outvoted and Bath City fans’ favourite, Ross Stearn, took the honour – a decision which was greeted by much joy and ecstasy throughout Twerton Park.

All in all, an entertaining and pleasing afternoon. If only Claire’s parents could sponsor the game every week, City might win more often.

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