Hoodoo continues as St Albans are left floundering in Bath
PUBLISHED: 10:23 15 August 2016 | UPDATED: 12:08 15 August 2016
St Albans City’s poor record at Twerton Park continued as they fell to a 3-0 defeat against Bath City.
Bath City 3 St Albans City 0
St Albans City and Bath City shake hands before the start of their Vanarama National League South match. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
Bath's Steve Phillips claims the ball ahead of Junior Morias. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
Dipo Akinyemi tussles for the ball against Bath City. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
Lee Chappell tackles George Rigg. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
Rhys Hoenes gets a cross in. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
Ben Herd walks past manager Ian Allinson after receiving his marching orders. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
St Albans' Ben Herd heads down the tunnel after being sent off against Bath City. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
Rhys Hoenes has a shot at goal. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
Junior Morias attempts the spectacular for St Albans City. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
Ryan Johnson challenges at a corner. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
Ben Martin sends a header goalwards. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
St Albans City's Tom Bender looks on as his header comes back off the bar. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
Tom Bender's header is cleared off the line. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
Louie Theophanous goes up for a challenge. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
Louie Theophanous is challenged in the air. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
Junior Morias fends off the challenge of Manny Monthe. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
City had started the new Vanarama National League South season with plenty of promise and after a win over Concord Rangers and a draw with Wealdstone.
And although they started brightly, they were behind at half-time and the sending off of Ben Herd in the second half for two bookable offences, meant they have still failed to score in the West Country spa town.
Manager Ian Allinson had made the one change from the side that drew at Wealdstone, bringing in Ian Rees for Shaun Lucien to add a bit of stability in the midfield.
And it seemed like a good move early on.
Junior Morias sent a spectacular overhead kick inches over the bar and then, after a scramble at a corner, Ryan johnson hit the bar and Tom Bender saw his follow-up cleared off the line.
But slowly Bath came back into it and they took the lead when Chas Hemmings headed home a corner from the right.
By the time Manny Monthe had scored their second in similar fashion, Saints were down to 10 men.
Herd’s dismissal appeared harsh with both tackles, the first a coming together and the second a tussle, appearing a foul at worst.
But once he had departed there seemed no way back for Saints and Stuart Fleetwood wrapped up the three points with 10 minutes to go.
Photographer Bob Walkley captured the action in our gallery.
St Albans have a perfect chance to bounce back quickly when they host Chelmsford City at Clarence Park tomorrow (Tuesday).
Kick-off is at 7.45pm.
City: Russell, Herd, Bender (Hill 67), Chappell, Martin, Johnson, Rees (Ball 67), Thomas, Theophanous, Morias, Akinyemi (Hoenes 57)
Subs (not used): Lucien, Merson
Sent off: Herd 64
Bath: Phillips, Bowman, D.Ball, Hemmings, monthe, Rigg, Diallo (Fleetwood), Murphy, McCootie, Morgan (), Watkins (Hutchinson)
Subs (not used): Marshall, Batten
Goals: Hemmings 34, Monthe 65, Fleetwood 80
Referee: Marc Whalley