Bath Chronicle

Ro­mans made to labour hard for FA Cup vic­tory

City bat­tle their way to Cup vic­tory be­fore de­feat in first game of league cam­paign

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Tommy Con­way made a dream start to his Bath City ca­reer with two goals on his de­but in Satur­day’s 3-2 win against Winch­ester City in the FA Cup.

The 18-year-old gave City the lead in­side two min­utes and lev­elled it up on 72 when the Ro­mans were fear­ful of ex­it­ing to a side two di­vi­sions be­low hav­ing trailed to a Frankie Ar­tus own goal and Tyrell Mit­ford strike just be­fore half-time.

Tom Richards’ 86th minute de­flected ef­fort even­tu­ally proved the win­ner to earn a trip to fel­low Na­tional League South side Slough Town on Tues­day.

Con­way was de­lighted to get off the mark, scor­ing both his goals through su­perb Cal­lum Evans as­sists.

“It was a good feel­ing to get off to a good start.” he said. “The ball from Cal­lum was some­thing we’d been work­ing on in train­ing and it was great that it paid off.”

His sec­ond with 18 min­utes re­main­ing was a near car­bon copy of the first, as Evans’ cross picked out the young for­ward at the near post to slam past the help­less Char­lie Philpott.

“We had to get a goal at that stage of the game,” said Con­way. “As soon as I saw Cal get the ball I knew where he was go­ing to put it.

“In the sec­ond half we got to grips with the con­di­tions more, it was get­ting a bit scrappy at the end of the first half.”

Con­way has been train­ing with Bath on Tues­days and Thurs­days and twice a week with Bris­tol City in­di­vid­u­ally due to the Covid-19 rules about dif­fer­ent bubbles to en­able play­ers to iso­late from dif­fer­ent groups.

The young­ster ended last sea­son on loan at Yate be­fore mak­ing the step up.

Con­way said: “When I spoke to Brian Tin­nion about com­ing here he said about all the play­ers that have come through here like An­toine Se­menyo, Sam Pear­son and Max O’leary.

“He told me I could do the same. I’m here to score goals and hope­fully fol­low in their foot­steps. I en­joyed my time at Yate. I needed to play some games in men’s foot­ball. Now I’m here and I will see where it takes me.

“I’ve set­tled in re­ally well and get on well with the boys. I’m buzzing to carry on from here.”

Jerry Gill was de­lighted with Con­way’s im­me­di­ate im­pact.

“What a good player he’s go­ing to be,” said the City man­ager, who cel­e­brated three years in charge on Mon­day.

“He per­formed well at Yate and I’ve watched him a lot in the un­der 23s for Bris­tol City.

“I thought he was good but I didn’t re­alise how good he was un­til I saw him in a com­pet­i­tive game.

“Some of his link-up play was re­ally neat and tidy and his two move­ments for the goals are not by chance.

“He trusted Cal­lum to put it in the right area, and Cal­lum put in two fan­tas­tic de­liv­er­ies.

“Tommy’s one-touch fin­ish­ing was ter­rific. He looks like he’ll score a lot of goals at this level.”

How­ever, Gill was not as im­pressed with his side’s fragility in de­fence, where Ar­tus’ headed own goal - while un­der no pres­sure from Jamie Bar­ron’s un­der-hit cor­ner was fol­lowed up by Ja­son Pope mis­judg­ing Danny King’s long ball for­ward to al­low Mit­ford to nip in and drill past Ryan Clarke.

A stun­ning save from Clarke in added time pre­vented Olly Balmer’s shot from nestling in the top cor­ner, which would have re­sulted in penal­ties.

“I’ve got two re­ally good goal­keep­ers now in Ryan and Will Henry,” said Gill. “They’ve got to bat­tle it out for the jersey, just like any of the 10 out­field play­ers.

“We felt that Ryan did slightly bet­ter pre-sea­son but Will isn’t far be­hind at all. The two goals we’ve con­ceded are aw­ful, in­di­vid­ual mis­takes from us. The sec­ond is just far­ci­cal.

“We looked a bit frail de­fen­sively and that’s not like our teams. We have to work on that. We’re talk­ing about the first game of course. In­di­vid­ual per­for­mances weren’t quite there, but they’ve stuck to­gether as a team and seen off a good side for their level in Winch­ester.”

 ?? Pic­ture: Si­mon Howe ?? Tom Richards scored the win­ner for Bath City in Satur­day’s 3-2 FA Cup win over Winch­ester City
Pic­ture: Si­mon Howe Tom Richards scored the win­ner for Bath City in Satur­day’s 3-2 FA Cup win over Winch­ester City
 ?? Pic­ture: James Beck ?? Tommy Con­way, pic­tured dur­ing his spell at Yate Town, en­joyed a fine de­but for Bath City against Winch­ester, scor­ing two goals
Pic­ture: James Beck Tommy Con­way, pic­tured dur­ing his spell at Yate Town, en­joyed a fine de­but for Bath City against Winch­ester, scor­ing two goals
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