Rigg marks his re­turn with the win­ning goal

Bristol Post - - SPORT -

Na­tional League South

» SEAN Rigg marked his first start for more than a month with the only goal of the game against East Thur­rock United.

He fired the ball home nine min­utes into the sec­ond half which, com­bined with a fifth suc­ces­sive clean sheet, was just enough to see Bath past the strug­gling vis­i­tors.

Hav­ing gained just two points on their trav­els this sea­son, east Thur­rock un­der­stand­ably set out to deny City time and space, and for the ma­jor­ity of the first half this tac­tic worked ef­fec­tively, with a Tom Smith shot that flew nar­rowly wide the clos­est the hosts came in the open­ing stages.

City fi­nally be­gan to shows signs they were get­ting to grips with the game in the lat­ter pe­riod of the half. Adam Mann tested goal­keeper jack Gid­dens with a well-struck shot mo­ments be­fore the in­ter­val, and Bath main­tained this tempo in the open­ing ex­changes of the sec­ond half.

Gid­dens had to be at full stretch to keep out a de­flected Rob­bie Cundy header, then, from the re­sul­tant cor­ner, Frankie Ar­tus saw his header blocked but the ball dropped for Rigg to thump it into the roof of the net.

Jack Bat­ten also had a header cleared off the line shortly af­ter­wards.

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