Raynes strike is enough to win it

OX­FORD CITY 1 BATH CITY 2

The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH - By Pa­trick Lock

BATH CITY left it late to se­cure a de­served­vic­tory on the road.

Joe Raynes fired home from range in stop­page time af­ter the Ro­mans first goal, a firm header by Adam Mann, had been can­celled out by Josh Ashby’s ef­fort.

Hoops keeper Craig King’s strong re­flex save kept Ross Stearn out just be­fore the break.

The Hoops cre­ated their best chance of the game straight out of the blocks, Matt Pater­son favourite to score but fin­ish­ing tamely.

The Ro­mans, how­ever, went on to have the bet­ter of the half and fi­nally took the lead in the 63rd minute – Mann eas­ily out-jump­ing Ben Jef­ford.

Ashby’s equaliser –a de­flected ef­fort from range – came just six min­utes later but should have been can­celled out im­me­di­ately when the un­marked Sean Rigg headed wide.

King to could do noth­ing when Raynes ar­rowed a loose ball into his bot­tom cor­ner from 20 yards to en­sure all three points.

STAR MAN: Ashby (Ox­ford) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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