Preview: Bath City vs Worthing, 29/12/22

Worthing Football Club continue their Vanamara National League South campaign with a trip to Somerset to face Bath City at the Twerton Park Stadium this afternoon.

Mens Full Time
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Bath City
  • Cox (57', 64')
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Worthing
  • Pearce (54')
  • Starkey (90+3')
National League South Thursday 29th December, 2022

The Reds go into the fixture having edged a seven-goal Boxing Day thriller three days ago:

Worthing welcomed Hampton & Richmond Borough to the Crucial Environmental Stadium and went a goal up inside the first minute through Ibby Akanbi, but two goals in the space of four minutes from Hampton striker Liam Vincent turned the game on its head in the sixth.

Callum Kealy equalised for the Reds three minutes into the second period, before Akanbi got his second and Worthing’s third in the 66th.

Vincent converted a penalty in the 81st minute to make the score 3-3, but with the game looking likely to be ending a stalemate, Ollie Pearce fired home just before injury time to settle the clash in Worthing’s favour.

Meanwhile, hosts Bath City were defeated 3-1 by local rivals Chippenham Town on Boxing Day in their most recent fixture.

Today’s match was initially scheduled to be played on the 13th November, but was postponed in spite of a serious head injury sustained to Bath midfielder Alex Fletcher in match at home to Dulwich Hamlet in the week leading up to the fixture.

The 23-year-old made his first visit back to Twerton Park ahead of the Chippenham match, and everybody affiliated with Worthing Football Club has been delighted with the ever-growing positive updates on his road to recovery.

Form

The 4-3 victory pushed Worthing up to eighth place in the table on 38 points, with goal difference keeping them out of the playoff places to Oxford City, who have played two games more.

Bath currently sit in 11th place on 30 points from their opening 22 games:

Last six matches

Mon 26th Dec – Chippenham Town (H) – Lost 1-3
Tue 20th Dec – Bromley (H) (FA Trophy) – Drew 2-2 (Won 5-4 on pens)
Sat 10th Dec – Dartford (A) – Drew 0-0
Tue 6th Dec – Hemel Hempsted Town (A) – Lost 0-1
Fri 2nd Dec – Welling United (H) – Drew 1-1
Sat 26th Nov – St Albans City – (A) – Lost 0-3

Supporter information

Ticket information

Tickets can be bought online via Bath’s website

Adult  £15.00

Senior (65+)  £12.00

Student/Under-18  £8.00

Child Under-16  £3.00

Directions

By Car

Exit M4 at junction 18 and follow A46 signposted Bath. After 8 miles before tunnel keep in left hand lane (Bath A4) to roundabout. Take 3rd exit and follow signs for A4 Bath. After 1 mile turn left at traffic lights signed A4 Bristol/A36 Warminster. Follow A4 signs around southern perimeter of the city for 3 miles. After passing Bathwick Tyres on the left, in 100 yards at traffic lights turn left, signposted Twerton, through a railway arch with a 11ft 6in height restriction.* Twerton Park is 200 yards on the left after a row of shops.

*For drivers of vehicles unable to negotiate the railway arch, continue along the A4 for a further 2 miles, through a set of traffic lights and onto a dual carriageway to “The Globe” roundabout. Take the 1st exit off roundabout (Combe Down, Newton St Loe), and follow for 1 mile and take the left turn at the bottom of the hill signposted Twerton (Newton Road). Follow this road for 1 mile to enter Twerton. Entrance to the stadium is on the right, the access road being next to McColl’s.

ALTERNATIVE, RECOMMENDED ROUTE FROM THE M4, AVOIDING THE ALWAYS-CONGESTED CITY CENTRE

Exit M4 at junction 19 for the M32. Follow the lane signposted A4174 leaving the M32 at the first junction you come to. Turn left at the roundabout at the bottom of the slip road. Continue on the ring road until you reach a roundabout where the A4 joins the A4174 ring road. The A4 will be signposted Bath. Turn left at this roundabout and go along a dual carriageway until the next roundabout. Go straight across this roundabout and go through Saltford until you reach another roundabout. Take the second exit going past the Globe pub. Proceed up a hill and down the other side where there is a left hand turn at the bottom, signposted Twerton (Newton Road). Take this turn and proceed for about 1 mile. Entrance to the stadium is on the right, the access road being next to McColl’s.

By Train

Take the Southern service to Fratton from Worthing (platform three estimated) then take the Great Western Railway service (platform one estimated) to Bath Spa, then take the train to Oldfield Park.

The ground is approximately a 17-minute from Oldfield Park station.

How to Follow

If you can’t make the game you can follow the game via the club’s official Twitter account, or through live commentary provided by rebelyell.live