White seals Wealdstone win at Bath City
PUBLISHED: 06:00 28 March 2017
A second-half Joe White penalty was the vital goal in a niggly encounter at Twerton Park as Wealdstone disposed of fellow play-off chasers Bath City with a 2-1 win.
Danny Green opened the scoring with a fantastic curling effort that went in off the crossbar before Chas Hemmings equalised with virtually the last kick of the first half.
But when White was brought down in the 71st minute, he stepped up to convert the match-winning penalty.
Gordon Bartlett made two changes to the side that drew with Concord Rangers on Monday. Ciaron Brown returned to the side in place of Tom Hamblin who was unavailable and striker Dan Fitchett made his debut replacing Elliott Godfrey.
In a game of few chances but plenty of fouls it was Bath City who should have gone ahead in the seventh minute.
A corner was swung in which fell favourably to Shawn McCoulsky but his fierce volley from five yards out was well-blocked by Jonathan North.
Fitchett was denied a debut goal on 29 minutes after turning Jack Batten but having his effort tipped wide by Max O’Leary.
Stones then took the lead. Green had his corner headed back to him by the first man and he had plenty of time to pick his spot, swerving an effort into the top far-hand corner which just brushed the underside of the crossbar.
This sparked life into the Romans and they had several chances in their strongest period of the match. Andy Watkins backheeled to Nick McCootie in the box but he smashed a shot over.
Bath equalised when a free-kick was nodded goalwards by Hemmings. Wes Parker made the stop but behind the line. It made no difference as McCoulsky made sure from the rebound.
The winner came from the spot. Ryan Sellers made a bursting forward run, and his through ball to White saw the Dagenham & Redbridge-loanee bundled over.
The 18-year old got up, brushed himself down and calmly converted the penalty low to the keeper’s right with O’Leary diving the opposite way.
Neither side created many goal scoring opportunities from that point. It was Green who came closest though, he was played in by substitute Matty Whichelow after a devastating counter-attack but his shot went across the face of goal and just wide.
The result has Wealdstone in eighth in Vanarama National League South, nine points behind Poole Town in the last play-off spot.
Their next game is at Eastbourne Borough on Saturday.