Bath City welcome a resurgent Slough Town to Twerton Park this Tuesday for our second National League South home match of 2024 and our first under the floodlights.
This week’s visitors lost 2-1 at second-placed Hampton & Richmond on New Year’s Day, but that was their first league defeat since going down 4-3 away at Welling United on 11 November. Since that high-scoring defeat at Welling, the Rebels had won four and drawn two in the league at the end of 2023. But this success was tempered by their being knocked out of the FA Cup, the FA Trophy, and the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup in that time. The remainder of Town’s season will be about consolidating their place in the NLS.
They beat Taunton Town 3-0 at home on Saturday and now stand 16th in the NLS table, nine points clear of the drop zone and eight points short of the play-off places. Their goal difference of plus eight is the best of all the clubs outside the play-off positions and the fifth best in the division. After this Tuesday’s game at Twerton, they face two further consecutive trips to the West Country, with a visit to Weymouth on Saturday and a return match at Taunton next Tuesday.
City have themselves also been involved in West Country battles recently, with the traditional holiday period double-header with Chippenham Town preceding the re-match against Yeovil Town last Saturday. Going into the match at Yeovil, City were unbeaten in four. Their last defeat had been against Yeovil, 0-1 on 6 January in front of a sell-out crowd at Twerton Park. Since then the Romans have beaten Boreham Wood of the National League to reach the fourth round of the FA Trophy and have collected eight points from a possible fifteen in the league.
City won this fixture 5-1 last season, with a Cody Cooke hat-trick and goals from Tom Smith and Alex Fletcher beating Slough on a sunny afternoon in August. The Romans also took all three points in the return at Arbour Park in February, with Scott Wilson (2) and James Morton on target in a 3-0 win.
This will be City’s 13th home league match of 23 this season. And going into 2024 and the second half of the season, league home attendances are up to an average of 1,639. This significant increase can in part be explained by improved results and performances on the pitch, but it works the other way too: the players and coaching staff thrive on the fantastic support of you, the Bath City fans.
Early Bird tickets are available here until 11:45 PM tonight, with pay on the gate also available.
Please note that there is no pay on the evening car parking available and that access via the lane from the High Street is restricted because of scaffolding from ongoing building work.