Match Highlights Here: http://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/match-centre/1-2850464
THE WHITE Tigers slipped to our first defeat of the season at the hands of Bath City despite putting in a performance full of spirit and endeavour.
It was our visitors who had the first opportunities when a couple of free-kicks in promising positions failed to trouble Tom McHale.
Our first real chance came on the quarter-hour mark when a shooting opportunity opening up for Rocky Neal but he blazed over.
The opening goal arrived just before the half-hour mark and it was Cody Cooke who got his name onto the scoresheet.
It was a deserved goal for The White Tigers but it wasn’t long before our visitors were given a route back into the game from the penalty spot and Lemonheigh-Evans made no mistake to level matters.
We refused to let our heads drop and Cooke thought he had bagged a second as half-time approached only for his effort to be ruled out.
Things were starting to get a little scrappy as the opening period came to a close and Neal was given a yellow card amongst it all.
With a large and vocal crowd giving the team fantastic backing, the early action of the second half saw McHale save well as Bath came out of the blocks with real purpose.
It wasn’t long before they had the lead when Straker found the net on 48 minutes to give McHale no chance.
There was a booking for Keats as frustration got the better of the former Bath player. He almost grabbed an equaliser when McHale’s long free-kick from deep was headed on to him but he couldn’t beat the ‘keeper.
A free-kick from Ed Palmer wasn’t properly dealt with by the visiting ‘keeper but he managed to get away with it as the loose ball was scrambled clear.
The White Tigers made a couple of changes as we kept the pressure on in search of a leveller. There was good tempo to our play and it was giving our opponents plenty to think about.
To their credit, Bath defended resolutely to frustrate us and hold on to their lead as we tasted defeat for the first time this term.
WHITE TIGERS: McHale, Palfrey (Thompson 64), Riley-Lowe, Palmer, Gerring, Richards, Keats, Allen, Neal (Yetton 72), Cooke (Harvey 72), Harding. SUBS NOT USED: Hartridge, Lamont