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Spirited Robins' FA Cup dream comes to an end
7:00am Monday 14th October 2013 in Sport
FA Cup Third Qualifying Round
Bridgwater Town 0 Bath City 3
BRIDGWATER Town's FA Cup dream came to an end on Saturday after they were beaten 3-0 by Bath City at Fairfax Park.
The Robins conceded three times in the opening half hour, with goals from David Pratt and two from Chris Allen - including a controversial penalty.
Richard Fey's men put in a spirited second half display, but were unable to breakdown a resolute and solid Bath defence.
Despite the result, Richard Fey was quick to praise the effort and spirit of his side after their first defeat in 25 games this season. He said: “I didn't think we disgraced ourselves at all. They're a good side and they showed that today. We were hoping to keep it tight until half time, but unfortunately we conceded three goals in the space of 15 minutes.
“I said before the game we've got to show a bit of respect because we're playing a side from Conference South and they've got Football League experience all over the pitch.
“We were always going to lose somewhere in the FA Cup, we knew that. I thought a couple of decisions went against us, but that happens.
“The boys are disappointed but we've got to remember we're playing a side from two divisions higher. We've got to keep our heads up and look forward to Weymouth next week.”
David Pratt headed the visitors in front on nine minutes after Bridgwater were caught napping from a short corner.
Minutes later, Bath City's Chris Allen went down in the penalty area following an innocuous looking challenge - but the referee decided it warranted a penalty and Allen picked himself up to double City's lead.
Bridgwater fought back almost immediately as Kristian Miller made a scything run down the right-hand side.
As he skipped inside the penalty area, the pacey right-back appeared to be tripped - but the referee disagreed and booked Miller for diving.
Things got worse for the hosts ten minutes before the break, when Allen side-footed a pin-point cross past Wright in the Bridgwater goal to make it three and leave Bridgwater with a mountain to climb.
After half-time, Joe Bushin had a great chance to pull a goal back for Bridgwater, but the forward volleyed over from five-yards out with the goal at his mercy.
Richard Fey's men continued to battle hard and by this time were enjoying a good spell of possession and territory, roared on by a bumper crowd of 722 at Fairfax Park.
Kristian Miller was Town's most threatening player as he raced up the right-hand side at any given opportunity - but Bath City stood firm to book their place in the fourth qualifying round.
Bridgwater Town: Wright, Miller, Faux, Middleton, McGrath, Wilson, Loxton, Osman, Page, Bushin, Griffiths.
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