Groundhopper: West Country Derby at Twerton Park

Following a recent groundhop to Bath City’s Twerton Park, Peter Gubbins recounts the occasion and hails the historic view to be had from the stadium.

By Peter Gubbins

Back at the beginning of April, I bore witness to a high scoring yet one-sided game. 5-1 is the highest-scoring match I’ve seen and it was set in a picturesque stadium that is sat on a ledge overlooking the historical city of Bath. It was a breathtaking experience and lots of fun watching all the goals go in.

For a derby of sorts, the game was relatively one-sided in Bath’s favour; the scoreline backs up that statement. However, Gloucester scored the first goal, against the run of play, in the 24th minute but the Romans got back into it ten minutes later when Opanin Edwards hit the equaliser. Bath City extended their lead towards the end of the first half when Miles Welch-Hayes (who for me was the man of the match) scored in the 43rd minute.

Twerton Park is an amazing stadium, the best I’ve been to, and it holds a beautiful view over Bath with the main stand still in shot. I managed to get this view at half-time.

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On the right-hand side of the shot, where you can see a few black roofs of houses just outside the exit, that in fact goes down a steep slope to the main road where the city descends further towards the river. Twerton Park is one of the few flat areas on the slopes around Bath that aren’t near the river like The Rec.

In the second half, Bath was in complete control and went on to add a goal straight after halftime in the 46th minute through Tom Smith. Then, in the 57th, Antoine Semenyo added another before going on to conclude the victory in the 81st minute to round off City’s biggest win of the season.

On this performance Bath looked good going into next season and will surely improve defensively so as not to let in that early goal which was against the run of play. As a whole, the match was extremely entertaining and the location was one of the best. From now on, I look to pre-season for the next few matches before next season begins.


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