Non-League notebook: Huish fans hushed by Bath's finale

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Non-League notebook


A cup-tie worthy of a far grander stage than the first round of the FA Umbro Trophy saw Bath City produce a remarkable recovery to defeat their local rivals, Yeovil Town, at a packed Huish Park on Tuesday.

After an hour of the replay Bath were 2-0 down, thanks to two first-half goals from the Yeovil striker, Leroy Whale, and had been reduced to 10 men by the dismissal of defender Chris Sugar.

Nick Burton pulled one back, though, and the Conference side equalised three minutes from full-time through Rob Cousins.

Seven minutes into extra time, substitute Deion Vernon put Bath ahead for the first time, while Yeovil's attempts to hit back were hindered by a red card for Andy Flory in the second period of extra time.

Bath thus earned a second-round home tie against Enfield or Hayes, who will try for a third time next week to decide their first-round encounter, Tuesday's replay ending in a 2-2 draw.

While Bath survived against opposition from a lower league, four Conference sides were not so lucky. Woking's dream of winning the Trophy for the third year in a row ended at the Icis League side Carshalton Athletic, where the holders were beaten 3-1 last Saturday.

On the same afternoon Wayne Clarke's Telford United fell by the same scoreline at Burton Albion, while in the midweek replays Emley overcame Morecambe, also 3-1, and a last-minute goal was enough for Gresley Rovers to beat Stalybridge Celtic 1-0.