Bath City 2-1 Dulwich Hamlet
The Hamlet failed to turn dominance into goals and then paid the price for poor defending.
There was one change to the side that started at Chelmsford, with Gavin Tomlin coming in for Jay May, who replaced Tomlin on the bench. Among the substitutes, Tanasheh Abrahams replaced Byron Lawrence.
The home side had an early escape when a flowing move saw Dominic Vose release Sanchez Ming in behind the defence. He was sent crashing to the ground by a clumsy challenge but had already been flagged for offside.
Any danger from the home side was created by the impressive Ross Steran on the left and he robbed Quade Taylor before firing high and wide, but The Hamlet's passing was cutting the home side apart and it wasn't long before they were ahead. Nyren Clunis produced a clip over the advancing keeper when Dominic Vose threaded a pass through the home defence in the 8th minute.
A mistake going forward by Quade Taylor left an exposed Dulwich to a counter attack but home captain Straker produced a poor cross and any danger passed.
The combination between Vose and Clunis almost opened up the home side again, but a good interception lead to a corner from which Okuonghae headed too high.
For the home side, a good cross was well defended by The Hamlet and a cross from Straker was met with a poor effort from Brunt that failed to travel Preston Edwards, and Dulwich quickly reclaimed their dominant position.
Another flowing move, with Ashley Carew finding Quade Taylor coming forward on the right, resulted in the full back finding Clunis who should have done better than shoot over the top. The chances were coming a regular intervals, with the Dulwich midfield able to find their runners down the side of the home defence.
A scramble in the home penalty area almost lead to a second goal and then Vose found Gavin Tomlin on the right edge of the penalty area, the Dulwich forward holding his head as his effort beat Clarke but whistled just wide of the post.
As half time approached, Preston Edwards was called on to save for the first time as he had to push a long range effort wide and the resulting corner saw an effort blocked.
Half Time 0-1
Half time arrived with The Hamlet one goal in front when they should have been out of sight and so vulnerable to the home side, who were bound to get better; and so it proved as pour defending would lead to two highly preventable goals, and poor finishing would blight any attempt to secure even a point.
Five minutes after the break, a routine free kick was missed by Quade Taylor and collected by Stearn. He wasn't closed down and was able to set up a simple finish for Brunt.
Dulwich were now in a battle with the home side having lengthened their passing to get it to the forwards, in the sure knowledge that a passing game through midfield would be dominated by the better passing of the visitors. This meant that the defence had more work to do, but the home side weren't really creating very much until they took the lead in the 73rd minute.
This was a goal that was a comedy of errors as Pappoe tried to clear a ball that was clearly going out of play and then there were at least two other simple clearances that were just shanked to the edge of the box, inevitably the ball ran to Brunt who was left with his second simple finish of the game.
With the Dulwich defence now looking shaky Preston Edwards was forced to produce two fine saves, whilst the revamped attacking options for The Hamlet weren't getting any change from a home side content to hold on to what they had.
However, with 6 minutes remaining The Hamlet passed up a glorious chance of an equaliser. Dipo Akinyami got clear to the right of goal. He could have had an effort on goal but tried to lay it to Jay May who, in turn, failed to shoot and tried to find Nyren Clunis; his tame effort being easily blocked.
The home side had no other alarms as they saw out five minutes of allotted stoppage time, at least a minute of which was used up by perhaps the slowest walk from the field by a player being replaced.
Full Time 2-1
Magnus Okuonghae (Nathan Ferguson)
Ashley Carew (Jay May)
Gavin Tomlin (Dipo Akinyemi)
Subs Not Used