Slough Town v Bath City, National South, Arbour Park, Slough. Saturday 24th August - kick-off 15h00
Bath City, the Romans, are one of the bookies current favourites for promotion. They currently lie in 3rd place, although they could have headed the table had they not missed a penalty in their last home match when the were held to a goalless draw by visitors Tonbridge Angels.
Their current record is: P 5 W3 D2 L0 GF8 GA2 - Points 11: Results W 2 - 0 (H, Braintree Town); D 1 - 1 (A, Weymouth); W 0 - 3 (A, Welling United); W 2 - 1 (H, Hungerford Town); D 0 - 0 (H, Tonbridge Angels).
Goalscorers: Ross Stearn (2 goals); Tyler Harvey (2, both penalties); Tom Smith (1); Alex Hartridge (1); Harvey Smith (1)
Bath City have played in the Conference/National league for the last 13 seasons, since 2007/8, two of which at level 5. Last season they finished in fifth place to gain a place in the promotion play-off Quarter Final, which they lost 1 - 3 (H, Wealdstone). Rebels failed to score against the team with the best defensive record in the division. The results being Bath City 2 - 0 Slough Town; Slough Town 0 - 0 Bath City.
In the F.A. Cup the Romans reached the 4th Qualifying Round, losing 0 - 1 (H, Weston-s-Mare). In the earlier rounds they beat Lewes 3 - 0 (H), and Banbury United 0 - 2 (A).
In the F.A. Trophy they beat Horsham 1 - 2 (A) in the 3rd round Qualifying before losing 3 - 2 (A) against Barnet in the 1st round Proper.
Bookies Odds: Slough Town Win 53/21: the Draw 27/10: Bath City Win 30/29.
Prediction: Another tough game, so I will sit on the fence, but I predict that Rebels will score!
Slough Town 1 - 1 Bath City