The under 13s were narrowly defeated as they hosted Vale of White Horse on Monday evening.
In their first game since the end of the second lockdown, the home side started the game showing confidence in possession, but this was largely in their own half and they did not really enter the final third. When they did play more vertically, they were able to make the most of Leo Pecover’s physical presence and speed, and it was through the striker that Bath and Wilts took the lead. More chances followed with Zion on the wing playing particularly well, but shots were either fired at the keeper or off target.
Vale’s main threat came through their striker who was also quick and physical. Unfortunately, poor passing from the back and a lack of shape on losing possession gave the visitors chances and they were able to equalise. Undeterred, Bath pressed forward and once again took the lead after a mazy run from right back Tom Eve saw him dribble pass three players before finishing when entering the box. Good goal and one which seemed to propel more offensive action. However, to their cost, Bath was not able to capitalise on the momentum and ended up having players too wide and too far away from each other which meant combinations were difficult and possession was lost cheaply.
Late in the second half, Vale inevitably got their chance when they finished a move on the break when Bath gave away possession deeply in the final third. With the momentum with Vale towards the end, they scored with more or less the last kick of the game winning the game 3-2.
Despite some good spells in the game, the Bath & Wilts boys showed that they need to work on their winning mentality if they are to have more success in competitive scenarios. Certainly, more drive and more determination to kill off an opponent is needed if they are progress.