National League South: Weston-super-Mare AFC 0-1 Bath City

Weston-super-Mare AFC have lost bragging rights in their Somerset derby against Bath City after being defeated at home on Tuesday night (January 23).

Last time the two sides met it finished 6-2 to Weston, however this time, in a much more tense battle, Bath were able to snag a 1-0 away win.

A big crowd turned out at the Optima Stadium for the derby match and they were treated to a high intensity affair but the travelling away fans left the happier.

New signing Raphael Araoye came straight into the squad at centre back as Dayle Grubb made way.

There was chances in the first half for both sides, with Reuben Reid breaking through for a shot on more than one occasion for Weston.

Despite that, the deadlock remained unbroken at half time and it was clear it would take a lot to break down either defence.

It didn't take long in the second period for a goal to come though as on 50 minutes, Ewan Clark twisted his way down the right flank before crossing for Cody Cooke who tapped home to make it 0-1 Bath.

From there, Weston pushed further up the pitch in search for an equaliser, and they did create a few strong chances, but the visitors held on to win the match.

Speaking after the game, Weston manager Scott Bartlett said: "I thought the first half performance, without being brilliant was really good. Don't think there was anything in the game at all.

"I felt we needed to be better in the first half, but all in all it was okay, we didn't work the goalkeeper enough. But in terms of actual tempo of the game, we won the first ball and second ball, looked really bright.

"I just feel a little bit flat because we have got to turn into that team that we should be disappointed even if we'd have drawn tonight."

He added that he knows each game is difficult but wants more from his team in the close battles.

"Every game is difficult, I am still looking for us to win a game we weren't expected to win, I can't remember one we've been dominated and got away with one," he said.

"We need to turn into that team where if things aren't going our way we scrap out a draw or a win. I am being critical."

Up next, Weston AFC host Tonbridge Angels on Saturday, January 27 at the Optima Stadium.