The Tigers were second best in every department as they suffered their biggest defeat of the season at Twerton Park on Easter Monday.

City threw away an early lead for the second week running as they were simply unable to resist a ruthless Bath forward line.

First-half substitute Antonie Semenyo produced a man of the match display, including two second-half goals to hand City a second consecutive defeat.

City edged what was a fairly quiet opening 25 minutes and took a deserved lead, Lewis Hall’s whipped free-kick evaded everyone to nestle into the back of the net.

At that point Gloucester were comfortable and Bath were yet to really test Hamon in the City goal.

But 10 minutes after going ahead, a fabulous strike from Opi Edwards went in off the post to level the score.

Bath were forced into a change, bringing on Semenyo, the forward began to be a big influence on the game going into the break.

And not long after Jake Compton rattled the bar with an excellent free-kick, the hosts took the lead. Miles Welch-Hayes producing a bullet header which beat keeper Hamon.

Despite a few promising moments, City were overpowered in the second half as the hosts began to run riot.

Two early goals after the restart quickly killed the game.

First Tom Smith converting a cross from captain Anthony Straker, and then Semenyo grabbing his first of the afternoon with a comfortable finish.

His second came ten minutes from the end, Robbie Cundy was unable to deal with a long diagonal ball, which fell to the feat of Semenyo, who finished well to cap off a fine individual performance.

Manager Marc Richards brought on Noah Smerdon late on for his debut, and the youngest looked bright in what was a difficult introduction to National League football.

Man of the Match: Antonie Semenyo


Hamon, Thomas, Parselle, Cundy, Williams (Lawrence 77), Edge (Smerdon 70), Hanks, Webb (c), Parker, Ed.Williams, Hall (Kelly 90)

Subs not used: Hamilton, Morford

Next up for Gloucester City: Home vs. Bognor Regis Town 7th April 3pm KO.

Post-match reaction will be available on the clubs YouTube channel as well as the website.

By Harry Hogg

Twitter: @HazHogg

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