United came out on the wrong end of a 3-2 thriller at Twerton Park on Saturday against Bath City. The Romans took the lead in the 9th minute only for United to reply with two goals and go close to scoring a third. Bath’s Ryan Brunt scored the winning goal in the 86th minute.
United stay top of the National League South but our lead over Woking has been cut to one point after the Cards drew 1-1 away to St Albans. Manager Gary Johnson was unhappy with the team’s performance on the day.
“The lads know that I will always be disappointed when they don’t reach their potential,” said Johnson. “They also know the praise they get when they do.”
Midfielder Jake Andrews posted an apology to the Yellow Army on Twitter for sending a penalty over the bar late in the game that could have put United 3-1 up. The Gaffer is keen to emphasis the team’s collective responsibility.
“It is an unusual trait to apologise for a missed penalty. It does show his feelings for the Club and we commend him for this. Jake has been one of our most consistent players in our 16 game unbeaten run and he will learn from this error of judgement.
“In all games there will be someone that makes a decision that creates a problem. However the group of lads that we have got here are honest, and they are making these decisions for the right reasons. We’re all in this together.
“After I have a talk with each player and then a collective talk on Monday, we will be ready to push on for the remainder of the season.”
The Yellow Army turned out in great numbers at the game to cheer the team on. Their support was unfortunately not rewarded with three points.
“I’d like to thank all of the fans that turned up on Saturday to support their team. The main reason for my disappointment is for the fans.
“One important loss in 17 games is not a disaster however, and I’m sure the Club will rally around and push on for the next level.”