An eleventh successive National South campaign was an emotional one for Bath City ending in silverware and a mid-table finish. One event put football in perspective when Alex Fletcher suffered a life-threatening injury in November. Under the circumstances the club and non-league pulled together during a difficult time. Up to that point the Romans had started brightly finishing October in the playoff places. Striker Cody Cooke formed a decent partnership with Fletcher and when the pair were out injured the goals dried up over a tricky winter. Up stepped Scott Wilson, getting Bath City firing again with a final flourish to the season, which was rewarded with a Somerset Premier Cup triumph. Hopefully we will see Alex Fletcher back on a football pitch when he’s given the green light.
National South: 11th
F.A Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round
F.A Trophy: 4th Round
County Cup: Winners
Top League Scorer: Scott Wilson (18 goals)
Manager – Jerry Gill
A former Bath City defender in his playing days, Gill was appointed boss of the Romans in October 2017. He arrived with experience working in academies at Bristol Rovers, Kidderminster Harriers, Norwich City and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Yet his managerial career started seven years before he took the Bath City post. At Weymouth, Gill only lasted forty-four days hampered by the club’s financial issues, but that never deterred the former Birmingham City player. Gill has guided Bath City to two top ten and two top five finishes since his appointment, the last playoff appearance was three years ago.
Keeping hold of Cody Cooke was a positive over the summer and joining him will be Luke Russe from Chippenham Town. Going the other way, moving to the Bluebirds is Luke Spokes. Ben Morgan arrives from Gloucester City and Jordan Thomas from Southern Division One Central side North Leigh. Goalkeeper, Ollie Wright joins for a season long loan from Southampton replacing Hungerford Town bound Ryan Clarke. The Romans have also secured Ewan Clark on a season long loan from Bristol City.
|Transfers In||Transfers Out|
|Jordan Thomas (North Leigh)||Ryan Clarke (Hungerford Town)|
|Luke Russe (Chippenham Town)||Luke Spokes (Chippenham Town)|
|Ollie Wright (Southampton)||Rex Mannings (Weston-super-Mare)|
|Ben Morgan (Gloucester City)|
|Ewan Clark (Bristol City)|
Head to Head
Dartford wins: 37 / Bath City wins: 40 / Draws: 21
Dartford 0 – 0 Bath City (10/12/2022 – National South)
Bath City 0 – 2 Dartford (06/08/2022 – National South)
Dartford 2 – 0 Bath City (19/02/2022 – National South)
Bath City 0 – 0 Dartford (27/11/2021 – F.A Trophy)*
Bath City 1 – 3 Dartford (04/09/2021 – National South)
Dartford 1 – 0 Bath City (17/10/2020 – National South)
* – Dartford won 5-3 on penalties
Dartford v Bath City – Saturday 5th August 2023
Bath City v Dartford – Saturday 20th January 2024
- The Darts have lost just once in their last 14 league games against the Romans (W11, D2) and kept four consecutive clean sheets in all competitions
- Dartford dropped points at home against Bath City for the first time since 1990 in December. The Darts had won six in a row before the 0-0 draw.
- The Darts have lost just one of their last eight at Twerton Park (W5, D2) and have won in five of their last six visits there.
Match Highlights – 2022/2023