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There's no shortage of ambition with these Romans

By This is SouthDevon  |  Posted: December 12, 2008

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EVERY YEAR Bath City are one of the Blue Square South clubs with real ambitions to win promotion to the Premier, and that's still the hope for a club with a great tradition which is going through something of a transition at the moment.

A big effort is going into developing the Twerton Park Youth Academy, to the point where former manager John Relish stepped aside in October to run that side of the club.

Relish's assistant Adie Britton took over the first team management.

Britton's squad still contains many of the players who gave a spirited display against Torquay in the FA Cup last season.

United eventually won 2-0 at Twerton, but only after Gulls goalie Martin Rice had saved a Lewis Hogg penalty.

There's loads of experience in defence.

Britton can call on ex-Melksham favourite Steve Perrin or 6ft 4in tall South African Paul Evans.

Ex-Swindon youngster Matt Coupe has played more than 260 games for City at centre-half, Jim Rollo had spells with Walsall and Cardiff, and both full-backs Gethin Jones and Chris Holland (AFC Bournemouth, Bristol City) know their way around.

Former Bristol City and Forest Green player Sekani Simpson has overcome injury problems to be a driving force in a midfield which is likely to include Adam Connelly, Mark Badham and Stuart Douglas (see Player To Watch).

And City must be reasonably happy with strikers Dave Gilroy and Richard Evans, because they have plenty of back-up in that department.

Gilroy (Bristol Rovers) is the leading scorer with eleven goals this season.

But reserves include club stalwart Martin Paul, who has scored 115 goals in 212 starts for the club, aggressive striker Darren Edwards (Yate, Tiverton, Mansgotsfield) and currently injured Ali Gibb (Northampton, Stockport, Bristol Rovers, Hartlepool).

Also on the books is midfielder Jamie Gosling, who had a spell with United during their 2004-2005 season in League One, veteran Steve Jones (Cheltenham, Swansea), ex-Rovers midfielder Lewis Hogg, Martin Slocombe and Scott Rogers, nephew of Tiverton boss Martyn Rogers.

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