The Beachboys return to Vanarama National League South action this weekend as they face another long away trip, this time to Bath City.
Concord Rangers made it all the way to Exeter last weekend before a waterlogged pitch put an end to the lads hopes of getting a game at Truro City, having been travelling for over 4 hours already at the time. The last competitive action for the Beachboys was around a week & a half ago when they fell 1-0 to East Thurrock United in the Quarter Finals of the BBC Essex Senior Cup, so a return to winning ways is high on the priority list for the lads, who now sit 16th in the league, 7 points clear of the bottom three.
Bath City will be heading into Saturdays game on the back of consecutive draws, most recently a 1-1 result against Chelmsford City, and prior to that they played out a 0-0 stalemate at home to the side Concord Rangers should have been playing last weekend, Truro City. City are sitting 11th in the league at the moment on 35 points, 6 points outside of the (extended) playoff places.
The last time the two sides met was on September 9th 2017 at The Aspect Arena, when the visitors were able to earn a 1-0 victory, handing Concord their (at the time) 5th loss in a row. The form table reads very differently now, so it will be interesting to see how the game plays out.
The journey to Bath City isn’t a short one, but it is a couple of hours shorter than what last weeks would have been to Truro.
To get there by rail, the nearest station to Twerton Park is actually Oldfield Park, a 15-20 minute walk from/to the ground. There’s no direct trains from London on this day however, the best option is to board Great Western Railway services from London Paddington to Bath Spa, which takes approx. 90 minutes, then board another local service from Bath Spa one stop to Oldfield Park, taking just under 5 minutes.
By road, whilst it’s a 3 hour journey from Concord Island, it’s a fairly simple one. After joining the M25 and heading south over the Dartford Crossing, remain on the motorway until Junction 15, where you leave and join the M4. Continue on the M4 until after approx. 85 miles you get to Junction 18. Leave the motorway there and follow the A46 signposted Bath. After 8 miles before the tunnel keep in the left hand lane (Bath A4) to the roundabout. Take the 3rd exit and follow signs for A4 Bath. After 1 mile turn left at the traffic lights signed A4 Bristol/A36 Warminster. Follow A4 signs around the southern perimeter of the city for 3 miles. After passing Bathwick Tyres on the left, in 100 yards at the traffic lights turn left, signposted Twerton, through a railway arch with a 11ft 6in height restriction. Twerton Park is 200 yards on the left after a row of shops
As for the admission prices, they are as follows: Adults £13, Senior (65+) £10, Student/U18s £7, U16s £2, Serving Armed Forces £10