Bath Voice Sports News: the city’s rugby and football updates

Bath Rugby Club: The blue black and whites won three out of four Gallagher Premiership matches in October.
On October 7 they ran out 34-14 winners at home over Exeter, then another win at the Rec against Newcastle on the 14th by 34-26 and a win on the road over Saracens on the 21st by 16-25.
The last game of the month saw a home defeat by just one point to Leicester in a very tight match with the final score or 24-25.

Jersey Reds: Championship title-holders Jersey Reds ceased trading in September despite having beaten Bath by 10-34 at the Rec in September.
Jersey Reds received £370,000 in Jersey Island Government grants in the summer to avoid insolvency but the insolvency leaves players, suppliers, lenders and season ticket holders out of pocket. Jersey Reds split from Jersey RFU in 2018 in a bid to reach the top flight of the rugby pyramid and turn professional. Jersey Rugby Football Rugby Club remain as an amateur club playing at county level.
The club joins London Irish, Worcester and Wasps in having gone bust.

Bath City FC: The Romans had a convincing win over Somerset rivals Taunton Town in a month of mixed fortunes.
They ran out winners by 3-0 against the Peacocks on October 24, but fell to a defeat in another game in the National League South against Worthing on October 28 by 2-0 away from home.
There was another away defeat in the league against Tonbridge by 2-3 on October 21, but a 1-1 draw on the road with Braintree on October 7.
Their road to Wembley ended in the FA cup on October 14 at Worthing in a 2-0 defeat.
November sees them face West Country rivals Torquay on the 4th, Weymouth 7th, and Frome on 28th.
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Known as the ‘Gaffer’ Jerry Gill (pictured) has been Bath City’s manager for six years having previously had a lengthy playing career in the area with spells at Bath, Yeovil, Cheltenham and Forest Green Rovers amongst other clubs. Born in Clevedon in Somerset he played competitive football from the age of 16 and scored 9 goals for Bath in the 1990s during his time at Twerton Park.

Bristol Football: Both Rovers and City sacked their managers – or should we say let them go – last month.
The Bristol Rovers Football Club confirmed they relieved First Team Manager Joey Barton of his duties. Rovers, known as The Gas or The Pirates, played in Bath’s Twerton Park Ground for 10 years from 1996 to 2006 when they hit financial skids. They now play at the former Bristol Rugby Memorial Ground off Muller Road in the city.
Bristol City also have departed company with their coach Nigel Pearson following defeat to rivals Cardiff away from home in the Championship.
Pearson had held the job for two and half years, while Joey Barton was fired after three years in the post.
Neither club are in danger of relegation at present with fans taking to social media to vent their frustration.

Larkhall Athletic: The Larks may have lost out to Bath City in the cup back in September but with a league win in October over Melksham on the 21st at home by 1-0 will have heartened supporters. They also drew 2-2 away at Willand on the 14th in the league while in the FA Trophy beat Mousehole 2-0 away on the 7th but lost out to Horsham in the same competition on the 29th at home by 1-2.

Odd Down FC: A busy month for the Down – with four wins out of six games. A 5-0 home win over Bristol Telephones was a highlight, as was another home win over Keynsham on the 27th by 3-1.

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