@TerraStatman shares his Facts of the Match ahead of this afternoon’s clash against Bath City.

There are only a couple of clubs we have played more in our history, with an astonishing 188 games in the archives against Bath or their reserves in our history. Our visitors have more than often had the better of us though with 78 wins to our 62 and 48 draws. At home, that tally does at least improve over the 97 meetings with 42 wins to the Terras, 30 to the hot-spring-based-outfit and 25 draws. We do however find ourselves on a poor run against the Romans, with no wins in our last 6 meetings and just the two draws. Our most recent meeting was the league trip to Somerset in September, a 1-2 loss. On that evening the hosts raced into a two-goal lead in just 8 minutes through Alex Fletcher and former player Cody Cooke and a Brad Ash strike just after the interval merely proved to be a consolation. That defeat spelled the end of David Oldfield’s tenure as Terras boss.

Prior to this season, we played the Black and Whites in the 2019/20 National League South campaign – one of the few clubs we managed to play twice due to the pandemic. We secured a 1-1 home draw in our first home game in August and it was what proved to be our last away game in March, when we saw out a bore draw at Twerton Park. Looking further back, we lost a 2018 pre-season friendly 1-2, but it was 2009/10 when we previously played our West Country rivals in league action – another brace of losses, both 0-2, in the Conference South. Dusting off the record books shows how we have amassed nearly 200 games against this foe as, from 1908, there was barely a season that went by where we did not face them in the league or in various cup competitions. Although, our first recorded game is a friendly way back in 1905, a 6-1 win for the Terras.

The stellar list of notable Terras legends and recent players who have turned out for both teams today is …

Len Bond, Richard Bourne, Bobby Brown, Matt Buse, Cody Cooke, Trevor Finnigan, Gary Fullbrook, Ray Gough, Jonny Hannigan, Jason Matthews, Lee Phillips, Martyn Rogers, Peter Rogers.

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