Bath worries deepen

24 October 2009 07:39
Bath's season is going from bad to worse after a 27-16 Guinness Premiership defeat at home to Newcastle - which was their sixth loss in eight matches in all competitions.[LNB] Kiwi fly-half Jimmy Gopperth tormented the home defence with his kicking out of hand, setting up the clinching try for full-back Charlie Amesbury to score his second of the game with a clever dink off the outside of his foot.[LNB] Half-back partner Micky Young was just as much of a handful, scoring the try of the game on the hour with an 80-metre intercept and James Hudson also crossed for the visitors.[LNB] Nicky Little kicked Bath ahead before, almost straight from the restart, Bath added to their lead with a try by Matt Carraro. The ball was turned over at a ruck on the visitors' 22, and Pieter Dixon fired out a long pass to the Australian centre - who squeezed in at the corner for an unconverted try.[LNB] Gopperth was wide with another penalty on 34 minutes. But just before the break, Little failed to hold Amesbury in a tackle - and the full-back wriggled away to score in the corner under a pile of bodies.[LNB] The game suddenly came to life after the restart, Abendanon's stunning counter-attack creating a try for captain Michael Claassens after good support by Julian Salvi and Carraro. [LNB] But Little was again off target - and within three minutes Newcastle had cancelled it out with an unconverted try of their own, scored by Hudson.[LNB] The home team then imploded, conceding 15 points in 10 minutes.[LNB] First, Young intercepted a pass from Dixon in his own 22 to run in for a try converted by Gopperth - and although an increasingly desperate Bath responded with a drop goal by Ryan Davis, Gopperth kicked a penalty and then slid a delightful grubber kick through for Amesbury to score.

Source: Eurosport