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Bath continue momentum at home

08th February 2014 18:04

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Held: George Ford

Bath won comfortably but failed to score a try bonus-point in their simple 24-6 win over struggling Newcastle Falcons at The Rec.

Bath headed into the match in fine form, having won their last four matches in all competitions, while Newcastle were seeking to build momentum following last week's win over Newport-Gwent Dragons.

The game was played in tough conditions meaning try-scoring opportunities were difficult to create, and there was little between the sides for the majority of the first half.

George Ford opened the scoring midway through the first period with a penalty goal, after he'd missed an earlier opportunity.

Five minutes from half-time Phil Godman levelled the scores for the Falcons, after the visitors had initially gained ground with a penalty from the scrum.

Godman then put Newcastle in front early in the second half after Bath were penalised for holding on in the tackle.

The score gave the visitors a narrow lead, but the concession sprung the hosts into action and they quickly gained a stranglehold on the contest.

Horacio Agulla scored a converted try after Ford's footwork had carved open an opportunity, and then Nathan Catt laid the platform for Leroy Houston to dive over.

That made it 17-6 with time ticking away for the visitors, and they were unable to narrow the gap in the minutes that followed. Francois Louw added the exclamation mark in the final minute with Bath's third try of the afternoon, which was converted by Ford with the last kick of the game.

The scorers:

For Bath:
Tries: Agulla, Houston, Louw
Cons: Ford 3
Pen: Ford

For Newcastle:
Pens: Ford 2

Bath: 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Ollie Devoto, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Matt Banahan, 10 George Ford, 9 Peter Stringer, 8 Carl Fearns, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Matt Garvey, 5 Dominic Day, 4 Stuart Hooper (c), 3 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 2 Rob Webber, 1 Nathan Catt
Replacements: 16 Ross Batty, 17 Anthony Perenise, 18 Kane Palma-Newport, 19 Alafoti Fa'osiliva, 20 Leroy Houston, 21 Micky Young, 22 Gavin Henson, 23 Horacio Agulla

Newcastle: 15 Alex Tait, 14 Noah Cato, 13 Gonzalo Tiesi, 12 Jamie Helleur, 11 Sinoti Sinoti, 10 Phil Godman, 9 Warren Fury, 8 Mark Wilson, 7 Andy Saull, 6 Will Welch (c), 5 Fraser McKenzie, 4 Scott MacLeod, 3 Oliver Tomaszczyk, 2 Matt Thompson, 1 Rob Vickers
Replacements: 16 George McGuigan, 17 Franck Montanella, 18 Kieran Brookes, 19 Sean Tomes, 20 Ally Hogg, 21 Chris Pilgrim, 22 Rory Clegg, 23 Adam Powell

Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
Assistant Referees:Paul Dix, Roy Maybank
TMO: David Grashoff

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