BATH City produced the shock result of the day in the Conference Premier to end Gateshead’s play-off hopes and move off the bottom of the table.
Despite possessing the worst home record in the division the Romans comfortably won the battle against a shambolic Gateshead.
Four down before the hour mark, late goals from midfield man Micky Cummins and sub Liam Hatch were nothing more than consolations.
Home wins over Luton Town tomorrow and AFC Telford on Saturday will see Gateshead finish an impressive seventh, but there will have to be a huge improvement on this showing.
Angry Tynesiders boss Ian Bogie hauled off right-sided pair Craig Baxter and Josh Gillies with just a third of the game gone in a bid to turn the tide.
“I had to do something,” said Bogie. “At 3-0 down after just 13 minutes the game was finished, though we wanted to give it a real go after the break.
“Instead Bath quickly added a fourth goal and while we went on to win the second half we were nowhere near and the defeat could have been heavier.
“There was only one change to the side that battled so hard to beat Forest Green and the preparation was excellent, yet we have come up with a display like this.
“Poor defending has cost us. The performance was totally unacceptable and we’ve now got to bounce back and win our last two games.
“We’ve won our last four at the International Stadium without conceding but we’ll have to be 100% better than we were at Bath.”
The Romans were ahead in the fourth minute at Twerton Park when Adam Connolly volleyed home and it was two three minutes later.
Ben Clark held back Marley Watkins in the penalty area and Marc Canham slotted home the resultant spot kick. Andy Gallinagh’s super strike made it three with Sean Canham then shooting into the side netting with only Tim Deasy to beat.
Sean Canham’s 55th-minute header stretched the lead before Cummins pulled a goal back and then Hatch slid home the second, Alan O’Brien the architect on both occasions.
BATH CITY: Garner, Simpson, Jones (Rollo 52), Preece, Gallinagh, Murray (Hogg 80), Connolly, M.Canham, Watkins, Russell, S.Canham (Smith 61) Subs (not used): Stonehouse, Cook
Goals: Connolly (4), M.Canham-pen (7), Gallinagh (13), S.Canham (55)
GATESHEAD: Deasy, Baxter (Odhiambo 27), Rents, Gate, Dummett, Clark, O’Brien, Gillies (Hatch 27), Shaw, Odubade, Cummins
Goals: Cummins (72), Hatch (79)
Referee: Steve Bratt (Walsall) Attendance: 649