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The Premiers and Development team have finished their season.
A second half double from Judd Baker allowed Bays to come from a goal down and take three vital points in defeating Western Springs 2-1 under lights at Seddon Fields on a clear, but cold, Tuesday evening.
Injury to keeper Alex Carr and Michael Williams down with a cold, meant a recall for Aidan Gwilt, who had previously appeared, ironically against Western Springs, earlier in the season.
Bays had the first chance when a beautiful through ball from John White found Baker but his finish was poor. Play continued to flow from end to end until the eleventh minute when Lee Robinson was adjudged to have fouled a player and Springs were awarded a penalty. Nicolai Berry converted from the spot and Bays were behind.
Bays were taking the play to Western Springs but all too often the final pass went astray and the movement broke down.
The next thirty minutes saw a lot of midfield action but neither goalmouth under any real pressure until the 40th minute when Springs won a corner and Patch Bowen saw his header cannon off the crossbar.
At halftime Western Springs held on to their one goal lead.
Words were apparently said at the break and Bays emerged fired up for the second half. White got the ball from the kickoff, made a great run down the left flank before crossing the ball to Baker, who stroked it past the keeper into the corner of the net. Bays were level.
Andrew Mobberley and Dylan Stansfield both had strikes blocked by defenders as Bays applied the pressure. Berry had a chance at the other end but the Bays defence denied him.
A pass found Mobberley, who beat his defender and struck on target, only to be denied by an excellent save by Springs keeper Adam McDonald.
Bays were pressuring the Springs defence and McDonald showed his skills as an outfield player by beating three Bays players while clearing a back pass.
Another Bays attack in the 65th minute saw the ball lofted into the area, Baker got to it and placed his header into the top of the net to the jubilation of the bench and visiting spectators.
Western Springs had a chance to get back into the game with fifteen minutes to go but the chance was missed. At the other end Jordan Carter had the ball in the net only to be denied by the referee for an apparent foul on the keeper.
Gwilt dealt comfortably with a couple of late attempts as time ran out.
A good team performance with standout games from Tommy Damon and John White.
Team: Gwilt, Carter, Kolston, Robinson, White, Bresnahan, Damon, McKeown, Mobberley (Barnett 77), Stansfield, Baker
Goals: Baker 46, 65