Not evident in the scoreline, but this was NEC Harlequins best performance in the Zurich Premiership to date. Some great attacking play stretched Bath to the limit, but failure to convert pressure in to points, and conceding scores at vital moments, cost Quins the game.
Bath made a fast start with Jon Preston kicking a penalty after six minutes, after Steve White-Cooper was penalised for foul play. Rob Thirlby then completed a flowing move, involving backs and forwards, by scoring under the posts. Preston's conversion gave Bath a 10-0 lead after only 10 minutes.
Quins hit back with two Paul Burke penalties. An alleged forward pass from Nick Burrows then denied Ben Gollings a try. On 35 minute's, Andy Dawling, on for the injured Pat Sanderson, was sin binned for a professional foul, though Burke cancelled out Preston's penalty four minutes later.
Bath struck a crucial blow in first half injury time, when Thirlby sped clear into the heart of the Quins twenty-two. Ben Clarke was on hand to crash over for the try. Preston converted and Bath led 20-9 at half-time.
A Burrows break, three minutes after the re-start, set up Quins opening try. Despite wasting an overlap opportunity, Quins managed to maintain possession. Will Greenwood finally broke the defence to score in the corner. Quins were back in contention until Adedayo Adebayo's try, on 52 minutes, restored Bath's eleven-point lead. Burke and Preston traded penalties to make the score 28-17.
After the hour mark, Gollings rounded Iain Blashaw and shot down the left wing. He found support from Will Greenwood who scored his second try. Burke missed the conversion but the game was in the balance at 28-22, with 17 minutes remaining.
Preston's fourth penalty nudged Bath two scores ahead with ten minutes remaining. With Steve White-Cooper in the sin-bin, Bath took advantage. Nathan Thomas crossing for a try from a five metre scrum. Preston converted making the final score a flattering 38-22 to Bath.
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