Team Bath pass yet another exam

BARRY Lavety and his fellow students and team-mates from Team Bath managed to pass the latest examination in their footballing education as their fairy tale FA Cup progress continued with a hard-fought goalless draw against Horsham in yesterday’s fifth Qualifying Round.

Up front for the part-time amateurs, who combine their studies with sport, and this season’s top scorer, was ex-Hibernian and St Mirren striker Lavety, who won Scottish First Division championship medals with Hibs (in 1998/1999) and the Buddies (in 1999/2000) before setting out on a change of career, starting an HND in Coach Education at the University of Bath this year.

The 28-year-old from Paisley, who managed to win Scotland caps at under-16, under-18 and under-21 level had scored a hat-trick in the second qualifying round in an impressive 6-1 victory against Bemerton Heath Harlequins, before a couple of assists away to Newport to earn yesterday’s trip to Horsham.

"I had been inspired by Saints’ win against Dundee United in 1987," he said, adding, "although my own Scottish Cup record wasn’t great, and, realistically, our FA Cup run with Team Bath has to come to an end sometime soon, but it would be great to be there long enough to get a crack at one of the really big teams."

On yesterday’s goalless draw against opponents Horsham, Lavety acknowledged: "It wasn’t a great game to be fair, and I didn’t get a sniff of a chance, but I’m sure we’ll finish off the job on Monday night back at Bath."

The players from Team Bath now have a huge incentive for Monday’s replay - the draw for the first round proper gave the students a home tie against Nationwide League side Mansfield Town.