Published 8th February 2012
.....Harriers` FA Trophy hopes are over for 2011/12 as they were beaten by an impressive Luton Town side at Aggborough.
The home found themselves trailing 1-0 in the 24th minute when Jake Howells gave Luton the lead.
Dan Bradley equalised 11 minutes later when he slotted home a well-taken left-footed effort beyond the keeper.
Home goalkeeper Dean Lyness kept the scores level, flinging himself to the right to push away Stuart Fleetwood's penalty after Luke Jones had fouled Greg Taylor.
But it was Fleetwood who grabbed the Hatters` second goal on the stroke of half-time, pouncing on a poor back pass by Mike Williams before slamming a shot into the back of the net.
Steve Burr's troops battled throughout and came close to forcing a late leveller but in truth the Hatters were the better side.
Bath City’s Trophy hopes are over for another year after Conference Premier rivals Grimsby Town came from behind to book their place in the quarter-finals.
The home team were good value for their half-time lead, provided by Exeter City loanee Chris Shephard on his debut after 34 minutes, but a defensive error allowed Anthony Elding to equalise 8 minutes into the second half before substitute Rob Duffy bagged the winner 10 minutes from time.
Defeat was tough on City, who were not just looking to reach the last eight of the Trophy for only the second time in their history but were also keen to banish the memory of last month’s 6-0 league thrashing by the Mariners.
Ryman League Premier Division side Carshalton Athletic were unable to produce another upset as they were well and truly ousted from the competition at Spytty Park by Conference Premier hosts Newport County.
The Exiles eased through 4-0, thanks to goals by Sam Foley after just 4 minutes, Elliott Buchanan on 36 minutes, Adam Chapman a minute after the break and Romone Rose with a couple of minutes remaining.