Team Bath Buccaneers men’s firsts overturned a three-goal deficit with 15 minutes of Sunday’s game against Fareham remaining to salvage a point in a 3-3 draw.
Buccs continue to top England Hockey League Conference West, but their lead is now reduced by a point to 10 points with seven games remaining.
Buccs and Fareham went into the first game after the Christmas break in first and second place respectively in Conference West.
Fareham were two goals to the good at the halfway mark through Joe Finding and John Grice. Geoff Abbott put the visitors three ahead seven minutes after the break. Fareham defended in depth and proved difficult to break down in the contest at the University of Bath.
Phil Ball started the ball rolling for Buccs by netting a stunning solo effort 15 minutes from time and Tim Davenport reduced the deficit to just one goal four minutes later with his 16th league goal of the season.
And it was Richard Bendry who levelled up for Buccs with six minutes to go to earn Team Bath a point with his fifth Conference West goal of the season.
Buccs could have bagged all three points but for some terrific saves from the Fareham keeper.
Jody Paul, Buccs head coach, said: “Fareham proved difficult to break down and scored three goals from five shots. We should have beaten them, but we started the game a little rusty and to keep coming back at them when we were three goals down was a real positive.”
Buccs men’s firsts now lead Conference West by 10 points from Whitchurch. They return to action on Sunday (14th February) when they travel to Old Georgians who are currently ninth in the table.
TeamBath Buccaneers women’s firsts went down 3-0 away to top of the table Barnes Hounslow and Ealing on Saturday and are now seventh in EHL Conference West. Buccs kept the score level at 0-0 until Sarah Cornwell broke the deadlock on 52 minutes. She doubled the lead with five minutes remaining and Leanne Ryan made it 3-0 on 67 minutes.
They host Swansea, who are currently ninth in the table, at the University of Bath Sports Training Village on Saturday (13th February) in a game getting underway at 1.30pm.
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