Team Bath Buccaneers men’s firsts stretched their lead at the top of England Hockey League Conference West to 12 points with an impressive 4-2 win at Old Georgians.
Old Georgians played a high, aggressive press, which could have created a problem for Team Bath. But this strategy also left gaps in the home side’s defences which allowed Buccs to create opportunities by playing the ball into these gaps.
Buccs struck quickly in a short spell of play. John Kinder scored in the seventh minute from a short corner, playing the ball into the bottom right of the goal.
Phil Ball would followed up this momentum two minutes later by reverse stick smashing the ball into the goal.
Buccs continued seeing off the home side’s advances with, at times, some brilliant defending by George Farrant and Andrew Machin, while team midfield work by Mathew Ruxton ensured that Bath saw off good play by Old Georgians.
Excellent team play in attack saw Tim Davenport score after John Kinder passed the ball to the Bath striker who was free and clear of the keeper.
Davenport scored the goal of the match two minutes later when, again the Kinder partnership saw Kinder throw an aerial pass half the length of the pitch to Davenport, just clear of the last defender, Davenport as quick as a flash took the ball on one bounce and played it through the keeper’s legs,
TeamBath were 4-0 up at half-time. At the start of the second half Buccs made a number of nervous errors, miss trapping the ball along with missed tackles enabling the home side to strike at goal with little resistance through Sven Tegeler.
Although TeamBath steadied their nerves and controlled the rest of the game, John Ryan Van Der Riet pulled another goal back for Old Georgians with five minutes remaining.
Buccs men’s firsts return to action at the University of Bath on Sunday (21 February) when they host bottom of the table Plymouth Marjon in a 12.30pm start.
Meanwhile, Buccs ladies’ firsts went down 2-0 at home to Swansea on Saturday. They are seventh in Conference West and visit Bournemouth, currently 10th in the table, on Saturday.
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