Match Report Hockey: England Hockey League Western Conference v Cheltenham

27 November 2011

Fixture: Team Bath Buccaneers v Cheltenham

Date: Sunday 27 November 2011

Score: TBB 4-0 Cheltenham

Venue: Sports Training Village, University of Bath

Team Bath Buccaneers concluded their West Conference campaign for this half of the season with a superb 4-0 win over Cheltenham.

Buccs, who were frustrated by the visitors earlier in the season, went into the game looking to get revenge after being held to a 2-2 draw back in October.

Going into the game with a four point lead, Buccs started the game with a high tempo and it was clear early on that it was going to be a long day for the visitors.

They were ahead as early as the eighth minute, when striker Richard Bendry weaved his way through two Cheltenham defenders before hitting a bullet of a shot into the bottom corner.

Youngster Ed Matts made it 2-0 just four minutes later, finishing from close-range after the Cheltenham keeper had made a good save from Shaun Matthews.

Buccs were boosted ahead of the game by the return of defender George Farrant who has been out injured for the past four weeks.

Farrant was introduced into the game midway through the first half, but he and the rest of the Buccs defence enjoyed a largely untroubled afternoon.

Buccs took their foot off the gas slightly towards the end of the first half but it did not take them long to re-establish their dominance on the game after coming out from the half time break.

Twelve minutes into the second half and Lewis Prosser was found in space on the top of the circle. The Welsh international needed no second invitation to shoot and he unleashed a rocket high into the corner of the goal to put Buccs 3-0 up.

Matthews got his name on the score-sheet in the closing stages, showing fine technique to finish off a bouncing cross to give Buccs a fine 4-0 win.

It was a great way for Buccs to sign off for the Christmas break, and with 11 goals scored and none conceded in their last three games, they’ll return to league action in February with great confidence as they look to gain promotion to hockey’s top flight.

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