Match Report Hockey: EHL Conference West (Men) v Bournville

12 February 2012

Fixture: Bournville v Team Bath Buccaneers

Date and time: Sunday 12 February 2012

Score:  Bournville 3-8 TBB

Venue: University of Birmingham

Team Bath Buccaneers further extended their lead at the top of the West Conference on Sunday, winning 8-3 on the road at bottom club Bournville.

Jody Paul’s men now sit ten points ahead of nearest challengers Birmingham University who were frustrated by another frozen pitch.

Buccs started superbly and found themselves three goals to the good after a scintillating first ten minutes of the match.

Welsh international Lewis Prosser broke the deadlock in the third minute, finishing from close range after a penalty corner rebound. Tom Alsop doubled Buccs’ lead from close range minutes later before Johnny Kinder flicked home from another penalty corner in the tenth minute.

Buccs were cruising but found their lead reduced to just one goal by half time after the home side rallied and capitalised on some slack Buccs defending.

Matthew Heptonstall was the man to get his side back in the game, scoring a double within two minutes to stun the Buccaneers. Buccs responded well to the setback and effectively killed off the game in five second half minutes.

Matt Ruxton, Tim Davenport and a second from Johnny Kinder gave Buccs some breathing space in the early stages of the half. Edward Stanhope flicked home a penalty corner for the hosts to reduce the arrears with ten minutes to go but Buccs replied with another two goals of their own.

Phil Ball fired home on his reverse before Alsop got his second with five minutes to complete the rout.

Buccs entertain Lichfield at the Sports Training Village on Sunday, looking to register their eleventh straight win in the division.

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