Match Report > Men’s Hockey League – West Conference (Men)
Fixture > Team Bath Buccaneers v Cardiff & UWIC
Date > Sunday 23 September 2012
Score > 4-1
Venue > University of Bath, Sports Training Village
Team Bath Buccaneers responded well to their opening day defeat at Cheltenham with a convincing 4-1 home win over Cardiff + UWIC.
On a wet and windy day at the STV the home side, bolstered by the arrival of additional squad players, started the better side and immediately had the visitors on the back foot.
Buccs took the lead in the 15th minute when George Farrant struck a low shot past Cardiff keeper Ben Dudley from a penalty corner. The goal was a carbon copy of the one Farrant scored in the same fixture last season and takes his personal tally against the Welsh side to three goals in three games.
It was a lead Buccs carried into the half time break but some increased pressure from the visitors ensured it was a lead Buccs couldn’t extend until midway through the second half.
Ben Carless struck Buccs’ second of the match, flicking hard and low past Dudley from another penalty corner. Debutant Stuart Loughrey made it three, nine minutes later, converting from close range after Carless saw his shot well saved.
Liam Brignull gave his side some hope with two minutes remaining, deceiving Buccs keeper Tom Skinner with a penalty corner drag-flick.
Buccs had the last laugh however when German midfielder Niklas Rieger finished off Ben Mackey’s goal-bound effort in the last few seconds of the match.
Jody Paul’s side would have been pleased with the performance, but more importantly the three points as they look to work their way up the West Conference.
Next weekend Buccs travel to Havant who have started with two defeats in the division. Eager to get points on the board, Buccs must be wary of the Hampshire side who are traditionally very strong at home.