Match Report Hockey > MHL – West Conference (Men) v Bristol Firebrands
Fixture: Team Bath Buccaneers v Bristol Firebrands
Date and time: Sunday 7 October 2012
Score: TBB 4-2 Bristol Firebrands
Venue: University of Bath Sports Training Village
Team Bath Buccaneers continued their fine form in the West Conference with a 4-2 home win over local rivals Firebrands.
Buccs started well but were unable to create any clear cut openings despite enjoying large periods of possession. It was their Bristol opponents who took the lead in the 15th minute when Ben Trembath’s scuffed finish beat Tom Skinner in the Buccs goal.
Rollo Lewis made it 2-0 in the 28th minute when Buccs failed to track his run and he coolly converted his chance to leave the home side shell-shocked.
Buccs then appeared to come to life and hauled themselves level before the half time whistle.
Firstly Ben Carless flicked home a powerful penalty corner effort in the 32nd minute, and then, a minute later, Tim Davenport finished into an open goal following some good work from Ieuan Davies.
The home side came out for the second half a much more focused unit and dominated their opponents by keeping the ball for large spells.
Firebrands struggled to make an impact on the game and their job was made even harder when Buccs’ Irish international Stuart Loughrey finished from close range in the 42nd minute.
Buccs then missed a hatful of chances before sealing the win in the final minute when Tim Davenport hit a reverse stick shot low into the goal after Ben Mackey found him with a long searching ball.
The win takes Buccs to the top of the West Conference, with Guildford and Exeter University both drawing with Fareham and Cheltenham respectively.
Buccs travel to Exeter next weekend where they will hope to register their fourth straight win in the division.