Match Report: Mens Hockey League – West Conference (Men)
Fixture: Team Bath Buccaneers v University of Exeter
Date and time: Sunday 24 February 2013
Venue: University of Bath Sports Training Village
Buccs’ West Conference title hopes took a knock on Sunday as they were held to a 3-3 draw by Exeter University at the Sports Training Village.
Jody Paul’s side were looking to make it four wins from four since the Christmas break but the visitors had other ideas.
Exeter took the lead midway through the first half when former Buccs youngster Ed Matts finished from a tight angle past Tom Skinner.
It was a lead Exeter held until midway through the second half when three goals were exchanged in a frantic four minute spell.
First Buccs drew level through Matt Ruxton’s instinctive finish, only for Exeter to strike back seconds later to lead again through Andrew Ross. Ben Carless flicked home to level for the home side in the 49th minute and it finally looked like Buccs would go on to take all three points.
Sadly for the home side, Exeter took the lead for the third time with eight minutes remaining when Ian Haley reacted first to a rebounded shot. Buccs then threw everything at their opponents and found an equaliser in the dying stages from the stick of defender Tom Griffiths.
Buccs will have been happy to have rescued a point but will feel they should have got more out of the game.
The result leaves Buccs in fourth position, four points behind leaders Guildford who they face in two week’s time.
They will hope to be travelling to Surrey on the back of a win at Birmingham University next Sunday which will keep their title hopes alive.