Match Report Hockey > WWLPD Isca 2nds v TBB

05 October 2013

Match Report > West Womens League Premier Division

Fixture > Isca 2nds vTeam Bath Buccaneers v

Date > Saturday 5 October 2013

Score > 0-4

Venue > University of Exeter, Sports Park

Team Bath Buccaneers Ladies 1st move into second place in West Premier Div 1 after a convincing 4-0 victory away to Isca 2nds.

With the season’s aim to regain EHL status, the unbeaten Buccs team are in prime position with only unpromotable Clifton 2nds ahead of them in the league standings.

It was, however, Isca who had the upperhand in the first 10 minutes of the game, pressing high & with determination, Buccs struggled to maintain possession until a change in structure ordered by coach Jo Thomas allowed the Bath team to stabilise in defence & take control.

Buccs then dictated the rest of the first half creating space for a number of attacking moves, in particular up the right through Player of the Match Susie Barnes.

Steph Bannister worked tirelessly on the left making numerous interceptions and was rewarded for her efforts when her bouncing shot skipped into the back of the net.

Two more goals, a close quarters finish from Viki Sage and a clinical strike from Lucy McNaught, put the game beyond Isca’s reach before the half-time whistle.

The second half saw Buccs continue to push forward to build on the scoreline. The result never looked in doubt, but Isca looked dangerous on the break and the Bath defence were called on to make numerous crucial interceptions and tackles.

Isca’s best chance came when a misplaced ball out of defence landed with the Isca CF at the top of the circle. Her nifty footwork made the Buccs defence hesitate only for play to continue and Donkey of the Day Nicky Wilson’s last ditch tackle came a cropper as the Isca forward changed course at the last moment.

Buccs remained unphased, played out the 10-man five minutes calmly and regaining the momentum attacked until the final whistle. A textbook, very un-schoolgirl penalty corner routine saw Hattie Lloyd deflect the ball past the Isca keeper to give Buccs a very deserved 4-0 win.

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