Match Report > Now: Pension West Conference
Fixture > Guildford v Team Bath Buccaneers
Date > Saturday 16 November 2013
Score > Guildford 2-4 Team Bath Buccs
Venue > Broadwater School Guildford
Team Bath Buccaneers remained top of the Now: Pensions West Conference with a 4-2 win on the road at bottom side Guildford on Saturday.
A frozen pitch meant the game was delayed slightly but that didn’t affect Jody Paul’s side who started at an explosive pace, running in three goals without reply before the half-time break.
Tim Davenport opened the scoring with a deflected drag flick that beat former Great Britain keeper Simon Mason in the 12th minute.
Four minutes later, Ed Horler made it two, firing into an open goal following a defensive mix up. Belgian midfielder Loic Cerulus then scored his first goal for the Buccaneers, capitalising on another defensive error to put his side 3-0 up with 10 minutes to play in the first half.
Any spectator watching could have been forgiven for thinking that Buccs might have gone and on and really put Guildford to the sword in the second half. It didn’t quite happen for them however as the game became scrappy and the hosts began to come into the encounter.
Six minutes into the half Guildford were awarded a disputed penalty stroke which Will Blockley dispatched to give his side some hope. Then seven minutes later Mike Rippon rebounded Blockley’s penalty corner effort to reduce the arrears to just one goal.
Buccs then faced an onslaught from the home side as they sought to protect what was once a very comfortable lead.
Keeper Tom Skinner was called upon to make some key saves and Tom Griffiths had to make a superb diving tackle to deny Guildford a clear goal scoring opportunity.
In the closing stages Buccs were able to clear the ball upfield and two youngsters combined to seal the game for the visitors. Ben Stone did well to chase down a long ball before firing in a reverse stick cross which was well finished by Will Seward.
The win, Buccs’ fifth in a row, keeps them a point clear at the top of the table ahead of Sunday’s trip to Havant. The south-coast side went down to 2-0 to Buccs on the opening day but have since found form to be among the leading pack.