Match Report > Now: Pension West Conference
Fixture > Havant v Team Bath Buccaneers
Date > Sunday 24 November 2013
Score > Havant 2-3 Team Bath Buccs
Venue > Banway Sports Centre
Jack Betenson was Team Bath Buccaneers’ hero on Sunday as he netted twice in a 3-2 win at Havant. The win kept up Buccs’ fantastic run in which they have picked up six wins in a row to maintain top spot in the Now: Pensions West Conference.
Buccs started slowly and the home side were immediately on the front foot. They took the lead through James Speke’s deflected penalty corner effort just nine minutes into the game. The goal seemed to spark some life into Jody Paul’s men and they began to enjoy better spells of possession.
They got back on level terms when they were awarded a penalty stroke in the 21st minute. Shaun Matthews and Ben Mackey combined before the latter was fouled in the circle. Tim Davenport stepped up and dispatched his penalty to make it 1-1 with his 10th of the season.
The goal further boosted the away side’s confidence and it wasn’t long before Buccs took the lead. Midfielders Loic Cerulus and Nik Rieger began to influence the game more, and Rieger’s solo run in the 24th minute set up Betenson who fired home from a narrow angle for his first goal of the season.
The score remained 2-1 until late on in the game when the home side found an equaliser with eight minutes remaining. Another hopeful ball into the circle was deflected in by Havant midfielder Craig Duffy to level the scores.
The goal lifted Havant and they clearly felt they would go on to win the game. Unfortunately for them Buccs had other ideas as they raced up the pitch and grabbed the winner. Cerulus proved a fine decoy for Davenport’s cross, leaving Betenson the simple task of passing the ball into the empty goal, to the delight of the Buccs bench and travelling support.
The win leaves Buccs a point ahead of second placed Cardiff who continue to pick up wins in the division to keep up the pressure. Next week Buccs entertain ISCA in their final game before the Christmas break (Sunday 1pm).