Fixture: Cardiff & Met v Team Bath Buccaneers
Date and time: Sunday 9 February 2014
Venue: Welsh Institute of Sport
Team Bath Buccaneers began the second half of their NowPensions West Conference campaign on Sunday but went down 2-0 at the hands of last year’s champions Cardiff.
Jody Paul’s side went into to the tie as league leaders but the defeat sees them replaced at the top by Indian Gymkhana who won at bottom club ISCA.
Team Bath Buccaneers struggled to get into the game during the first half, defending wave after wave of attacks from the home side. Cardiff won a number of penalty corners in the first half, and whilst they were unable to find a way past Tom Skinner, it would only be a matter of time before they broke the deadlock.
As the half drew to a close, Cardiff struck twice in two minutes to leave Team Bath Buccaneers with a real uphill task on their hands.
Firstly Robin Lovegrove hit a reverse stick shot from a tight angle, before Liam Brignull smashed home from close range.
Team Bath Buccaneers threw caution to the wind in the second half, putting Cardiff under pressure for extended periods but without really creating any clear cut chances.
Tim Davenport went close but saw his close range effort well saved by Cardiff keeper Lee Ible. Shaun Matthews also saw his effort thwarted as he rebounded a penalty corner effort in the closing stages.
The result leaves Team Bath Buccaneers in second place, one point behind Indian Gymkhana and a point ahead of Cardiff.
Next week Team Bath Buccaneers entertain fourth place Exeter University on Sunday as they look to get back to winning ways.