Fixture: Team Bath Buccaneers Under 18’s Boys v Fareham Under 18’s Boys
Date and time: Sunday 2 March 2014
Venue: Henry Court School Fareham
Team Bath Buccaneers Under 18 Boys travelled to the South coast on Sunday in an attempt to go a step further than the previous three years when they have been knocked out at this quarter final stage. An away draw in this year’s National England Hockey cup against Fareham was their challenge.
The game started at a rapid pace with both teams keen to impress the large crowd, but it took 15 minutes before Ed Horler took a reverse shot to beat the Fareham keeper.
Fareham responded well and after some pressure from the Fareham forward line and some good saves by Reynolds-Cotterill, they were awarded a short corner that was well taken with a switch movement to put the scores level.
Further shots from the Team Bath Buccaneers forward line were well saved and so deadlock at the break.
Paul Matthews the coach rallied the boys at the half time team talk and with more pressure created by the half back line of Salmon Gregory and Newlove, a goal was surely going to come.
The umpires penalised both teams for separate aggressive play with a yellow card apiece. However, the arrival of the Men’s first team to support before their league match v Fareham men further inspired the lads, and on the hour mark Horler squeezed a goal out with a slinky move after great work down the right flank from Williamson, Gregory and Seward.
Two one up and 10 minutes to go, thoughts of last year’s heartache in the quarter finals when losing on penalties v Cannock came back to the coaching team but a solid back four of Pescod, Jones, Stride and Williamson gave nothing away to keep the score to 2-1.
The final whistle was blown and a place in the National Finals day on Saturday 28th March at Old Loughtonians Hockey Club at Ilford for the triumphant Boys side!
The other three successful sides at the finals are Belper, Peterborough and Ben Rhydding.