Buccs halted by Welsh woe
BUCCS MEN A disappointing 2-1 defeat at Whitchurch saw Team Bath Buccaneers miss out on the chance to return to the top of the England Hockey League Men's Conference West table.
The loss was only Buccs' second of the campaign and leaves them fourth in the standings, a point behind Guildford, Cardiff and Exeter University.
A full-strengths Buccs side went ahead in the ninth minute when Tim Davenport flicked home from a penalty corner.
Their lead only lasted three minutes, however, as Rhys Welsh finished well from close range after a long corner.
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Welsh then doubled his and Whitchurch's tally five minutes later when another ball into the circle fell to his stick and Buccs keeper Tom Skinner was beaten by a shot that flew in off a post.
The remainder of the first half saw the sides exchanging good scoring opportunities but Skinner and Whitchurch keeper Iwan Williams ensured the score remained 2-1 at the break.
Buccs had the majority of the second-half possession as they looked for an equaliser but while Davenport, Matt Ruxton and Shaun Matthews all went close, they were unable to find a way past Williams.
Buccs will look to bounce back at home to Fareham on Saturday (12.30pm).
The Ancient Mariners F overcame a spirited defensive display by local rivals City of Bath B to win 2-1 and stay sixth in the Davis Wood League East Central 2 table.
Buccs took the lead early on when Willis finished a short corner well but a mistake at the back allowed Andy Higgs to equalise for City.
In the second half Buccs piled on the pressure but failed to convert a number of good chances to score against their disciplined rivals. Inspired by the determined performance of Tony Jiggins, Buccs eventually found a winner midway through the half from another short corner, this time finished by Warren.
Two penalties helped Blades G to a 5-3 friendly win over Robinsons D. Sandey opened the scoring and then made it 2-0. Piesse and Jones both grabbed singles and Curry completed the scoring with the game's second penalty.
Blades looked vulnerable to the counter-attack, though, and Robinsons fought back with three goals on the break.