Tim Davenport: Great to renew rivalry
Team Bath Buccs 1st XI player Tim Davenport reflects on his side's derby success...
Sunday's meeting with Firebrands was a date I know many Buccaneers supporters had put in their diary when the West Conference fixtures were announced in the summer.
Having returned to the National League this year it was a chance for the Bristol side to renew their fierce rivalry with Buccs and Sunday provided an opportunity for one of us to hold the bragging rights in the local area.
The Buccs-Brands rivalry is one that has existed for many years. However, it is a rivalry the majority of the current squad know little about.
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With our big student contingent, our squad is one that is assembled of players from all over the country – and even the world – so it was no surprise to me that for a number of players in the squad, Sunday's was just 'another game'.
For many of the Buccs' supporters, however, it was far from that and it was great to have a number of our more senior club members in attendance at the STV.
These are people who would have played for the club at the height of its rivalry with Firebrands and who would have contested many a feisty encounter with our neighbours.
Midway through the first half they probably felt like leaving as we gifted Brands a two-goal lead. We started the game reasonably well but lapses in concentration presented our opponents with two clear openings and they took their opportunities well.
Thankfully for the large home crowd we fought back and then thoroughly controlled the second half, ending up with what was in fact a very comfortable win.
Another three points on the board took us to the top of the division, but Sunday was yet another example of how much our performance can vary in the space of 70 minutes.
This weekend we travel to Exeter University, a place where we cannot afford to produce anything but a top-class performance.
Exeter are a real force and Saturday will be a good test for us to see how far we've come since our opening-day defeat at Cheltenham.