Hockey: In-form Buccs hang on for victory over Havant
Team Bath Buccs 1sts continued their good start to the second half of the England Hockey League Conference West season with a 1-0 home win over Havant.
On a miserable day at the Sports Training Village, the hosts were made to work hard for their win by a resolute Havant side battling at the other end of the table.
Buccs went in front in the 14th minute when former Havant man Tim Davenport flicked past keeper Andy Isaacs from a penalty corner.
After the goal neither side was able to get a firm grip on the game, with chances limited at both ends. The visitors probably had the better of the opportunities, with the lively Andy Pett denied on a number of occasions by Buccs keeper Tom Skinner.
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As the second half progressed, Havant began to come into the game more and Buccs found themselves having to defend wave upon wave of attacks from the south coast side. Pett, Satchi Reddy and Maciej Janiszewski all went close for Havant but were foiled by Skinner.
Buccs held on to record a pleasing victory and in doing so they further closed the gap at the top of the table.
Pre-match leaders Cardiff & UWIC only managed to draw at Birmingham University, meaning Guildford replaced them at the top of the division. Buccs remain fourth but are now just two point off the summit.
Sabres B put the previous week’s awful performance behind them with a gutsy 5-3 Davis Wood Championship win over local rivals Robinson’s 2nds.
Nathan Hancock, Rob Atkins and Sam Francis all struck but Buccs were pegged back before Alex Menezes landed the decisive blow with a tap-in on his final Sabres appearance. Hancock added a fifth to cap a fine performance from the Bs.
Admirals C made it seven consecutive wins by beating Mid Somerset 4-2.
Sam Reeves, Steve George and Rich Warwick – the latter from the tightest of angles – established a 3-0 lead for Buccs inside 20 minutes.
Mid Somerset closed the gap to a single goal before Mike Du Boulay slotted home the back post to settle the contest late on.
Buccs Vikings E produced a spirited display to beat West Wilts A 4-1. Fell hit two, while Wilkins and man of the match Browning bagged the others.
Tse was at the double for Ancient Mariners F in their 4-2 victory at Chippenham B in East Central 1. Silcox and Paul Matthews also struck for Buccs, who took the lead three times against their battling opponents.
Blades G held out for a 0-0 draw against a fast and skilful Chippenham D side in East Central 2.