Revenge is sweet as returning Team Bath Buccs keep the pressure on
Team Bath Buccs kept the pressure on the three sides above them in the England Hockey League Men's Conference West table with a 3-1 victory over Cheltenham.
Playing their first match of the calendar year, Buccs took the lead midway through the first half when Matt Ruxton followed up Ben Carless’s penalty corner attempt to flick home past Giles Rooke.
Another penalty corner brought about the second goal on the stroke of half-time when captain George Farrant fired home a deflected effort to put daylight between Buccs and their visitors.
Will Pearce flicked home for Cheltenham with ten minutes remaining but any hopes of a Cheltenham fight back were quashed in the 64th minute when Tim Davenport scored Buccs’ third on his reverse.
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Buccs remain in fourth place, four points off the top after leaders Cardiff won at Firebrands. They host entertain Havant at the Sports Training Village on Sunday (1pm).
The A team were held to a 1-1 draw at Swindon in the Davis Wood Premiership, while the Sabres B’s Championship clash at home to fellow strugglers Bristol University A ended in a 2-0 defeat.
Admirals C scored back-to-back away victories in Central 1 and have now won six on the trot.
Rich Warwick’s double and a Chris Bannister effort earned a 3-2 success for a depleted C side at Bristol University B on Saturday.
They then beat second-placed Firebrands 4-2 after Steve George struck twice and Mike Du Boulay and Warwick – with a stunning solo effort – added the others.
Vikings E also played twice, losing 4-1 to Somerset Gryphons and drawing 2-2 with Frys.
Pete Borton scored Buccs’ consolation against Gryphons, while the James Fell netted twice to earn a share of the spoils against Frys.
Ancient Mariners F produced their best performance of the season to beat Yate A 2-0, avenging a 5-0 loss in the reverse fixture in the process.
Matty Warren and Ernie Tse were on target for Mariners.
Warren set up two goals for Rob Prentice in a man-of-the-match display as the Mariners went down 4-2 at home to Swindon B on Sunday.