TIM DAVENPORT: Super Skinner saved us against Havant
Team Bath Buccs first-teamer Tim Davenport looks back on a close contest with Havant...
It’s safe to say that Buccs players, coaches and supporters alike were all a little relieved when the umpire blew for full-time on Sunday.
A less-than-convincing display left us hanging on against a tough Havant side who battled hard all game.
I’d imagine our visitors would have felt hard done by not to return to the south coast with at least a point and but for a man-of-the-match display from our keeper Tom Skinner they might just have done that.
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Tom was fantastic for us between the posts and he made a number of outstanding saves to help us remain in front. I’ve been fortunate enough to play with Skins for a large part of my hockey career, having both started out in the juniors at Havant.
I’ve seen him put in some performances over the years but from what I see at training and his recent heroics is our games, I think he could be in the form of his life.
Though none of us wanted the nervy ending to the match, it felt good to be able to come through a real onslaught from our opponents. Havant threw everything at us in the second half but our defence stood firm and will take pride in keeping a clean sheet.
The win saw us close the gap on the league leaders to just two points. Havant might have slipped into the relegation play-off position on the back of Sunday’s defeat but their performance was certainly not that of a team in the bottom two. I’m sure they have enough quality to haul themselves up the table.
We travel to local rivals Firebrands this weekend for what will surely be another tough one before entertaining University of Exeter the following week.
We’ll need to replicate our defensive display from Sunday in both of these clashes if we want to maintain our pressure on the leading sides.