Team Bath Buccs' Tim Davenport: We're still in touch
Team Bath Buccs 1st XI player Tim Davenport reflects on a rare setback...
After a week off, we resumed our West Conference campaign on Sunday when we travelled across the Severn Bridge to take on Whitchurch.
Our hosts had not had the best start to their season but their performance on Sunday wasn't that of side currently languishing one place off the bottom of the table.
Whitchurch were an organised, disciplined unit and while we were able to limit them to half chances in the second period, we found them extremely tough to break down as we went forward.
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At the full-time whistle, the atmosphere among the squad was understandably one of disappointment. The defeat ends an unbeaten run of six games for us since our opening-day loss at Cheltenham but the experienced Matt Ruxton was able to help us put the defeat into some sort of perspective with something he said after the match.
I said after our defeat at Cheltenham that I thought it would take us time to gel as a squad given the high turnover of players we've had since last season. After the Whitchurch game, Matt suggested that things have almost gone better than we would have expected since Cheltenham and so, in many ways, we were due a bad day at the office.
We'll be delighted if we are still within touching distance of the likes of Cardiff, Guildford and Exeter at the top when we break up for Christmas in two weeks' time.