Team Bath Buccs men out of title race after defeat at Birmingham University
Team Bath Buccaneers 1sts’ promotion hopes are effectively over after they suffered a 3-1 defeat at Birmingham University on Sunday.
A fourth loss of the campaign leaves Buccs requiring an unlikely set of results if they are to force their way back into the England Hockey League Men’s Conference West title race.
The visitors dominated the first half but struggled to create clear-cut chancees until Tim Atkins and Tim Davenport combined in the circle for the latter to open the scoring.
Birmingham hit back midway through the second half when Harry Loxton sent keeper Tom Skinner the wrong way with a penalty stroke.
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Will Byas’ clever finish gave them the lead and Will Selfe netted after a solo run to put the outcome beyond doubt four minutes from time.
Buccs A proved too strong for the Davis Wood Premiership’s bottom side, Whitchurch A, as they recorded a 5-1 away win on Saturday.
Sabres B – hampered by a six-point deduction for fielding an ineligible player last month – remain in the Championship’s bottom two despite an excellent 2-1 victory over third-placed Gloucester City.
Alex Tapping’s cross forced an own goal and he claimed the winner with a mis-hit strike in the second period.
A depleted Admirals C side were beaten 4-1 at Shepton Mallet, while Pirates D shared eight goals in a draw with ECV Hornets B.
Fell netted twice and Pirie once for Vikings E as their game with fellow Central 2 high-fliers Devizes ended 3-3.
Ancient Mariners F hit top gear in their 7-1 home victory over Marlborough B. Silcox grabbed a hat-trick but was edged out by Marcus Bowman for man-of-the-match honours.
Mariners were unable to follow up their success at North Wilts A on Sunday, however, as they went down 2-1. Star man Matt Warren struck from a short corner.
Adam Sandey’s one-man show helped Blades G defeat Chippenham C in East Central 2.
The skipper netted four times before the interval and Simon Malthouse confirmed the win in the second half.