Five-star Team Bath Buccs avenge Whitchurch defeat
Team Bath Buccs men's 1sts produced a five-star performance to defeat Welsh side Whitchurch 5-0 at Millfield School on Saturday.
Whitchurch have been a bogey side for Jody Paul’s men in recent season and the result avenged the 2-1 defeat Buccs suffered in Cardiff back in November.
Buccs took the lead in the 17th minute when a flowing move on the right involving Shaun Matthews and Ben Mackey resulted in Tim Davenport finishing from close range.
Matthews doubled Buccs’ lead two minutes later, reacting first to smash home a rebounded Matt Ruxton shot.
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Buccs went into half-time 3-0 up after Davenport exchanged passes with Tom Irons before chipping the ball over the advancing Whitchurch keeper.
Matt Ruxton then fired home from a penalty corner, before Ben Mackey finished on the turn to complete the scoring midway through the second half.
Buccs’ final game of England Hockey League Men’s Conference West season sees them travel to Fareham on Sunday.
The A team finished sixth in the Davis Wood Premiership after suffering a-2 last-day defeat at Cardiff University.
Sabres B – hit by a six-point deduction for fielding an ineligible player last month – were unable to climb out of the Championship’s bottom two after going down 5-2 at home to West Wilts.
Admirals C were handed the points by ECV Hornets B, who were unable to raise a side, while Pirates D ran out 6-4 home winners over University of Exeter E.
Vikings E were handed a disappointing 3-2 defeat at lowly Old Bristolians A, despite two goals from the dependable James Fell.