|Date||12 February 2017|
|Opposition||BRISTOL UNIVERSITY B|
|Venue||Sports Training Village (Sitec)|
|Result||W 2 - 1|
|Time played||Normal time|
|Scorers||William Prentice, Lewis Harvey|
TBBHC Cs beat rivals Bristol University
This re-arranged fixture was always going to be a close game. Bristol Uni Bs, who had won the previous fixture 4-2, went into the match just 2 points behind 2nd placed Buccaneers with both teams vying for promotion. On a cold day at the Sitec Arena, the Cs started well enough but as the half wore on, it was the Bristol side who gained the upper hand with their organised game and strong midfield; Buccaneers struggled to get any sustained possession and the opposition prevented them from making real inroads into their D. Bristol also had few chances and it took a series of missed tackles to allow one of their midfielders to advance into the D and score a well taken goal.
At half time, Buccaneers resolved to take the game to Bristol through the middle and break open their midfield and the Cs were much more in the game with Reuben Poole and James Lewis starting to get hold of the game and Sam Bunday at centre half again impressing. But it was a superb piece of skill and direct attacking from England U18 Will Prentice which brought Buccaneers storming back into contention as he advanced through midfield and collected the ball to rifle it into the bottom corner. A few minutes later and good approach play from Sam Bunday, unlucky to feature as everyone's runner up man of the match, found Lewis Fraser in space in the goalmouth who deflected the ball into the net. 2-1 Buccaneers. This seemed to sting Bristol into action and the remaining period of the match was as grim as Josh Southern's hangover but the team battled it out, showing once again that they always believe theyre going to fight through for the win, in the case a very important one.
Star Man: Will Prentice for his superb goal and match turning second half performance.
Next weekend, its a match under floodlights at Taunton Vale as Buccaneers look to consolidate their strong position in the League.