|Date||4 February 2017|
|Venue||WELLS BLUE SCH|
|Result||W 2 - 0|
|Time played||Normal time|
Bath Buccs Cs get back to winning ways v Mid Somerset 1st XI
After two disappointing defeats in a disjointed start to the second half of the season, TBBHC C team were back to winning ways with a gutsy and ultimately impressive win away against 4th placed Mid Somerset 1st XI. The opposition started better and pressed and harassed Buccaneers which made it difficult for the back line to create good ball, preventing the Cs from creating any sustained momentum. Some good saves and clearances from Ciaran Newman in goal kept the opposition out at an important time and as half time approached Buccaneers started to claw back the momentum.
With the score 0-0 at half time, the Cs were the happier of the two teams and felt that their superior match fitness would start to tell as the game wore on. Man of the match Jack Bunn, playing some superb hockey, and Tomas Reeman, both returning to the team, were instrumental as Buccs started to dominate possession with the new look back four of Rowe, Henly, McCafferty and Poole by now fully in control and able to kick start the Buccaneers attacking play on a regular basis. At times, the hockey had a dreamy quality, not least the opening goal which saw the ball worked down the left to Josh Southern on the counter attack, transferred to the top of the D and then played in by Jack Bunn for the deftest of finishing touches from the king of poachers Josh Southern who had continued his run from the left (I know this now because Ive watched Justin's videos). Buccs were now largely camped in the Mid Somerset half and more chances followed, one of them a penalty flick after Reuben Poole was taken out by the goalkeeper to put Buccs clear at 2-0. Plenty of possession and cool heads saw the win out comfortably. A special mention goes to Pablo Taborga stepping up from the D team and doing great work tiring out the opposition defence on the right wing.
A gutsy first half performance followed by an exceptional second half by the entire team puts the Cs back into second place with a big double header weekend next time out.
Drivers: Ackland, Henly, Grounds, Reeman