|Date||18 February 2017|
|Opposition||TAUNTON VALE B|
|Venue||TAUNTON VALE SPORTS CLUB|
|Result||W 5 - 0|
|Time played||Normal time|
|Scorers||Alex Grounds, Joshua Southern, Joshua Southern, Jack Bunn|
TBBHC Cs put 5 past Taunton Vale Bs
Team Bath Buccaneers made the trip down to the excellent facilities at Taunton Vale Hockey Club for another important game in their Central Division 1 campaign. On a sunny afternoon, the Buccaneers played some decent hockey in the first half, with a number of good chances being missed, one disallowed goal and finally a well taken reflex finish by Alex Grounds after a good build up. But the team was disappointed with just the one goal lead at half time, as this left the home side still very much in the match.
Coach Heber Ackland asked for more ruthlessness in the second half and got just that as well as a bundle of attacking intent. While the back 4 were largely untested, they provided the platform for Sam Bunday who was ever influential in the midfield, James Lawton Smith, a whirl of drag and goes, causing all manner of problems down the right (for the opposition) and 16 year old man of the match Jack Bunn controlling the left side. Up front, Lewis Fraser's alter ego Lewis Harvey was always on show for the ball, Alex Grounds was making occasional devastating 5 yard breaks and team super star, Josh Southern, despite having a light cold, confounded everyone by scoring twice: the first a 3D lift in the D and finish at the far post, the second a sublime chip on the advancing keeper after good approach play by Dan Henly. At 3-0 the game was up for Taunton. Two more good finishes from Lawton Smith, after a great rob and run from Bunday, and from Jack Bunn, after a rare Ackland cross that many thought was extinct, sealed a very good second half performance.
Watch the match highlights here to check if Im making it up or not: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chAZYVE5K84&spfreload=10
The result leaves Buccaneers in second place in the Division, 3 points behind Marlborough 1st XI who have a game in hand.
A special mention goes to 14 year old Tom Henly for his C team debut, stepping up several leagues impressively from the G team. Of note, also the tallest member of the squad (ok other than Ciaran but then he's a junior too).
Drivers: Heber Ackland, Justin Henly, Alex Grounds.