Date 26 February 2017
Team Men's 1st XI
Fixture Home
Venue Sports Training Village (Sitec)
Start time 13:00
Result W 5 - 2
Time played Normal time
Match Report

Team Bath Buccanears were looking to continue their hot streak of form this side of Christmas with a strong performance against one of the best teams in the league, Birmingham University. Birmingham are renowned for being a tough team to play against with the high intensity at which they play. Both teams struggled to find any rhythm in the early stages of the first half. Man of the match John Jackson was showing the reason why he is one of the most capped Ireland defenders with some impressive tackles and silky skills to get out of some tricky situations. It took 20 minutes for Bath to break the deadlock which came in the form of a powerful Ben Mackey drag flick into the bottom right corner. This surged Bath who stepped up there game and were awarded with a second goal. A penalty corner break down which was put in by a reaching, diving John Jackson. However not for the first time this season Bath conceded a goal just two minutes before the close of the first half. 2-1 at half time with all to play for. After a strong team talk from coach Jody Paul Bath came out of the blocks flying with two goals in the first five minutes of the second half. After some nice interplay between Ben Mackey and Adam Croutier, the former drew a poor tackle from the Birmingham defender in the D reducing them to 10 men. Ben Mackey then converted the resulting penalty corner. Ben Stone added the fouth minutes later with a typical forward goal mouth scramble goal. Bath continued to dominate during the yellow card spell with Seb Golding and Harry Skinner fresh of his England u21 call up pulling the strings in the midfield. However Bath couldn’t find the fifth and what would have been killer goal. However, it was Birmingham that gave them self a ray of light with a strong drag flick into the top right corner. On the 56 minute came the play of the game. Charlie Patterson chucked a delightful areil into the path of a surging Harry Skinner who somehow found Ben Mackey in space in the D with a first time volley pass on the run. Mackey then completed his hatrick with an audacious chip over the keeper from a tight angle. This scoreline finished at 5-2 and Bath will be very pleased with there four from four post Christmas and continue to pile pressure on leaders Cardiff

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