|Date||19 February 2017|
|Opposition||CITY OF BATH U16 GIRLS (EH CHAMPIONSHIP)|
|Result||D 2 - 2|
|Time played||Normal time|
|Scorers||Ailish Macdonald, Ava Graham|
Buccs came into this local derby match with a large number unavailable due to illness, various school commitments and the fact that it was half term. At push back time, Buccs only had 9 players to start with, however they didn't let this affect their performance as they took the game straight to City of Bath, with good interchange setting up a couple of short corner opportunities. However, due to the shortage of players, the game became stretched and the defenders were left outnumbered on a number of occasions. After winning a couple of short corners of their own, City of Bath were clinical with 2 well worked routines putting them 2-0 ahead.
Just after the second goal, the Buccs team were finally up to full strength, and started to play with more confidence and using the 11 players to their advantage. Their perserverance paid off and two well worked moves resulted in calm finishes at the back post from Ava and Ailish to bring it back to all square by half-time. In the second half, Buccs began to assert their authority and spent a large percentage of the second half camped in the City of Bath half, looking for the third goal. A number of chances came and went, with Buccs unable to beat the City of Bath goalie who made numerous saves and was dominant in her D. As the half went on, City of Bath almost took the game through some breakaways, but resolute defending from Jess, Izzy, Rafi and Lili meant that Sadie barely had any work to do in goal. Buccs continued to push for the winner but couldn't quite break down a resolute City of Bath defence, resulting in a final score of 2-2, with Ava being nominated player of the match by her opponents.
|Rafi Borries Gruber||Defender|