|Date||16 October 2016|
|Opposition||Wotton-Under-Edge U18 Boys(EH Cup Rnd 1)|
|Venue||Sports Training Village (Sitec)|
|Result||W 4 - 0|
|Time played||Normal time|
|Scorers||Kynon Nathaniel Griffith-McCann, Gabriel Toomey, Jack Bunn, Dan Smith|
TBB U18 vs Wotton-Under-Edge National Cup Round 1 (knock-out)
A huge thank you to Justin Henly for keeping such a comprehensive match record.
First Half: On a sunny afternoon at Bath University TBB U18 hosted Wotton-Under-Edge in round one of the National Cup. Buccs started brightly with some slick interplay between Reuben Poole (CB & Capt) and Daniel Henly (LMF) which set up a shooting chance for Alfie Brooks (LF), forcing a fine save from the Wotton keeper in the opening minutes.
TBB’s Max Jenkins (CMF) was impressive as a defensive midfield player and developed the play well. After some tidy work in defence he released Matt Naylor (RF) allowing Alfie Brooks (LF) to force another fine save from the Wotton keeper.
Following a sustained attacking spell, Buccs opened their account when a goal bound shot from William Strutt (LMF) allowed Kynon Griffith-McCann (CF) to touch the ball over the line.
Minutes later Matt Naylor (RF) found a foot on the right side of the circle and the resulting free hit culminated in a bobbly ball to Jack Bunn (LF) just in front of the penalty spot. With his back to goal and a spin to his reverse side, Jack rattled the ball home making for a champagne moment in the match.
TBB now enjoyed a strong period of play and the Wotton keeper was having a blinder. Notably pulling off a fine save from a short corner drag flick from Dan Smith (CH).
Buccs weren’t having it all their own way though. Goal keeper Seth Thomas was called into action, forcing a lone Wotton striker to shoot wide. Buccs ended the first half strongly; some excellent one touch interplay between Dan Smith (CH) and James Taylor (RMF) allowed Jack Bunn (LF) to force a short corner. A crisp injection from Daniel Henly (LMF) set up a Dan Smith (CH) shot, hard and low to the corner, only for the Wotton keeper to pull off another excellent save!
Second Half: It was Wotton who started the second half more convincingly and should have scored twice in the opening minutes when strong passing shots did not find a Wotton stick to glance the ball home; a let off for Buccs.
The game settled down with an even amount of possession for both sides. Buccs gained another short corner after a Wotton defender chopped down on Alfie Brook’s (LF). Another crisp injection from Daniel Henly (LMF) and slick stop from Gabriel Toomey (LF) allowed Dan Smith (CH) to rattle the back board with a hard drag to the corner.
Wotton grafted out a short corner themselves but keeper Seth Thomas was able to smother the shot allowing Reuben Poole (CB & Capt) to calmly clear the danger. Max Jenkins (CMF) picked up the ball on the right and found Dan Smith (CH) open in the centre. Dan set Matt Naylor (RF) off down the right wing who in turn found Ollie Morgan (CF) on the P-spot inside the circle. Quick stick work delivered the ball to Gabriel Toomey (LF) on the far post and once he had the ball under control he drilled it home; 4 – 0 to Buccs.
Within the final 5mins, Wotton were denied a shot at goal by Gabriel Toomey (LF), from their injected short corner, who ran down the striker before he had time to play the ball. Following a lapse in mid-field defensive concentration, Wotton had another chance at goal, only to be thwarted by Seth Tomas (GK) who pulled off a magic save to ensure a clean sheet for Buccs; With two Wotton attackers breaking into the circle unopposed, Seth threw himself at the ball carrier smothering the resulting shot with his body allowing the retreating defence time to clear the ball away.
A fine win that progresses the U18’s to Round 2 where they meet City of Bath on 06 Nov 16; fixture will be played at Bath STV SITEC Pitch, push-back at 1445hrs.
|Kynon Nathaniel Griffith-McCann||199||Forward||1|