Mixed results for Bath on the opening weekend

Opening weekend sees mixed results for the Bath sides

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Bath v Bristol Bombers 2

 

11 October 2014

Final Score Bath 12:5 Bristol

Firsts start new campaign with a win

Bath came out for this opening fixture with a point to prove, after narrowly missing out on the league title last season.

The home side started strong, spinning the ball nicely around Bristol's cage, and got a quick couple of goals in the first quarter. Bristol settled though and held Bath's shots to a minimum, whilst at the other end they slung shot after shot at Mark Lane between the pipes, who dealt well with any on target.

In the second quarter Bath kicked up a gear and scored some lovely team goals before Bristol sneaked in a late one just before half time. The opportunity for a shut out gone, Bath's focus seemed to dip and Bristol exploited this in the third quarter, the score line of 3:2 Bath really doesn't do Bristol justice as the visitors had the lion’s share of the game with relatively little to show for it.

Bath's defence went quiet and the attack found themselves under huge pressure from the Bombers' defence, Bristol were unlucky not to pull back another few goals in the lull.

In the final quarter, Bath held the ball well at times to run down the clock in possession, but Bristol weren't finished and picked off a final goal at a near impossible angle with 5 minutes to go, before time ticked away to the final whistle.

The match showed great promise for Bath this season, having lost their two highest scoring attack men from last season, (Pete Short transferring to Bournemouth and Lloyd Butler to hand surgery, ruling him out all year).

All is not gloom and doom, The University have several strong players returning from placement plus new signings like Canadian Andy White (out for the time being with a sprained ankle) to come into the Bath squad which should move from strength to strength as the season progresses. With stiffer competition on the horizon this season the team will need all the player to turn up ad perform.

 

Quarter-time scores:

 

1st quarter Bath 3:0 Bristol

2nd quarter Bath 4:1 Bristol

3rd quarter Bath 3:2 Bristol

4th quarter Bath 2:2 Bristol

Final score Bath 12:5 Bristol

 

Officials

 

Miles Whittle (Panel)

Andy White (CBO)

 

 

Cardiff Harlequins v Bath 2

 

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Photographs on facebook

Final Score Cardiff 23:0 Bath

Seconds take a pounding despite working well.

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This was a real David and Goliath situation, Bath’s seconds are the usual mix of Old, New, Borrowed and Blue, whereas Cardiff are one step off premiership standard, having won the league last year, but refused promotion due to predicted loss of players; well it seems the losses in South Wales weren’t as severe as thought.

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Bath opened the game by winning their only face of the game (technical infringement) and moved the ball into attack, the team concentrated on the basics and looked reasonably settled around the goal moving the ball well and producing a decent shot, however Cardiff got hold of the ball and three or four slick passes later were one up; and so the story of the game panned out; everything went to stick for Cardiff, whilst the visitors grafted but made some basic errors, not unexpected given the team is pretty green.

 

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There is plenty of promise in this Bath seconds, and there will be, no doubt more players to come as the Fresher intake at the University was very large this year, the team is competitive, just lacks match savvy.

 

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Highlight of the game was Alex Sherwood’s goalkeeping, only three weeks between the sticks and he looks the part; things could have been far worse.

 

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Official

Ray Nash (Panel)