Bournemouth put up a fight

Bath v Bournemouth

15 November 2014

Plate first round

Final Score Bath 15:1 Bournemouth

Bath made to work for the victory

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Bath might have been forgiven for thinking that Bournemouth would be a pushover, given the resounding victory on the South coast, but that was without Bath old boy Pete Short playing, his organisation and drive make a huge difference to a young side, full of energy and improving all the time.

This was an early start, brought on to avoid a clash with the Rugby; it seems that students can get out of bed when they need to.

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Bournemouth started well, playing a tight defence, Bath struggled to make the final “killer” pass and the visitors looked dangerous on the break, it took  most of the first quarter to break through with a nice cut and feed between Tin Lyne and Adam Wilkinson; this was the pattern all game, more movement than usual from the Bath front line, Simon Griffiths patrolling the back of the cage, Tim Lyne from the front, Andy White a threat from the left  and Adam Wilkinson ghosting in from all angles. Bournemouth replied with a low shot through the defence from short, and the game remained tied right up to the end of the quarter when Wilkinson popped up again to score.

From then on Bath slowly and methodically took a grip on the game, putting a pole on Short (even when in a zone) and snuffing out the Bournemouth offence.

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Up front the midfield began to drive at the centre of the Bournemouth defence, if it hadn’t been for some outstanding goalkeeping (and a lot of metalwork) the score could have been higher.

The third quarter showed Bath in the best of light, three excellent fast breaks brought on by outstanding defence, all through the left hand route through Andy White sidestepping and dumping the ball on past the onrushing slide.

The fourth quarter highlight was certainly a long stick break out of defence, a  give and go with a “quick stick” on the crease from Luke Wilmot.

This Bath team is looking better and better, a little more movement around goal, some earlier passes to isolate the defenders and a Plate and League double could be a possibility, Cardiff and Southampton might disagree though, and as for the Flags, East 1 is looking pretty strong. Bournemouth will be there or there abouts if they keep improving, top three would be a good achievement for this young team.

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Quarter Scores

1st quarter Bath 2:1 Bournemouth

2nd quarter Bath 4:0 Bournemouth

3rd quarter Bath 4:0 Bournemouth

4th quarter Bath 5:0 Bournemouth

Final Score Bath 15:1 Bournemouth

Scorers

Tim Lyne 5

Adam Wilkinson  3

Ben Oswin 1

Andy White 4

Simon Griffiths 1

Ken Murray 1

Luke Wilmot 1

Harry Taylor 1

 

Referee

Miles Whittle (Panel)

Nik Roberts (Bath)

CBO

Fenella Pinney (Bath)