Cardiff A v Bath - West Div 1

Cardiff Harlequins A v Bath

5 December 2015

West Div 1

Final Score Cardiff 4 Bath 11

Cardiff shot on goal

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Bath travelled to Wales with a good sized squad; some second team players were given the chance to play at a higher level in order to develop their playing knowledge, Captain Luke Wilmot viewed the game as one that would be a comfortable win and at the right level. Cardiff A hadn’t read the script and nearly became a banana skin for the Division leaders.

 

Murray drives

 

 

Cardiff A had a small squad, boosted by the return of a couple of experienced players that normally would play at a higher level,  family commitments prevent travel on a regular basis.

As usual the travel “factor” played its part, not helped by an accident on the M4, Bath got out of the blocks slowly, and Cardiff duly took a 2 goal lead in the first quarter, the home side moved the ball well and caused all sorts of problems for the Bath long poles. It took till mid-way through the second quarter for Bath to get up to speed, by then Cardiff had added another goal, Ken Murray with a shot up front opened the score for Bath, this was followed by a trade mark behind goal drive from Griffiths to move within touching distance, Cardiff however replied quickly to try and put daylight between the clubs, Mark Lane in the Bath goal was given a lot to do, but Cardiff were working very hard and as the run up to the half came up, Bath’s superior numbers began to tell, fresh legs at regular intervals.; a goal apiece for father son duo Tom and Akito Jacques assured that, despite looking the poorer of the two teams, Bath went into the half all even at 4 all.

 

Griffiths dodges

At the half time interval, Wilmot asked for two basic changes to Bath’s game, “substitute more often and run them off the park” and “more movement from behind the goal in attack”, common sense, simple changes.

The third quarter became a war of attrition, Bath ran a lot, but didn’t create a lot in front of goal, Cardiff were running out of steam, and their now slower pace allowed the Bath defence to flex their muscles, only one goal from Lloyd Butler in the period, but it was enough to give the visiting side the edge, a tired Cardiff would now have to chase the game.

The 4th quarter was a formality, plenty of Bath possession, and the goals came at regular intervals, Bath racked up 6 unanswered goals, fittingly the last from Murray after a great game at face-off and controlling the Bath midfield.

The score flatters Bath a little, although, to be fair this was an away game, home is always a different story, banana skin avoided, Christmas break and top of the division, good finish to 2015. 

 

Murray wins the face

 

 

Quarter Scores

1st quarter  Cardiff 2:0 Bath

2nd quarter Cardiff 2:4 Bath

3rd quarter Cardiff 0:1 Bath

4th quarter Cardiff 0:6 Bath

Final Score Cardiff 4:11 Bath

 

Scorers

Ken Murray 2

Simon Griffiths 2

Tom Jacques 2

Akito Jacques 2

Lloyd Butler 2

Mike Carey 1