16 January 2016 - Bath v Bristol Bombers 2

Bath v Bristol Bombers 2

West Division 1

Final score Bath 12:2 Bristol

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Lane keeps watch behind goal

 

Bath’s firsts finished 2015 at the top of West Division 1, and most of the games pre Xmas were on the road, this is due to the Lacrosse club rearranging fixtures that clash with the Rugby on the recreation ground. Having the league unbalanced in such a way is a double edged sword, a lot of miles all at once isn’t good financially, and the home turf will not have the rest periods usually expected over a season but during a traditionally difficult period for student travel Bath will be at home.

 

The opening game against Bristol Bombers 2 looked to be tricky, but Captain Luke Wilmot managed to field a well balanced team, plenty of experience where it matters and a good engine in midfield.

 

Doug Mackay opened the account for Bath with a nice jinking run from the top of the defensive line , Mackay and Murray used all their experience to run the show when Bath were in attack, movement was good, plenty of cuts and shows for the ball. A nice finish by Seb Morgan lifting the ball over the keepers head was followed by another solo effort by Mackay to put the home side in charge, 3:0 at quarter time.

 

Bath maintained a sustained period of pressure during the second quarter, whenever the Bristol defence retrieved the ball, the attack ran their socks off to stop the visitors clearing the ball to their dangerous attack. When the ball did reach the Bath defence, Wilmot, Steve Mooney and Owen Edwards kept the attacks to long shots, easily dealt with by keeper Mark Lane.

 

Bowen-Ashwin moves the ball

 

Goals from  Alex Scott and Simon Griffiths moved the game further out of reach from Bristol, boosted by a long pole goal from captain Wilmot (his first of three); 6 at the half.

 

The second half saw Bristol have patches of good possession, although this had to be worked for as at face off the trio of Ken Murray, Neil Smith and Rich Bowen-Ashwin rotated well to win the majority of the restarts.

 

 Two more goals for Morgan and another for Wilmot kept up the pressure, snuffing out any thoughts of recovery the sole Bristol goal might have given.

 

The 4th quarter opened with Wilmot scoring his third  from the half way line, this was caused by the Bath attack and midfield forcing a turnover off a Bristol clear, leaving the Keeper stranded up the field. Although Bristol managed another goal from a solo effort, Bath’s Ken Murray and Simon Griffiths added one a piece to put the game beyond doubt.

 

Bath’s squad is starting to have a very balanced look about it, the midfield strings beginning to repay the faith shown by Wilmot to promote some players up from the seconds Rich Bowen-Ashwin and Jonty Terrington becoming an integral part of the rotating midfield of Ken Murray, Doug Mackay, Alex Scott and Neil Smith.  This midfield engine has been boosted by new team member James Smith, playing his first game after a two year lay-off after graduating from Nottingham University, Smith, good positioning both in defence and attack impressed.

 

One final note should go to Mr and Mrs Edwards, Owen their son is on placement from Loughborough University, a local West country boy he grew up playing Rugby, only to convert to Lacrosse at University, until this game mum and dad had never seen Owen play Lacrosse, they have now! Mum is suitably worried and dad got roped in to take the photos, welcome to Bath LC

 

Edwards clears

 

 

 

Quarter Scores

1st quarter Bath 3:0 Bristol (Mackay, Morgan, Mackay)

2nd quarter Bath 3:0 Bristol (Scott, Griffiths, Wilmot)

3rd quarter Bath 3:1 Bristol (Morgan, Wilmot, Morgan)

4th quarter Bath 3:1 Bristol (Wilmot, Murray, Griffiths)

Final Score Bath 12:2 Bristol

 

Scorers

Doug Mackay 2

Seb Morgan 3

Alex Scott 1

Simon Griffiths 2

Luke Wilmot 3

Ken Murray 1

Referee(s)

Miles Whittle (Bath/Panel)

Mark Buckland (Panel)