13 February 2016 - Bath v Southampton - West Div 1

 

Bath v Southampton

West Div 1

Final Score Bath 5:4 Southampton

 

Griffiths shot

 

Captains highlights:

·         Simon Griffiths played great scoring 3 Getting the ball behind goal running round the keepers back right and rolling in to get the shot. The first one he put top right, second he inside rolled and dived to score into the bottom corner. The third was similar to the first.

·         Southampton won the majority of the face offs and were quite organised in attack . Isolating up top and clearing out the left channel to dodge and shoot.

·         The Bath defence worked well, communicating and sliding well. One’s and two’s shouts were very important on the day.

·         Asher Brindley’s first game back for Bath since breaking his finger. He moved the ball well and got a well-deserved goal. After some good cutting and moving Asher found himself unmarked with space in front of goal and finished well.

·         A big thank you to, Owen Edwards, Neil Anthony, Jonty Terrington and Laurence Dawson-Smith for taking turns at refereeing on the day under the supervision of Panel referee Mark Buckley

 ·         Alex Scott played very well. A rapid change of speed and at one point seemed to take on the whole Southampton defence only to be trail checked just before the shot. His distribution, cutting and defensive work was all brilliant, just missing a goal to round off a top performance. 

·         The experience of Simon Griffiths, Ken Murray and Doug Mackay helped lead the Bath attack however it did sometimes look like they were left to do it all as Bath seemed static at points of the game.

 

Sam White clearsMurray dodges

 

Bath dominated the first quarter but could only score 2 with Southampton’s goalkeeper making good saves. Simon Griffiths opened the goal scoring and Asher Brindley added the second. Southampton’s goal came from an outside shot that dug into the mud and under Mark Lanes stick to beat the Bath keeper. The Bath pitch had taken a beating from the Weather and made ground balls (and standing) difficult. 

The second quarter was the Simon Griffiths show in attack scoring two more goals to complete his hat trick. Baths transition from defence to attack was very good with Mark Lane working well with Ken Murray and the long poles to move the ball into Bath’s attack. Southampton’s keeper made good saves, Bath didn’t put away the chances created and that could have cost them dearly later in the game.  

Southampton travelled to Bath with a game plan and moved the ball well and were quite organised in their attacks. Baths defence of Sam White, Edd Perry and Luke Wilmot had a tough day but organised very well with well-timed slides keeping the shots on goalkeeper Mark Lane to a minimum. When the Bath keeper was called into action he made great saves and distributed his clears to great effect. Southampton were able to take advantage of Baths missed opportunities and won the third quarter 1-0.  

 

Wilmot shoots

In the fourth quarter Southampton came out strong and moved more experienced players into their attack which worked better for them, scoring twice to tie the game; however they had a man sent off and Bath took advantage of the man up play. The ball was moved round to Griffiths behind goal who committed the defender with a drive onto the crease, a quick dump pass to Doug Mackay who finished into the bottom corner for what turned out to be the winning goal. Bath got possession and moved the ball into the attack half of the field denying Southampton the opportunity to hit the home side on the break; good ball movement and not risking silly shots.

 

 Bath held out in a very close game. The final score doesn’t do justice to the amount of chances Bath created, this allowed the visitors to put genuine pressure on the league leaders, captain Luke Wilmot knows his team need to capitalise on the good work by the defence and transition from the midfield if they are to guarantee progression into the premiership.

Doug MAckay

Quarter time scores

1st quarter Bath 2:1 Southampton

2nd quarter Bath 2:0 Southampton

3rd quarter Bath 0:1 Southampton

4th quarter Bath 1:2 Southampton

Final Score Bath 5:4 Southampton

 

Goal scorers

Simon Griffiths 3

Asher Brindley 1

Doug Mackay 1

 

Referees(s)

Mark Buckland  (Panel)


Owen Edwards (Bath)

Neil Anthony (Bath)

Jonty Terrington (Bath)

Laurence Dawson-Smith (Bath)