SW Plate Final - Bath 2's v Plymouth City

South West Plate Final

Bath 2 v Plymouth City

Location - Sherborne school for girls, Dorset

Final Score - Bath 4:8 Plymouth

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The Bath seconds

 

Thanks to Sherborne Girls School, the South West Plate Final was able to take place on a neutral ground. Head of Lacrosse, Ryan Garnsworthy and his team at the school did a fantastic job of making one of the girls’ pitches into a men’s playing area.

And as it was a final, SEMLA provided two panel; referees, an unusual experience for both teams, eyes on everything, and some minor bad habits were picked up pretty quickly.

 

Paul Bown hits again

 

Bath on paper looked reasonably strong, a few regulars missing, but booster by both Neil Anthony and Lloyd Butler coming back from injury, a squad of 16 players with plenty of ability.

The first 10 minutes was frantic to say the least, big checks, rushed passes by both sides, the nervous energy apparent, this cause more errors from both sides, one such error by the Plymouth D Pole allowed Bath to steal the lead through Nik Roberts (even though he wasn’t looking at the time), instead of launching the ball up the field it went straight up in the air and landed 6 feet behind Roberts, who luckily reacted to the screams for the Bath squad in time.

 

Akito Jacques goes down with some help

 

This settled Bath down, and the game began to take shape, Both goal keepers had outstanding games and the bath Defence of Paul Bown, Marcus Dunn, Jack Bateson and Joshua Yeoman at LSM played exceptionally well in front of Ben Hopkins. Bath however were losing out in a couple of crucial areas, at face Andrew Hine was struggling, losing out to a good Plymouth face, and at the clear Bath gave away too many balls in transition, allowing Plymouth to pressure the defence more than was comfortable, Plymouth equalised, Bath regained the lead through Lloyd Butler only to be pegged back to 2 all at the quarter.

The second quarter was all even except Bath could not get the ball into the net, wayward shooting from Roberts and some pinball keeping denying Bath. At the other end, Plymouth started to shoot from range, and although Hopkins saved the majority, Plymouth managed to win the quarter 2:0.

 

Jack Bateson dodges

 

Bath came out for the second half chasing the game, but the two sides are evenly matched and the margins of error crucial, Bath seemed to miss the goal or drop the catch at the crucial moments and should have pulled them back into the game, the quarter ended one goal each, leaving Bath with a 2 goal chase.

 Bath’s game in the fourth quarter became more open as the boys in red tried to chase the game, more good saves from Mike Hallet in the Plymouth goal, feet, hands and one off the face mask kept the Bath attack at bay, and despite Bath scoring the first goal of the quarter, Plymouth scored three, all through good outside shots (one hard enough to force its way through Hopkin’s stick).

 

The squads

 

In the end the better team won the game,   Plymouth were, on the day the slightly stronger team and deserved to progress to the Flags final in April. Bath should be proud of their achievements, half the team were brand new to the sport at the beginning of the season, and next season will be a different scenario entirely if the squad holds together.

Highlights of the game:  Paul Bown, flattening someone (yet again), Andrew Hine with a screamer of a shot; top corner for Bath’s third goal. Nik Roberts scoring after going one on one with the defender (involved running) and smacking the Plymouth keeper with a shot right between the eyes. And Marcus Dunn for an outstanding game in defence; some great clearing runs up field.

 

 

 

 

 

Quarter Scores

1st quarter Bath 2:2 Plymouth

2nd quarter Bath 0:2 Plymouth

3rd quarter Bath 1:1 Plymouth

4th quarter Bath 1:3 Plymouth

Final Score Bath 4:8 Plymouth

 

Scorers

Nik Roberts 2

Andrew Hine 1

Lloyd Butler 1

 

Referees

Miles Whittle (Panel)

Mark Buckland (Panel)

CBO

Owen Edwards