Bath v Plymouth March 19 2016

Strong Bath side controls game

 

Bath v Plymouth City

19 March 2016

West Division 2

Location – Recreation Ground, Bath

Final score: Bath 9:5 Plymouth

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Goal mouth melee

 

 

Last weekend of matches of the season saw Cardiff 2’s cry off against the firsts, highly disappointing given how long it has been since the firsts had a real run out on the field.

Plymouth however are a young and keen club, desperate for good quality games prior to meeting Hillcroft B in the Flags in April; a deal was done.

Bath put out a stronger than normal squad and the points between the two league games would be split, with the Bath home result standing.

 

Ben King under pressure

 

With no students available due to tour in Spain, this was a real opportunity to see what Bath, with aspirations of Premiership lacrosse, has in the locker.

Bath’s usual face off men were missing, so Richard Bowen-Ashwin, backed up with Ross Graham and Jonty Terrington stepped up, there was even a cameo from Nik Roberts.

Although competitive at face, Plymouth gained the lion’s share of the possession and once in attack began to move the ball well. It was Bath though, through Captain and long pole Luke Wilmot that opened the score with a long bouncing shot from up front of the defence, a tactic Bath has used on several occasions in order to pull the opposition defence out from the crease.

 

Butler gets stuck in

Plymouth however do not lie down, and came back with two good goals taking the lead mid-way through the quarter, Bath’s defence of Steve Mooney, Paul Bown and Luke Wilmot began to get to grips with the “style” of play, protecting Mark Lane in goals with some timely knock downs when the Plymouth attack looked as if it was about to break through and develop a big lead. Wilmot, in particular appeared to be everywhere, this despite being at 60% fitness (at one stage coming off for recuperation, leaving 16 year old Ben King to stand in with a long pole).

At midfield Alex George was having an outstanding game, running miles, coming up with umpteen ground balls and driving the attack forward, no surprise that he caused the equaliser for Roberts on the crease and added a goal himself to re-establish the lead for Bath by the end of the quarter.

 

Goal mouth action

 

The visitors tied the game early in the 2nd quarter and began to drive on the short poles in the Bath defence, in the main the Bath defence held up well, Laurence Dawson-Smith, Doug Mackay and Lloyd Butler supporting well. A Fast break developed from the right side by Lloyd breaking free of his defender at the half way line, dumping the ball to Roberts who managed to release the ball to Dale Armstrong for a nice finish. Lloyd then finished the quarter with an excellent finish to win the quarter and establish a two goal cushion for Bath.

 

Lane runs up the field

 

Bath came out in the third quarter with intent, Tom Jacques having a goal disallowed and Armstrong hitting the post after a nice drive and dump from behind by Neil Anthony. Goals from Roberts (low pass on the crease again), Simon Griffiths (a drive that started from behind the goal and was finished from top right), and Luke Wilmot (another long shot from up front after the visiting defence over played the right hand side of the defence allowing Roberts to feed from behind). The quarter was marred for Bath with the departure of Doug Mackay with a badly sprained ankle, which may rule him out of the Premiership promotion playoff game.

 

 

Griffiths shoots

 

Due to a miscount by Referee Mark Buckland (who had an excellent game), both teams thought there was only two goals in the game going into the final quarter, Plymouth redoubled their efforts and Bath started to be cautious, a cocktail for some up and down lacrosse, not really to Bath’s advantage so late in the game. Wilmot, however steadied the ship with a bullet from up front again, this time in a man up play.

Bath finished this game with, on paper a comfortable win, but the game was far closer, due to the work ethic of Plymouth. Add the regular students to the Bath squad and the club looks healthy looking forward.

Ben King breaks out

Bath firsts are West Champions and Bath seconds runners up to Plymouth in West Division 2. Not a bad 2015/16 season.

Special mentions (MVPs) on the day go to Alex George for an excellent piece of midfield work, Luke Wilmot, who seemed to pop up everywhere on the field and Ross Graham, who is learning all the time and faced off pretty well.

 

Rich Bowen-Ashwin defends

 

 

 

Quarter Scores

1st quarter Bath 3:2 Plymouth

2nd quarter Bath 2:1 Plymouth

3rd quarter Bath 3:0 Plymouth

4th quarter Bath 1:2 Plymouth

Final score Bath 9:5 Plymouth

Scorers

Luke Wilmot 3

Nik Robert 2

Alex George 1

Dale Armstrong 1

Lloyd Butler 1

Simon Griffiths 1

Referee(s)

Mark Buckland (Panel)

Dale Armstrong (Bath)

Jonty Terrington (Bath)

Tom Jacques (Bath)

Nik Roberts (Bath)