Bristol Bombers 2 v Bath 1sts - 18 March 2017 - WD1

West Division 1

Bristol Bombers 2 v Bath

Final Score Bristol 2:10 Bath

Bath cement top spot in West D1

 

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James Smith drives past the defender

Bristol in theory are were rivals for the W1 title, but on this occasion Bath proved too strong for the Clifton based outfit.

 

Contested ground ball

It wasn’t all plain sailing for Bath, Bristol faced well and took a lot of possession, Bath even tried a long pole at face to mix things up a bit

Despite probably having the lion’s share of possession Bristol didn’t create much in front of goal, and most of the attacks came from a drive from behind the pipes. On the other hand, Bath when with the ball played at a higher tempo and took more chances, although some of the play was a bit rushed and attack man Lloyd Butler was having one of those days where everything he tried seemed to come to nothing.

Lloyd Butler crease dive

 

The game was 10 minutes old before Sam King, with his trademark long drive across the front of the zone fired in a bullet to open the scoring, and not long after that Jason He finished a good fast break after a long spell of defending for Bath.

This was to be the format of the game, long periods of defending, and a fast break by Bath, James Smith from an isolation up front in the second quarter followed by a sweet outside shot from Jason He.

James Smith blasts upfield

In the third quarter Bath gained some better possession, and that coupled with Bristol needing to chase the game opened up space in the Bristol defence for the visitors, two quick crease goals from Roberts and another isolation goal, this time by Rory Crouch looked to have put the game out of reach. The only fly in the ointment for Bath was the loss of Paul Bown to an ankle injury mid-way through the quarter, Bath adjusted well, but lost a little of stability in the back with a new formation.Josh Yeoman comes up with the ground ball

 

Paul Bown clears the ball

Bristol took the game to Bath in the last quarter, although the Bath outfit could be guilty of complacency, allowing two unanswered goals from the home side. But a swift talking to by captain Luke Wilmot brought the team back into focus, and the midfield trio of Sam King, Ken Murray and James Smith weighed in with good one-on-one goals to seal the victory.

Round the back pass from Luke Wilmot

It was also good to see ex Bath Captain Tim Temple on the side line, always a pleasure.

Ex Bath Captain Tim Temple looks on

A solid performance, although a bit pedestrian from Bath, and this all but seals the league title, and conversely puts Bath 2’s in the driving seat for runner up spot.

 

Lloyd Butler Shoots

 

Quarter Scores

1st quarter Bristol 0:2 Bath

S King,J He

2nd quarter Bristol 0:2 Bath

J Smith, J He

3rd quarter Bristol 0:3 Bath

N Roberts 2, R Crouch

4th quarter Bristol 2:3 Bath

S King, K Murray, J Smith

Final Score Bristol 2:10 Bath

Ken Murray rolls back

Scorers

Sam King 2

Jason He 2

James Smith 2

Nik Roberts 2

Rory Crouch 1

Ken Murray 1

 

Referee(s)

G Oldring (Bristol)

Player (Bristol)