East West Playoff 2017 - Bath v Welwyn

East West Playoff 

8th April 2017

Bath outclassed despite improving throughout the game

Location: Reading LC

Final Score Bath 3 Welwyn 19

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Squad on the day

Old Farts

 

After the heavy defeat in the Flags, Bath returned to Reading to try and gain promotion to the Premiership, in Bath’s way lay Welwyn LC, runners up in East 1

Alex George on the run

 

Although no excuse, Bath’s students were all unavailable for this game, and several second team players had to step up, including 15 yr old Will Tilson in goals, Will has had an outstanding first season in between the pipes, stepping up a couple of times when the first team keeper was unavailable, however this was a brave move, and certainly the biggest game of all.

Ken Murray dodges

Welwyn came to win, and were out of the blocks with frightening speed, Bath lost the game in the first 10 minutes, unable to get the ball at the face off, unable to get the ball off the Welwyn attack and unable to hold the drive and dump from top left out at all, 7 unanswered goals in the first quarter, and the Bath attack with hardly a look in.

Ben King defends

Once the shock had gone, and the quarter break taken, Bath started to play, but Welwyn always looked the smarter and stronger team, and hungrier for the win, and the Welwyn FOGO dominated possession from the face off. A considerable advantage and forcing Bath onto the back foot constantly

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The rest of the game panned out as would probably have been predicted, Welwyn with the better possession and quality of movement, but Bath fought well, keeping the score in all the other quarters down to only 4 Welwyn goals, helped by some excellent saves by Tilson.Mike Carey concentrates on the ball

Bath manged to score three through Nik Roberts, Simon Griffiths and Mike Carey, but these were for pride rather than anything else.

Lloyd Butler held off

Bath are on the right track, this game iterates that the club cannot be over reliant on University players, even though there is plenty of quality available, a mixed economy being far more important, developing local talent is key to the club’s future.

 

Quarter Scores

1st quarter Bath 0:7 Welwyn

2nd quarter Bath 2:4 Welwyn

M Carey, N Roberts

3rd quarter Bath 0:4 Welwyn

4th quarter Bath 1:4 Welwyn

S Griffiths

Final Score Bath 3:19 Welwyn

 

Scorers

Nik Roberts

Simon Griffiths

Mike Carey

 

Referee

Peter Compton (Panel)