7th April 2018 Bath v Cheltenham - SW League

SW League

Bath v Cheltenham

Location: Odd Down

Date 7th April 2018

Final Score: Bath 10:11 Cheltenham

Bath give the game away in the first quarter

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Match report to follow

The squads

 

 

Bath regret slow start

 

 

Bath are suffering from a lack of regular games, and it showed in this game by the slow start from the home team. Captain Luke Wilmot managed to arrange the Cheltenham boys to come to Bath at the last minute, both clubs, yet again finding themselves without a fixture due to other teams crying (or dying) off.  Although only 10 strong on this occasion, Cheltenham are a tight knit team and know each other’s strengths, they play a good solid settled game of Lacrosse.

 

 

Quick face

 

Wilmot on the other hand is faced weekly with the dilemma of trying to give as many players a run as possible, and it’s not ideal that a game that in theory is at the top end of the West spectrum has to be used to blood brand new players. Such is life in West Lacrosse.

 

Nate Wilkins gets a rules lesson before the game

 

The first quarter saw Cheltenham run away with what turned out to be a crucial first quarter lead, and it was a good sized 5 goal lead. Not that Bath didn’t have chances to score, despite zero possession at face (no Bath specialist face off man), it was lack of movement off the ball, due, in the main to inexperience, and just plain not knowing where to go; that meant Bath only produced half chances, allowing the Cheltenham goalie to make some early, settling, saves.  At the other end Cheltenham settled the ball well and created a couple of good openings, however one of the goals were a result of the Bath defence allowing the attacker to sail through bodies with very little resistance, causing a head check and visit to the sin bin by Bath's no 17 (PB) and the resulting man up play giving Cheltenham another goal straight from the face.

 

The ball looks a bit round ref!!!Sam White on the move

 

Quarter time allowed Wilmot to get the team more organised, and whatever was said certainly did the trick, the team began to play for each other, better movement. Defence got closer and Ross Graham arrived to at least slow the face off down, at some stages to a standstill.

Is this the longest face ever?

 

 

Bath started to edge back into the game, a nice left-hand drive and shot by Lloyd Butler followed by a tight angled shot by Mark Lane brought Bath into the game, and the second quarter finished with a nice fast break converted by George. A couple of solid saves from Will Tilson midway through the period meant that Bath posted a 3:0 quarter and momentum moved slightly in the home teams favour.

 

Mark Lane comes up with the ball

 

 

Nobody likes the third quarter, every team in the land will probably say its where they lose the games. However in this case both teams came out ready for the battle, ground ball got a bit more intense and both defences upped their game. Bath kept up the momentum, Lane scoring an individual goal. But Cheltenham hit back with another walk through the Bath defence. Bath then took the ball up with a clear to Lane, who laid off to Wilmot for an attempt at a long pole screamer from up top, it was a goal, but it hit something on the way through and trickled past the diving keeper, a goal is a goal though. Minutes later, another drive from Lane resulted in Bath tying the game at 6 all.

 

Mark Lane attacks the space

 

Bath took a deep breath, relaxed and Cheltenham duly scored with a nicely worked move to re-establish the lead, momentum now back with the visitors.

Lenno reaches for the ball

 

The final quarter was very even, dominated by some extremely long-winded face off’s, lots of grunting, but the ball staying on the centre spot. When the ball did get into play Cheltenham extended their lead, with a nice feed to crease, and from then on it was a case of Bath chasing the game and Cheltenham running the clock down. Simon Griffiths scored his first of three in this quarter after taking a terrible pass off Lane (he apologised as it sailed through the air to arrive at Griffiths’s feet). Butler Scored from yet another left-hand drive, and Griffiths popped in a brace; all to no avail as Cheltenham scored in between each Bath goal, the quarter ended 4:4 and the comeback by Bath wasn’t to be, Cheltenham holding on for a well-deserved, and hard-fought win by a goal.

 

Save by TilsonSi Griffiths drives for goal

 

Bath should take a lot of positives from this game, the second team players stepped up well, and more to a point, they were available. Will Tilson in goal continues to improve, and Nat Wilkins can now say with certainty that he is a Lacrosse player, game one under the belt. The big plus was the players on display starting to work more as a team rather than the usual reliance on individuals. And if it wasnt for the slow start it might have been very different, given that Bath actually only lost the first quarter.

Another save by Tilson

 

Bath likely have Oxford in the playoff game, and it will be a difficult ask given the flags result a couple of weeks ago.

 

Hightlights of the game:

Massive "Expeliarmus" by Luke Wilmot on Lenno, who was also caught  a second time by Shaun Peacock using the same disarming charm.

 

 

 

ExpeliamusStand back, I've lost my stick

And the big cuddle from Ex Bath, now Cheltenham's Rhys Topping on Mark Lane, it must be love.

Lane gets tied up

Quarter Scores

1st quarter Bath 0:5 Cheltenham

2nd quarter Bath 3:0 Cheltenham

Butler, Lane, George

3rd quarter Bath 3:2 Cheltenham

Lane, Wilmot, Lane

4th quarter Bath 4:4 Cheltenham

Griffiths, Butler, Griffiths, Griffiths

Final Score Bath 10:11 Cheltenham

 

Scorers

Butler 2

Lane 3

George 1

Wilmot 1

Griffiths 3

 

Referee

Nik Roberts (Bath)

 

Top Scorers so far this season with just the playoff game (s) to go

  Name   L&F Goals No L&F Games L & F Average Total goals Total No games Overall Average
1 Matt King 33 9 3.67 34 10 3.40
2 Lloyd Butler 24 9 2.67 25 11 2.27
3 Mark Lane 22 9 2.44 31 13 2.38
4 Ken Murray 19 10 1.90 20 11 1.82
5 Mike Carey 17 10 1.70 19 11 1.73
6 Craig Morey 14 6 2.33 17 8 2.13
7 Simon Griffiths 12 6 2.00 14 7 2.00
8 Sam King 10 7 1.43 12 8 1.50
9 Alex Hustler 7 6 1.17 9 8 1.13
10 Doug Mackay 7 7 1.00 9 9 1.00
11 Alex George 6 10 0.60 6 11 0.55
12 Ben Whitfield 4 2 2.00 5 3 1.67
13 Tom Jacques 3 3 1.00 3 4 0.75
14 Nik Roberts 3 4 0.75 4 7 0.57
15 Mark Jeffrey 3 4 0.75 3 5 0.60
16 Luke Wilmot 3 12 0.25 3 15 0.20
17 Ben Oswin 2 1 2.00 2 1 2.00
18 Alex Scott 2 1 2.00 2 1 2.00
19 Ross Graham 2 4 0.50 2 7 0.29
20 Sam White 2 9 0.22 2 10 0.20
21 Joe Stone 2 9 0.22 2 12 0.17
22 Mark Lovett 1 2 0.50 1 2 0.50
23 Marcus Dunn 1 3 0.33 1 4 0.25
24 Rich Bowen-Ashwin 1 5 0.20 1 5 0.20
25 Laurence Dawson-Smith 1 8 0.13 1 9 0.11
26 Chris Mills 0 1 0.00 1 2 0.5
  Total   201     229    
L&F Attack 129 Defence 11 Midfield 61   Goal 0      
All Attack 148 Defence 12 Midfield 69   Goal 0