Team Bath Buccaneers sink Bowdon in Promotion Play-Offs

Team Bath against Bowdon promotion play offs 480 x 290
Bowdon 3 (1)
Shaw 12, 54 (PC, PC)
Egerton 69 (FG)

Team Bath Buccaneers 5 (4)
Davenport 7, 19 (PC, PC)
Corry 24 (FG)
Reiger 29 (FG)
Boote 64 (PC)

A dominant first-half performance from Team Bath Buccaneers was enough to give them the points, as both teams searched for their first win of the Promotion Play-Offs.

Bath opened their account early through Tim Davenport, squeezing a low drag-flick past Rob Turner in the Bowdon goal. The Manchester team got an equaliser quickly afterwards with an almost exact replica of the Bath opener, Mike Shaw levelling the scores. However, it was Bath who went on to dominate for the remainder of the half, with Davenport netting a second before James Corry and Nic Reiger each converted excellent chances, to give Bath a 4 - 1 lead heading into the break. 

A determined Bowdon came out fighting in the second half and their persistent pressure was soon rewarded. Shaw hammered home his second drag-flick of the game, no less than they deserved, halving the deficit to 4-2.

Despite Bowdon's efforts, it was Team Bath Buccaneers who took the spoils, with Matt Boote finishing off a well-worked penalty corner routine to reassert a three goal lead for the West country side, meaning a late goal from Dave Egerton was nothing more than a consolation for Bowdon.

Bath Buccaneers captain and goal scorer Tim Davenport was pleased with his team’s performance: “We’re delighted to get a win after our performance two weeks ago. We didn’t really play at all against Canterbury - we were a team caught in the headlights and we all wanted to come here today to show everyone that we are capable of playing. I’m really pleased with the performance and it puts us in a good position for tomorrow’s match against Holcombe. If we put in a performance like we did today then we should run them quite close.”

Speaking after the game, Bowdon captain Simon Egerton was understandably disappointed: “We didn’t start very well but managed to pull it back to 1 – 1. It’s one of those games though where if you’re unable to match the intensity then you’re going to fall behind and we found ourselves 4 – 1 down.  We valiantly tried to get back into the game in the second half but it was just a bit too much of an ask against a team that’s obviously just won their league. We’re devastated but we look forward to tomorrow against Canterbury and will play with pride. We don’t want to make it easy for anyone, we want to be professional, particularly as we’ve got some great travelling support with us.” 

Bowdon are no longer in contention for promotion but it's all still up for grabs for the other three teams with Holcombe and Canterbury on four points and Team Bath Buccaneers on three. 

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NOW: Pensions Men’s Promotion Play-Offs standings after two matches

Position Team GP W D L GD Points
1 Canterbury 2 1 1 0 6 4
2 Holcombe 2 1 1 0 1 4
3 Team Bath Buccaneers 2 1 0 1 -4 3
4 Bowdon 2 0 0 2 -3 0