Mature performance gives Mid-Somerset men's 1st XI victory over Team Bath Buccs C
MATCH REPORT: Mid-Somerset 1st XI 3, Team Bath Buccs C 1
Mid-Somerset produced a mature display and held off a late surge from Team Bath Buccs to beat the visitors and replace them in sixth place in Central 1.
Taking confidence from the last-minute fightback in their previous match, Mids started strongly, pinning Buccs back and preventing them from settling into the game.
Despite the early pressure, though, Mids could not fashion a clear opportunity until defensive mistakes led to a series of short corners, one of which was converted by Ben Rogers.
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The match then became ragged, with Mids sustaining their pressure but not able to produce a final pass, while Buccs had to satisfy themselves with the occasional breakaway, dealt with confidently by the home defence as Simon Thomas put in a man-of-the-match performance in the centre.
Mids went into the break another goal to the good after Steve Tinnion battled through the Buccs defence and poked the ball home through a crowd of defenders.
Having learnt from losses in previous games, Mids rearranged their formation after the break to bolster the midfield and survive the away team’s pressure.
Buccs’ sustained assault finally broke the Mids defence with ten minutes left on the clock after a scrappy move.
However, far from panicking, the home team took advantage of the now open game to produce a great move of their own. James Oliver, who was rampant after the break, produced some intricate skill to enter the opposition D and quick passing around the defence gave Ashley Gooden the simplest of finishes.
On Saturday, Mids visit struggling Firebrands B.