New-look side cut Buccs down to size
Mid-Somerset Men 3 Team Bath Buccs C 1
Mid-Somerset returned to winning ways in Central 1 with a hard-fought victory against previously unbeaten Team Bath Buccaneers.
The hosts were missing several players, including captain Roger Knife, through illness but the changes did not seem to bother them and, although Bath had all the early possession and created good chances, the Mids defence held firm.
Man of the match Josh Middleton made several good saves to keep the visiting attackers at bay before Mids took the lead via their first short corner, Jake Connick lifting a powerful shot into the roof of the net.
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The strike buoyed the home team and their next short corner led to the same result. This time the ball was sent to the far post where James Oliver diverted it against the backboards.
Mids were then awarded a penalty flick but Andy Rogers saw his effort saved. The hosts were the superior team and were three up before half-time when a flowing move between the forwards saw the ball fall to Christian Oliver, who found the bottom corner.
Mids looked to increase the advantage in the second half but Bath pulled a goal back in the opening five minutes when the unsighted Middleton was unable to stop the ball crossing the line.
Bath looked to capitalise on the strike but the Mids defence had other ideas. They remained resolute until the final whistle and the visitors struggled to get shots on target. The only other chance they created saw an attacker miss an open goal.
Mids looked dangerous on the counter-attack and would have increased their lead but for a string of good stops from the Bath goalkeeper.
Mids travel to take on second-placed Minehead on Saturday.
Minehead A 1 Mid-Somerset Men A 4
Mid-Somerset strengthened their stranglehold on South East 2 with victory in their top-of-the-table clash at Minehead.
The solid back-line of Graham Miller, Phil Ballan- Whitfield, Connor Edwards and Cameron Dunn kept the hosts at bay during a bright start.
Instead, it was Mids who broke the deadlock when a counter-attack led to a goalmouth scramble and Dan Mehlig was on hand to send the ball past the floundering keeper.
Perfect passing between Jake Alen, Alex Mitchell and Charlie Ballan-Whitfield bamboozled the Minehead defence and allowed the visitors to increase the lead when the latter hit the backboards.
Mids' third goal came when Rob Blake put his body on the line to get the ball to Alen, who calmly reverse-sticked a shot into the bottom corner.
Fatigue was Mids' main nemesis as Minehead weaved past the defence to make the score 3-1 but Ollie Smart continued his record of having scored in every game when he flicked the ball past the keeper from a tight angle.