Bristol 2nds v Bath 2nds - West Div 1- 10th December 2016

Bristol Bombers 2nds v Bath 2nds

December 10th 2016

West Div 1

Final Score Bristol 0:13 Bath


Josh Yeoman checks


Bath Dominate and first clean sheet for Tilson and 6 goal haul for Roberts on a very wet and muddy day in Bristol

Wet, soggy under foot, misty, perfect lacrosse conditions. Bath 2’s travelled to Bristol with a point to prove having been knocked out of the flags a couple of weeks earlier. Bolstered by the older King brothers (Sam back from injury and Matt home from University) the bath squad looked well balanced, solid defence in Ben King, Paul Bown and Steve Mooney; protecting Will Tilson in goal.

At midfield Bath put Josh Yeoman to face with a D pole rather than play the traditional LSM role.

Solid wings with Rory Crouch, Sam King, James Runge, Akito Jacques and Laurence Dawson-Smith certainly gave the visiting team mobility and physicality.

In attack Joe Stone and Matt King rotated with Tom Jacques and Nik Roberts.

Barring a couple of omissions, this was a strong squad.

Bristol on the other hand were down in numbers, fielding only 11 for a home game, and with only two D poles, Bath’s plan was simple, keep the game high tempo and run the legs off their hosts.



Bath opened with a sweeping drive and decisive pass from Sam King to Matt King cutting through the defence, this was quickly followed by a trade mark crease goal by Roberts, one of six in the game (this could have been seven, as Sam Kings second goal appeared to be going wide till it took a deflection of the shaft of Roberts’s stick into the net). Roberts had the usual mixture of garbage in front of goal and sharp crease play.


Tom Jacques worked tirelessly cutting across crease all day, taking good feed and shot for the third goal and finishing an excellent fast break at the end of the game. The midfield kept silly mistakes down to a minimum, chose good options on the pass and were physical on the ride, turning a lot of ball over. Nice finishing from Rory Crouch and a rocket from Sam King put them on the score card, in attack, Joe Stone looked to be having an unlucky day, hitting then post and being stripped of the ball at the last moment, but he got his reward with an unorthodox shot from 12 yards out.


Roberts bags 6


Bristol were unlucky to not score in this game, they had plenty of possession, shots on target were blocked by Bath defenders or saved well by Tilson in goal, they never gave up and on another day the score would certainly have been closer.


Bown get physical

Tilson is growing in confidence, his saves are clean and he now has a reasonable out pass, although the squad will have to wait nearly 3 years before he can legally buy a round for the clean sheet.

This was a really balanced and competent Bath performance, and puts the seconds in prime spot to challenge the firsts for the title this year.

Highlights of the game, Joe Stones goal, Laurence Dawson-Smith’s take out and watching the poor Bristol attack man being intimidated by a combination of Steve Mooney and Paul Bown checking with some power and speed whichever way he turned (the option to run away was taken) and of course a clean sheet for Will Tilson, the youngest keeper on the all-time list at 15.


After match food

Quarter Scores

1st quarter Bristol 0:4 Bath

M King, Roberts, Jacques, Roberts

2nd quarter Bristol 0:3 Bath

Crouch, Roberts, S King

3rd quarter Bristol 0:4 Bath

Stone, Roberts, Roberts, King

4th quarter Bristol 0:2 Bath

Roberts, Jacques

Final Score

Bristol 0:13 Bath



Matt King 1

Nik Roberts 6

Tom Jacques 2

Rory Crouch 1

Sam King 2

Joe Stone 1





Name   Goals No Games Average
Lloyd Butler 20 6 3.33
Nik Roberts 17 5 3.40
Craig Morey 15 7 2.14
Sam King 11 6 1.83
Doug Mackay 7 3 2.33
Simon Griffiths 6 4 1.50
Tom Jacques 5 4 1.25
James Smith 5 4 1.25
Alex Hustler 4 2 2.00
Tom Naughton 4 2 2.00
Jacob Stapleton 4 3 1.33
Dale Armstrong 4 5 0.80
Ken Murray 4 5 0.80
Joe Stone 3 3 1.00
Akito Jacques 3 5 0.60
Luke Wilmot 3 6 0.50
Alex Foster-Powell 2 1 2.00
Rory Crouch 2 3 0.67
Alex George 2 5 0.40
Matt King 1 1 1.00
Matt Stamp 1 2 0.50
Mike Carey 1 3 0.33
Jason He 1 3 0.33
Laurence Dawson-Smith 1 4 0.25
Richard Bowen-Ashwin 1 5 0.20
Total   127    
Attack 69 Defence 3 Midfield 55   Goal 0




Shut Outs By Bath            
Opp Date Played Comp For Ag'st Bath team Keeper
Three Bridges 16-Nov-85 Flags Div 3 5 0 Firsts Harrop
Orpington "A" 19-Jan-86 Flags Div 3 14 0 Firsts Harrop
Southampton University 08-Oct-88 Conference B 27 0 Firsts Harrop
Cambridge University 05-Nov-88 Conference B 27 0 Firsts Harrop
Southampton University 04-Nov-89 Senior Flags 30 0 Firsts Harrop
Southampton University 25-Nov-89 Conference A 22 0 Firsts Harrop
Hitchin "A" 17-Mar-90 Lower Conference 25 0 Seconds Hewitt
Oxford Iroquois 17-Nov-90 Division 3 10 0 Seconds Hewitt
Tatsfield 05-Oct-91 Division 1 13 0 Firsts Hewitt
Cambridge Uni Eagles 01-Nov-93 Division 3 2 0 Seconds Gates
Buckhurst Hill 21-Feb-98 Division 1 11 0 Firsts Gates
Hitchin "A" 09-Oct-99 Division 2 27 0 Firsts Gates
Wasps 08-Feb-03 Division 2/3 24 0 Firsts Gates
Cambridge University 08-Nov-03 Division 2/3 16 0 Firsts Gates
Aberystwyth University 06-Dec-08 West Div 2 20 0 Seconds Gates
Warwick University 31-Jan-09 West Div 1 19 0 Firsts White
Southampton University 07-Mar-09 West Div 1 17 0 Firsts Weil
Warwick University 23-Oct-10 West Div 1 16 0 Firsts Gates
Bristol Bombers 2 21-Jan-12 West Div 1 33 0 Firsts Gates
Bath University 06-Oct-12 Friendly 17 0 All Gates/Lane
Southampton City 10-Nov-12 West Div 1 34 0 Firsts Lane
Cheltenham Cougars 01-Dec-12 West Div 1 25 0 Firsts Lane
Southampton 2nds 19-Nov-16 West Div 1 Ladder 23 0 Firsts Hopkins
Bristol Bombers 2 10-Dec-16 West Div 1 13 0 Seconds Tilson