In a scrappy match at the sports village of the University of Bath, which saw three players wrapped up by the officials, one for brutality and two exclusion misconducts, the University of Bath notched up their second victory in this year’s competition in Division 2.
The visitors, City of Bristol Harlequins, were missing their students from the University of the West of England, kept in touch in the opening quarter after Bath netted first past Sam Dorrington in goal for Harlequins, through Guilio Sartorello from Italy. But the visitors took the lead after Richard Ratcliffe scored, and Dan King got a second to take them to 1-2.
However, this was short lived as Sartorello, who is also playing for Cheltenham, finally found the target for the second time after several wild shots, and scored, followed by a goal from Luke Davies, which took Bath ahead 3-2.
Tempers flared in the second period, and despite Adam Williams scoring to put them 4-2 in front, Rhys Adams committed an act of dangerous play which resulted in him being excluded for misconduct, which unsettled the students and let Harlequins back into the match through goals from Andy Phillpotts to bring it back to 4-3.
Riordan Barry, whilst attacking the Harlequins end, committed and alleged act of brutality, right on the final whistle of the period. He was excluded for the remainder of the match, and the resulting penalty was scored by Dan King to level at 4-all at the half-way stage.
The students now faced four minutes a man down, but they still managed to score after Vittorio Zoldan broke out to score a fine solo effort to regain the lead for the home side.
Williams netted a further two goals for Bath in the period they were a man down, whilst Harlequins failed with all their shots, and by the time both teams were back to equal numbers, Bath had stormed 7-4 in front, and a further goal from Davies meant they ended the third period 8-4 in front.
In the final period both teams could only manage two goals apiece, Bath’s coming from Williams and Zoldan, whilst both of Harlequin’s goals came from Jamie Boxshall.
View the matchsheet from the game here.