Costly errors saw Bath go down 39-27 to table-topping Northumbria in the BUCS Super League rugby recently.
A crowd of 500 at the STV cheered on the boys in blue and their support was rewarded five minutes into the game as a Bath lineout inside the Northumbria 22 was worked out to flanker Michael Snook who went over following a skilful piece of play from fly-half Will Flynn, who duly converted the extras.
The lead wasn’t to last long though as a slip-up in the Bath defence allowed Northumbria winger George Wacokecoke to run through and score, leaving fly-half Josh Bragman to convert the extra two points.
Bath weren’t to let this quick reply stop them in their tracks though, and returning flanker Tom Doughty showed a brilliant burst of pace to break the Northumbria defence and score under the post, leaving Flynn with an easy conversion. The return of Doughty will be a big boost to the team with the flanker playing a big part in Bath’s semi-final run last season, finishing as the team’s leading try-scorer.
The visitors responded well again though, and following some poor exit play from the Northumbria kick-off, a succession of scrums led to scrum-half James Christie breaking away from a couple of tackles to score in the corner. A superb conversion from Bragman dragged the scores level at 14-14.
The reliable boot of Will Flynn gave the lead back to the hosts from a penalty and then a devastating Bath driving maul went over the line once again following a lineout on the Northumbria 5 metre line, with Scott Russell the man to go over, and Flynn adding the extras.
The visitors fought back once again however, and scored from a driving maul of their own, the boot of Bragman once again converting the extra points, leaving the score at 24-21 during the half-time break.
An early penalty from Will Flynn extended Bath’s lead but that was as good as it got for the home side in the second-half with most of the pressure being applied by the away team. Northumbria replied with a penalty of their own on the hour mark and following a sin bin to Bath replacement Kieron Verdon, Northumbria made the most of the extra man to go over for their fourth try of the match.
The home side were given chances throughout the second half but a poorly delivered lineout gifted Northumbria a scrum in an attacking position, which Christie made the most of to go over for his second try of the match.
The scrum-half then showed a great piece of skill to complete his hat-trick, with replacement fly-half Jake Rodgers missing the conversion, which subsequently brought a close to the game, Northumbria taking the spoils 39-27.