Bendry nets brace as Buccs draw at OG
A late goal from a penalty corner left TeamBath Buccaneers with just a point at Old Georgians at the weekend.
Buccs were 3-2 with just a few minutes of Sunday’s Slazenger England Hockey League Conference West fixture remaining before Old Georgians levelled up.
Buccs travelled to London with just 13 players due to injuries and then lost Canadian international Tailor Self early on after he was hit on the arm by a high ball.
John Ryan van der Riet opened the scoring for Old Georgians on the 15th minute with a flick to the top right corner of the Buccs goal.
Richard Bendry levelled the scores seven minutes from the interval, converting a James Kellock pass, then James Grogan put Buccs ahead for the first time in the game just before the break with a goal from open play.
Buccs, now with only 11 outfield players available to them, continued to play well after the break, but saw Adam Lewis level the scores with a tap-in on 45 minutes.
Bendry got his second of the game two minutes later to edge Buccs ahead again, firing home after Kellock’s powerful run and unselfish cross to the striker.
However, Buccs couldn’t quite hang on to all three points as the umpire gave a penalty corner to Old Georgians two minutes from time for an apparent obstruction.
South African John Ryan van der Riet netted his second of the game to tie the contest at 3-3.
Buccs are currently fifth in the table and host third-placed Bournville in a 1.30pm start on Sunday (15th March).