APRIL 8, 2024

Latest Sports News by Harry Mottram

Football: Bath City FC: It was an Easter double-header as City took on Weymouth and Taunton in a bid to launch themselves into a promotion charge – and with four points from the two games the Romans are back in contention in seventh place in the league. And that’s where they remain (on goal difference) after a 1-1 draw on Saturday 6th April against Tonbridge Angels at Twerton Park in front of more than 1,500 spectators. But it could have been so much better if a late penalty miss by top scorer Cody Cooke – although he had earlier he had found the net from the spot.

Assistant coach Jim Barron said it was a ‘scrappy old game’ and ‘didn’t happen today.’ He said: “At least we got a point and are still in there. Hopefully if we can win on Tuesday that would be excellent.”

Hampton and Richmond Borough tomorrow (Tuesday) away – a win and they could leapfrog the Surrey outfit and consolidate their position.

Football: Bath City Women FC: It was a different story for Bath’s female footballers who picked up three points with a sensational win over local rivals Frome when Mils Bellotti scored in the 90th minute from a free kick. The 3-2 win on Sunday saw City take an early lead on five minutes when Lilly Simmons netted and after the break Libby Goater doubled the lead. Frome pulled two back late on but it was Mils’ late, late show that settled the game propelling the women into third place in the South West Regional Womens Football League Behind Poole in top spot and Roya Wootton Bassett in second.

Football: Larkhall Athletic: The Larks gave a ‘gutsy’ performance at home against the Cornishmen of Mousehole AFC on Saturday with a 1-0 win at home leaving them just one point off playoffs.

Odd Down AFC: The Down were in fine form winning 3-0 at home against bottom club Bishop Sutton on Saturday leaving them in mid table in the Toolstation league.

Rugby: Bath Rugby Union Club: A groin injury to Finn Russell in an away defeat to Exeter has given the Blue Black and Whites cause for concern -while Sottish compatriot Cameron Redpath was off in the second half with an ankle injury. The Rugby Gods were against Bath at Sandy Park with the wind causing problems with the high ball and Tom Dunn sent to the sin bin plus Ted Hill hobbled off injured despite scoring a brilliant solo try – it was just not to be. And Bath took the game to the Chiefs for much of the first half going in at the break 7-12 up. A late fightback by Exeter overturned the BB&W’s advantage with a final score of Exeter 21 Bath – and an exit from the  Investec Champions Cup.

EXETER, ENGLAND – APRIL 06: Finn Russell of Bath Rugby is substituted off for teammate Orlando Bailey as he leaves the pitch following an injury during the Investec Champions Cup Round Of 16 match between Exeter Chiefs and Bath Rugby at Sandy Park on April 06, 2024 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Finn Russell and company have a chance to do it all again at Sandy Park on 20th April – this time in the Gallagher Premiership.

Team Bath Netball: The Blue and Golds fell to defeat against the Leeds Rhinos on Friday 5th April in Bath University in front of a 1,300 crowd – urging them on. Leeds took the spoils with a 51-67 win. However, there were positive words from Asha Francis, Team Bath Netball Head Coach, who said: “The second half was great and I do think today was a step forward in the sense that the game had already blown out but we didn’t allow that to go any further, which we would have done in previous games.

“The first half was error-ridden and again it was down to our decision making. We are a young side and you can see that lack of experience when the errors come in. It is frustrating but we’ve got to learn how to win and how to put those four quarters together.”

Looking ahead there is much talk about next season’s fully professional league in which Bath will hope to take part in. The fear for some clubs is the new Super League will not have relegation and promotion meaning it is a closed league. It is expected to be a franchise model with tenders put in by teams. Whether it remains related to Universities and rugby clubs is open to debate. If Bath fail to be in the new set up then gaining entry in the future will be problematic. Bath have just three points from one win this season and are second to bottom in the league.

Sport clubs listed in Alphabetical Order with how to contact them

American Football: Bath Killer Bees: The Bath Killer Bees are current members of the British Universities American Football League (BUAFL)’s South Western Atlantic Conference (SWAC). See their website for details. https://www.thesubath.com/americanfootball/

Athletics: Team Bath Athletics Club is based at the University of Bath Sports Training Village and is open to all abilities and ages from 7 upwards. Sports include track and field, road and trail running, endurance and cross country. Club nights are Tuesdays and Thursdays 6pm -8pm.To join and for details visit https://teambathac.org/

Badminton: Bath Badminton Club. Sports Centre, North Parade Road, Bath. The club meet on Thursday evenings all year round except certain holiday periods and August. www.bathbadminton.co.uk

Badminton: Oldfield Park Badminton Club, Hayesfield Sports Hall Upper Oldfield Lane. www.badmintoninbath.co.uk/

Badminton: Bath Women’s Badminton Club. Sports Centre, North Parade Road, Bath. www.bathwomensbadmintonclub.net/

Boules: City of Bath Pétanque Club. The club plays Pétanque and is open to all, with juniors and non-players welcome. If you haven’t played before, give it a go. The club is based at Larkhall Sports Club, but they also play in Queen Square Wednesday mornings, weather permitting. https://bathboules.co.uk/

Bowling: Bath Bowling Club. Based at Pulteney Road the club is open for membership to anyone who wishes to take up the sport, whether you wish to play socially, competitively or both. The outdoor season is normally from April to September and your first year’s membership is free of charge. Pop along and come in and see us, have a drink and watch a game. Visit https://www.bathbowlingclub.com/

Cricket: Bath Cricket Club: The club is based at North Parade and was founded in 1859 and has a long and interesting history charted on their website at https://www.bathcricket.com/

There are four main teams – with two elevens of the Bath Wanderers Women sides and an U19’s XI as well. Plus, there are teams for girls from U10s to U15s, and youth cricket for the same ages – to join or for more info visit the website. The men’s first team play in the West of England Premier Cricket League (WEPL), the ECB National Club Championship, the ECB T20 competition and the Somerset Cup.

CricketBath Wanderers Women Cricket Club. The team take part in the West of England Premier Cricket League (WEPL). See https://www.bathcricket.com/

Cricket: Bear Flat Cricket Club. Established in 1982, the Bears are in Division 1 of the Wiltshire County Cricket League (WCCL) on Saturdays, with a home ground at The Glasshouse Academy, Bradford Road, Combe Down, Bath; there’s also games in Division 7 Blue of the Somerset Monmouth League on Saturdays, home ground the Ken Willcox Ground, Peasedown St John, Bath; and friendlies against clubs based in Somerset/Wiltshire on Sundays; and T20 games against clubs based in Somerset/Wiltshire midweek; plus they participation in the Somerset Knock Out cup.

For more details of the various teams plus the youth and children teams visit https://bearflatcc.org.uk/

Cricket: Hampset Cricket Club: based at Bloomfield Rise, Odd Down, Bath, the club was founded in 1940 and features a large number of elevens including the Scholars, development XI, midweek Saturday and Sunday elevens, junior teams from under 9s to u13s and indoor squads. The 1st XI play in the Bristol & District Cricket Association – First Division 2023. Details at https://hampsetcc.play-cricket.com/home

Cricket: Somerset County Cricket Club

The club are based at the county ground in Taunton although in the past have played some matches at Bath and Weston-super-Mare. They are in the top flight of the cricket structure and have two first class elevens plus a women’s team and female players can be selected for the regional team Western Storm. For details visit https://somersetcountycc.co.uk/

Croquet: Bath Croquet Club

To join or for more info contact Hester Henebury on email hester2210@btinternet.com or visit https://www.bathcroquet.com/

Cycling: Bath Cycling Club welcomes new members of all ages and abilities – visit https://www.bathcc.net/

Cycling: Bike Bath has moved to Westonbirt School in the Cotswolds. The annual cycling event will take place on 1st September 2024. Details: https://www.bikebath.co.uk/

Equestrian: Bath Racecourse

See the website for dates:  https://www.bath-racecourse.co.uk/

Equestrian: Badminton International Eventing

See the website for dates:  https://www.badminton-horse.co.uk/

Football: Bath City FC. Bath play in the National League South, the sixth tier of the football pyramid. The home ground is Twerton Park and the manager is Jerry Gill. Known as the Romans and play in black and white vertical stripes. See https://www.bathcityfc.com/

Football: Bath City Women

The Bath City Women Development Team play in the Somerset County Women’s League in Division 2 North. See https://www.bathcityfc.com/

Football: Larkhall Athletic FC. Founded in 1914 the Larks play in the Southern League Division One South (SLD1S) and are based at the Securitas Stadium, Plain Ham. With a development team, a youth team and a women’s team the Larks are one of the leading outfits in the city. They are part of Larkhall Sports Club. Visit https://larkhallathletic.com/

Football: Odd Down FC. They are currently members of the Western League Division One (WLD1) and play at the Lew Hill Memorial Ground. See https://www.odddownbathafc.co.uk/

Hockey: City of Bath Hockey Club

City of Bath were formed from a merger between Bath & Phillipians Hockey Club’s and they play at Lansdown. For details visit https://www.cobhc.org.uk/

Hockey: Team Bath Buccaneers Hockey Club

Team Bath Buccaneers is one of the largest and most successful Hockey Clubs in the West of England with over 800 members. Open to new members. Based at University of Bath. For details visit https://www.teambathbuccaneers.co.uk/clubNews

Hockey: Team Bath Hockey Club

The University of Bath Hockey Club has six men’s and six ladies’ teams who play in the British University & Colleges (BUCS) leagues on Wednesdays. Based at University of Bath. Details at https://www.teambath.com/sport/hockey/

Modern Pentathlon: Team GB had an incredible performance at the home World Championships held at the University of Bath, with a seven-strong squad qualifying across the women’s and men’s finals.

The Modern Pentathlon World Championships took place in August with the Mixed Relay Finals. If you missed the action, you can catch up on BBC iPlayer and photos are available on the UIPM Flickr account.

Netball: Team Bath Netball.

Team Bath Netball play in the Vitality Netball Super League. Details at https://netball.teambath.com/. Season and match-day tickets are on sale now, visit netball.teambath.com/tickets for further details.

Rugby: Bath Rugby Union Club Men

The Blue, Black and Whites play at the Rec in Bath and play in the Champions cup and the Gallagher Premiership league – the top flight. See https://www.bathrugby.com/

Rugby: Bath Rugby Ladies Club Women

For details see https://www.bathrugbyladies.com/

Rugby: Bath Saracens RFC

Bath Saracens are an amateur rugby club competing in the Dorset & Wilts 3 Central. Formed on 13th March 1947, Bath Saracens are still going strong 75 years on. See https://bathsaracens.co.uk/events/category/games/

• Sat 6 Apr. Home V Warminster.

Rugby: Combe Down RFC

in 1896 the club currently play home fixtures at Holly’s Corner, Bramble Way. Details on their Face Book site. Details at https://combedownrfc.rfu.club/

Rugby: Bath Gladiators Rugby League Club

Bath Gladiators will participate in the newly established Franchise Rugby League starting this season. Visit: https://bathgladiators.com/

Swimming: Dolphins: Based at Bath Leisure Centre and established in 1899, Bath Dolphin Swimming Club (BDSC) is one of the oldest swimming clubs in the South West Region. They provide competitive swimming opportunities for young swimmers through to a masters swimming group. As a holder of the Swim England quality accreditation, Swim Mark, they offer a year round competitive swim team with high quality coaching and technique instruction for all ages and abilities.

Swimming: Team Bath: Based at the University the swimming programme offers opportunities for all users, from learn-to-swim sessions and daily swim-fit sessions for the public to our performance set-up which is home to a British Swimming Performance Centre. See https://www.teambath.com/sport/swimming/

Tennis: Bloomfield Tennis Club was founded in 1927 and is located at 98 Wellsway, Bath. The club welcomes new members. To join visit https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/BloomfieldTennisClub

Tennis: Bath Tennis Club is at Park Lane, Weston, and bills itself at a friendly club. The club has a number of membership categories ranging from pay as you go to full membership. For details visit www.bathtc.co.uk

Tennis: Team Bath Tennis. For more see https://www.teambath.com/sport/tennis/