By Harry Mottram: below are the fixtures and results plus information of the various sports teams and clubs – I try to keep them up to date but do send in your results and news to email@example.com
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Bowling: Bath Bowling Club. Based at Pulteney Road the club has its president’s day on Sat 23 September, 2023, closing the 2023 season. If you wish to play (Men & Ladies), or just wish to come along for tea and listen to the amusing speeches from our President and Captain, then there is a list on the noticeboard in the clubhouse.
Larkhall Athletic AFC V Bath City FC: (Report from Bath City FC.) City were given a huge FA Cup scare this afternoon before two Cody Cooke penalties and a long range strike from Jordan Thomas saw them overcome Larkhall Athletic and secure a place in the 3rd Qualifying Round.
The home side struck twice in the opening eleven minutes. On five minutes Camm was given the time and space to fire past Ollie Wright then six minutes later a corner was headed back across goal for Bowman to tap home. It could have been even worse for the Romans as Ferris raced clear on goal only for Wright to kept his shot out then, right on half-time, the same player saw a lob from midway in the City half clear Wright but bounce just over the bar. In between the Larks no.10 was very lucky to stay on the pitch after a shocking knee-high challenge on Kieran Parselle. Ferris somehow escaped with just a booking but the City captain had to be helped from the pitch and replaced by Jack Batten.
A change of referee at half-time – with assistant Mr Ouchene taking over from Mr Mackey – eventually led to the course of the game changing. From the restart City took control of the contest as the Larks were penned back in their own half. Joe Raynes saw a 48th minute header blocked on the line then Cooke mis-directed an unmarked header. Nasta saved well from another Cooke effort on 64 minutes. Nine minutes later City finally halved the deficit when substitute Elliott Frear was tripped in the box and Cooke netted from the penalty spot. And he repeated the trick on 82 minutes after being wiped out by Goodall to level the scores. There was only going to be one winner now and two minutes from time Thomas cut inside before unleashing a 20-yard shot that flew into the net via the underside of the bar. City saw out the remaining time with few scares but it was very much a relieved cheer from the majority of the sell-out crowd at the final whistle.
Note: the match was sold out with 1,000 spectators.
The City next face Weymouth in the FA Cup.
Bath Rugby Union Club: It is fair to say there was considerable dissatisfaction amongst fans after Bath lost to the visiting Jersey Reds who ran out winners by 10-34. However at half time Bath were on top but after the break the Reds scored four tries and when Louie Hennessey was given a yellow card the game was up.
Sports listed in Alphabetical Order
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). They are recruiting for the 2023/24 season to begin our assault on BUCS South West Division 1. Season restarts in the autumn. See their website for details. https://www.thesubath.com/americanfootball/
29/10/23 – Bournemouth University Bobcats (A)
12/11/23 – Exeter Demons (A)
19/11/23 – Southampton Stags (H)
26/11/23 – Southampton Stags (A)
03/12/23 – Exeter Demons (H)
10/12/23 – Bristol University Barracuda (A)
28/01/24 – Bristol University Barracuda (H)
04/02/24 – Bournemouth University Bobcats (H)
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.
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/
Dates: Sat 09 September, 2023. Men’s & Ladies Club Finals Day; Sat 23 September, 2023
PRESIDENT’S DAY. Closing day of the 2023 season. If you wish to play (Men & Ladies), or just wish to come along for tea and listen to the amusing speeches from our President and Captain, then there is a list on the noticeboard in the clubhouse.
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 the first team’s fixtures listed below – 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.
Cricket: Bath Wanderers Women Cricket Club
The team take part in the West of England Premier Cricket League (WEPL).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
The annual cycling event has been put off this year until 2024.
Equestrian: Bath Racecourse
There are meetings throughout September check https://www.bath-racecourse.co.uk/whats-on for details.
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.
• Tue 4 Jul. Friendly. Away V Shaftesbury. Draw 0-0.
• Sat 8 Jul. Friendly. Away V Frome Town. Won 0-2.
• Tue 11 Jul. Friendly. Home V Bristol City U23s. Lost 1-2.
• Sat 15 Jul. Friendly. Home V Exeter City. Draw 0-0
• Tue 18 Jul. Friendly. Away V Tiverton. Draw 2-2
Tue 25 Jul. friendly. Home V Gloucester. Win 2-0.
• Sat 29 Jul. Friendly. Away V Yate Town. Win 0-2.
• Sat 5 Aug. VNLS. Away V Dartford. Draw 3-3.
• Sat 12 Aug. VNLS. Home V Maidstone. Win 3-0.
• Tue 15 Aug. VNLS. Home V Weston-super-Mare. Lost 2-6.
• Sat 19 Aug. VNLS. Away v Eastbourne. Won 2-1.
• Sat 26 Aug. VNLS. Home V Hampton and Richmond. Won 3-1.
• Mon 28 Aug. VNLS. Away V St Albans. Won 2-0.
• Sat 2 Sep. VNLS. Home V Havant and Waterlooville. Won 2-0.
• Tue 5 Sep. VNLS. Away V Truro. Draw 1-1.
• Sat 9 Sep. VNLS. Away V Welling. Won 0-1.
• Sat 16 Sep. FA Cup. Away V Larkhall Athletic. Won 2-3.
• Sat 23 Sep. VNLS. Home V Dover
• Sat 30 Sep. FA Cup. Away V Weymouth.
• Sat 7 Oct. VNLS. Away V Braintree
• Sat 14 Oct. Home V Yeovil.
• Sat 21 Oct. Away V Tonbridge.
• Tue 24 Oct. Home V Taunton.
• Sat 28 Oct. Home V Worthing.
• Sat 4 Nov. Away V Torquay.
Football: Bath City Women
The Bath City Women Development Team will play in the Somerset County Women’s League in Division 2 North starting on September 3rd. They will play their home games at Lansdown South, the pitches that Bath City Youth have recently taken over, with at least one fixture at Twerton Park before the end of their season.
• Sun 23 Jul. Friendly. Away V Weston-super-Mare. Win 0-2.
• Sun 6 Aug. Home. V Warminster. KO 2pm. Lost 1-3.
• Sun 3 Sep. Home V Weymouth. KO 2pm. Draw 3-3.
• Sun 10 Sep. Bye in the FA Cup.
• Sun 17 Sep. Away V Poole. Lost 4-1.
• Sun 24 Sep. Home V Purton. KO 2pm.
• Sun 1 Oct. Away V Glos/Ciren. FA Cup.
• Sun 8 Oct. Home V Stockwood. KO 2pm.
• Sun 15 Oct. Home V Ridgeway.
• Sun 22 Oct. Home V Stockwood.
• Sun 29 Oct. Away V Frome.
• Sun 5 Nov. Home V Frome.
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/
First Team fixtures and results:
• Sat 2 Sep. FA Cup 1Q. Home V Moneyfields. Won 3-0.
• Sat 9 Sep. FA Trophy 1Q. Home V Willand Rovers. Won 2-0.
• Sat 16 Sep. FA Cup. Home V Bath City. Lost 2-3
• Sun 24 Sep. FA Trophy. Away V Hamworthy. 3pm.
• Tue 26 Sep. (SLD1S). Away V Malvern. 7.45pm
• Sat 30 Sep. (SLD1S). Home V Bemerton. 3pm
• Sat 7 Oct. (SLD1S). Away V Wimborne. 3pm
• Sat 7 Oct. Away V Wimb’ 3pm
• Sat 14 Oct. Away V Willand. 3pm.
• Sat 21 Oct. Home V Melksham. 3pm.
• Sat 28 Oct. Away V Evesham. 3pm.
• Sat 4 Nov. Home V Hamworthy. 3pm.
Football: Odd Down FC. They are currently members of the Western League Division One (WLD1) and play at the Lew Hill Memorial Ground.
• Tue 18 Jul. Friendly. Home V Trowbridge Town. 0-4.
• Tue 25 Jul. Friendly. Home V Melksham Town. 1-4.
• Sat 29 Aug. WLD1. Away V Bristol Telephones. 3-1.
• Tue 1 Aug. WLD1. Home V Hallen. 2-2.
• Sat 5 Aug. WLD1. Away V Portishead. Lost 6-0.
• Tue 8 Aug. WLD1. Home V Gillingham. 3-3.
• Sat 12 Aug. WLD1. Home V Brislington. Lost 0-7.
• Tue 15 Aug. WLD1. Away V Wincanton. Lost 2-1.
• Sat 19 Aug. WLD1. Home V Wells Won 1-2.
• Tue 22 Aug. WLD1. Away V Bitton. Lost 6-2.
• Sat 26 Aug. FA Vase. Away v Stonehouse. Lost on pens.
• Tue 29 Aug. WLD1. Away V Keynsham. Lost 7-2.
• Sat 2 Sep. WLD1. Home V Cheddar. Lost 3-4.
• Sat 9 Sep. WLD1. Home V Middlezoy. Lost 1-3.
• Sat 12 Sep. WLD1. Away V Bradford. Won 3-4.
• Sat 16 Sep. WLD1. Home V Boco H. Won 2-1.
• Sat 26 Sep. WDL1. Home V Cribbs
• Sat 30 Sep. WDL1. Away V Longwell G
• Wed 4 Oct. Cup. Away v Wellington
• Sat 7 Oct. WDL1. Home V Shirehampton
• Tue 10 Oct. WDL1. Home V Bristol Tel
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 visithttps://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 which begins in the New Year. Details at https://netball.teambath.com/
Rugby: Bath Rugby Union Club Men
Details at https://www.bathrugby.com/
The Blue, Black and White finished eighth in the Gallagher Premiership, securing their place in the Champions Cup in their last game of the season against Saracens. The club has had confirmation of the teams it is set to face in the Champions Cup pool stages in 2023/24. Taking place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the home of next year’s final, Sarra Elgan and Vincent Pochulu announced Bath Rugby’s fate for their European campaign. Being drawn in Pool 2, Bath Rugby will take on two French teams in the form of Top14 Champions, Stade Toulousain, along with Racing 92 and the URC’s Cardiff Rugby and Ulster Rugby. Bath Rugby have also drawn Harlequins, however under the Champions Cup’s new format, teams within the same league drawn into the same pool will not play each other.
Within the new format, the Champions Cup sees four pools of six teams, totalling 24 teams. The teams are split into two tiers; the four winning teams from the 2022/23 leagues (Munster, La Rochelle, Stade Toulousain and Saracens) make up Tier 1, with the remaining 20 qualifying teams placed into Tier 2. In a club first, the Blue, Black and White will take on Racing 92 who finished fifth in the Top14, giving new signing Finn Russell the chance to front up against his former French side.
Recent Top14 winners, Stade Toulousain, may also get the chance to visit The Rec, giving Bath a shot at redemption after a narrow 20-22 defeat the last time the French champions were in town in 2018.
Cardiff Rugby, who picked up the Welsh Shield for 2022/23, were handed a 38-3 hammering in 2016 and will look for retaliation come the pool stages.
Northern Ireland-based outfit Ulster Rugby, who were knocked out in this year’s URC 2022/23 quarter finals, complete Bath Rugby’s Pool fixtures for 2023/24.
Round 1 – 8/9/10 December 2023
Round 2 – 15/16/17 December 2023
Round 3 – 12/13/14 January 2024
Round 4 – 19/20/21 January 2024
Round of 16 – 5/6/7 April 2024
Quarter-finals – 12/13/14 April 2024
Semi-finals – 3/4/5 May 2024
Final – Saturday 25 May 2024, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Premiership Rugby Cup
• Fri 8 Sep. Away V Cornish Pirates. Premiership Rugby Cup. Won 23-29.
• Sat 16 Sep. Home V Jersey Reds. Premiership Rugby Cup. Lost 10-34.
• Sat 23 Sep. Home V London Scottish. Premiership Rugby Cup
• Sat 30 Sep. Away V Northampton.
• Fri 6 Oct. Away V Edinburgh. Friendly
• Sun 8 Oct. Home V Exeter. Premiership Rugby Cup TBC
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. All welcome to train at Lambridge Training Ground in Bath every Thursday night between 19.30 and 21.00. See https://bathsaracens.co.uk/events/category/games/
Rugby: Combe Down RFC
in 1896 the club currently play home fixtures at Holly’s Corner, Bramble Way. Details at https://combedownrfc.rfu.club/
• Sat 2 Sep. Home V N Dorset. Lost 26-36.
• Sat 9 Sep. Away V Sherborne. Lost 7-40.
• Sat 16 Sep. Home V Swanage and Wareham. Lost 24-27.
• Sat 23 Sep. Away V Walcot.
• Sat 30 Sep. Home V Yeovil.
• Sat 14 Oct. Away V Avondale.
• Sat 21 Oct. Home V Royal Wootton Bassett
• Sat 4 Nov. Away V Corsham.
Rugby: Bath Gladiators Rugby League Club
Bath Gladiators will participate in the newly established Franchise Rugby League starting this season. Visit: https://bathgladiators.com/
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.
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. There were high hopes at Wimbledon with Team Bath Tennis player Alicia Barnett and women’s doubles partner Olivia Nicholls in the first round of the Ladies Doubles when they took on a pair of Russians. Barnett and Nicholls lost out 0-6, 3-6 to the Russian duo of Liudmila Samsonova and Veronika Kudermetova in a match delayed by two days due to rain earlier in the week on Court 6. They made a disappointing start failing to win a game in the opening set but picked it up in the second set but ultimately lost the match as the Russians proved just too strong. For more see https://www.teambath.com/sport/tennis/