The Tigers set off at a blistering pace to open up a 13 point lead against Filton Flyers at half time in their crucial National League game. The Tigers produced a performance, blending both power and pace, to overwhelm the home team and shock their noisy supporters. Jo Andrews and Paul Yabsleys range of offensive moves bewildered the Flyers in the opening exchanges whilst down the other end the Tigers defence displayed a new level of intensity on defence. England's Panji Granger was limited to only long range and low percentage shots throughout the half.
However, when the teams started the second half a rejuvenated Filton side managed to close the gap within the first four minutes and went on to edge ahead and destroy Tauntons dreams of a league title this year. Graham Jones stepped up his offensive game to raise Taunton but was powerless to stop the heavy scoring from the Flyers.
Coach Ronnie Heath was reflective after the game,
“All of us, myself included, lost our focus and clarity of thought when pressure came on. Inconsistency is inevitable for a developing side but we will learn from this and take great heart from our best ever first half together. The physicality coupled with fluidity was close to demonstrating the potential we have as a team.”
The result now means that Taunton will have to beat Bognor Pirates this Saturday at home and Cardiff Clippers away on Sunday to finish in second place above Bristol and ensure a home draw in the National playoffs.