21 Dec 3rd X1 Match Report – Sat. 20th Dec. 2014
Result: Llanishen and Caerphilly 4; Bridgend ‘B’ 2
Bridgend started this league game as if they had already eaten their Christmas puddings, as their lethargic passing and ball retention allowed Llanishen and Caerphilly to dominate the first twenty minutes, during which they scored two well taken goals. Bridgend’s defence of Derek Jones, John Thomas, Robin Wilson and Gareth Collier worked hard to thwart the endless attacks, although skipper and goalkeeper Cliff Harrison had no chance to save the goals, but had previously made some excellent saves.
This setback woke Bridgend up, as they produced some much better play as midfield Jon Wilks and Rhydian Lewis brought the wide men Gavin Pound and youngster Matthew Hibbert in to play, creating some pressure on the Llanishen defence. Such pressure was well rewarded, when a quick pass from Rhydian Lewis found Jack Steer on the right, and his hard hit square pass reached the ever running youngster Rhys Rubery on the edge of the circle, and he beat the goalkeeper with a magnificent shot from far out.
Although Llanishen again attacked hard at the start of the second half, scoring a third goal in the process, Bridgend began to believe in themselves and put a number of passes together on both flanks, as Gavin Pound and Matthew Hibbert received passes from Rhydian Lewis and Jon Wilks. This allowed Ross Allen and Jack Steer to worry the opposition’s defence, and from a strong run by Gavin Pound, who came in to the circle from wide right, the ball headed goal-bound for Ross Allen to get the final touch.
Much against the run of play, Llanishen scored their fourth, but Bridgend did not give up. Their pressure told as they were awarded five penalty corners in quick succession, but the final shots were well saved by their goalkeeper, although Jack Steer was unlucky to see his deflected shot go just wide.
A disappointing end result for Bridgend, but an improvement in accurate passing and ball retention will give them better results in the future.