02 Mar Bridgend 3rd XI Match Report -Saturday 1st March
Result: Bridgend ‘B’ 2; Whitchurch 4
Although fielding their usual mix of youth (3 under 15’s) and experience in their squad, Bridgend expected to overcome bottom of the league Whitchurch, but were unable to sustain their crisp passing game and succumbed to their second defeat of the season as Whitchurch upped their game, putting Bridgend under constant pressure.
Bridgend started strongly, with midfield Jon Wilks and Rhydian Lewis spreading the ball wide to Jeremy Ingram and Gareth Collier on the flanks, allowing forwards Ian Davies and Jack Steer to put pressure on the Whitchurch defence. Following an excellent passing movement from midfield, Jon Wilks found the hard running Ian Davies with a defence splitting pass, and he did the rest by scoring a great goal.
Whitchurch now began to make their own accurate passes, and increased pressure on Bridgend’s defence; life was made difficult for defenders Mark Tuckwell, Derek Jones, Steve Sloan and John Thomas, and after several attacks Whitchurch equalised giving goalkeeper and skipper Cliff Harrison no chance to save. Whitchurch capitalised on their hard work by adding a second just before half-time, as Bridgend had difficulty creating attacks due to Whitchurch’s successful efforts to frustrate Bridgend’s creativity.
Youngsters Owaine Leyshon, Rhys Rubery and Owen Tuckwell tried hard to get Bridgend back to its passing game, with Roger Franks running hard to create openings down the right flank. From a good movement from Roger, the ball was picked up by Rhydian Lewis who drove hard in to the ‘D’, for his shot to go wide to Gareth Collier who was able to pass the ball back across goal for Ian Davies to slot home his second goal.
A draw now seemed likely, with some relief to Bridgend who were experiencing thier worst performance of the season, largely due to the efforts being put in by Whitchurch. However, the draw was not to be as Whitchurch capitalised on a defensive lapse to retake the lead, and then adding their fourth in the final minute.
A frustrating day for Bridgend, but hopefully this is out of the system and they can bounce back next week when they play Carew away in Pembroke dock.