27 Feb Bridgend Hockey Club Sat. 21st February 2015 3rdX1 Men’s Match Report
Result: Bridgend ‘B’ 0; Llanishen and Caerphilly 3
Bridgend’s development X1, fielding three fourteen year olds, were always going to be up aginst it when playing a more experienced side that played in a higher league than Bridgend last season, but although they lost, this did not portay the effort and commitment that Bridgend brought to the game.
With Llanishen going ahead in the first minute as Bridgend took time to settle, the opposition thought this would be a walkover. How wrong they were.
Although suffering territorially, Bridgend’s defence of Alasdair Brown, Derek Jones, Mike John, Robin Wilson and Gareth Collier made timely tackles and constructive clearances to midfield maestros Jon Wilks and Steve McIntosh, who both spread the ball forward to youngsters Rhys Rubery and Steffan Irranca-Davies, and with the hard runners Gavin Pound, Andy Davis and Ian Blatchford making good progress, put the Llanishen defence under pressure, with Andy Davis going just wide with his final shot.
Bridgend were well pleased with their first half effort, and did well to keep the score just to one goal down, but found it difficult to make chances as they were quickly closed down by the bigger and more experienced Llanishen side.
The second half was very even, and Bridgend did not deserve to concede two more goals that gave skipper and goalkeeper Cliff Harrison no chance to save, but he did keep Bridgend in touch with some other excellent saves. Bridgend did not give up, and looked menacing as Ian Blatchford drove hard from a midfield position, linking well with youngsters Matthew Hibbert, Rhys Rubery and Steffan Irranca-Davis who saw a shot from the edge of the circle going just wide.
Bridgend certainly deserved to get some reward from the effort and commitment shown, but at times promising moves broke down as final passes went astray. A little more steadiness and awareness in tight situations will come as confidence grows, and will enable the side to attain the results they deserve.