12 Jan Bridgend’s Breath of Fresh Air !
The weather was overcast, dank and still – a far contrast to the hockey played by Bridgend Under 13s at Whitchurch this morning who, watched by their supportive parents, played their best hockey of the season.
Dan Leyshon donned the keeper’s kit and throughout the four matches demonstrated that he is learning and improving week by week making some brave saves. Add to that a strong defensive unit and hard-working midfield, Bridgend had all the ingredients for success and proceeded to play four closely fought matches against Whitchurch and Gwent teams. The first two games were lost 2-0 and 1-0 but neither score line did justice to the performances. The team then finished on the up winning one game 1-0 and finally fought and end to end, but goalless final game against Whitchurch.
Playing seven-a-side with 3 subs proved tricky but, to their great credit all the boys played in different positions without complaint and stuck to the task assigned to them. Tom Hill, Will Davies and Stephen Mansell made crunching tackles at the back. The masters of midfield, Sam Duncombe and Timothy Hodges were able to feed the driving runs of the latter’s younger brother Michael, with Ben Hughes and Jack Hayes, who scored with a superb strike, giving the opposition keepers a torrid time. Stephen Tudball, keener that the strongest English mustard, had great games with his close ball control and ability to spot players running into space.
Players worked hard for each other, no words of criticism to each other, no questioning dodgy decisions by the umpire (me) or coach, and all players and supporters thoroughly enjoying their morning out. All in all it was a pleasure to be there and watch the team epitomise the discipline and spirit, in which the game we all love, should be played.