27 May Captain Owen’s debut!
New Captain Rhodri Owen leads team to success!
Bridgend A 9-1 Neath
Bridgend hosted Neath on what was the opening of the new pitch. Bridgend came out of the blocks early bouncing the ball around with speed and precision to really catch the Neath defence out. New skipper Rhodri Owen squared the ball to Tim Hodges to fire home and allow Bridgend to take a 1-0 lead. Tim Hodges continued to shine in the opening quarter linking well with fellow youngsters Matthew Hibbert and Rhys Rubery causing the Neath defence several problems. Tim Hodges went on to score Bridgend’s second and third goal in the first 20 minutes set up by some accurate passing from midfielders Andy Schofield, Steve Murphy and Jon Rubery. Jon Catton was able to add the Fourth Bridgend goal getting into a great position at the back post. Bridgend weren’t done there in the first half with Hodges adding his 4th before Bridgend scored what was the best goal of the game which started from the back with Tony Price moving the ball forward to Steve Murphy who found Rhodri Owen who passed onto the Ruberys who did the rest with Rhys setting up his father for Bridgend to take a 6-0 lead at half time.
Neath came out fighting at the start of the second half forcing Gareth Collier and John Woodward into making several crucial tackles. They were ably backed up by substitute goalkeeper Cliff Harrison who pulled off some great saves. Neath continued to pressurise Bridgend and got a well deserved goal before Bridgend hit back with 3 of their own from goalkeeper Adrian Hibbert who was sent on up front and he managed to get a goal of his own with his first touch. This was followed by his son Matthew who skilfully lifted the ball over the on coming goalkeeper. Bridgend’s last was badgered in by the ever present Andy Schofield who managed to get his name on the scoresheet after a very good performance.