09 Mar All Four One and None Four All
It was a great day for Bridgend’s Mens teams yesterday with all three scoring 4-1 victories at a critical stage of the season.
Bridgend Men’s 1st XI Bath Buccs 1- 4 Bridgend.
Bridgend travelled to mid table Bath Buccs this week, with 3 points being the only option for the Ravens. After absorbing a great deal of pressure throughout the first period Bridgend managed to take the lead through Nick Anthony with a magic touch to eliminate the keeper and fearlessly fire into an empty goal. The first half was closely contested, so Bridgend were relieved to have Nick Anthony score his second after a defensive error. Bridgend conceded from a short corner taking the score to 2-1 at half time. Bridgend pressed in the second half and Andrew Jones finished with a great tap in after some good work around the D by James Griffiths. Bridgend could have added a number of extra goals, however the luck appeared to have run out in front of goal until Rhys Owen slotted a short corner. Great win for the ravens.
Men’s 2nds > Bridgend 4- Aberystwyth 1
> Bridgend A welcomed Aberystwyth uni to Pencoed on a warm and sunny afternoon. Bridgend started brightly with a chance going just wide of the post in the first 10 seconds. However it didn’t take bridgend long to break the dead lock with Adam knapp getting on the end of a well worked move. The score remained at 1-0 when the teams changed ends. Bridgend managed to double their lead with guru john Catton getting on the end of one. Aberystwyth shocked Bridgend with a goal on the counter attack but Bridgend soon manage to regain there 2 goal with Ian ‘sid’ davies finishing off a team move. Bridgend then put the game safe with john Catton getting his second to give bridgend a 4-1 victory!!!
Bridgend Men’s 3rd XI Carew 1; Bridgend ‘B’ 4
With both clubs fielding sides of equal strength for this top of the league table clash, Bridgend’s effort and constructive team play was rewarded with a well earned victory played away at Pembroke Dock.
With no substitutes available, Bridgend’s team were able to give full pitch time to the three thirteen year olds (Rhys Bradshaw, Matthew Hibbert, Steffan Irranca-Davies) in their team, and what a magnificent contribution they all made to this victory.
Bridgend took the lead after ten minutes when Roger Franks had the final touch following good pressure from Ian Blatchford advancing quickly from midfield.
Bridgend continued to pressurise Carew with their accurate passing, with Steffan Irranc-Davies and Rhys Bradshaw combining well on the right, and spreading the ball across midfield where Ian Blatchford and youngster Gareth Collier worked well to thwart any danger from Carew. Gareth settled well to this new midfield role for him.
With forward Roger Franks linking well with Steffan, Carew’s defence was put under pressure from which Bridgend were awarded a free hit on the edge of the circle. Rhys Bradshaw took the hit, and used his confidence to dribble through several Carew players to enter the circle and beat the goalkeeper with a well placed shot. A superb individual goal, from a 13 year old player totally belying his age. Well done.
Bridgend continued to dominate possesssion, with 13 year old Matthew Hibbert coming more in to the game and able to frustrate any attack from Carew down their right. A third goal resulted from play that went the whole length of the pitch, starting with Tony Price hitting out from defence to Ian Blatchford who drove forward, making accurate passes between Rhys Bradshaw and Roger Franks, for Ian to receive the final pass and beat the goalkeeper with a firm shot. Another magnificent goal.
Using the teams confidence, more attacks resulted with Roger Franks getting a final touch after more pressure from Rhys and Ian. Who would have believed a half-time score of four nil in Bridgend’s favour? – The hard working team !
After the efforts shown in the first half, some tiring legs began to tell, so Carew began to put pressure on Bridgend’s defence, but stalwarts Derek Jones and Steve Sloan made telling interceptions aided by Tony Price making firm clearances to the midfield and wingmen.
Such pressure from Carew resulted in a consolation goal for them, although goalkeeper Craig Williams was able to demonstrate his excellence with several good saves in the Bridgend goal.
Bridgend did not give up, and mounted more attacks largely through Ian and Rhys linking with Steffan, but final shots were marginally off target, although Jack Steer had the ball in the net with a crisp shot, only to be disallowed after an umpires conference.
This win was achieved from excellent team work, quick and accurate passing, retention of possession and three thirteen yearolds demonstrating increasing confidence in fully participating to the teams performance.
Well done to the whole team making the journey to Pembroke Dock and coming away with this superb performance and victory.