10 Feb Match Reports 07/02/15
Bridgend 3 – Radnor 1
This game was a top of the table clash and almost didn’t happen this week, Louise jones eager to play and get the 3 points fielded a strong side which saw Bridgend play excellent hockey. Scorers were Jo Poupon, Louise Jones and Kayley John. Bridgend now stand pride of place at the top of the South Wales ladies hockey table! Well done girls!!!!
Swansea uni 0- Bridgend 2nds 1
Bridgend’s second lot raven chicks flew up to swansea for the return fixture against the students. Having previously won 7-0 at home with a full squad Bridgend had felt confident. Until illness and injury struck and bridgend were left with no goalie and just one sub. However, the Bridgend girls were not going to let them put them off and each player gave 110% working excellent plays up the field. Bridgend’s defence had to put on a strong front, Liz Pearce, Pauline Harrison, Meryl Maunders and Bev Sainsbury deserve particular credit for keeping the ball away from the make shift keeper!
Brogan Thomas once again pulled out a great game performance and ran the length of the pitch, neatly taking the ball in the D and made a text book goal! Which earned her man of the match!
The final score was 1-0 to Bridgend which was a great result. 2 week break for the seconds and then hopefully continue to do well in the league.
Bridgend 1st XI 4-1 Swansea City
Bridgend’s long time rivals came to visit fortress Pencoed this week. The battle to ensure safety raged from the outset. Bridgend played their usual possession heavy style looking tho build towards a goal. A number of chances fell to Rhys Bradshaw who was unlucky to not score a brace in the opening minutes. His sustained pressure gave him the opportunity to round the defenceless keeper and easily slot into the waiting goal. The remainder of the first half had Bridgend increase their pressure, however frustration led to squandered chances.
The second half saw Bridgend become far more ruthless, and their continuous pressure awarded James Griffiths with a well taken tap in once Rhys Bradshaw eliminated the keeper. A well executed straight strike from a short corner through David Knight increased the margin further. Bridgend were unlucky to concede Swansea’s consolation goal, which was a lucky scrappy finish. Bridgend galvanised and came back on the attack, with Paul Jones executing an ostentatious finish which rubbed salt into the gaping wounds of the opposition. Had the game continued longer Bridgend’s free scoring play could have reached cricket score levels. Great momentum to continue the rest of the season
Neath 0 – 4 Bridgend A
Bridgend made the daunting trip away to play a tough Neath side, looking to extend their great run of results and continue the push for promotion.
Early exchanges were a sign of things to come, with both teams attacking well and playing committed hockey. It took a direct run down the right wing by Kris Williams to break the deadlock. After beating the defender he advance into the D, forcing the keeper to choose between covering the goal and the cross. He made the wrong decision as Williams calmly slotted it away.
Bridgend held tight, with the centre of midfield being controlled by Andy Schofield, Jacob Hodges and Rhydian Lewis. Giving the game width, Jeremy Ingram and Rhodri Owen put the pressure on the Neath defence with Adam Knapp, John Catton and young Tom Hodges looking dangerous and winning short corners.
Bridgend extended their lead with Gareth Coleman converting one of these short corners. The lead was increased further as Tim Hodges set up Catton who put away one of his trademark finishes.
Bridgend seemed to lose some of their flare in the second half but the back four of Coleman, Evans, Price and Woodward stayed tight, limiting Adrian Hibbert’s work to a handful of good saves. Coleman added another short corner, his 5th in 4 games, to make the final result 4-0.
This was Bridgend’s 4th clean sheet in a row, and are unbeaten in 8 games. Good form to launch their bid for promotion through the rest of the season.
Result: Bridgend ‘B’ 1; Cardiff 7
Bridgend were always going to be up against it when playing against an experienced Cardiff side that last season participated in a league above Bridgend , but the side fought hard to successfully compete, with some good firm tackles that frustrated the attacks from Cardiff.
Bridgend’s defence of Derek Jones, Mike John, John Thomas and Steve McIntosh were kept busy as they thwarted continuous attacks, and were able to feed midfield Jon Wilks and David Allen to start Bridgend’s attacks, getting Gavin Pound, who ran fast and tirelessly throughout, and Robin Wilson in to play on the flanks.
Although Cardiff scored two quick goals, Bridgend put together some useful attacks, with youngsters Matthew Hibbert and Rhys Rubery combining well with Jack Steer, but possession was difficult to retain as Cardiff used their speed and experience to close Bridgend down.
Although conceding goals at the start of the second half, Bridgend did put together some well worked passsing moves, and continued to tackle hard, much to the frustartion of Cardiff who began to lose their composure at times.
From a firm clearance from Jon Wilks, Jack Steer took a quick long corner resulting in a penalty corner, which following an accurate hit out, Dave Allen beat the advancing defenders to strike a firm reverse stick shot that gave the goal keeper no chance. An excellent well deserved goal for Bridgend.
Bridgend worked hard throughout, but still need to improve retention of possession, which will come when playing sides more equal to their own level.