12 Mar Match reports 11th March
Bridgend 1st XI 3 vs 3 Cardiff uni
Bridgend were the home team this week, inviting league leaders Cardiff to Pencoed. Bridgend knew they were in for a tough game against a team who have dropped few points this season. Cardiff started at 100 miles an hour ensuring every player had to put in maximum effort to contain Cardiff. Although Cardiff had the lions share of possession, Bridgend had greater chances with David Knight coming close in the opening period. Cardiff’s pressure was rewarded with a short corner, however Rhys Owen broke it down passing to Gareth Coleman who sparked the counter attack. David Knight received the ball in the ‘D’ and played it square to Tom Pearce who only needed one hand to tap the ball in. The game saw Cardiff continue to pile on pressure which was absorbed in the most part by the defence of Rhys Owen, Neall Hollis, Rob Evans and Jonathan Woodward, however one broke through to even up the scores. Some superb wing play from Tom Pearce and Paul Jones on the left created further chances for the Bridgend forwards, whilst Tim Hodges creative and instinctive play on the right opened up chances for David Knight, who was spurred on by the influence of Jeremy Ingram. Jacob Hodges struck next for the home team after weaving around two defenders he shot low beating the keeper. Despite a continued strong defensive display, Cardiff were able to sneak a second to tie the game before the break.
The second half offered no respite for Bridgend, who endured an onslaught from the outset. Adam Hawas played his usual game of frustrating the forwards, who may have scored against a normal goalkeeper, but Adam protected his goal like a previous treasure. Bridgend earned their third goal when David Knight ghosted a pass under the keeper to Tim Hodges, who bravely overcame a previous injury and threw himself at the ball to score. A fortunate short corner play for Cardiff found the back of the net. The game was played out to a tense finale, with the score remaining equal, the home team were buoyed by the point against such a high flying team, but felt they could have achieved more!!
Cardiff medics 3 – Bridgend 5
Bridgend managed to keep their promotion hopes alive with another victory against the medical students. Bridgend’s free flowing hockey saw forwards Nick Anthony and Jason Arnold to get into the game early after some great interplay by the midfield trio of Paul Davies, Steve Murphy and Andrew Jones. It was Anthony who was on hand to open the scoring after his first effort hit the post he calmly finished it on the second attempt. After opening the scoring Bridgend continued to pressurise the students with some pin point balls from Andy Schofield and Rhodri Owen which allowed Steve Murphy to waltz into the ‘D’ and fire home. Bridgend were again dealing with anything Cardiff threw at the at the back with shot stopper Adrian Hibbert once again being the saviour. Matt Wooster, Phil Rees and Andrew Deans were all involved in the Bridgend 4th goal which was played up to Rhodri Owen who combined with Jason Arnold to net again. Bridgend were caught napping just before the break allowing the students back into the game with 2 well taken goals.
Bridgend started the second half as they began the first, causing numerous problems with Matthew Hibbert using his skill and pace down the left hand side to by pass several defenders. It was Owen and Anthony who combined for Bridgends 5th with Owen drawing the keeper before unselfishly passing to Anthony allowing him to put the ball into the empty goal. With true game out to bed Bridgend took the foot off the gas which the Medics capitalised on reducing the deficit to just 2 goals as the final whistle went.
Llan and Llan 2- Bridgend 2
Bridgend travelled down the M4 to Bedwas to play this fixture.
Bridgend played well only to go down to 2 early goals this spurred Bridgend to fight back for a goal of their own which was scored by Rhyd Lewis. Goalkeeper cliff harrison had to make some saves including a penalty flick.
There was some good ball skills from youngsters Matt Tudball and Tom Rosser in midfield Matt Daley did lots of running up front and was unlucky not to score.
Bridgend kept building in the second half and Matt Tudball received the ball on the edge of the D and with a reverse stick shot beat the keeper to bring the scores level
Gwent 5- Bridgend 0
With a bare 11, the ladies 1s travelled to Cwmbran to face mid table Gwent. From the first whistle, Gwent hit Bridgend hard with some quick, well drilled passes. Bridgend defense stood strong, fighting back the first few advances with some strong tackles and good teamwork. With a penalty corner given against Bridgend, Gwent came out hard and took a strike from top of d, with a solid save from Amy Darbyshire sending the ball back onto a Gwent stick. A second shot, led to a very near miss with Melanie Geddes clearing the ball off the goal line after a deflected shot from the keeper’s pads.
Bridgend seemed to settle in a little more, with progressive passing allowing the ball to make its way up the pitch towards the opposition’s goal but a few mis timed passes led to an interception and a fast break from Gwent leading to their first goal sailing into the bottom left hand corner. Another short corner led to their second goal just before half time with a deflection from a strike on the back post.
The second half started very similarly to the first with Gwent coming out strong again, but with the extra subs, Gwent were able to capitilise on Bridgend’s tiredness. Some strong midfield play from Holly Walker and Georgia Catton gave Bridgend the opportunity to plough up the field but lack of subs began to show as Gwent once again overturned Bridgend’s forwards to attack once again. Another goal line clearance saved Bridgend once again, before a deflected strike flew over the top of everyone in the D to land in the goal, giving Gwent another goal. Gwent pressed hard to prevent Carys Sheard from clearing the ball on hit outs and strong defence from Tania Harrison gave Bridgend an edge in clearing the ball strongly from the back but Gwent had too much for Bridgend with another two goals finding the backboard. Final score 0-5 to Gwent.
Another encouraging game from the Ladies 1s where the entire team showed guts and determination to fight through to the final whistle. A strong team effort with the score line not reflecting the team’s efforts again this week. The Ladies 1s face Swansea Uni next week at Fortress Pencoed.
Cardiff Met 4 – Bridgend 1
Bridgend took 10 to face Students in Cardiff.
The first half Bridgend Started their attack and did well to make as many chances as they did. Despite hard work from start to finish from Sherrie upfront, we couldn’t convert the chances Sherrie made.
Swawiza Gohoubur made good work in the midfield and shortly after a Cardiff goal, scored a goal for Bridgend.
It was only the second half Cardiff noticed they were playing a 10 man team, and bulked their upfront and mid to created more chances of goals, which did happen. With a tired 4 defending, Kate Zielinski, Pauline Harrison, Bev Sainsbury and Meg Hooper in goal bridgend did well to keep it at 2 goals for the second half.
It was a tough game and the team didn’t stop the effort.