Match Reports – 12th January

Match Reports – 12th January

UWE Bristol 0 v Bridgend Mens 1st XI 1
Having returned to action with a comfortable win against Gwent last weekend, Bridgend travelled over the bridge to face fellow high flyers UWE Bristol in a must win game, as they look to build a serious promotion charge over the next few weeks and keep their unbeaten away record going. Currently second in the league, Bridgend knew they would have to with stand the tough challenge which the students would provide but after a thoroughly professional performance, ran out winners by a single goal.
Good use of the large travelling squad allowed Bridgend to pile on the pressure in the second half, and it was Richard Knight who scored the all important goal, finishing off a scrappy period of play in the home defence with a great shot from the edge of the D. Thanks to the three points, Bridgend are now clear in second place, behind leaders Cardiff. It was a good day elsewhere, as promotion rivals Chippenham and Cleevilians dropped points, against Cardiff Medics and Stroud respectively.
Next up for Bridgend is the first home game of 2013, against Lydney, with whom they drew 3-3 with earlier on in the season.
Cardiff University B 1 v Bridgend A  6
Bridgend bounced back from 2-1 home league defeat on Saturday to inflict a defeat on Cardiff University and Leap Frog them to second position in the league. Four goals from Tom Hopkins, and goals from Kris Williams and Andy Schofield ensured a comfortable win against the students. A great attacking team performance from Bridgend, coupled with a solid defence ensured the points made the short journey down the M4 home to Bridgend.
Next up is a game away to Whitchurch, as they look to put the pressure on leaders Neath, who face an away game to Cardiff University.

Bridgend 3rd XI 1 v Swansea University 3rd X1  8

Bridgend anticipated a fast and furious game from a young and keen university side, but worked effectively as a team to keep the score creditably down to 2 – 0 at half time.

Working the ball from Derek Jones and John Thomas in defence, through the midfield of Jon Wilks, Mike John and John Woodward, quality possession was used to bring hard working Ross Allen in to play and release Jeremy Ingram, 14 year old Matthew Hibbett and Jack Steer upfront. The students were worried but Bridgend were unable to turn this possession in to real chances on goal.

The students began to stretch the defence, but youngsters James King  and Gareth Collier made a number of brave and effective tackles thwarting their attacks, with Jon Wilks using his firm hitting skills to create attacks for Bridgend.

The second half began badly for Bridgend as their defence took time to settle and the students scored from the restart. Further pressure was exerted, but Derek, Steve Sloan and John Thomas stood firm and made effective clearances. However, the speed of the students was beginning to tell, as chances were created but skipper Cliff Harrison in goal, once again made several fine saves. However, one effective player for Swansea scored 5 goals, mainly from hard hitting reverse stick shots, giving Cliff no chance in goal.

As injuries took over, Bridgend had to change their format, but Ross and Ian Blatchford worked hard in the middle, with Mike John overlapping on the flanks. From one such move, the ball was firmly struck across the circle, finally reaching Jack Steer on the far post who got in a final crispshot to give Bridgend a well deserved goal.

The effort and commitment is to be commended, particularly from youngsters James, Matthew and Gareth, but well supported by the rest of the team, and if such performances are repeated in the future, Bridgend 3rd X1 can look forward to some positive results in the games ahead.