18 Jan Match reports 13th Jan
Bridgend 1st XI 2-3 Cirencester
Disappointing return to hockey for the league leaders with their first defeat of the year. A plucky Cirencester played to a far higher standard than previous and were able to sneak a win from Bridgend late on.
A spin and flick from David Knight saw Bridgend score their first, and a superb run from Tim Hodges who took the ball past four players before striking with his customary reverse shot which found the back line f the net.
Bridgend need to view this as a wake up call or their lead will be quickly frittered away.
Bridgend Mens A 3 – 5 Gwent
With a week to go before the first League game of the 2018 calendar, Bridgend A hosted Gwent for a much needed post Xmas warm up game. Playing in a division above, Gwent proved to be a tough opposition. However, Bridgend shocked the visitors with an early goal. This seemed to spur on Gwent, who responded with 2 goals of their own. With the game being played at a frenetic pace, chances came for both sides. However, it was Bridgend who capitalised on their opportunity, leaving the half time score 2-2.
Gwent came out in the second half fighting, looking to counter attack at every opportunity. Bridgend were able to hold their own however, and despite being awarded a succession of short corners failed to put the ball in the net. With Bridgend ruing missed opportunities, Gwent responded with a goal. Bridgend’s attempt to get back in the game was then further compounded by the 10 minute sin binning of 2 players, leaving the home team the uphill task of trying to turn around the game with only 9 players. With Gwent scoring again, it looked like the game was lost. However, Bridgend showed real character to battle on, playing some quality hockey and at times in the second half looking easily the better team. A consolation goal from Bridgend leaving the final result 5-3 to Gwent.
A hard lesson, but a valuable opportunity for Bridgend to put in some hard graft prior to the league opener against Llan & Caerphilly next week.
[6:08 PM, 1/13/2018] Jon Murphy: Bridgend B 3- 2 Penarth B
The first league game of 2018 saw Bridgend field one of their strongest squads so far this season even with the loss of Michael John to the flu. With the game going back and forth, the breakthrough came from Penarth with a pass across interim keeper Rob Evans and tapped into the corner. Even with presure from Bridgend, Penarth held out to take the lead into half time.
The second half began along the same lines but a hit into the d was deflected by Jon Catton to equalise. Penarth pressed and got their second through a shot almost on the baseline. Bridgend took this and drove the end of the game applying so much pressure that Penarth could not get out of their own half. The second equaliser came when Andy Davis found himself free in the d and chipped it over the keeper. The pressure continued and another goal by Andy Davis gave Bridgend the winner.
[5:41 PM, 1/13/2018] Andy Hockey: Bridgend 4ths travelled to rain soaked Swansea.
The team played some excellent expansive hockey and took the game to the home side. They were very unfortunate to go a goal down but equalised with a short corner strike from Jon Wilks.
Bridgend pushed Swansea back in the 2nd half and took a deserved lead when a cross was deftly touched passed the keeper by Stephen Mansell.
Swansea levelled the scores through a dodgy short corner.
4ths remain unbeaten in 2018.
Bridgend Ladies 1s – 6, Abergavenny ladies – 1
Louise jones 3
Jo Poupon 2
Sophie evans 1
The visiting team scored first against the run of play but it wasn’t long before Louise jones scored off a short corner. Soon after Jo Poupon found the back of net too. Before the half time whistle the ball was played down the left from Holly Vowles, crossed in by Louise, pushed across the goal by Amy Paice then finally pushed into the goal by Sophie evans. The opposition rallied in the second half before Bridgend regained control of the match. From a defended short corner Holly Vowles hit a great pass to Sophie Evans who passed to Jo Poupon who crossed it into Louise Jones who released a thunderbolt into the top corner. From a short corner injected from Jo Poupon to Louise Jones who bounced it back to Jo who swept it into the goal. After the final whistle Bridgend took a short corner which was passed to Louise Jones at the top of the D who passed it right to Amy Paice who passed it around the defence, back to Louise on the penalty spot who hit the ball into the back of the goal to make a final score of 6-1.