15 Nov Match Reports 14th November
Bridgend 1st XI 1-5 Penarth
Penarth 5- Bridgend 1
A bad day at the office with the Ravens coming off second best in the top of the table clash. A change of venue was warranted due to flooding at Bridgend’s pitch, therefore the game was played in Penarth. Despite a logistical nightmare, Bridgend started well. They put together a number of strong attacks through Jon Rubery, Andrew Jones Snr and Jack “Carly Rae” Jopson, who was unlucky not to manufacture a shooting opportunity. Rhydian Cole and David Knight worked effectively to break down attacks and disposes the Penarth midfield. The defence of Jamie Brooks, Rhys Owen, Neall Hollis and Paul Jones were able to clean up the loose balls which crept through, with Adam Hawas acting as the final buffer. Midway through the half an assist from Rhydian Cole allowed Ross Biggar to put the Ravens in the league as his reverse shot left the helpless keeper looking foolish. Shortly after, Andrew Jones Snr saw a shot drift wide. With half time approaching Penarth had a series of decisions fall to their favour, leading to winning a dubious short corner. After making two back to back saves, keeper Adam Hawas was mere inches from stopping the third which crept into the corner of the goal.
The goal on the stroke of half time flipped the momentum heavily in Penarth’s favour. They started strongly in the second half, scoring twice from open play and from a harshly given penalty stroke within the first five minutes of the half. The game continued as a frustrating contest with Bridgend only to blame for their own downfall. Although Bridgend played good hockey, nothing of any fruitful nature came their way. Penarth added an additional goal to their tally as they overloaded the Bridgend ‘D’. Bridgend finished the game playing strong attacking hockey, however the extra goal to make the scoreline reflect the game more closely, did not arrive. Penarth draw first blood in the top of the table clash. Bridgend need to dig deep and get themselves back to where they belong in the league!
Cheltenham 3- Bridgend 1
Bridgend 2nd xi made another trip to Cheltenham for the second time in as many weeks. Ending in a similar fashion with Cheltenham edging Bridgend out by 3 goals to 1. Cheltenham took advantage of the long journey Bridgend had to face by going 1-0 up after 2 minutes. However Bridgend ended the half the stronger team with Jason Arnold, Matthew Hibbert and Rhodri Owen combining to allow Andrew Jones jnr to fire home with a fine first time strike. Bridgend continued to press in the second half winning several short corners but the rub of the green went against them on several occasions allowing Cheltenham to capitalise to gain a 2 goal advantage. Rhys Rubery continued to work tirelessly up front causing problems for the Cheltenham defenders however the Bridgend strikers were unable to beat the fine Cheltenham goalkeeper. Bridgend now welcome Ross-on-Wye to fortress Pencoed next Saturday hoping to maintain the unbeaten home run
Gwent 1- Bridgend 1
Result: Gwent ‘B’ 1; Bridgend ‘B’ 1
Playing in cold and very wet conditions, both sides managed to play a hard and fast game with possession and territory spread evenly between the two sides over the length of the game.
Gwent had a lower age advantage, as their youngsters put together a good and fast passing game, well supported by their older players, but Bridgend’s defence of Steve McIntosh, John Thomas and Derek Jones were able to thwart their attacks.
Bridgend began to settle with both wingmen Ian Blatchford and Gavin Pound being brought in to play from good passing by the midfield of Jon Wilks and Rhydian Lewis; using their speed and ball control, attacks put the Gwent defence under pressure with Jeremy Ingram and youngster Jack Hayes working hard up front.
However, Gwent continued to mount attacks, and from one such move they took the lead when a hard reverse stick shot beat the Bridgend skipper and goalkeeper Cliff Harrison giving him no chance to save. However, Cliff kept the score down with some excellent saves during the game.
After half-time, Bridgend upped their game and used their experience to put together a number of good attacking moves. Gavin continued to pound down the wing, as did Ian Blatchford on the other flank, benefitting from good distribution from Jon Wilks, Stephen Price, Rhydian Lewis and Jeremy Ingram.
The equaliser came when Stephen Price struck a free hit to Jack Steer, who had moved in to space to get a deflection past the Gwent defence to Rhydian Lewis, who beat the advancing goalkeeper with a fine shot.
This was no more than Bridgend deserved, but a winning goal was not forthcoming to give both sides probably a deserved point at the end.
Cardiff 2- Bridgend 3
What a day to be playing hockey this weekend! The blustery weather meant Bridgend Ladies 1s and Cardiff Uni 2s were absolutely drenched by the end of the 70 minutes; but what a game it was. Bridgend started a bit slow out of the blocks trying to find their bearings on the pitch which made it easy for Cardiff to steal away the ball. They made many attacks and were able to get get a goal. Bridgend tried to fight back gaining many short corners but were unsuccessful; this was made worse when Cardiff manouevered the ball well across the pitch distracting the Blue defence and scored another goal. In the second half the Bridgend ladies had some making up to do with only 35 minutes to do it. This didn’t faze them at all and within minutes of the whistle blowing to start the game Bridgend stormed up the pitch to score their first goal. Even under the atrocious weather conditions this gave the team hope and determination. Not long after, Jo Poupon gave tremendous strength on the ball wading through several red players and scoring another for the team. The rest of the half was tense as both teams fought hard but it was the mighty blues that took the final deserved victory of a 3-2 win.
Next week’s fixtures. 21st November.
Mens 1s V Swansea City Away 12:30pm
Mens 2s V Ross-on-Wye Home 1:30pm
Ladies 1s V Rhondda Home 12:00pm
Ladies 2s V Cardiff Uni Away 10:30am