15 Oct Match Reports 15-10-17
Bridgend 1st XI 4-1 Stroud
Historically the day after Friday 13th the world lacked some Knights, and so did Bridgend as their talisman David was unavailable. A feisty start to the game saw Tim Hodges unable to capitalise on the possession he generated around the ‘D’ as he became a victim of the opposition’s dark arts. Jon Rubery caused havoc down the right flank with only some last gasp robust tackling keeping him at bay. After Paul Jones created space on the left Rhys Owen was able to dispossess the opposition him up the field before threading the ball to Tim Hodges to continue his fine vein of scoring form. Play was build from deep, with this season’s import Kris Holyoake running proceeding distributing the ball throughout the back line. Bridgend were unfortunate not to take a greater lead into the break.
The second half continued as the first with Bridgend dominating, goalkeeper Adrian Hibbert made short work of anything in his vicinity. Andrew Jones Jr played in Jon Rubery 10 minutes into the half, who selflessly set up Tom Pearce to deflect the ball past the remaining defenders. Jon Woodward returned to his hometown and received no special treatment but doled out his usual tough tackling style, making the home team aware of his presence. Captain Gareth Coleman bravely battled through injury most of the game, but demonstrated the type of game his team should emulate as he acted as the rudder for the Raven’s ship. It was his quick thinking which played in Rhydian Cole who span in the ‘D’ to shoot past the helpless keeper. Bridgend were unfortunate to concede through a lapse in concentration, but it proved a wake up call as the visitors returned the favour with a great solo goal from Captain Gareth Coleman. Tough opponents await Bridgend next week in the shape of arch-rivals Whitchurch for what could be a pivotal game in deciding the league.
Bridgend A 1 v Llan & Caerphilly 0
Bridgend A faced a LLan & Caerphilly side buoyed from a win from the previous weekend fixtures.
Determined to take the wind from their sails, Bridgend were keen to take the game to the opposition from the off. Fielding a side with no substitutions to call upon it was key that the home side dictated the tempo of the game.
Retention of the ball was key and Bridgend played a shrewd game, forcing the opposition to work hard to gain possession of the ball. Moving the ball around well, Bridgend played with an air of confidence that had eluded them from their previous game.
With the pressure telling on the opposition Bridgend were awarded a series of short corners, which unfortunately didn’t find the net.
0-0 at half time the game was poised on a knife edge.
Bridgend came out in the second half determined to make their dominance pay off. This was eventually rewarded with a well finished goal by Jamie Brooks, shooting neatly in the corner.
Llan & Caerphilly threw everything at Bridgend in a desperate attempt to equalise.
However, a sublime performance from Rob Evans in defence ensured that any attempts were thwarted.
Bridgend looked to close out the game, with Andrew Jones controlling the midfield with aplomb.
Despite a few breaks form Llan & Caerphilly, Bridgend rounded off a well deserved win. 1-0 the final score.
Bridgend B 0 – 8 Cardiff medics A
Bridgend came up against a fast, young uni side who had 15 players. With a bare 11, bridgend held firm defending valiantly with a strong back line of jeremy ingram, paul davies and derek jones. Unfortunately, by the end of the first half it was four-nil. At the start of the second half, bridgend started brightly but with legs tiring cardiff kept on coming. The midfield of matthew tudball, michael john, denver beer, david collier and steven mansell kept on running all the way to the end giving 100%. A few bridgend attacks came and went throughout the game as forwards andy davis and jon murphy continuously moved to try and find space but could not find the back of the net. Bridgend look towards next week where they play away to whitchurch.
Swansea City Mens 4th XI 1; Bridgend Men’s 4th XI 2
Bridgend’s mighty men’s 4th XI earned a fantastic victory at the pride of West Wales with a scintillating performance of control, courage, confidence and commitment, the latter absolutely full blooded.
Swansea lined up with several Welsh representative masters in key positions and it was clear from the outset that Bridgend would have to deliver an outstanding team display if they were to compete at all. Early possession for Swansea, as they passed the ball accurately and quickly, failed to dent the resolute Bridgend defence with Steve Price, Taran Moss and Jack Hayes all making important tackles and interceptions.
Bridgend’s own midfield began to assert some control with a number of crisp tackles and passes and a surging move down the right involving at least 6 players ended with Nick Allen smashing home a loose ball for Bridgend to take the lead. Tom Rosser and Michael Wilks, both youngsters playing in wide midfield positions, began to exploit huge spaces as the game opened up and it was Tom who crossed brilliantly for the shout to go up “and Steer must score!”. The consummate veteran did indeed, making no mistake with instant control and a rasping shot into the corner of the goal.
Swansea were mortified to be 2 behind at the break and came back strongly in the second half, gaining a goal back as a misplaced pass let in their fleet footed forward to squeeze the ball pass the brilliant Ian Blatchford in the Bridgend goal.
Bridgend did not bend and despite multiple injuries, which forced the team to play the last 15 minutes with 10 men, continued to, in truth, dominate possession and force Swansea to defend. Schofield was a sensation in midfield and, working with the resolute Jon Wilks and Dave Collinson, denied Swansea any clear cut chances.
This was an immense display against a very good and experienced Swansea side and the team were justifiably delighted with the result.
Massive credit to the Bridgend youngsters (Tom, Michael, Taran and Jack) for their whole hearted and courageous efforts – absolutely one to savour with a modest glass of Vimto.
Bridgend 2- Penarth 1
Ladies 1 put out another strong performance to secure a 2-1 win against Penarth. Goal scorers Louise Jones (2) Man of the Match Sarah Boyd
Whitchurch Saints 2- Bridgend 0
Ladies 2nds kicked off their league games with an away game to Whitchurch saints 5ths, with a few friendlies played, the team started well. The first half was a display of excellent hockey, Charlie Morris and Jess Allan worked tirelessly in mid and helped create chances for forwards Sherrie Shawcross, Lauren Hancock and Angharad Kitchener. Bridgend defence of Liz Pearce, Pauline Harrison, Kate Zielinski and Poppy Jenkins had a proved a force to be reckoned with and not allowing Whitchurch best stand in goalie Bev Sainsbury, Whitchurch attempted to score with 4 short corners which were all defended flawlessly. The second half started 0-0, and Whitchurch came out fighting, with a full squad and tactics they were trying different step ups which proved successful with two goals close together. Despite chances made by bridgend, the girls upfront were unlucky to convert but still showed promise for the future games in the league, especially with new team members Poppy Jenkins (who had Man of the Match) Eve Mordicae and Chessie Jarvis .