Match reports 15th November

Match reports 15th November

Ladies 1st
Bridgend 4 – 0 Dinefwr
Home side started on the front foot creating chance after chance. Visitors slowly got themselves into the game stifling the open passing play of Bridgend. The deadlock was broken by a superbly taken goal 1 on 1 with keeper by youngster Bethan Johnson. The 2nd half saw a concerted effort by the home team to extend their lead. Excellent play from midfield’s Rhian Jenkins and Sophie Evans led to a goal from skipper and motm Louise Jones. Another scintillating run from Johnson created a chance duly converted by Kayley John. A clever 1-2 passing move between Jenkins and Jo Poupon resulted in the 4th goal, Poupon on the scoresheet with seconds to spare in the game. Bridgend remain undefeated in the league with 2 remaining fixtures before the Christmas break.
Ladies 2nds
Rhondda 0 – bridgend 4
Bridgend ladies  seconds are still on a roll after winning 1-0 against Rhondda. Without captain Emily the girls wanted to get a win and from the start were determined to get that goal, both sides having breakaway runs and shots on goal with both defence players keeping the opposition out.some good worked moves between Tania and Lowri enabled Bridgend forwards to attack the goal which resulted in a goal by Katie Roberts. The second half resulted in both sides conceding short corners but neither able to convert to a goal. Every player gave full commitment to the end to a well deserved win.
3rd X1 Men’s Hockey Report – Sat. 17th November
Result: Bridgend ‘B’ 1; Llanishen and Caerphilly ‘A’ 6.
With Bridgend’s Development X1 fielding one 13 year old and two 14 year olds and missing some experienced players, the side was always going to be up against it when playing a full strenth Llan and Caerphilly side, which played in the league above that in which Bridgend played last season.
Llan and Caerphilly dominated the early exchanges, with quick and accurate passing within their side which did not contain any young players of similar ages to Bridgend’s. However, Bridgend managed to keep these attacks at bay, with stalward tackles and clearances coming from Steve McIntosh, Robin Wilson and Mike John, ably supported by man of the match Alasdair Brown, who covered lots of ground and frustrated the attacks.
These players were able to use their possession to bring midfield Jon Wilks and Rhydian Lewis in to play; from there, Bridgend were able to mount attacks using Ian Blatchford’s speed down the left flank, linking well with youngsters Rhys Rubery and Tim Hodges, who both showed good skill when taking on the Llan and Caerphilly defence.
Eventually the pressure told on Bridgend, who conceded two goals in short time. But Bridgend continued to build attacks, using youngster Matthew Hibbert down the right, linking with Jack Steer in the centre. From such pressure, Rhydian Lewis got in a strong shot from a penalty coorner, which was saved on the line by a foot – Jo Wilks accurately converted the resulting penalty flick.
Although Bridgend conceded three more goals before half time, the side was not downhearted and in the second half competed well for each ball, and created a number of chances. Unfortunately, Jack Steer was unable to make the final contact, as the passing between Jon Wilks, Rhys Rubery, Rhydian Lewis, Matthew Hibbert and Tim Hodges gave good credence to their play. Any attacks from Llan and Caerphilly were well marshalled by Alasdair Brown and Steve Mcintosh, but when that defence was broken, skipper and goalkeeper Cliff Harrison was on hand to bring off some excellent saves.
The fact that Llan and Caerphilly only scored one goal in the second hals, was due to good effort and positional play from Bridgend. The final score belies the effort put in by the whole team.