15 Oct Match reports 15th October
Bridgend 1st XI 4-3 Ross-on-wye
Bridgend’s aim was to take their winning form from the previous week and continue to build on it against the league leaders. The game started at a rapid pace with Bridgend absorbing pressure well. A few strafing runs from Paul Jones and Andrew Schofield showed the threat the home team were capable of. However it was the visiting team who drew first blood. A counter attack from Ross and a great deal of misfortune on the part of the Bridgend defence saw the Ross forward unleash a tomahawk. Bridgend weren’t accepting it and fought back straight away. A long corner given to the returning Phil Rees, was developed with a charge down the line, he crossed to Andy Schofield, who’s animalistic instincts in the ‘D’ kicked in and he drilled is past the keeper. Bridgend then won a spate of short corners, although their first option didn’t work, it was an inch perfect slip from Richard Knight to Rhys Owen who drilled it under the goalkeeper. Momentum was with the Ravens and the midfield played the ball through to evergreen Jason Arnold, he slotted a ball through to Paul Jones who was rocketing up the pitch, Jones threw himself at the ball acrobatically twisting in the air to pick it up and over the keeper and slot it in sending the crowd wild. Bridgend remained strong with possession retained between the midfield of Rhydian Cole and Gareth Coleman and the defence of Neall Hollis, Rob Evans, Phil Rees and Rhys Owen.
The second half began with both teams pushing forward, however Ross managed to get themselves back into the game due to a lapse in Bridgend’s marking. Adam Hawas wasn’t willing to lose the game and put on a goalkeeping seminar to the delight of the watching crowd. Bridgend saw off the game as Rhydian Cole latched onto the ball in the ‘D’ and smashed it past the keeper. Ross brought the game back to within touching distance with a well taken goal, which arose through defensive lapses. Bridgend continued after this wake up call, to manage the game, with Dave Knight maintaining possession in midfield, Young Tim Hodges took inspiration from this and left the Ross defence feeling frustrated at their inability to take the ball from the Bridgend Whizz kid. Bridgend saw out the rest of the game, knocking the league leaders off their perch. Great result in a well played game. Onward to more challenges next week.
Bridgend 2’s 4-2 Cardiff & Met F
Bridgend men’s second eleven continued their winning streak with a rather rusty performance at home to Cardiff with a 4-2 victory. Bridgend started brightly as the downpour began with Steve Murphy linking well with Nick Anthony who played in Tom Hopkins who was able to tap the ball into the empty Cardiff net. Cardiff began to play hit and hope hockey which caught the solid bridgend back 3 out with Cardiff able to squeeze the ball passed the helpless Adrian Hibbert in the Bridgend goal. As the first half to a close Bridgend upped the tempo playing some fine one touch hockey. Their second goal started from the back where Gareth Collier moved the ball into midfield where Paul Davies was able to pick out Tom Hopkins who found Andrew Jones who let fire with a thunderbolt into the top corner of the goal. From the restart Bridgend continued their high standard of hockey with some quick fire passing with Rhodri Owen passing the ball to Andrew Jones who moved it onto Kris Williams before the ball was played back to Owen who was able beat the Cardiff goalkeeper from the top of the ‘D’. Cardiff put Bridgend under pressure at the beginning of the second half forcing Matt Wooster, Gareth Collier and John Woodward into several last gasp tackles and some superb logging by Adrian Hibbert in the Bridgend goal ensured Cardiff couldn’t reduce the deficit. Matt Hibbert and Ian Blatchford added speed to the game in the wide areas pressurising the Cardiff defence. Bridgend soon extended their lead with Rhodri Owen playing a ball across the ‘D’ to Jon Rubery who’s strike gave the Cardiff goalkeeper no chance. Bridgend let the foot off the gas as the second half went on allowing Cardiff to play their long ball hockey which fell to John Woodward, initially Woodward dealt with the situation well before he played a Messi like pass to the Cardiff striker who beat Hibbert in the Bridgend goal. The victory should’ve been far greater with Bridgend being very dominant throughout the game.
Neath 6 – Bridgend 2
Tough game for the men’s 3rds this week against a very physical Neath.
Bridgend had the better passages of play in the first half with the midfield of Jon Murphy and Jeremy Ingram controlling the play and distributing well to the wingers of Mike John and Gavin Pound who were able to capitalise on the slow neath defense and create opportunities for the team earning several short corners.
Neath managed to score a scrapy first goal when bridgend suffered a bit of confusion and several 50/50s went against them.
Bridgend fought back and Gavin soon equalised using his pace to find space in the D and get around the keeper.
Neath unfortunately came back again after a break down in bridgend play.
Jon Catton created a fantastic opportunity for bridgend creating his own space and dragging in defenders to allow Gavin to run into empty space and score with a real poachers effort.
The second half unfortunatly did not improve as the weather deteriorated and despite the best efforts of steve mac and Derek at the back with the addition of Mike Hodges who played extremely well as right back and matt arthur who was targeted by the neath captain who comitted numerous fouls without being penalised. Neath capatilised by scoring 4 goals, 3 of which all came from short corners. Matt Daly, Jack Steer, Steve Sloan and Jack Hayes all rotated on the pitch and played well in a game which the result should have been much closer.
Bridgend 1 Howardian 3
Bridgend started brightly and in-form striker Louise Jones was on the score sheet within the first 5 minutes of the game. The well drilled opposition were sparked into life and after some end to end play they scored an equaliser just before the interval. The second half saw a further 2 goals from the visitors despite good passing and movement from the ravens. A much improved performance which they will hope to capitalise on in the next league game away to Dowlais.
Bridgend hosted an eventful game against Whitchurch Valleys. Bridgend started off strong but an unlucky goal sneaked in.
Aimee Fitzgerald carried on the star performance from last week and her strong performance earned her man of the match
Bridgend made good chances, with good work between Emma Lamport, Emily Phillips and Sherry Shawcross.
In the second half,Bridgend found them defending numerous short corners and sadly Whitchurch converted two. Looking forward to more improvement next week .