18 Oct Match Reports – 17th October
Bridgend Mens 1st XI 2 v 1 Bristol and West
The Ravens welcomed Bristol’s most affordable club to Fortress Pencoed this week in a top of the table clash. Bridgend made a far more economical start than previous, maintaining possession for long periods. However the visitors made it clear they were not buying into this, and attacked solidly and in numbers. This lead ultimately to Bristol winning the first short corner of the game. A low shot saw Bridgend concede cheaply. The defensive prowess of Jamie Brooks and Rob Evans ensured further goals were not conceded. Bristol, although playing the ball around well had a pass intercepted by Rhys Owen who took the ball forward, delivering to AJ Snr who won a short corner. The short corner was sent home by Rhys Owen who’s shot sold the keeper the wrong direction and headed low and to the right of the keeper. As the game progressed, Adam Hawas earned another man of the match award with an incredible performance as the team’s insurance, including a superb stick save which left the opposition striker confused as to where the ball had gone. Gareth Coleman made a number of outstanding runs Down the right wing, which created a numerous chances, which sadly were not converted.
The second half required Bridgend to defend firmly. Jon Rubery, Jamie Brooks, Rob Evans and Rhys Owen made sure Bristol didn’t have enough opportunities to make ends meet. Paul Jones worked tirelessly on the left wing, sharing the role with Jack ‘Janis’ Joslin, who created a number of chances and space going forwards. Some cutting runs by Nick Anthony and Jacob Hodges gave Andrew Jones Snr ample opportunity to upgrade, winning a number of short corners, which Bridgend narrowly missed converting. Bristol began to employ underhand tactics as they fatigued, stealing opportunities against the run of play, the woodwork denying them from a short corner. With less than 10 minutes to go in the game, Bridgend found themselves flush with chances, upgrading to a short corner, which proved costly for Bristol. James Griffiths injected and Jon Rubery stopped the ball on a dime for Rhys Owen to fire the ball into the top right hand corner of the goal. Captain David Knight pounded his team to maintain possession until the end of the game, ensuring Bristol’s second half account remained empty!! A great win for the Ravens against their toughest opposition yet.
Cardiff Uni 2 v Bridgend Mens 2nd XI 1
Bridgend 2nd eleven travelled to Talybont to play Cardiff uni B. Bridgend started well worth jason Arnold and Andy Schofield linking with Adam knapp and Steve Murphy to produce numerous short corners. However Bridgend found themselves 1-0 down at the break with the students running hard down the right hand side to produce a fine team goal. Bridgend began the half well with Kris Williams building pressure down the right hand side playing testing balls into forwards John Catton and Rhodri Owen. However the students managed to counter and score a goal at the other end to extend their lead. Neall Hollis produced a man of the match display at the back for Bridgend stealing the ball time after time from the students. This founded another Bridgend attack which lead to Jon Catton playing in Rhodri Owen to hit home and narrow the gap. Bridgend continued to pressurise Cardiff uni who parked the bus with eleven players in their own 25. Andrew Jones Snr made some testing runs. Bridgend had a short corner just as the final whistle went with the ball falling to Rhodri Owen but he was unable to convert for a second time.
Penarth ‘B’ 2 Bridgend Mens 3rd XI 1
Bridgend started strongly against an experienced Penarth side, and dominated the early exchanges although were unable to take the lead as the Penarth goalkeeper brought off excellent saves from Bridgend shots.
This was disappointing, allowing Penarth to settle down and put the Bridgend team under pressure from breakaways, from which Penarth took the lead against the run of play with a firm shot giving skipper and goalkeeper Cliff Harrison no chance to save.
Youngster Jack Hayes acquitted himself well combining with the midfield, but another breakaway by Penarth stretched the Bridgend defence and resulted in a second goal for Penarth.
The second half saw Bridgend continue to dominate play, and their perserverance was rewarded when Robin Wilson shot wide of the goalkeeper to score for Bridgend with Ian Blatchford in close attendance. Jack Steer went close after accurate passing from Jon Wilks, but no more goals resulted, leaving Bridgend rueing their missed, or rather well saved chances.
Bridgend Ladies 1st XI 3 v Swansea Uni 4
Tough game against Swansea uni ladies today for Bridgend Ladies 1s, but as always they never gave up for the whole 70 minutes! Goals being made from both sides it was a stressful and intense game. Swansea had a strong attack and at times Bridgend left gaps in the middle for them to take on scoring opportunities. With the start of a fresh new half Bridgend began to tear away at the Swansea midfield and create their own attacks. Fast balls made it through the middle from the Bridgend back line out to the fast midfielders of Sophie Evans and Sarah Boyd and they were able to zoom down the line to find the sticks of our goal scorers Louise Jones – who scored 2, and Jo Poupon – who was Man of the Match for todays game. Although there was a lot of determination and energy from the Blue corner, Swansea uni came out on top as winners this weekend with a result of 4-3. Even from a loss there is every notion that the Bridgend Ladies will come back fighting in their next game and find the Win they deserve.
Whitchurch Saints 2 v Bridgend Ladies 2nd XI 1
With a few team players unable to play last minute left the Bridgend 2nds with 10 players on the morning!
However, Liz Pearce and Bethan Johnson came to the rescue giving the team 11 and a sub for the game.
On arrival, it was predicted to be a hard game for the Bridgend team, facing a full squad of Whitchurch saints.
Bridgend rallied and played excellent hockey, with smart passing and good play!
It was a good half for Bridgend, and even though Whitchurch had the first goal from a short corner, it was shortly followed by a goal from Brogan Thomas. The second half, Saints came back harder and Bridgend defence did a fantastic job of keeping the score low. Meg Hooper, Pauline Harrison, Amy Fitzgerald and Megan Fairchild did a superb job.
Bridgend displayed fantastic team down the middle of the pitch with Bethan Johnson and Brogan Thomas on the wings with Bets Williams playing pivot. The score stayed at 1-1 all second half, with 4 seconds left, Saint scored.
Although disappointed by the score the girls played great and did the club proud.
Saturday 24th October Fixtures
Mens 1s Away V Bristol University 1:30pm
Mens 2s Home V Brecon 1:30pm
Mens 3s Home V Trinity St David’s 3pm
Ladies 2s Home V Cwmtawe 12pm