20 Nov Match Reports 18th/19th Nov
Bridgend 3-1 Leominster
Goal 1 – Tim Hodges with a great strike from the top of the D
Goal 2 – Paul Jones with a brilliant stop and finish from a bouncing ball
Goal 3 – Tom Pearce brilliantly supporting a break from Tim who calmly assisted inside the D
Another great performance by Adrian who was unlucky to lose his clean sheet in the dying seconds
Pembroke County 2 – Bridgend Men’s A 2
Bridgend A made the long trip to Haverfordwest for a tough away game to Pembroke County. Looking to maintain their unbeaten run, Bridgend applied pressure to the opposition from the onset. Following an early passage of quality play, Bridgend were unlucky not to score. Bridgend continued to dominate and were soon rewarded with a short corner which was deservedly finished by the industrious Andrew Jones.
Knowing that a one goal lead wouldn’t be enough, Bridgend continued to press and were again rewarded with a goal from Andrew Jones leaving the half time score 2-0 to the visitors.
Pembroke came out fighting in the second half, looking to put their visitors under pressure. However, some excellent defending by the back four, ably controlled by Phil Reece ensured the score line remained in Bridgend’s favour. However, as the game wore on, Bridgend began to tire, and the superior squad numbers of Pembroke began to tell. This pressure turned to points, when Pembroke eventually scored half way through the second half.
Bridgend looked to close the game out and with minutes to the final whistle, looked to retain the ball in the opposition half. However, Pembroke managed to break through the visitor’s defence and were cruelly denied an away win when Pembroke scored in the final seconds.
2-2 the final score. Bridgend now have two home games to look forward to over the coming weeks.
Llan & Caer A 0 – 6 Bridgend B
Scorers – Gavin Pound 1, Andrew Davis 1, Matthew Tudball 1, Jon Murphy 3
A dominant performance by Bridgend as quick interplay allowed them to put pressure on the Llan defence. A great performance by all involved proved too much for Llan as two goals from open play were converted by Gavin Pound and Matthew Tudball in the first half. The same followed throughout the second half and through lots of possession down the right-hand side of the pitch, the ball fell to Andrew Davis to convert. Throughout the game Bridgend caused numerous problems for Llan and thus allowed for three short corners to be converted by Jon Murphy.
MOTM Matthew Tudball
Bridgend C 0; Swansea City C 9
Bridgend C had defeated Swansea C in their last meeting on the Mumbles but the appearance of a powerful Swansea side that bore little resemblance to the team on that occasion meant that Bridgend were always going to be in for a tough afternoon – and again without Captain Schofield who was called up for 2nds duty.
Bridgend had 4 under 15s in their line up but, in truth, it was the adults that made plentiful mistakes in a first half that saw Swansea score too many goals following misplaced passes straight to their forward line.
There were tough words at half time and the second half saw a huge improvement. Michael Wilks down the right of midfield exemplified the hard work in attack and defence that the team needed and Dan Leyshon in goal made several tremendous saves. Steve Price worked his socks off in defence and Martin Bevan acted as a fulcrum for much that was good. Taran Moss in attack put himself about and Steve Mansell made numerous excellent tackles, but the tide was constantly flowing towards the Bridgend goal and Swansea ran out comfortable winners.
Huge thanks to everyone for their efforts and to our umpires, Jon Rubery and Rhys Owen, for their excellence in atrocious conditions.
Bridgend ladies 1s 5 – Brecon ladies 1
Bridgend MOTM Sarah Boyd
Brecon started strong and Bridgend absorbed a lot of pressure from the Brecon attack in the first 10 minutes. The defence held firm marshalled by Justine Cosby and Tania Harrison worked hard in the centre to clear any loose balls. The play then came down the right-hand side via Sophie Evans who fired in a cross which was met by Louise Hearse with an assured finish.
The second goal was scored by Georgia Catton who swept the ball from the top of the d into the bottom corner.
Another Bridgend attack down the left-hand side by Seren Burgum was passed to Louise Hearse on the edge of the d who then slipped it back to Jo Poupon who fired it into the goal.
In the second half Brecon were quick to capitalise on a short corner. Bridgend then pushed back and a searching ball from Amy Fitzgerald was met Louise Jones who lobbed the keeper into the goal.
Bridgend rounded off events with a delightfully worked short corner routine involving Jo Poupon, Michelle Hancock and finished well by Louise Jones.
Sunday 19th November
Bridgend’s mighty Men’s Development XI enjoyed a terrific game versus the newly formed Carmarthen hockey club at Pencoed on Sunday.
Featuring newcomers from the Bridgend youth conveyor belt in Tomos and Lewis from the under 13s, Bridgend ran out worthy 3-0 winners.
Notable contributions from Michael and Steve in midfield at the start of the game were supported by growing confidence from Jack and Barnaby, the latter making some stand out tackles as Carmarthen started strongly.
Matt in midfield continued his strong start to the season and orchestrated much that was excellent in attack where Taran excelled and meant that Carmarthen were forced to defend for long periods. The 2 Dan’s sharing goal keeping duties were virtual spectators for much of the second half as Bridgend continued to pour forward, using the full width of the pitch to stretch the Carmarthen defence and create large gaps.
This was a great game played in wonderful spirit and credit must go to Carmarthen who are all learning the game and brought tremendous energy and effort down the M4 with them.
Thanks also to umpires Steve and Jeremy who kept impeccable order throughout.