07 Mar Match reports
Bridgend 1st XI 1-3 Swansea
Bridgend welcomed long time rivals Swansea to Coleg Cymunedol y Dderwen. Swansea set out their stall early showing their intention to play an unnecessarily physical game. Bridgend showed a distinct lack of synchronicity, unable to get a consistent string of passes together which was punished by Swansea counter attacking in numbers, to get their first goal. Bridgend responded to this with an immediate goal, Jon Rubery broke down the right crossing to David Knight who buried his shot. Bridgend continued to be unable create in the final 1/3, and Swansea pushed back caused Bridgend to succumb to another goal. The second half saw Swansea focus heavily on their physicality, playing enough rudimentary hockey to get by. Swansea managed an inconsequential goal from a short corner, whilst Bridgend tested their own defence in a frustrating display that saw a number of passes go awry. Aside from injured bodies and pride, what Bridgend can take away from this is knowing what must be worked on in training!!
Monmouth 4-2 Bridgend A
Bridgend crossed a bridge to play Monmouth on what would be a must win game this Saturday. Ross took an early lead after the change in rules confused the Bridgend back 3. As the half went on John Catton began to cause the Monmouth defenders problems beating each one on several occasions. A short corner resulted in Knapp cleverly tucking the ball passed the on coming Ross keeper. This gave Bridgend what they deserved into the half time break. Bridgend began the second half spreading the ball amongst the back 3, This invited Ross’ to counter attack which was too much for midfield. However Bridgend got the ball back down the pitch and won a short. This short corner was intelligently placed passed the helpless Ross keeper. Bridgend thought they had the impetus to to press on afterwards but with Paul Davies running out of friends he ended up playing in The Ross strikers to gain a 2 goal advantage. Bridgend continued to press for the rest of the game with Rhys Rubery attacking through the middle playing several balls to the dynamic attacking duo.
Whitchurch 1- Bridgend 3
A must win game for the ladies of Bridgend this week as it was a bottom of the table clash, so everyone was raring to go. Both teams made a strong start to the first half but Bridgend seemed the stronger team, with more drive and determination. Many opportunities were made on the attack for both sides, Whitchurch having a couple of quick forwards but it was Bridgend that got on the score board first with a superb goal from Louise Jones on a short corner. The blue ladies seemed to quieten down by the latter of the first half and unfortunately Whitchurch were awarded a short corner. The defensive team worked brilliantly to try and keep the ball out but on the final whistle of the game they weren’t quite successful.
Going into the second half 1-1 both teams had everything to play for. Bridgend were awarded several short corners where Jo Poupon was able to turn one into a goal, and Amy Paice’s quick thinking via another attack on the Cardiff side made the final score 3-1.
Bridgend 1- Cardiff met 2
Ladies 2 had a difficult game against a well drilled team, with just 11 players Bridgend displayed a hard working hockey game.
This week saw Caitlyn Griffiths have another strong game in goals, keeping the Cardiff met strikes at bay.
Sadly, on a short corner one went flying past giving the visitors the first goal of the game.
Closely after Bridgend went up a gear and with some fantastic passing play between Amy Fitzgerald and Jaz Gamble, Jaz got Bridgend’s goal.
At half time the score was 1-1 and Bridgend had to keep up the hard work, which is what happened, Liz Pearce put on a great performance which awarded her man of the match.
Shortly before full time Cardiff won a short corner which they converted.
Bridgend 2s face Abergavenny next week.
Cardiff 4- Bridgend 1
Bridgend started the game well with quick fluid hockey earning good possession on the right from John Rubery and Andy Jones. A breakthrough from knight fed the ball into the path of Jacob Hodges within the D but was unable to convert. Another attack allowed Knight to this time feed Rhydian Cole at top D who was able to power the ball home past the student keeper with his first touch of the game. This sent alarm bells ringing for the students and a strategy change saw them play a high press putting lots of pressure on Bridgend and forcing errors and steeling possession in crucial 2 quick goals left Bridgend 2-1 down at half time.
The second half was a similar story where more pressure resulted in Bridgend giving away too much ball and allowing Cardiff Uni A to attack. A busy afternoon for defence Adam Howas, Rhys Owen Jamie Brooks, Rob Evans and Neall Hollis saw a further 2 goals added to the tally. Several short corners crept inches wide for Bridgend’s Gareth Coleman but overall we were not clinical enough on our passing or shooting on the day to contend with the well drilled student side.
Bridgend A 2-1 Cardiff Medics
On a fine Saturday afternoon at fortress Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen Bridgend were far to clever for the Cardiff medical students. Bridgend started brightly with Kris Williams terrorising the Medics left back turning him and out. He then played a precision ball to Adam Knapp who took the aerial route to Rhodri Owen who cleverly lifted the ball first time over the on coming goalkeeper. Bridgend continued to press through the first half the Paul Jones making numerous runs down the left hand side causing many problems for the students. As the half went on Bridgend continued to operate at a high level with Adam Knapp powering through the students defence and with 3 players hanging off the back he unleashed a strike into the heart of goal. As the second half began the students created numerous chances which were all plucked out from keeper Adrian Hibbert who once again made several crucial saves. Bridgend then began to play some counter attacking hockey with wife players Kris williams and Paul Jones showing a clean pair of heels to the students defenders. The students scored a late goal to pull a goal back but it was little too late as Bridgend were able to diffuse their attacks before they amounted to anything. Skipper Steve Murphy thought the the teams bonding session last weekend in Monmouth enabled the Bridgend players to gel together as a team. Bridgend travel to Stroud next season hoping to finish the season on a high
Bridgend B 5 Swansea city c 1
On a sunny Saturday Bridgend travelled down the M4 to Swansea. Bridgend started this game with some quick passing which saw Andy Davis having a shot on goal saved after 2 minutes . Bridgend continued to try and build some momentum but some poor passing let the team down.Swansea put some game play together which Bridgends defence of Derek Jones Steve mc and Steve Sloan and Steve price dealt with .Swansea took the lead after some sloppy defending by Bridgend this woke up the Bridgend team who responded with a goal from Andy Davis who beat a couple of defenders and with a reverse shot at goal scored
Half time score 1-1
Second half started and Bridgend upped the tempo of the game with some quick passing of the ball and Andy Davis popped up to score his second goal. Swansea kept on trying to build some attacks of their own but the midfield of Jeremy Ingram Rhyd Lewis and Jon Wilks and Matthew hibbert kept breaking down any attacks that Swansea put together .Bridgend started to play the ball with more urgently and with quick ball Matthew hibbert played the ball into the goal area for Andy Davis to score his third goal of the game . Swansea kept come at Bridgend which saw goalkeeper cliff Harrison making a couple of saves Bridgend then went after some more goals which saw Gavin pound scoring two goals late in the second half
Cardiff uni 5
A long and tiring match for the blue ladies today. They started off strong and raring to go but the uni girls were too trained to keep away from the goal. Cardiff switched the ball across the pitch successfully and got all 5 of their goals secured on the score board in the first half. In the second half Bridgend came out strong and fighting but it was very frustrating when play couldn’t be secured with any goals for the blue team. They gained short corners but unfortunately nothing came of them. With 3 games left til the end of the season, the ladies hope to end strong and not get relegated.
Abergavenny 11- Bridgend 0
The game started extremely fast which Abergavenny breaking Bridgend defence immediately and scoring 3 goals in quick succession. Shortly after the third goal, there was an Abergavenny injury which stopped play, which gave Bridgend to go over a change of play.
This saw Bridgend’s fantastic defence step up a mark, back 3 once again, protected Caitlyn the keeper tremendously, as no other goals were conceded in the first half.
The second half, the yellow side seemed slower to start, giving Bridgend the chance to attack numerous times, however their defence was having none of. They notched up pace of play and attacked Bridgend with a further 7 goals, 4 of which were well drilled short corners.