21 Feb Match reports 20th Feb
Bridgend 2-8 Penarth
On a washed out cold day Bridgend struggled through driving rain to play a restrengthened Penarth team. The game started in a high gear with both teams making inroads, however Bridgend came off the worst, conceding first. The home team’s confidence was bumped as they conceded a further two. Bridgend’s passing and movement proved they were capable of competing at this level, however it was the final pass that eluded Bridgend, until Jacob Hodges slapped the ball past helpless keeper. As the game motored on, Penarth applied more pressure, and stuck the boot in to gain another 2 goals before the break. The second half had similar form, as good as Bridgend looked, they didn’t generate the chances, Penarth managed. Bridgend did get back another well worked goal through Hodges, but we’re on the backseat through out. The home team can feel hard done by with the result, exhausted as they came off the pitch.
Bridgend A 4 – 0 Cheltenham C
Bridgend began the game playing with speed and precision which shocked the away side who soon found themselves facing a 2 goal deficit with goals from Jon Catton and Jason Arnold. The 2nd half began with the home side once again controlling the game which resulted in Steve Murphy scoring the decisive 3rd goal. Cheltenham tried their best to get back into the game but good defensive work by Adrian Hibbert and Matt Wooster kept kept them at bay. Bridgend continued to press and sealed a good win with a goal by the returning Adam Knapp from a long term hockey lay off.
Bridgend b 3- penarth b 0
Bridgend travelled down the M4 to penarth . From the start Bridgend started passing the ball out to the pace men of Gavin pound and Ian blatchford who caused penarths defence all sorts of problems.midfield of Jeremy Ingram Matthew Arthur was linking up well with Andy Davies who passed the ball into Matthew hibbert who passed the ball back into Andy Davies to score Bridgends first goal . Penarth mounted some of their own attacks but meet a strong defence of Derek Jones Steve mc Mike John Steve price waiting to pounce on any attack that come their way bridgend then mounted further attacks see the ball being passed to Matthew hibbert who laid a lovely pass to Andy Davies to score his second goal after some more good passing play by Bridgend and some more shots at goal Andy Davies picked up is third goal from a rebound shot .penarth never give up trying to break down bridgend defence
Thanks to all that turned out today
Bridgend Ladies 2 – Gwent ladies 3
Horrific weather conditions for the blues this week but they didn’t give up! They had a great first half starting off strong from the first whistle. Having their first home game since Christmas seemed to relax the team and they were soon 1 goal up against Gwent. As the rain poured down, holding the hockey stick was beginning to become an issue and Gwent were able to get and goal before half time. The weather seemed to get heavier through the second half which effected the blues’ aggression a little to score. This gave opportunities for the skillful Gwent forward to score two more goals. Although this was tough to take, Bridgend was able to get one back with Amy Paice’s quick thinking. Off to Saints next week and let’s hope the weather improves!
Cwmtawe 3- Bridgend 0
From the whistle, it was going to be a tough game. Cwmtawe were strong and keen for goals. A few minutes in, Bridgend lost Ali Hibbert through injury.
The first half was hard and the Bridgend defence, Liz Pearce, Pauline Harrison, Bev Sainsbury did an outstanding job to defend the D and keep the shots from Caitlin Griffiths in goal.
Shortly before half time, Cwmtawe made a well rehearsed play in to the D and scored.
The second half was a huge improvement for Bridgend, with better passing and moving the ball down the pitch, Bridgend had a few shots on goal but sadly their defence wasn’t having it.
Cwmtawe went on to score 2 more goal in the second half in close succession but if it wasn’t for the experienced defence the score could of easily been more.
It was disappointing not to get any points but we look forward to next week’s home game.