23 Oct Match reports 22nd October
Bridgend 1st XI 1-3 Bristol and West
Bridgend started the game in the poorest way possible, conceding within the first minute. The team looked in shock and were still seemingly in the warm up. Mere seconds after the first, Bristol put a strong attack together which saw Bridgend concede a short corner this was the first of many saves for Adam Hawas. However it didn’t take long for the ball to be broken down in midfield leaving Bridgend 2-0 down in a short space of time. Bridgend saw youngster Tim Hodges come alive in the game, and his energy and attacking prowess earned Bridgend a number of set pieces in the attacking area of the pitch. Bridgend had their two short corners of the game in quick succession, after the initial shot both fell to Jason Arnold, who was unlucky to not turn the ball into the goal on both occasions.
Despite this promising play a midfield breakdown lead to Bridgend conceding the third goal as they were overlapped and overwhelmed in the ‘D.’ Bridgend needed to dig their heels in to avoid the game becoming an embarrassing rout for the visitors. David Knight initiated an attack from deep with a delicate aerial which saw Tim Hodges demonstrate his exquisite skill to better his opponents. As he entered the ‘D’ he drilled the ball past the goalkeeper putting the ball in the corner of the goal. Bridgend saw out the first half keeping out a barrage of short corners, with Adam Hawas on fine form making Bristol fight for any scraps. The second half didn’t allow much in the way for Bridgend’s attack. The returning David “Snoop Dogg” Allen demonstrated some of the skill and ability Bridgend enjoyed to watch prior to his season abroad on loan. Bridgend’s biggest success was their short corner defence, despite Bristol having 8 or 9 in the second half, Adam Hawas made them look very unthreatening. Bridgend weren’t able to claw anything back through the second half. Captain Rob Evans needs to rectify some wrongs ahead of next week’s game.
Whitchurch C 0-4 Bridgend A
With a much changed squad Bridgend made the short journey east to rivals Whitchurch bridgend made a lively start to the game with Matt Hibbert and Ian Blatchford showing good pace down the flanks to outwit the opposition defenders. The ball was played into the Whitchurch D to strikers Rhodri Owen and Kris Williams who caused the opposition defenders problems. Whitchurch hit Bridgend on the counter attack which brought Adrian Hibbert into action for the first time. He was ably supported by Gareth Collier, Jon Woodward and superman Matt Wooster. Bridgend continued to cause problems throughout the first half with the ball falling to Andrew Jones at the top of the Whitchurch ‘D’ he hit the ball on his reverse stick which was too powerful for the opposition as he watched the ball dribble over the line. Bridgend continued to press throughout the first half with Paul Davies and Jon Rubery combining with later finishing making the goalkeeper look like a young child. As the half went on Bridgend introduced Jeremy Ingram. Ingram used his Bolt like pace to get passed the opposition defenders before teeing up Kris Williams who threaded the ball neatly between the posts. Mike John and Jon Murphy ensured the Whitchurch attackers would not pass them doing whatever they could to make this happen. As the second half went on Bridgend continued to deal with the long ball style of play that Whitchurch used with the Bridgend defenders intercepting everything that was thrown at them. As the match entered the final stages of the game Matt Wooster carried the ball from the back before combing with Matt Hibbert who played it back to Wooster who linked up with Owen. Wooster was waiting for the return pass but Owen went on a maze like run through the ‘D’ before squeezing the ball from an acute angle passed the keeper at the near post. Bridgend now face a tough stretch of fixtures against sides at the top of the table.
Bridgend 2 Dowlais 9
Bridgend travelled north to face a seasoned Dowlais side and were on the back foot from the first whistle. Despite trailing 2-0 Bridgend forced their way back in the game with a diving effort from skipper Jo Poupon. The ravens hockey flourished thereafter and great work from the midfield of Sarah Boyd, Holly Vowles and motm Sophie Evans kept the momentum going till Dowlais scored on the counter. The 2nd half saw a slight capitulation from the ravens as confidence seemed to evaporate from the Bridge girls. A flurry of goals ensued but the ravens never gave up. Megan Hooper in goal stood firm, preventing a double figure scoreline. Good running and passing from youngsters Jaz Gamble and Amy Bradbury resulted in a goal from Bradbury. A goal in each half and an improved squad performance proved to be the slim pickings for Bridgend as the scoreline was not representative of the overall game.
Swansea uni 11- bridgend 0
A well schooled student team gave bridgend a run for their money with well worked drills.
Bridgend’s raven chicks did well to keep the score at what it was as it could of been 20’s, Jess Pearce was showing off the Pearce Sporting Genes with fantastic work with Aimee Fitzgerald.
It was a display of hockey which sadly didn’t reflect the work that we put in.