28 Feb Match Reports 23rd Feb & Fixtures for 2nd March
Bridgend 1st XI 2 v Wotton – U – Edge 1
Bridgend 2nd XI 3 v Swansea City C 4
(Re-arranged Game) Bridgend 2nd XI 1 v Brecon 3
Bridgend Men’s 3rd X1 0; Aberystwyth University 2nd X1 17
Due to the unavailability of 15 members who had previously played for the 3rd X1, for numerous coinciding genuine reasons, Bridgend 3rd X1 travelled to Aberystwyth University with a depleted squad of only nine players. However, the Club is grateful to them for travelling over 100 miles each way to fulfil this fixture.
Against a strong and energetic student side, Bridgend were determined to compete hard, but also expected that the defence would succumb to considerable pressure and that they would probably concede a hatful of goals. This sadly transpired but the hatful was not as big as the students expected.
This was because the defence of Derek Jones, Steve Sloan, John Thomas and Matthew Arthur tackled hard, and managed to clear the ball to midfield Jon Murphy and Ross Allen, who both worked tirelessly to keep possession when closed down by the more numerous students.
Youngster James King had his best game for the club so far, working well to help the defence but also trying hard to create attacks for the lone forward of Jack Steer.
The students, due to their numeric advantage, demonstrated good ball skills and effective passing using the whole width of the field, thereby stretching the Bridgend defence. Despite goals coming at regular intervals, the Bridgend defence put up a brave performance, with skipper and goalkeeper Cliff Harrison bringing off some excellent saves, and so the goal tally, although sadly high at the end of the game, could have been a lot higher.
Bridgend tried hard to worry the students and were effective in this at the beginning of the second half, when they gained three short corners as a result of good pressure from Ross, Jon and James. Unfortunately a goal did not result, but it gave credit to Bridgend for worrying the student defence.
A sad result, but some satisfaction for the nine players who represented their Club. A full side and the return of some more experienced players for the remaining league games will restore the side to better days.
Bridgend Ladies 1st XI 1 v Barry 3
A disappointing result for the ladies 1st XI who were fully geared up for a hard game against the strong Barry side. Barry managed to score a quick first goal, but Bridgend were not fazed by this. They fought strongly and Louise Jones skilfully placed an equaliser in the back of the net. Unfortunately Bridgend were 2-1 down by half time, although it could have been three have it not been for stand in goalie Melanie Geddes, who saved a cracking shot to the face! Bridgend clearly dominated the second half, with several shots on goal, however when the final whistle blew had to succumb to defeat from the visiting side.
Bridgend Ladies 2nd XI 0 v Rhondda 4
After an impressive performance last week, it was hoped we would come out of this game with something, but Rhondda had other ideas, and played from the start, attacking hockey. A goal quickly conceded in the first 5 minutes. Bridgend then were on the back foot for most of the first half, with the defence being thoroughly tested. The second half was much better with Bridgend attacking up the pitch, and having shots on goal, where they were awarded a couple of short corners, only to have shots go wide. Final whistle Rhondda had scored 4 goals, which was an overall disappointing result seeing as Bridgend had fought back in the second half.
Fixtures for 2nd March 2013
1st XI v CHIPPENHAM (H) 14.30
2nd XI v SWANSEA BAY B (A) 15.30
3rd XI v Gwent Development (A)
1st XI v Dinefwr (H) 13:00