23 Jan Match Reports 23rd Jan
Bridgend 1st XI 2-2 Bristol and West
Bridgend made a journey over the bridge, to play their first competitive game in a long while. The rust had to be brushed off very quickly as a very strong Bristol and west team mounted a number of very firm attacking chances. The Bristol team spent a long time attacking down the left hand side only to be thwarted by the good work of Neall Hollis, who intercepted a number of passes, with Rob Evans cleaning up behind him. Jamie Brooks steered the ship from the back, and calmly started turning the opposition attacks into those of Bridgend’s. The counter saw Jon Rubery run the gauntlet through some robust challenges. The ball moved to the right with Jack (Yacult) Jopson, love linking up well with his team mate Jacob Hodges. The chances both created and took however did not manifest themselves and to goals, sadly. The teams battled back and forth read the first half the ball going in to end like a tennis match Bridgend’s defence remained staunch, and the Bristol team were able to avoid conceding also. David Knight picked up the ball with his back to goal, he rounded the keeper, but was swarmed by the defence before he could find the backboard. This stalemate continued up until half time, both teams won short corners including one for Bristol following a spectacular diving tackle from Jamie Brooks, which resulted in a very dubious short corner. however neither were able to capitalise from these. This took both teams into the break at a very fair 0-0.
The second-half began in similar fashion with both teams creating numerous chances for their forwards. Rhydian Cole played a number of long through balls to the forwards, however they were unable to make anything from it. Halfway through the second half Bristol won a short corner, this, sadly for Bridgend was what broke the deadlock, as a ball fired through the centre of the goal misdirected Adam Hawas who had let nothing past him prior. Bridgend were determined to not be perturbed by this and pushed forwards through Paul Jones and Andrew Jones Jr, although Bridgend had a great deal of possession, they lacked penetration. Rhys Owen stepped up to deliver the ball to the far post, only to be intercepted en route. Bristol appeared buoyed by the onslaught and fought back increasing the pressure exerted on Bridgend, a number of solid tackles from the aforementioned defence, made it increasingly difficult for Bristol to do anything with this pressure. Bristol however, seemed to get the rub of the green for a large period generating undeserved chances. One of these was a short corner, which was moved quickly around the defence, into the goal, from a range giving neither the defence nor the keeper any chance of success. Bridgend took this is this as their sign to shut up shop, neall Hollis move the ball towards the goal attacking on the right hand side, he played a great ball into the box which was ultimately picked up by David Knight, who drove the ball past the helpless keeper, at backboard breaking pace. The game continued, Bridgend knowing they had to do the impossible and stop Bristol taking all three points at home for the first time this year. With two minutes left of the gameCaptain David Knight drove towards the left-hand post, where he was unceremoniously upended by the defence. Despite the brutality of the tackle, Bridgend’s only gain from this was a short corner. Not to look a gift horse in the mouth Jon Rubery teed the ball up for Rhys Owen, who fired the ball high to the right of the keeper, tying the game for the visitors. In a climactic finished the game, Bristol when a short corner as the dying with a blue, in scenes reminiscent of rourke’s drift, The five brave souls of Bridgend’s defence, stepped up against the entire Bristol team, as the ball was fired towards the goal, Rob Evans managed to get a valiant to stick in the way of the ball and deflect it over the bar to end the game as a draw.
BRIDGEND A 2-1 CARDIFF UNI B
Bridgend welcomed a young Cardiff Uni side to fortress Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen on a fine January afternoon. The Bridgend men were on a high after watching the ladies seconds clinch a late point from a very spirited performance. Bridgend started the game on the count of un-dau-tri. Bridgend began the game moving the ball quickly between the back 3 of John Woodward, Matt ‘the reach’ Wooster and Gareth Collier. However a youthful Cardiff Uni side Started strongly using their pace and skill to create a well worked goal. This woke the Bridgend side up who began to move up the gears with the midfield trio of Steve Murphy, Andrew Jones and Paul Jones pinging the ball around and playing some scintillating passes to create several attacking opportunities. The pressure by wide men Andy Schofield and Rhodri Owen forced the well organised Cardiff Uni defence into a rare error to win a short corner. Paul Davies accurately sent the ball to the top of the D where skipper Steve Murphy was well positioned to lay off off super striker Jason Arnold who forced the keeper into making a fine save. Bridgend’s attacking duo of Jason Arnold and Kris Williams continued to terrorise the Cardiff Uni defenders making some fine runs in the process. Bridgend continued to attack during the first half with Paul Davies firing an exquisite pass straight to Jason Arnold, who turned the last defender to leave himself one on one with the Cardiff Uni keeper who was left with no hope firing into the bottom left ha d corner of the goal. Bridgend brought the fresh legs of Rhys Rubery and Tim Hodges into the game. With young Timothy threatening the Cardiff Uni side on several occasions. Rhys worked tirelessly on the left hand side in attack but more crucially in defence working in tandem for John Woodward to put a stop to several Cardiff Uni attacks.
Cardiff uni began the second half on the attack. But couldn’t get passed the very impressive Bridgend back 3. Who were also very well supported by star stopper Adrian Hibbert. Bridgend started playing some pin ball like hockey bouncing the ball all the way from the back through the midfield trio, switching the ball between wing men and linking with Kris Williams who’s delicate first time bass fell to super striker Jason Arnold who fired home leaving the keeper at a stand still. Bridgend’s legs began to tire in the closing stages however their determination and team spirited gave them the extra desire and team spirit to keep the Cardiff Uni side out with Matt Wooster once again making several key tackles to keep the students out. Skipper Steve Murphy was over the moon with this result and hopes this will be the beginning of the fight to stay in this league next year. Bridgend travel to rivals Brecon next week hoping to do the double of their rivals
Result: Trinity St.Davids 0; Bridgend ‘B’ 17 (seventeen !)
Bridgend travelled to Lampeter to play the students from Trinity St. Davids, and were soon in their stride playing quick accurate passing and were two goals up after as many minutes, with Jon Catton and Gavin Pound beating the Trinity goalkeeper.
With midfield of Jon Wilks, Matthew Arthur, Rhydian lewis and Jeremy Ingram controlling play, youngster Matthew Hibbert and Gavin Pound were brought in to play on the wings, creating space for Mike John and Steve McIntosh to advance upfield for more chances to be created and taken by Jon Catton and Jack Steer.
Trinity were rarely out of their own half, giving little trouble to Derek Jones, Steve Sloan, Mike Allen and John Thomas in defence, as Bridgend continued to dominate play. Further goals were scored by Seve McIntosh with a well directed shot from a penalty corner and John Catton and Jon Wilks, with Matthew Hibbert also gettting on the scoresheet.
Being 12 goals up at half-time, Bridgend relaxed in the second half as Trinity became more in to the game, tackling hard and frustrating Bridgend’s passing game. After some substitutions, Bridgend resettled and more goals resulted from Jeremy Ingram, Jon Catton and Jack Steer, with Matthew Hibbert unluky not to score as his shot saw the ball bounce off one post, across goal and bounce off the other post without crossing the goalline.
Trinity’s perserverance continued, resulting in being awarded penalty corners, but were kept out with skipper and goalkeeper Cliff Harrison bringing off good saves on the rare occasions when he was brought in to play as the last line of defence.
In total, Bridgend’s goals were scored by Jon Catton (8), Jeremy Ingram (3), Jack Steer (2) and one each for Gavin Pound, Sreve McIntosh, Jon Wilks, Matthew Hibbert.
Hopefully this great result will give the side good confidence for the tougher league games ahead.
Bridgend Ladies 1s 2-3 Barry Ladies.
It was a hard game to endure for the ladies this weekend. Barry were strong but liked to barge their way across the pitch. They had strong forwards who took their chances and made the score board at 3-0 by half time. The Blues looked as if they were slipping away but in the second half they came out fighting strong and had a lot more opportunities. A well worked short corner found their first goal from Emma Winch, and the second was brought after great stick skills from Amy Paice. Meg Hooper was man of the match and it was well deserved. She made several good saves that kept the blues in the running for a draw – it was just unfortunate Bridgend couldn’t seal it with another goal. It’s their first home game after Christmas next weekend so hopefully it will give them an extra lift and plenty of eagerness for a win!
Bridgend ladies 2 V Chepstow 2.
After a quick organisation of the team due to the gk not available, bridgend were a bit apprehensive facing a strong experienced side, but Bridgend took the game to them straight away. With Georgia Catton running up the wing unlucky with her cross into the D not to have a goal. Chepstow scored first against the run of play, catching the bridgend backs out. The game switched back and forth with the younger players in the team not afraid to have a shot on goal. Bridgend had 3 short corners in a row but were unable to capitalise. Chepstow scored from a short corner 2-0. Bridgend fought back and from a lovely strike into the D Seren Bergum scored a goal, This inspired the team and everyone dug deep. With the defence working hard to keep Chepstow out. In the last 5 mins Ali Hibbert had a fantastic strike from a short corner for Leanne Jones to get a touch of her stick to it. Player of the match was awarded to Ali Hibbert.