27 Nov Match reports 25/11/2017
Bridgend 1st XI 3-1 Ross on Wye
The undefeated Ravens made the trip to Monmouthshire this week, a quick start to the game saw Bridgend present themselves as the dominant force moving the ball around the pitch with great finesse. Some promising moves down the right between Neall Hollis and Jon Rubery almost gave Bridgend an early breakthrough however the visitors Home team turned the pressure back to Bridgend who only kept the score even through some outstanding saves by Adrian Hibbert and a deflection onto the post by Rhys Owen as the slimmed of touches diverted the ball away from the top corner. A well structured and solid Ross defence frustrated Bridgend who were forced to be patient using Jon Woodward as a pivot to transfer the ball along the back line.
Bridgend made their first breakthrough as Tim Hodges danced elegantly around the opposition defence before delivering an inch perfect pass to Tom ‘Pedro’ Pearce who was waiting at the far post to tap the ball in.
The home team, not enjoying the pressure put on them changes to a more robust playing style, Bridgend, ever the professionals met the challenge and moved themselves up a gear, carefully orchestrated manoeuvres through the midfield of David Knight and Gareth Coleman kept the Ross central partnership constantly on their toes and usually on the back foot. Bridgend’s pressure lead to a series of short corners culminating in David Knight drawing the defence before slipping the ball to Rhys Owen to whip the ball into the goal over the diving keeper.
Ross began an onslaught following the goal, however stoic defending from Neall Hollis, Rhys Owen and Jon Woodward with the deft touches of Kris Holyoake ensured their attempts were in vain.
The second half saw Bridgend attack from the off, and as the visitors upped their flair and skill level, the Home team dropped their scrupulousness. Paul Jones made a number of attacking forays down the left wing as did his right wing counterpart Jon Rubery. But Ross on Wye got the rub of the green on a number of occasions which called Adrian Hibbert into action, who demonstrated why he has cemented his position as first team keeper this year. A scrappy and dubious goal against the run of play allowed Ross back into the game. The tenacity of the defence prevented the score tying, with Neall Hollis putting his body on the line to usher the ball inches from the goal; John Woodward managed to charge down a short corner with his masculine frame, keeping Bridgend’s one goal advantage. To put the game to bed Captain Coleman allegedly drilled a pass at free-scoring striker Tom ‘Pedro’ Pearce who pirouetted with the ball before placing the ball so delicately past the keeper that power wasn’t necessary. David Knight came close rattling the post, but Bridgend maintained their now traditional 3-1 victory. Top of the league clash is next weekend, with the Ravens up against Cleevillians in a game to firmly stamp their authority on this league!!
Bridgend Mens A 1 – 1 Swansea City A
Bridgend looked to bridge the gap to the top of the leaders Whitchurch with a convincing performance against Swansea City A . Fielding a strong team, Bridgend looked to make full use of home advantage by applying pressure to the visitors from the onset. With the likes of Mike Hodges and Kris Williams making positive runs behind the Swansea defence, Bridgend’s continued dominance was rewarded with a short corner, which Adam Knapp put away to make the score 1-0.
Bridgend continued to play the better Hockey, looking to switch play across the pitch. However, a loose ball resulted in an opportunity for the visitors who slotted home to tie the scoreline.
Bridgend came out in the second half, determined to turn the game in their favour. However, with the visitors camped in their own half, opportunities to get through on goal were few and far between. A succession of short corners provided hope for Bridgend, but sadly. It the goals. With Swansea content on smashing a long ball out of defence the game finished frustrating in a tie for Bridgend. 1-1 the final score, Bridgend now look to another home game next week against Swansea Uni B , hopeful to return to winning ways.
[6:40 PM, 11/25/2017] Jon Murphy: Bridgend 3XI match report
Bridgend B 3 – 2 Swansea Uni C
Goal scorers Jon Murphy 2, Ian Davies 1
The first half started with a few chances for Bridgend but unfortunetly not converted. A 10 minute period of posession for Swansea led to the ball being hit into the d and deflected off a few sticks into the bottom corner. A short corner for Bridgend gave hope as it was converted by Jon Murphy to level the scores before half time.
The second half became a lot more open leaving holes across the pitch. Another short corner for Bridgend allowed for the scorline to fluxate to 2-1 then 2-2. The last 10 minutes approached and Bridgend won another short corner. This was slotted between the defenders legs on the line to win the game as Bridgend defended strongly to hold off the students. This result puts Bridgend 8 points clear of the bottom two and safely mid table.
MOTM Jack Hayes for a match saving tackle to keep the score level
Bridgend 4ths had a late start under the floodlights at Cwmbran Stadium on Saturday.
They were dominated by a superior Gwent team who with their full squad of 16 players able to apply relentless pressure onto the Bridgend defence. Despite heroic Goalkeeping by Man of The Match – Dan Leyshon, Gwent were able to go into the half-time break with an unassailable lead.
The second half saw Bridgend start to respond but despite huge efforts by Derek Jones, Matt Arthur and John Thomas in defence more goals were conceded including efforts that were unstoppable and of a standard any 1st XI would have been pleased with.
Mike Wilks, Tom Rosser, Matt Hibbert and Stephen Mansell all worked hard and started to create a few chances for Bridgend including winning a penalty corner from which Bridgend scored their consolation goal in a humbling 8-1 defeat.
[1:54 PM, 11/25/2017] Sophie Evans: Bridgend ladies 1s away against gowerton ladies
Bridgend 4- gowerton 3
Scorers – Louise jones 2, Louise Hearse 1, Sophie Evans 1.
MOTM Beth in goals.
Due to a last minute change to the game time Bridgend only had a bare 11 but everyone gave their all and played really well. It was an exciting game of end to end hockey with Bridgend staying slightly ahead throughout the game, they dug deep and eventually came out on top.