05 Dec Match reports 28th Nov
Last week’s match reports…(sorry for the delay!)
The Bridgend Ladies 1s were taken down the motorway to play Whitchurch Saints 2s this weekend. The atrocious weather brought struggles for the Blues but it didn’t stop them giving 110%. Saints took the game by surprise with a goal in the first minute which instantly put Bridgend on the back foot. They continued to score two more lucky goals and seemed to be all over the scoreboard. Bridgend wasn’t having any of it and fought back well. Quick passing between the midfielders sent Whitchurch’s nerves twitching. Unable to handle the attack Bridge found the back of the net twice before the end of the first half. It was a tense second half and the weather was slowly getting worse but there were big attacks coming from both sides. Bridgend were successful to produce more team goals, bringing their total up to 4, but they were very unlucky to put some in the wrong goal too. After a 5-4 loss Bridhgend ended the game strong and look forward to next week’s game against Presteigne. Scorers were Louise Jones (3) and Brogan Thomas.
Bridgend second eleven went 1 nil down early in the game. However they managed to weather the storm with Adrian Hibbert making numerous saves. He was well supported by the solid back 3 of Gareth Collier, Rob Evans and John Woodward. Despite the horrendous weather conditions Bridgend managed a goal of there own just before the half time whistle with Andy Scofield converting a well placed Jason Arnold pass. Bridgend could’ve taken the lead seconds later with Gareth Coleman creating problems for the Medic descenders. Bridgend confined to press in the second half with Kris Williams, Paul Davies and Steve Murphy combing to win short corners. With Jason Arnold hitting the post on 2 occasions. The Medic students took advantage of Bridgend’s attacking play and were able to counter attack and squeeze a goal just out of the reach of star stopper Adrian Hibbert. Rhys Rubery and Matthew Hibbert used their young legs to cause problems for the opposition but Bridgend couldn’t quite convert for a second time to get the point which they definitely deserved
Credit was due to both teams for successfully playing constructive hockey in monsoon conditions, where it was difficult to keep hold of sticks due to the cold and wet conditions.
However, the young and spirited young Whitchurch side, well supported by some old heads, soon put in to practice their accurate and quick passing game, giving the Bridgend defence of Derek Jones, Steve McIntosh, youngster Jack Hayes and new dad Mike John under pressure, from which they scored two early goals.
Bridgend, however, began to build attacks with central defender Steve Price feeding Jon Wilks and Rhydian Lewis who from midfield were able to spread the ball wide to wingmen Ian Blatchford and Gavin Pound, who then combined with Andy Davis and Matthew Arthur up front, but chances were few as Whitchurch manned their defence. The final passes tended to go astray as Whitchurch used their young legs to cover back.
After conceding two more goals before half-time, Bridgend came out strongly at the begininng of the second half, with granddad Jack Steer being thwarted by two good saves by the Whitchurch goalkeeper. Bridgend exerted further pressure on Whitchurch as Ian Blatchford and Gavin Pound worked hard, combining well with Jon Wilks and Rhydian Lewis but the Whitchurch defence held out.
Bridgend defence worked well to keep Whitchurch out from scoring more than two in the second half, with Mike Allen showing his old skills, and Mike John and Derek Jones bringing off goal line saves, after skipper and goalkeeper Cliff Harrison had brought off a number of excellent saves.
A tough result for Bridgend to take, but a return to better ball retention and accurate passing will hold the side in good stead for the games ahead.
Match reports for 5th December to follow tomorrow 🙂