Match Reports 31-01-15

Match Reports 31-01-15

Bridgend ladies 2nd 3- Newport Gwent 4th 1
Bridgend 2nds once again brought their A game to this weeks return fixture against Newport Gwent at home.
Ravens started extremely strong, showing Newport that Bridgend were getting the points.
Scoring started after Sam Price made an excellent pass down the pitch, Emily Phillips picked it up and managed to get the ball passed the keeper!
Newport tried their best with fairly strong attack and had a lucky break to equalize.
Ravens new founded dynamic duo Ali Hibbert and Emily Phillips complemented each other working up the pitch. Ali Hibbert then made it 2-1 by scoring a fantastic goal just before half time.
Opening the 2nd half, Newport became much stronger, they wanted goals but Bridgend defence Liz Pearce, Pauline Harrison and Sam Price did a superb job of keeping them out. Bev Sainsbury stepped up this week and made goal keeping look easy.
Bridgend’s 3rd goal came from Sam Murphy, after several Ravens tried, finally Murphy made the winning stroke securing the win for Bridgend 2nds.
Brogan Thomas continued her top performance and earned man of the Match.
Swansea City 3- Bridgend ladies 1st 2
Scorers Sarah Boyd and Captain Louise Jones, man of the match Sophie Evans
Lydney 3-3 Bridgend Mens 1st XI
Bridgend started the game with their now customary tactic of retaining possession. Their great attacking play won a short corner. An accurate injection from Rhydian Cole allowed Steve Murphy to lay off the ball for Rhys Owen to play a patented Bridgend short corner routine with David Knight, resulting in Owen slotting the ball to the keepers left and into the empty goal. The first half continued with Bridgend retaining possession well, however two mistake from the defence proved costly as Lydney scored twice before the break against the run of play. An improved Bridgend came out second half with a new vigor. Proving after their fall, they start to fly. Strong attacking play lead to another Bridgend short corner. A perfect replica of the first with interplay between Steve Murphy, Rhys Owen and David Knight. This time Owen slotting between the keeper legs. An unfortunate lapse from Bridgend again lead to Lydney scoring against the run of play. This heightend Bridgend’s performance, Neall Hollis and Andrew Jones Jr. holding firm, with Jon Rubery, sweeping up, whilst attacking duo Steve Murphy and Rhys Owen resumed their defensive duties, allowing Lydney no further opportunities.  James Griffiths stepped up a gear, creating some great chances which were unfortunate not to be converted. Bridgend’s offensive combination of Tom Pearce and Rhodri Owen came very close with the help of the ever spectacular Rhys Bradshaw who was unable to finish some of the opportunities he created. As Bridgend continued to pile on the pressure, Lydney conceded another short corner. After a great delivery from James Griffiths, and an inch perfect placement from Steve Murphy Rhys Owen completed his hatrick and earnt his man if the match performance, with a touch just outside the reach of the keepers right hand. Bridgend continued to see out the game, and were unlucky not to get the victory with Adam Hawas making some crucial saves late on. A great performance from Bridgend brought a crucial point to the visiting team.
Bridgend mens 2nds 1- 0 Cardiff Uni C
Bridgend looked to continue their great start to 2015, with a third straight win. They faced a tough challenge against a spirited Cardiff Uni side. The game started with both sides sharing the possession, and few chances being created. As time pressed on Bridgend began to stretch Cardiff’s defence and found room in behind. Despite this few chances on goal came their way.
0-0 at half time seemed to spur Bridgend on who started the second half the stronger. The only goal in the game came from a short corner won by Kris Williams. Gareth Coleman stepped up with a solid strike which passed the keeper without him moving, making it 3 goals in 3 games for the captain.
Despite this no more clear cut chances were created although some strong pressure from Cardiff made for a tight finish.
Unbeaten at home, 3 wins in a row, all with clean sheets, show how well Bridgend are playing. All eyes are now on the top of the table as they look to put pressure on the top teams and push for promotion. Next up, a crunch game with Neath away.
Bridgend Hockey Club
3rd X1 Match Report, Sat. 31st Jan. 2015
Result:  Bridgend ‘B’  1;  Gwent  ‘A’  11
The final result does not give a balanced view of the game, during which Bridgend competed well for possession and territory against a more experienced Gwent side.
With Bridgend anticipating a hard fought game, against a side that played in a higher league than Bridgend last season, they made an encouraging start, taking the game to Gwent, and had the better of the early exchanges.
This did not upset Bridgend, who were playing well moving the ball accurately around. From one such move, a firm strike up the wing from Jon Wilks found veteran Jack Steer on the right; he passed the ball square to hard running Ian Blatchford, who beat the advancing full back with a timely pass to younster Tim Hodges who drove forward taking on the goalkeeper, whom he beat with another square pass to Rhys Rubery, who was sure to score but for Ian Blatchford knicking the ball off him as it entered the goal.
A marvelous and well deserved team goal for Bridgend.
In the second half, Bridgend put more effort in to the tackle, were able to play some very attractive and controlled hockey, although were always under pressure from a hard tackling Gwent.