06 Feb Match Reports 3rd Feb
Bridgend 1st XI 3-3 Hereford
The Ravens entered the game wanting to keep momentum after a gruelling victory against Whitchurch the previous week. After having all the possession in the first 10 minutes both Tim Hodges and Tom Pearce came close. Then the unthinkable happened and Bridgend conceded from a counter attack. With greater pressure Bridgend began to force play which caused many wasteful chances. Hereford looked dangerous on the counter throughout the game and Matt Wooster and John Woodward proved their worth as some of the safest pair of sticks in the League, whilst Adrian Hibbert repelled short corner chances. In a unique move, Rhys Owen found himself at right back, after beating one player, he lifted the ball over the defence on the run to Tom Pearce who ran the ball into the ‘D’ and delivered a great finish at a narrow angle. After the goal Bridgend switched off and a defensive mistake, saw the visitors retake the lead. Bridgend continued to pile on the pressure with Paul Jones making inroads down his left flank, Gareth Coleman and David Knight, played searching passes forward whilst Neall Hollis linked with Jon Rubery down the right, unfortunately Bridgend couldn’t manufacture chances and lost out through forcing play. Bridgend entered half time in unfamiliar territory at home, on the wrong side of the scoresheet.
The second half saw Rhydian Cole enter the fray, who bravely battled illness to make the game. Cole came close on two occasions unfortunate not to convert his chances. Another lifeline for Bridgend occurred as David Knight won a penalty stroke as a Hereford defender kicked the ball off the line. Unfortunately for Knight, the keeper read his subterfuge and met his shot. To make matters worse Bridgend conceded a third. The Ravens never say die attitude was not hampered and they continued to press on. Midway through the second half a square ball was played to David Knight, who picked the ball up and scored on his reverse. Bridgend never deserved to lose, and with only two minutes to go, Bridgend won a short corner, finding the tightest of gaps, Rhys Owen picked out Jon Rubery who rifled the ball into the goal to tie the game. A lacklustre Bridgend performance which saw them maintain their unbeaten home record. A better performance required next week.
Bridgend Mens A 2 – 3 Whitchurch C
Bridgend visited top of the table Whitchurch looking to put their promotion prospects back on track. Early signs were promising with Andrew Jones putting Captain Nick Anthony on goal for an early chance which just went wide. Whitchurch looked to pile on the pressure, playing high up the pitch. However with the score line remaining 0-0 it looked like a mistake would break the deadlock. Whitchurch would eventually take the lead but Bridgend were determined not to roll over. Andrew Jones equalising to make the half time score 1-1
Bridgend knew Whitchurch would come out fighting and despite a huge fight found themselves 3-1 down mid way through the second half.
Captain Nick Anthony had asked the team for a fight back following last weeks disappointing performance and Bridgend showed true spirit to make the score line 3-2 following a penalty stoke by Jason Arnold. Whitchurch were visibly rattled and Bridgend threw everything at them in a desperate attempt to get back into the game.
Unfortunately, time was against them and the game ended 3-2 to Whitchurch.
Bridgend now look to a home game against Swansea City B.
Bridgend C 4 – 0 Whitchurch F
Released in 1991, Primal Scream’s chart busting song ‘moving on up’ became an anthem for the oppressed and disadvantaged as they fought for equality and respect.
In December 2017 Bridgend C were bottom of the bottom heap. Awkward questions were being asked and frustrations were obvious as severe beatings were taken. But this is Bridgend…
Over the last 5 games Bridgend C have accumulated 12 points from a possible 15, something for which even Lazarus would have expressed astonishment. Doubts have been banished. Confidence has soared. Belief has flourished. And youngsters have begun to stand up and be counted.
Whitchurch is a fine hockey club which has set the standard over the last 20 years for bringing youngsters through the ranks, but Bridgend have watched and learned.
Bridgend began the game with a high tempo which has served them well in recent weeks and the scoring was opened following a sizzling move down the right involving the immensely impressive Tom Rosser that resulted in a short corner being awarded which Jon Wilks smashed home.
Bridgend then continued to dominate possession as Whitchurch were denied any time and space on the ball by the regular assaults of Jack Hayes and Mat Arthur in defence who were immense throughout and no-one was getting any change out of the excellent Dan Leyshon in the Bridgend goal. It seemed certain that another goal would follow and sure enough a crisp pass by Captain Schofield, laughing in the face of adversity provided by a dodgy sciatic nerve, found Steve Mansell who scored gloriously. His proud parents danced like teenagers.
The second half continued to see Bridgend dominate and it was no surprise when another short corner was won and Wilks stepped up to bang in a second for him and third for Bridgend. The afternoon was splendidly rounded off by birthday boy Taran Moss who swatted a lifted ball home with the elan of Roger Federer. Game, set and match to Bridgend.
[11:18 AM, 2/4/2018] Holly V: Bridgend ladies 1st XI faced Whitchurch 3rd’s with a depleted team. Some great play going up the right and left flanks between the midfield Michelle Hancock, Charlotte Morris, Jess Alan and Georgia Catton. Georgia putting in a fantastic shift – non stop running and tracking back. Some excellent saves from Beth Price in goal and some great tackles and clearances from the defence Tanya Harrison, Amiee Fitzgerald, Holly Vowles and Justine Cosby to keep us neck and neck at 0-0 going into the break. Lots of encouragement from Liz Pearce on the side lines. After the break Whitchurch scored a goal playing a one two in the area and the ball going in the bottom left hand corner. Bridgend forwards Jo Popoun, Amy Paice, Jess Pearce and Swawiza Gohobur applied the pressure and created plenty of chances in both half’s but more so in the second half – just wasn’t our day in front of goal. Whitchurch scored their second goal with about 10 minutes left. Bridgend unlucky not to score on the full time whistle – a short corner where the ball narrowly missed the right post. The result stayed at a 2-0 win for Whitchurch. Onto next week where we are away to Cardiff Met 3rds.
MOTM – Georgia Catton.
Bridgend Ladies 2nds had a challenging early game against Cardiff Medics. With last minute stand-in kicking goalie Bev putting up a valiant effort blocking the barrage of shots they managed to get 4 on target in the first half. An amazing goal from Georgie Catton from a short corner pushed out by Pauline Harrison raised a cheer from the rest of the team and their trusted supporters.
Double trouble Manon and Carys Howells put in some excellent tackles with Aimee Thomas, Maia Riley and Jessica Pearce desperately trying to drive the ball into the opposition’s D.
Sam Currell had a great comeback into the team and Liz Pearce was just as always – there! Tania Harrison moved the ball swiftly around the pitch weaving her way to Man of the Match – but unfortunately taking a massive blow to her face!
End of play 5-1.