05 Feb Match reports 4th Feb
Bridgend men’s 1s
Bridgend 1-4 Bristol and west
The flagship Ravens team traveled away for their fourth game in a row, having found some consistency under their new leadership. The difficulty in this game was evidentiary from the beginning of the game. The game was open and expansive with possession switched from flank to flank throughout the opening period. Tim Hodges proved troublesome on the right wing creating a number of chances, with potential for more had the underhand tactics of the home defence been noticed. Bridgend’s youngster linked well with his brother Jacob who created opportunities for the illustrious David Knight. Unfortunately no chance was clear cut, and the scoreline remained unchanged. Jamie Brooks bossed the defence from the outset, intercepting passes like a ninja warrior. Despite the great pressure and open play, Bridgend were unfortunate to concede a well taken goal by the opposition. Neall Hollis worked hard on the right side of defence besting his opponents who were unable to contend with his robust style of play, unfortunately Bristol earned a short corner which they converted well. Bridgend continued with their heads held high, a narrow 2 goal deficit at the break.
The second half began much the same as the first, however Bridgend appeared to run out of some of their steam, Jon Woodward and Rob Evans performed valiantly at the back, but were unable to prevent a further Bristol goal. Bridgend continued to press forward and converted via a pile driver of a strike from Gareth Coleman, that not even a wall could have stopped. Miscalculations and miscommunication unfortunately then proved Bridgend’s downfall as they conceded less than a minute later as the ball took and unexpected trajectory. However Adam Hawas decided following this it was time to shut up shop as he slid around the ‘D’ making clearances, rendering his goal impenetrable. Bridgend pushed to the end with Paul Jones and Andrew Schofield manufacturing opportunities, whilst Rhydian Cole spread the ball between the forwards. A more measured Bridgend came close, but could not scape anything more. A disappointing scoreline for a team buoyed by the level of their own performance. Bridgend return home next week to defend fortress pencoed- the first home game in over two months.
Bridgend men’s 2s
Bridgend A 3-0 Whitchurch C
Bridgend men’s second team needed to bounce back after a poor run of results. Captain Owen decided that a change in formation and personnel in positions could allow Bridgend to get back to winning ways.
From the first whistle Bridgend attackers put large amounts of pressure on the Whitchurch defenders. Rhodri Owen and Andrew Jones in the new look midfield partnership didn’t allow Whitchurch any ease options. This pressure transferred into a Bridgend attack which ended up with Kris Williams opening the Bridgend lead. Bridgend soon doubled their lead 2 minutes later with the returning Adam Knapp hitting home after some good build up play from Tom Pearce and Nick Anthony. It was Anthony who went on to grab Bridgend’s third before the break hitting home from the top of the ‘D’ the woodwork had also been rattled twice in the first half with Andrew Jones and Tom Pearce being denied. Bridgend’s defence help firm throughout the first half with the new look combination of Steve Murphy and Matt Wooster ensured nothing passed them in the middle and they were ably backed up by Andrew Deans and Phil Rees either side of them. Adrian Hibbert ensured Whitchurch couldn’t open their account with a fine save from a short corner. Bridgend introduced youngsters Matthew Hibbert and Michael Hodges who was making his second team debut at the age of 13. Michael was calm on the ball making some vital tackles in the process. Bridgend played in the same way as the second half began with Kris Williams and Matthew Hibbert causing threats down the flanks. The combined with strikers Nick Anthony and Tom Pearce with Nick being denied by the woodwork again. Jeremy Ingram added impetus for Bridgend at right back often turning defence into attack fitting seamlessly into the back four unit. Bridgend now travel to Swansea next week knowing that it will be a far tougher test.
bridgend 0- Prestinge 1
Bridgend 0- Swansea uni 10
Bridgend trailed new squad and positions against Swansea uni and the students managed 8 goals in the first while bridgend were still figuring things out. At half time we swapped and changed a few things and found the formula for an excellent improvement on the first half. Despite not finishing the few chances created it gave the team a base to build on for the remainder of The season.