11 Dec Match Reports 8/12/2018
Bridgend men’s 1st traveled to Leominster with hope and expectation of a result. The ravens started the brightest winning a few short corners after moving the ball around well down the right with Neall Hollis and Jon Woody Woodward providing great interplay with midfield Rhyd Cole and Mike hodges. Unfortunately Bridgend couldn’t capitalise on these but cane close after great work from Steve Murphy and Jason Arnold led to a shot from Paul Jones that beat the Leominster keeper but bounced off the post. Leominster had their share of attacks but the defence of Kris holliloke, Matt Wooster, lee Marshall and keeper Adrian hibbert kept them out. Making changes brought in Rhodri Owen and Matt Tudball who tried hard to break down the Leominster back line. The teams went in 0-0 at halftime.
Bridgend knew that the second half was going to be tough but needed to play well, both teams exchanged blows and a few chances at either end made for a good game of hockey. Unfortunately for Bridgend a lapse in concentration for 10 mins proved costly as Leominster scored 3 goals and won the game. Although coming away without any points there were many positives for the ravens to work on when the league reconvenes after the Christmas break in January.
Rhondda Ladies 1 – Bridgend Ladies 2nds 1. If we had to use just one word to describe this game it would be “frustrating”. Rhondda Ladies had just one productive attack in the whole game which resulted in a short corner, the injector appeared to hit the ball at least twice before passing to another player, the initial shot was saved but not cleared but then another shot went into the corner of the goal. This was the sum total of their attacking play and despite the same old story of Bridgend having the majority of play and possession they just couldn’t convert and the first half finished 1-0 to Rhondda. It was during a period of sustained pressure in the second half that Bridgend scored, a lovely ball came across the goal, touched mid air by Clare Jarvis and hammered home by Emily Hopkins. The remainder of the game was all Bridgend pressure but sadly the score remained 1-1 until the final whistle.