09 Jan Match reports 9th Jan 2016!
Bridgend 1st XI 10-0 Aberystwyth uni
The Ravens set up in their new home this week at Fortress Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen. As it was the first official match since the move, it was imperative the home team set out as they mean to continue. The uni team brought a depleted team, which gave the Ravens opportunity to be ruthless. After a barrage of pressure a penalty stroke was awarded which was converted by David Knight. Soon after captain Knight used his skill at close quarters to send the ball past the keeper. The defence of Rhys Owen, Jamie Brooks and Neall Hollis transferred the ball back and forth allowing Paul Jones and Jon Rubery to be released down the flanks. Interplay between Jones and Jack ‘Janis’ Jopson allowed the jovial ginger to net his first for the the club into which he’s settled so well. Strafing runs from Andrew Jones Snr, created numerous chances, as did the forward pressure of Rhydian Cole and Robert Evans. This allowed David Knight to complete his hat trick before half time.
In the second half, the Ravens knew they had to make the most of their opportunity, as with such a competitive league, goal difference will become a deciding factor. Bridgend played good high percentage hockey which paid dividends with a second goal from Jopson. Rob Evans was unlucky not to score, going close on a number of occasions, as was Jacob Hodges who worked to play an integral role with a number of the goals scored, he got his reward with a sublime shot which left the keeper stunned as it rolled into to bottom right corner of the goal. Paul Jones worked well with Andrew Jones Snr, with the ball bouncing around the ‘D’ until it fell to Nick Anthony who fired home to get his name on the score sheet. Bridgend unfortunately squandered opportunities to increase their lead from short corners, but Andrew Jones Snr and David Knight scored from open play, making it the captain’s fourth of the game. In the dying moments of the game, Neall Hollis pushed forward, a strike heading goalward hit an Aberystwyth foot deflecting towards Hollis who made a superhuman leap to deflect the ball in, less than a second after a penalty stroke had been awarded. ‘Baby’ Neall stepped up and placed a pinpoint accurate shot into the bottom left part of the goal, taking the score to a magnificent 10-0. Adam Hawas had little to do in goal, but what he did have to commit to he did well.
Bridgend look forward to continuing their return to winning ways next week
Wotton 4- Bridgend 2
After the Christmas break Bridgend’s second eleven made the journey over the bridge with spirits high opting to put the first half of the season behind them. Bridgend welcomed back James Griffiths and Tim Hodges back from injury with both threatening the Wotton defence in the early exchanges. Bridgend started well play some accurate hockey with Griffiths picking out Andrew Jones jnr who performed a neat deflection to allow the returning Hodges to fire home. Wotton soon hit back after Bridgend were caught out by Wootons attack and from the resulting short corner they managed to equalise. Bridgend regained the league just before half time after Rhodri Owen’s shot was cleared off the line by a Wooton foot, this allowed Jason Arnold to convert the penalty stroke giving the keeper no chance in the process as result of the power and precision he put into the skill.
Bridgend were caught sleeping just after the break and soon allowed Wooton back into the game with some poor passing allowing the Wooton attackers to take advantage of the sloppy start. Wooton continued to press in the second half causing the Bridgend defence problems but some great defensive play by Matt Wooster, John Woodward Andy Schofield and Adrian Hibbert kept Bridgend in the game. Some decisions seemed to go the way of the home side in the second half with the Bridgend side going down to 10 men on 3 separate occasions allowing Wooton to gain a 2 goal advantage. Bridgend however, played until the final whistle creating several chances but we’re just unable to beat the Wooton goal keeper. Bridgend now have back to back home games at the new fortress Coleg cymunedol y dderwen
3rd X1 Match Sat. 9th January 2016
Whitchurch 2; Bridgend ‘B’ 0.
Bridgend played some actractive hockey in this post Christmas friendly game against Whitchurch, but ended up losing by the only two chances available and taken by Whitchurch, thanks to some excellent defending from Steve McIntosh, Mike John, Steve Price and Mike Allen, together with timely saves by skipper and goalkeeper Cliff Harrison.
Bridgend’s midfield of Jon Wilks and Rhydian Lewis worked hard to get wingmen Ian Blatchford and Gavin Pound running hard on the flanks, with Ian going close with a firm shot on goal.
Youngster Matthew Daly ran hard in attack, but chances were few for Jack Steer and Jeremy Ingram.
This was a good workout after the Christmas break, and should be encouraging for the league games ahead.
Again, new training locations are:
Girls and ladies training will be held on Mondays at Bryntirion Comp postcode CF31 4QR
Boys Youth will be held on Tuesdays at Bryntirion 6.30-7.30pm
Mens Senior training to be held on Tuesdays at Y Dderwen Comp postcode CF32 9EL 8.300-9.30pm
All games to be played at Y Dderwen for the rest of this season.