31 Oct Match Reports Sat 27th Oct 2012
Bridgend Ladies 1XI 0 v Newport 7
Bridgend 1XI still unable to get a win under their belt – a disappointing final score for the ladies at home. Bridgend never really got off the ground during this game and within the first 15minutes Newport were 2 goals ahead. The team reacted with attempts at goal and strong passing from Sarah Boyd, Melanie Geddes and Kayleigh John, however were unable to secure any points on the score board. The second half posed a much more energised squad, with more talking and working together however Newport still managed to claim a number of shots on goal. With a lot to work on the girls are now focusing on their next game to Barry away.
Bridgend 1st XI 5 v Cardiff Medics 1
After the close defeat against league leaders Cardiff last weekend, Bridgend travelled east to face fellow high flyers Cardiff Medics, and after a fantastic performance ran out comfortable winners by 5 goals to 1, to move into third place in the league. The Ravens got off to a flyer, and were 3-0 up at half time. In the second half, using the full match day squad and rotating players throughout, further goals followed with the eventual scorers being Andrew Jones (3), Tom Hopkins and leading scorer David Knight. The win leaves Bridgend with three wins, a draw and a defeat from their five league games to date. Next up are another tough Cardiff based team – Cardiff University. The game pits second versus third, and is taking place at Pencoed Comprehensive School at 1:30pm next saturday. All support very welcome.
Bridgend 2XI 3 v Cardiff Uni C 1
On a glorious Autumnal afternoon, a confident Bridgend 2nd XI squad took to the field to take on the students of Cardiff Uni in an attempt to continue their run of good form over the last month. The crowd were treated to a feast of skill, pace and guile from a squadron of seasoned hockey players, bidding to get Bridgend 2’s back to where they belong. The opening goal was a bouncing bomb from veteran Andy Schofield, who has recently graced the 2nd XI with his boundless energy, and it settled the team who then went on to build on this lead.
The second goal came shortly after with a timeless and classic penalty corner from yet another seasoned veteran, Jonathan Catton, who rounded 4 or 5 players in the area, several times, before slotting home a confident flick into the net above the diving keeper. The game continued with many opportunities for Bridgend to romp to victory, but an impressive display but the student’s keeper, held the score to just the 2 goals up to the half.
The second half began as the first ended, with the home team pushing hard for the 3rd and vital goal, which was soon to come from a rocket from another veteran, Paul Davies, during one of several penalty corners throughout the second half. Good performances from the entire squad will surely put the Raven’s 2’s in a good position to stay close to the top of this league, and it was a fitting finale for temporary skipper, Rhydian Lewis’s final game as captain, as he moves over and relinquishes the captaincy for the rest of the season. If this squad can remain so consistent for the rest of the season, who knows what may happen come March.
Bridgend Men’s 3rd X1 1 v Cardiff ‘F’ 2
Bridgend continued their better form and were very unfortunate to loose this close game after showing lengthy spells of good hockey but unable to convert the finishing touches.
Bridgend were able to put in some strong attacks built via the midfield of Jon Wilks, John Woodward, Tom Pearce, Gareth Collier and Mike John, giving attacking opportunities for Jeremy Ingram, Ian Blatchford and Jack Steer. From such pressure, Bridgend gained a penalty corner, from which Jon Wilks made a firm strike beating the Cardiff goalkeeper to give Bridgend a well deserved lead.
Cardiff began to attack Bridgend’s defence, but Derek Jones, John Thomas, Steve Sloan and Alasdair Brown worked hard to keep Cardiff out until just before half-time when Cardiff latched on to a loose ball to beat skipper Cliff Harrison in Bridgend’s goal.
The second half was an even affair, but 12 year old Rhys Bradshaw defied his years and took on the cardiif defence and was unlucky not to score when his shot rebounded off a post. Newcomer Thomas Stuckey-Mounter tried hard to start attacks from midfield, with Jon Wilks prominent, but the second goal would not come although Jeremy Ingram came agonisingly close.
Ten minutes from time Cardiff took the lead very much against the run of play, and Bridgend were unable to force a deserved equalisier, but the team effort augurs well for the games ahead.