13 Feb Match reports Sat 9th Feb
Bridgend Mens 1st XI -2
Cardiff University – 2
Bridgend Mens 1st XI, on the back of a win against fellow Cardiff-based students Cardiff Medics the previous week, were looking to consolidate their place at the top of De Cymru and the Marches Division 1, but despite their unbeaten away record remaining intact, two dropped points meant the other sides at the top of the league were able to capitalise.
The game started off at a fast pace, with the home side piling on the pressure, only for strong defence by the Ravens to hold firm, but it was the away side who took the lead thanks to a great finish by Andrew Jones. Knowing this would sting the home side into action, Bridgend leaked a poor goal straight from the restart and were put under further pressure, only to be thankful for the half time whistle. A red card for the home side resulted in Cardiff Uni going down to ten men, which was followed by another yellow card. With a man advantage, Bridgend took the lead thanks to a second goal from Andrew Jones, only for a late equaliser from the home side after a short corner routine. Despite the draw, and a record of only two defeats in fifteen league games, it was two points dropped as the Ravens look to keep up the pressure at the top of the league ahead of a busy few weeks of matches. Next up are Stroud, at Pencoed Comprehensive School next weekend.
Bridgend Men’s 2nd XI -1
Cardiff Medics A – 1
Bridgend Men’s 3rd X1 – 1
Whitchurch – 3
Bridgend put up a much improved fighting performance against an experienced Whitchurch side, which was flattered by the end result.
The game was played at a fast and furious pace, with Bridgend’s midfield of Jon Wilks, John Woodward, Matthew Arthur and Mark Tuckwell working effectively to create chances for Jack Steer and Ross Allen up front.
Bridgend were able to bring on youngsters Owen Tuckwell, Matthew Hibbert and Jacob Hodges, who all showed no signs of nerve when playing against stronger oppositions and made successful passes for the team effort.
12 Year old Rhys Bradshaw continued to use his excellent ball skills to dazzle the opposition, who were well beaten every time he got the ball.
Bridgend’s defence of Tony Price, Derek Jones and youngster Gareth Collier were put under pressure from Whitchurch’s attacks, but managed to make telling tackles with Alasdair Brown making particularly vital clearances. Bridgend were kept in the game by a number of excellent saves from Mike John in goal, and it was most unfortunate for Bridgend to concede a goal on the stroke of half time.
Whitchurch added two more goals in the second half as their experience told, but Bridgend stuck with it and were well rewarded when Rhys Bradshaw picked up the ball on the 22 metre line, and showed his excellent control to dribble in to the ‘D’ and beat the goalkeeper with an excellent shot from the top of the circle. Well done Rhys, and that was nothing more than Bridgend deserved.
Let us look forward to repeat performances of teamwork and effort in the games ahead.
Bridgend Ladies 1st XI – 0
Whitchurch Saints 2nd – 1
An unfortunate loss for the Bridgend Ladies, after such a good result the previous week. The team worked hard and through simple mistakes conceded 1 goal, which was all the opposition needed. Man of the match went to Lauren Rees who had another outstanding game, but the team played some good hockey and will build on this performance for their next game.
Bridgend Ladies 2nd XI – 2
Howards 3rd – 2