09 Nov Match Reports Saturday 3rd November 2012
Bridgend Mens 1st XI – 1
UW Cardiff – 0
Having despatched Cardiff Medics last weekend, more student opposition faced Bridgend Mens 1st XI in the shape of second place UW Cardiff, but yet again, the Ravens prevailed and secured a further three points. Starting the game well, the midfield of Rhys Pugh, Rhydian Cole, Steve Murphy, Andrew Jones and Lewis Hearne worked hard at all times, and despite a period of sustained pressure, the second half resulted in Bridgend keeping the ball well which led to David Knight scoring the all important goal. Being one up going into the final stages, the defence was well organised throughout with Jamie Brooks, Neall Hollis and Rhys Owen helping goalkeeper Adrian Hibbert to keep a well earned clean sheet. There were a few final chances which fell to Nick Anthony and Richard Knight, which could have resulted in Bridgend making the game safe, but they survived to record a fantastic 1-0 win to move to joint top of De Cymru and the Marches Division 1 with Cardiff. Next up, is a trip to Stroud on Saturday.
Bridgend 2nd XI – 0
Cardiff Medics – 2
Shortly after the dawn chorus had subsided, a bleary eyed and somewhat weakened Raven’s 2nd XI took to the pitch in the hope of continuing their excellent run of form, but it sadly, it was not to be. Despite the early start, the change of squad players and being able to only muster up a playing XI with a single sub, it was always going to be a challenge new captain Kris Williams, and despite his rousing optimism, the away team struggled to assert control on the game throughout the morning. Bridgend were unable to develop any pressure and despite their best efforts, the Medics took the lead via a breakaway goal which left the keeper exposed by a good finish. The Ravens persisted, but the home team held fast and safeguarded the victory with another breakaway goal when the ball was given away, high in the opposing half of the pitch. Sturdy performances were not sufficient to secure anything from this game, and the Ravens need to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.
Bridgend 3rd X1 – 3
Whitchurch ‘F’ – 2
The improvement showed by Bridgend Men’s 3rd X1 continued in to this game, resulting in a well deserved, and overdue, victory for Bridgend over a strong and experienced Whitchurch side, which, unlike Bridgend, did not include any young players.
Whitchurch, however, took advantage of Bridgend’s changed line up, and soon went ahead as Bridgend took time to settle. Their defence of Steve Sloan, Paul Jones and Ian Smith frustrated further attacks from Whitchurch, aided by good clearances from youngster Gareth Collier who worked hard throughout.
Bridgend’s midfield began to take control, dominated by Jon Wilks with excellent support from Ross Allen, John Woodward, Ian Blatchford and Thomas Stuckey-Mounter. By keeping ball possession, Bridgend put attacks together and worried the Whitchurch defence. From one of these, they were awarded a penalty corner from which a well planned move resulted in Jeremy Ingram finally slotting the ball home.
Bridgend’s spirit was high at half-time, being on equal terms, believing that if they continued to play possession hockey, they could get a result against this strong Whitchurch side. Their enthusiasm was not dented when Whitchurch scored immediately after the restart, as attacks initiated by Jon Wilks, Ross Allen and John Woodward in midfield were carried on by confident 14 year old Jacob Hodges, who then supported veteran Jack Steer in attack.
From one of these, Whitchurch were only able to stop a shot at goal with a foot, for Jon Wilks to successfully convert the resultant penalty flick.
With scores level, Whitchurch became frustrated, and were further worried as 12 year olds Rhys Bradshaw and Matthew Hibbert worked hard to take up attacking positions against a solid defence – they were not inhibited by bigger and stronger oppositions and combined well with their fellow Bridgend players. Such combinations resulted in a goalmouth melee allowing Ross Allen to make the attack count by scoring Bridgend’s third goal.
Whitchurch strived for an equaliser, which nearly came but for some stout defence from Ian Smith and Paul Jones, and final excellent saves from skipper and goalkeeper Cliff Harrison.
Bridgend had chances to increase their lead but at the end they can be very well pleased with an excellent team performance, resulting in this overdue win. This can only give the squad confidence to maintain this winning mentality for the league games ahead.
Bridgend Ladies 1XI – 0
Barry – 3
Another tough game for Bridgend Ladies 1st X! but they worked hard to concede only 3 goals away against their Barry opposition. An excellent effort from Megan Gamble in her debut for the 1sts, she worked well along with the rest of the forwards to try and secure some points on the Bridgend scoreboard. Unfortunately it was not to be and the ladies had to settle with defeat. Heads up for next weeks game!!
Bridgend Ladies 2XI – 2
Gwynedd – 8
An unfortunate loss for Bridgend Ladies 2XI despite displaying a high work rate. The away team managed to get four goals early on in the game. With good passing within the team Sian Smith scored one of the goals for Bridgend. During the second half, the home team worked well together but a tired 11 couldn’t stop the away team from scoring more goals to get their total to 8, however Miriam Beckingsale managed to score Bridgends second goal. The seconds will look at this game and hopefully improve on areas for next weeks game away against Rhondda.