12 Nov Match Reports Saturday 10th November2012
Bridgend Ladies 1st XI – 0
Dinefwr – 7
Bridgend Ladies travelled west for Saturdays match to play Dinefwr. With a bare 11 the team took to the field, but within the first 5 minutes Dinefwr were first onto the scoreboard. The girls battled through the first half, but even with some super saves from keeper Sam McLaren Brown the opposition managed to notch a further 5 goals onto their lead. After half time Bridgend came back fighting. With some excellent passing around the defence and mid field they were able to hold the opposition at bay, only conceding one goal. A brilliant effort from Katie Roberts and Beth Harrhy who debuted for the 1st X1, with some strong consistent performances from Liz Pearce and Sophie Evans. The team face Swansea Uni away next week. Come on Bridge!!
Bridgend Ladies 2nd XI – 0
Rhondda – 3
An excellent effort from the Bridgend 2X1 against an established Rhondda side. Bridgend dug deep throughout the game, moving the ball well and with a side featuring primarily youth players did extremely well to come away with a score of 3-0. Some excellent saves from Lauren Rees who stepped up to play in goals. Bridgend had a couple of chances with some superb strikes from Louise Jones but unfortunately were not able to get onto the scoreboard. Heads up for next weekend!
Bridgend Mens 1st XI – 1
Stroud – 1
Bridgend Mens 1st XI went top of De Cymru and the Marches 1, despite dropping points after a 1-1 draw against Stroud. Having started the brighter team, there were a few clear openings for the Ravens, before David Knight continued his fine scoring form with a well worked counter attack. With the home side piling on the pressure in the second half without creating many clear openings, Stroud found an equalizer through a goal created from a short corner routine. After a few late opportunities for both sides, the deadlock was not to be broken. Up next for Bridgend is a game against Wotton under Edge, at Pencoed Comprehensive School on Saturday.
Bridgend Mens 2nd XI – 3
UC Swansea A – 0
At the stoke of midday, on a beautifully sunny November afternoon, the Raven’s 2s took to the field, with the sour taste of last week’s defeat still hanging in the air. During the first 10 minutes of the game, Bridgend asserted themselves on the students of Swansea, but as time passed, the youngsters started to settle and the game was very balanced with opportunities for both teams to make the breakthrough. It was, yet again, the experienced veteran Paul Davies who provided the lead with a typically powerful strike from a well drilled penalty corner late in the first half. The new captain, Kris Williams spoke wisely and with plenty of encouragement during the break, and it was evident that the Ravens were in no mood to give up their well-earned lead. It was another vet, Jon Catton who mesmerised the defence with his dynamic stick work, before stunning the away keeper with a reverse flick through the legs to double the home lead. As the pressure built, the Ravens continued to show great teamwork, and to complete the rout, the remaining vet, Andy Schofield once again showed his class with an even better penalty corner strike, deep in the second period. Robust performances by youngster Dave Collier, supervet Bev Bevan and speedy Paul Jones are also worthy of a mention, as the Ravens get back to winning ways.
Bridgend 3rd XI – 1
Gwent A – 7
With Bridgend fielding their usual side with a mixture of youth and experience, their defence was soon put under pressure from a fast and strong Gwent side, but their defence, alternating between Ian Smith, Derek Jones, Steve Sloan, John Thomas and Alasdair Brown, were able to stem the tide, with skipper and goalkeeper Cliff Harrison bringing off a number of notable saves.
Gwent, however, went ahead midway through the first half, but this spurred Bridgend on, with midfield of John Woodward, Ian Blatchford, maestro Jon Wilks, Mike John and youngster Jacob Hodges working hard to keep possession and create chances for the forwards. Almost immediately after going behind, Bridgend were level when a wide accurate pass from Jon Wilks found youngster Gareth Collier on the edge of the circle, from where he deceived the Gwent goalkeeper to slot the ball home inside the near post. This equaliser was justification for Bridgend’s team efforts.
Gwent, however, put the Bridgend defence under considerable pressure in the second half, and soon added to their goal tally, despite Cliff Harrison making some more excellent saves.
Bridgend did not give up, and mounted some good attacks with Jon Wilks finding forwards Jack Steer and Jeremy Ingram, with 12 year old Rhys Bradshaw making a marvellous effort to round the advancing goalkeeper, who managed to scrape the ball away from Rhys’s brave effort.
After three games of huge improvement and belief, Bridgend 3rd X1 were confident of continuing that against Gwent’s 2nd X1, and at one all at half-time that belief was well founded. However, Gwent’s speed and experience told in the second half as they put Bridgend’s defence under considerable pressure and scored six more goals. However, the spirit is still high and can carry the side forward in future games.