20 Nov Match reports Saturday 17th November 2012
Bridgend Mens 1st XI – 2
Wotton under Edge – 3
After a poor performance against Stroud in their last outing, Bridgend faced Wotton under Edge at Pencoed, and after another disappointing showing, fell to a second home defeat of the season after going down 3-2. Despite taking the lead with a great strike by David Knight, the away side offered little in terms of possession and territory, yet managed to equalize through a short corner routine. It was soon 2-1 to the Ravens, with Knight yet again proving prolific, but that was as good as it got, as the visitors sealed the game late on with a third. A very disappointing day at the office for previously top of the league Bridgend, who slip to fifth in De Cymru and the Marches Division 1. Next up is a tough trip to high flying Chippenham on Saturday.
Bridgend Mens 2nd XI – 4
Brecon – 0
Bridgend A Moved into second position with a comfortable away win at Brecon. A Brace from Andy Schofield and goals from Tom Pearce and John Catton ensured the three points were returning back to Bridgend. A Youthfull Brecon side started the game strongly , but the solid Bridgend defence led by Keeper Alun Southhall kept the energetic forwards at bay.
It wasn’t long before Bridgend took a hold on the match and went in at half time 2-0 up.
The second half started as the first ended with Bridgend in control. Several chances were squandered before 2 quick goals in the last 20 minutes made it a great journey home.
Bridgend Men’s 3rd XI – 1
Aberystwyth University 2nd XI – 2
Bridgend’s 3rd X1 put on a magnificent team display against league leaders Aberystwyth University 2nd X1, and were very unfortunate not to at least draw this keenly contested game. Bridgend’s belief that they can compete in this league came through strongly in the first half, after the defence of Ian Smith, Derek Jones, Alasdair Brown and youngster Gareth Collier stood tall and weathered early pressure from the young and keen Aberystwyth side.
After conceding a goal after ten minutes, Bridgend settled down as Jon Wilks, Ross Allen and John Woodward dominated midfield and brought youngster Jacob Hodges, forwards Jeremy Ingram, Ian Davies and Jack Steer in to the game with some accurate and determined passing movements.
Aberystwyth were clearly flustered by these attacks, and the pressure told when Jon Wilks found Jeremy, who carved open the Aber defence with some accurate interpassing with Ian Davies, who got the final strike beating the surprised gaolkeeper. Bridgend’s pressure created further chances and were unfortunate not to improve on the one all draw position at half-time. The goal apiece at half time flattered the oppositon.
The second half was more demanding for Bridgend as the students’ speed and fitness told, although the hard working defence continued to frustrate the students, with skipper and goalkeeper Cliff Harrison being required to make fewer saves than of previous games. However, Bridgend were unfortunate to go behind midway through the second half, as the students pressure told.
Bridgend strived hard for an equaliser, and hard though the midfield worked, chances were more limited for the Bridgend forwards, and so had to settle for a very narrow defeat after putting up a superb team performance.
However, this continuing improvement is very encouraging for the games ahead, and a reward for the effort and team commitment shown.
Bridgend Ladies 1st XI – 1
UWIC – 5
After a series of disappointing results the 1st XI were pumped up and ready for their game against the students of UWIC. The first half started with a much more focused team than seen in previous weeks. With some strong tackles and good marking the defence worked well to keep the opposition at bay. Lauren Rees had an excellent game, using her skills to split the ball across the pitch and at half time the team were only 2-0 down. During the second half Bridgend had several breaks, but were unable to seal any of their opportunities. An own goal from the UWIC side meant that Bridgend could claim 1 goal, however maybe playing too much of a defensive game, UWIC managed to settle in with another 3 goals. Some excellent running and space making from mid fielders Sophie Evans and Captain Jo Poupon. Heads up for next weeks game against Swansea University.