05 Feb Match Reports Saturday 2nd Feb
Bridgend Mens 1st XI -3
Cardiff Medics – 2
Bridgend Mens 2nd XI – 0
Cardiff Uni C – 1
Bridgend Men’s 3rd X1 -0
Cardiff & Uwic F – 2.
With both sides fielding a mixture of youth and experience, an even game was anticipated. Bridgend started strongly, with midfield Jon Wilks, John Woodward, Ross Allen and Ian Blatchford releasing Jack Steer and youngsters Rhys Bradshaw and Owain Leyshon to worry the Cardiff defence, but chances were scorned by some strong tackles. Cardiff then settled, and began to take on the defence of Derek Jones, John Thomas and Alasdair Brown, but they managed to make effective interceptions with keeper Cliff Harrison making good saves when required. Cardiff, however, scored midway through the first half against the run of play.
From then on, Bridgend’s game deteriorated, with a reduced effort rate and some poor ball retention. This was disappointing after showing improvements in recent matches. Although Matthew Arthur, Gareth Collier and Mike John tried hard, the passing did not improve due to some hard tackling by Cardiff, who increased their lead from some quick attacking play midway through the second half. The game was even territorially, but Bridgend failed to make the final pass effective enough to create further chances, although the Cardiff goalkeeper brought off some excellent saves to keep Bridgend out. A disappointing performance and result.
Ladies 1st XI – 3
Whitchurch 3 – 0
An excellent start to the new year! Having drawn 2-2 to Whitchurch earlier on in the season, the ladies 1st XI were determined to use their home advantage to get a positive result. The ladies followed through and played an outstanding level of hockey to secure their first win in the premier 2 division. Melanie Geddes stepped in last minute as a replacement goalie and superbly kept the opposition at bay. Brilliant team work and strong attacks meant that Megan Matthews was able to get on to the score board early. The girls continued with some strong passing and before half time were 2 goals up. The determination was kept up throughout the second half and another goal was secured from Megan Gamble. An excellent result with some very positive aspects to take to next week’s game.
Swansea Uni 2nd XI 3
Bridgend 2nd XI 0
First game after the winter break, and the seconds were unlucky not to have come away with a goal. Liz Pearce, acting as goalkeeper and the defence worked well to keep Swansea out, with the three Goals scored coming from rebounds. The forwards had some good chances, with runs up the wing and great ball into the D, but could not get past the Swansea defence, a good team effort overall.