03 Oct Match Reports – 26th September
Bridgend 2 v Llan and Caerphilly 0
Bridgend took on newly promoted llan and caer in the first game of the new league season on a gorgeous hot summers day down south Wales. The heat clearly tested players fitness levels in what become a fast paced game. Bridgend however showed their experience in passing around the oppositions midfield and let the ball do all the work. First half Bridgend created numerous opportunities in which they failed to convert. Llan and caer managed to break through bridgend’s solid defence now and again but through excellent communication and team work from Adam howas and his defenders prevented llan a shot on goal.
Early in the second half, James Griffiths broke the deadlock with an excellent run down the channel into the shooting circle before llan’a defender stopped him near the post, James kept calm under pressure an provided a sweet 360 degree turn and lifted the ball high into the roof of the net. Bridgend soon took control of the game providing ample of chances for Bridgend to convert however this proved difficult as Llan provided a enough defenders to stop any chance coming Bridgend’s way. Bridgend carried on piling on the pressure to which their reward came through Jakes Hodges goal. A clever deflection from Jon Rhubery’s smash just wide off the goal. Bridgend were disappointed with only 2 goals however there were plenty of positives to take away. 3 points to Bridgend. Final score 2-0
Cleevillians 9 v Bridgend 2
Bridgend men’s 2nds came up against a strong Cleevilians 1st X1 in thier 1st away league game of the season. . 5 – 0 down after 21 mins gave Bridgend plenty to think and the last 10 mins of the half saw Bridgend start to settle. The 2nd half saw the visitors take the game to the home with goals coming from Paul Davies and Adam Knapp. The final score of 9 – 2 gives the team plenty to think about prior to the home game against Wooton under edge next week.
Gwent 0 v Bridgend 4
Bridgend travelled to cwmbran to play against Gwent . Bridgend started playing with confidence and soon had the Gwent defence under a lot of pressure which resulted in a couple of short corners which Bridgend could not finish Gwent then had a couple of attacks that Bridgends defence and goalkeeper dealt with Bridgend then broke up the field and was awarded a short corner which saw Mike John pop up and scored second half saw Ian blatchford receive a long pass from Derek Jones which Ian ran in and scored Ian then picked up another good pass and had a one on one with the Gwent goalkeeper and went around him and scored Rhyd Lewis scored Bridgends last goal with the slightest of touch’s Gwent in the last ten minutes had Bridgends defence under some pressure but could not find the back of the net final score Bridgend 4- Gwent 0
Prestinge 5 v Bridgend 4
Bridgend ladies 1s had their first Prem 2 team today to start off the season. With a team of bare 11 and the sun shining strong we all knew it was gonna be a tough 70 minutes, but we were able to battle hard. Being 4-2 up at half time Bridgend were feeling positive, but starting the second half with tired legs a space began to merge in the midfield giving Presteigne the opportunity to take their chances to score. With 5 minutes to go until full time Bridgend kicked up a gear and gave it their all – fortunately winning them 2 short corners. From the second short corner Sophie Evans was inches from the back of the net but unfortunately clipped the keepers helmet. This left the final score at a 5-4 loss to Bridgend, but a positive start to the season.
Bridgend 3 v Whitchurch Valleys 1
Bridgend started their season with a home game, welcoming Whitchurch Valley Ladies. The first half was a slow start, with Bridgend having 80% possession and numerous tries for goals but unable to finish. Due to unavailability, the team wasn’t it’s strongest however half time discussion woke up the team and the second half they girls were playing a much better game of hockey. There was increase in strong play, good team work and smart play. Bridgend’s first goal came from Hannah Sainsbury after Seren Bergem set play up. Second and third goal came from returning Bridgend player Jess Pearce. The defence held strong and protected goal keeper Anya and kept a solid stand. Whitchurch Valley managed to score in the middle of the second half after a brake through run. It was a great start to our season in a new division.