19 Feb Match Reports
Bridgend Mens 1st XI 6 v Stroud 3
Bridgend kept up the pressure at the top of Davis Wood De Cymru and the Marches 1 as they defeated Stroud at Pencoed Comprehensive School. Knowing that a win was the minimum requirement on a weekend where six points would be a massive achievement, The Ravens put in a complete performance, and despite a disappointing second half showing came out on top by 6 goals to 3. Rhys Owen kept up his good recent goal scoring form, while Rhys Pugh was also on the scoresheet with a fantastically well taken reverse stick shot for a candidate for goal of the season. Nick Anthony, Andrew Jones, Lewis Hearne and Jon Rubery also contributed to a great win to help keep Bridgend joint top of the league with Cardiff on 32 points.
Sundays re-arranged game
Bridgend Mens 1st XI 4 v Lydney 0
After a 3-3 draw earlier on the season, Bridgend knew they’d be in for a tough second match of the weekend as they faced a Lydney side looking to secure points to stave off the threat of relegation. With a few changes due to injuries and unavailability, a thoroughly professional performance from the Ravens saw them go soar to the summit of De Cymru and the Marches Division 1, with the three points resulting in them leapfrogging rivals Cardiff into top spot on 35 points with 5 games remaining. Bridgend were thankful to Rhys Owen who scored with yet another short corner, while there were goals for Richard Knight, the returning Gareth Coleman and an own goal from the Lydney GK after a shot by captain Rhydian Cole. Lydney did threaten on a few occasions, but a great clean sheet ensured Bridgend finished the weekend as the out right league leaders. Next up is a tough away match against Wotton under Edge on Saturday as they look to maintain their unbeaten away league record, and on Sunday they look to defend their Welsh Shield in a Semi Final versus Gwent at Pencoed Comprehensive School. All support very welcome…
Bridgend 2nd XI 2 v Swansea Uni A 5
Bridgend 3rd X1 1 v Gwent 2nd X1 4
Sundays Re-arranged game
Bridgend 3rds 3 v Abergavenny 4
This was Bridgend 3rds second game of the weekend. The game started with Abergavenny putting early pressure on the Bridgend defence which resulted in an early goal. Bridgend had their chances but could not find the back of the net. Abergavenny continued to string together a number of attacks which Bridgend defence with held for the rest of the half.
Second half started again strongly for Abergavenny resulting in a further 3 goals. Bridgend kept cool heads despite the pressure from Abergaveny and their hard work paid off with their 1st goal coming 15 mins. from the end of the game. This spurred Bridgend on with another 2 goals coming with mins to spare. With the clock against them a draw was just out of reach despite their best efforts. Goal scorers for Bridgend Mike John,Ross Allen and Ian Blatchford.
Cardiff Uni 4th – 3 v Bridgend 2nd XI – 3
This was one of the 2nd teams better performances, working with a new format, they moved the ball around the pitch putting pressure on the opposition, the defence keeping them out, with shots going wide. After 15 mins from a well worked corner, strike from Ali Hibbert, Hannah Sainsbury had a shot on goal from the post, this motivated the team even more with another quick goal coming from Mel Geddes. Carly Hart, her first time in goal made some cracking saves and even had to face a penalty flick, which thankfully went wide. Cardiff Uni got a goal back at half time the score was 2-1.
The second half was very much evenly matched with both teams using the full pitch to move the ball around, Bridgend scored another goal from a short corner, coming from Sarah Boyd, it now looked like the game was all but over, but Cardiff Uni did not give up and put pressure on the defence to make the score 3-2. With less than 5 minutes to go, from a strike into the D, the ball was deflected off a Bridgend stick, this gave Cardiff Uni a third goal to even the score to 3-3. The overall performance of the team was fantastic, and hopefully this can be taken into the next game.