25 Sep Saturday 24th September
Saturday was Bridgend’s first team confident display of team effort to begin the season.
Bridgend wearing their away kit came out of the blocks focussed and determined.
Man of the match was hard to discern for any of the games because Bridgend played as a unit throughout. They began with a win against Cardiff 3-0 (Jason Arnold, Paul Jones, Gareth Coleman).
The movement of the ball around the back building strong attacking hockey allowing them to control the games reflected the maturity of the team.
The 2nd game was a testament to continued team work. Bridgend demonstrated a controlled, confident game, which showcased their excellent defence lead by Adam Hawas.
Bridgend moved the play forward capitalising on their chances with a 4-0 win over Whitchurch. (Rhys Owen, David Knight, Gareth Coleman and Andrew Jones)
The 3rd game against Swansea Bay was a challenge against tiredness which Bridgend embraced with fresher legs from Andrew Jones scoring the first goal.
A 2nd goal from Gareth Coleman secured Bridgend’s position in the next round of the Challenge Cup with a 2-0 win over Swansea Bay.
Bridgend 2’s 11-1 Llan & Caerphilly
Bridgend made a strong start to the first half with great runs by wide players matthew Hibbert and Jon Rubery setting up goals for Rhodri Owen, Jon Catton and Nick Anthony as well as scoring himself. Bridgend continued to dominate the match causing the opposition many problems. Paul Davies and Steve Murphy both played decisive balls into the opposition D. Their hard work paid off with both being rewarded with a goal each. As the game went on the Bridgend defence of Mike John, Jon Murphy, Jon Woodward and Jeremy Ingram made several key tackles Often turning defence into attack. Adrian Hibbert pulled off several key saves to keep the opposition out. As the half developed Tom Hopkins added himself to the score sheet. With further strikes from Jon Catton and Nick Anthony to score 4 in the match. A great pre season for the men’s 2’s before they start their league campaign next Saturday.
Ladies 1s beat Whitchurch Saints 3s 3-2. Some great passages of play from the 1st whistle saw Bridgend dominate the opening stages of the game. Despite this, Saints were first on the score sheet with a counter and rather fortuitous goal. This sparked the ravens best passage of play with goals from Louise Jones and Jaz Gamble, the former a cracking strike from the top of the D. Saints again countered scoring their second of the game. Bridgend moved up another gear and piled on the pressure resulting in a diving effort from Amy Bradbury. This topped off a pleasing display and Bridgend hope to take this form into the league campaign which starts on 8th October.
This week Bridgend 2s faced Whitchurch saints. Although the final score was a 2-0 loss, we picked up really positive points to take forward for the league.
Meg Hooper in goals put on a fantastic preformance, especially in the first half when the Whitchurch attack was strong and fast.
With a few new players in the team it took some time to find our feet but by the second half we found our team stride.
Lauren Hancock worked her socks off running up and down the pitch working great with Seren Bergum and Emma Lamport.
Although we didn’t score, we used the friendly to find what works well for us and feeling positive for the league.